Tool Roll – 32 Pockets With Socket Pouches, Perfect for Work, Vehicle

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CLC 32 Pocket Tool Roll – you know the tools aren’t included yeah?

Are you looking for another way to carry your tools around? Have you thought about using a tool roll? They don’t seem to be as popular as they used to. We used them a lot in the military because they saved on space and kept tools organized.

Tool rolls are great for your vehicle, you can stow them under a seat, or in a cubby in your trailer or RV. People that go on motorcycle trips sometimes throw one into their backpacks. I use mine primarily at work since it is easy to carry out onto various roofs and into mechanical spaces. For as small as they are, you can pack quite a bit into one. Plus, when you unroll it you can see what tools you have on hand.

I showed this tool roll, the 32 pocket CLC model, to a friend here at work and he said he had never seen one. They are convenient, save on space, and are an inexpensive way to lug your tools around. Read the post below and decide if you think $12 is worth it.

CLC 32 Pocket Tool Roll

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The socket pockets. The velcro above closes over the sockets.

Just like the site name suggests, I work as a building engineer. My primary use for the tool roll is when I need to have a selection and variety of tools on hand when I am away from my main toolbox. I flipping hate having to make trips for that one wrench or a bigger screwdriver. I will make a pit stop at my toolbox, and either just grab the roll by the handle since I know what’s inside, or I will swap things out if I need something else, and then go make the trip. Imagine being out on the roof somewhere working on something like a fan AND NOT having to make trips to go get something.

Here is a quick list of the features of this inexpensive bad boy:

  • Measures 14″ wide by 28″ long when unrolled.
  • Elastic straps hold your tools in place.
  • Fairly robust handle.
  • Has specific pockets for sockets on one end.
  • Socket pocket section closes with its own velcro flap.
  • Adjustable length and quick release buckles.
  • Tool roll pocket sizes vary for different tools.
  • “Rain flap” that covers your tools when closed.

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Here is what I carry in mine – with extra pockets to spare.

Check out the picture to the right. These are all of the tools I carry around in it. For how small this thing rolls up, that’s quite a few. Rolled up and closed, with all of the stuff pictured inside, it measures about 5″ in diameter, easily small enough to fit underneath a seat or in the trunk of your vehicle.

Right now it has different screwdrivers, a nut driver set, a small ratcheting wrench set, a couple pliers, fuse pullers, different wire strippers, and a small 3/8″ socket set with ratchet. You should be able to tackle most jobs with that assortment.

Think about making a quick fix to your trailer out camping with it, or needing something at the boat launch and being able to pull out the right tool. I have broken things on my trailer while camping a few times and needed different tools. One time the water pump froze and burst a line while out in winter, we had let the pump sit idle for too long. I was able to remove the pump completely and connect the water lines together. Talk about saving the day, thanks tool roll!

Someone else suggested this and I have to agree. I think the only improvement CLC could have made to this product would have been including a shoulder strap just in case you needed a free hand. Other than that, it is well designed and constructed.

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The “rain flap” thing – as you roll it up, this covers and protects what’s inside.

CLC is selling this product on both Amazon and their website. The price is roughly 33% cheaper through Amazon. And, if you have Amazon Prime, shipping may be free for you. This tool roll has a rating of 4.5 stars and comes with a CLC warranty.

The warranty for this items states:

  • CLC tool holders and soft side tool carriers are covered by a limited lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship for the normal life of the product. This warranty does not cover normal wear, abuse, accidents, neglect, or damage caused by use of the product for a purpose other than intended.

Ready to Buy the CLC Tool Roll at Amazon? Click Here.

CLC Tool Roll Conclusion

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Rolled up and buckled. You can see the “rain flap” exposed slightly.

Are you convinced that you should get this yet? I can’t say if this is the best tool roll or not because it is the only one I have. It is not the #1 seller on Amazon, that spot belongs to a bucket boss model but that also costs more.

