Cruisair AC unit extraction, quality Wera tools helped

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Ben, you have no idea how happy it makes me to see that even your tools have the light rust patina that I can never seem to beat 🙂 I dribble T9 on everything, and it works – but there always seems to be someplace I either miss, or gets rubbed off in use. I have a couple tiny ratchets/right-angle drives like your Wera, and the most used one is a right-angle screwdriver.

  2. Jim White says:

    Great information about tools. Do you recommend the Wera SAE or Metric set for most US applications including Cummins and Northern Lights? Thanks!

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Jim, my boat requires both SAE and Metric. I don’t use wrenches or sockets on the (metric Volvo Penta) engine very much, but everything else — pumps, deck and hull hardware, radar mounts, etc. etc. — is mixed.

      Also, because the U.S. hull was finished out in Canada, she’s full of square drive screws, which I’ve come to love. But I also need Phillips, Hex, Security Hex, Torx, Security Torx, and Allen drives for various tasks. And there may still be a slotted screw or machine bolt somewhere, though I hope not 😉

  3. Capt. Woody says:

    Thank you for the insight regarding your tool choices. This week’s sweltering heat made me wish for a cool, breezy anchorage in Canadian water. Weeks like this give me a sense of gratitude that my family can rest in a cooled room. I once considered replacing a broken a/c unit with one of the small compact swamp coolers available for motor homes as an experiment (found them by searching for 12v evaporative cooler), but replaced it with a working unit. I am always looking for ways to cap a thru hull and it seems like a viable alternative to a/c on a boat since temperatures are moderate compared to those experienced on shore, but with climate changing I am grateful to have the extra cooling power, even at the expense of a thru-hull and the additional power consumption.

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