CLC makes a variety of tool carrying products. If you have skimmed this site at all, you might have seen a post on tools a building engineer should carry. You can see in that post that in my building engineering duties I use a CLC electrician’s tool pouch. There is also another one on the free standing electrician’s tool carrier made by CLC. Hmmm. Maybe I have a thing for CLC? Not really since these were all purchased by my engineering employers and not me.

By having this product, you no longer should need to make trips to your toolbox. If you are working on a project in your attic or if you are at the marina getting ready to launch your boat, you should have already thought ahead to what problems you may encounter and what tools (and parts) would be required to make the repairs. So get this item and load it up. Play around with it. Experiment with the best set up, you can be sure I do. Do you offset the screwdrivers or do you put them in the same slot? Decisions decisions.

Do you have this tool roll already? I’d be interested to read what you have to say. Do you love it? Can’t stand it? Let us know in the comments please. Do you guys think this should be the next product given away to a member? It sounds like a good idea to me.

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EPA Certification – What It Is, How To Get It

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EPA Universal Card

One of the most important licenses you can get to make yourself more valuable and marketable as a building engineer is an EPA certification. There are different types or classes of being EPA certified but the highest level, or most desired by employers, is generally the EPA universal certification.

If you have no idea what I am talking about or are even thinking, what the heck is an EPA certification, don’t worry. I’ll try to make this as basic as possible to follow. Being a building engineer requires to you to have some knowledge in several areas. You may be stronger in some, like me and plumbing for example, and weaker in others, like this topic, for me.

When you hear the acronym EPA, you should automatically think Environmental Protection Agency. Let’s just say they govern a lot of things related to our environment. They don’t want it damaged or polluted by people or companies.

When you hear EPA certification, or universal certification, you should think refrigeration – chillers, gases, refrigerants. It turns out that some of the products us humans have used can damage the environment. Who would have thought? Ha ha. For example, some of the refrigerants used in your car a/c unit, home, or the chillers at your work, when released to the atmosphere, can damage the ozone layer. We may get deeper into how all of this happens in another post but for here we are keeping it basic.

To protect the environment, the EPA set up a certification program that requires people that work on refrigerant systems or handle gases have some type or class of EPA license to do so. Having a certain class allows to perform work in that class like small appliances while having a universal certification allows you to work on all of the classes. They are referred to as types by the EPA though. I like using classes.

Along with some form of steam operator license, I would say the EPA universal certification are the two most important licenses a building engineer or facility operator should have in their hot little hands. Read more

Klein MM100 Multimeter Giveaway

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The Klein MM100

The review for the Klein MM100 multimeter went up at the end of August. Most of you have for sure already read it. If you did, you can see that I would have to consider it to be at the bottom of all of the multimeters reviewed here. And yay, it is the next tool to be given away to one of the site members. Ha ha. Who wants to win the least recommended multimeter? You #Wmardorf? Maybe you #willpham87? Those are the first hashtags I’ve ever used.

Do you guys want to continue with reviews of multimeters? Maybe we can move on to another category of tools? I don’t know, what do you think? Let me know via email or a comment below.

Per the usual, the drawing for the Klein MM100 will follow the same guidelines. When you subscribe as members the site automatically assigns you a specific number. The number range then gets put into a random number generator and it spits out a number. I write a post, send out a group email to all members with a link to this post, and then let the winner know. The winner, maybe you, then has a week to respond, otherwise another member gets picked and someone else gets it. So be sure to check your email. The meter will then be shipped to you on the site’s dime, if you live in the U.S.

The Klein MM100 was I believe the lowest priced meter that was reviewed here. It is your basic multimeter and doesn’t have an abundance of wow factor features. It is manual ranging but it does come with a Klein two year warranty. If you’d like to check out the entire review of the Klein MM100, click here.

The drawing will be done right after this. It only takes a couple of minutes. I do need to clean up some of the members though. Despite not adding too much new content lately, the number of members has increased quite a bit. Remember, if you get someone to sign up, or share something, you’ll get another shot, or entry, at winning the monthly tool. Just let me know if you do so that you get the credit.

I hope you all had an awesome summer. It is already mid-September, and fall is nearly here. Where did the year go? Things have been pretty much the same around here. I’ve been doing a lot of working outside. I have a wood pallet project going on right now. How about you? Any cool projects or ideas you’d want to share with the site? Always looking to hear about something cool. Alright, that about does it for this post. Until next time people.


Klein MM100 Multimeter Review

Klein MM100 multimeter review

The Klein MM100 screen and dial selection.

For this last multimeter, and only 16 months later, we are going to review the Klein MM100. No, it’s not the most fancy meter that Klein makes, it’s probably one of their more basic models. The Klein MM100 is priced near the lower end of electrical multimeters and is about average for the ones we have reviewed. Perhaps it would have been smarter to start lower and work our way up to the more expensive ones.

At some work sites your employer will buy all of your tools for you. At one place, the hand tools they purchased were made by Klein. Klein was pretty much the industry standard for electrical tools among journeymen electricians back then. Not necessarily their multimeters but for sure their hand tools. With that in the back of my head, I had high hopes for the MM100 meter. Sorry, and no offense to Klein, but I don’t think I’d recommend this meter to you guys.

The Klein MM100 looks rugged enough, it has a very similar style hard case that the Triplett multimeter does. Hopefully you noticed that it reads “looks rugged,” now that I’ve felt it, it’s not that rugged or beefy. It would work at home, in your garage, and perhaps as a carry around meter for a light trade technician. It’s a stretch to say it is heavy duty. It does have the Klein name attached to it though.

It has a 600V rating and can measure current up to 10 amps DC. The Klein MM100 might work well for the homeowner, the person that fixes their own vehicle, or some hobbyists.

Here are some features you may want to consider before choosing any multimeter:

  • Digital.
  • Audible indication.
  • Compact.
  • Universal use – volts, amps, resistance.
  • At least 600V rating.

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Triplett 1101-B Multimeter Giveaway

multimeter reviewsYep, it’s that time of the month again when we give away another type of tool or something to one of the site members. We are still going along with the electrical meters. The last one I reviewed, the Triplett 1101-B (which you can read about here,) is the one being given away today.

What is this, the third meter to be given away? I know the member drawings had been held at the end of the first week of the previous months, and I also realize I’m a little behind. Sue me, it was a combination of forgetting and then being lazy. But here we are now. If you aren’t a member and just happen to be reading this by chance, you may like to look over to the sidebar and consider signing up. Becoming a free member entitles you to free tool giveaway drawings like this. Think about it.

As far as the Triplett 1101-B goes, it felt like an average to above average meter. The best thing about it was the temperature sensor that comes included, none of the other meters reviewed so far had that feature. Would I purchase this meter? Probably not. I would if I needed one to measure temperature in certain situations and was looking at decently priced meters.

And the winner is…

So by now you should know how we do this. When you join you get numbers assigned as members. I take the numbers, put them into a random number site and bingo. One gets chosen. I write a post (this,) send out a group email to all members with a link to this post, and then let the winner know. The winner, maybe you, then has a week to respond, otherwise someone else gets it.

This month, April, the member who gets the Triplett 1101-B sent to their house within reason is… well they signed up with their real name perhaps and I don’t think it would be cool to plaster it on a site. But they know who they are. Congrats.

And if it wasn’t you, again, don’t worry. There still aren’t very many members so your odds are still quite good ha ha. In fact, the number of new people joining has dried up slightly. Remember, if you get someone to sign up, or share something, you’ll get another shot at winning the monthly tool. Just let me know if you do so that you get the credit.

Anyways, hope things are well for all you jokers. I have been working outside a lot on my days off these last couple weeks. Getting a lot done. Pressure washed the back patio and chimney, as well as the brick on my house from about 2′ down. The house has no rain gutters so when water runs off the roof it hits the ground and bounces. These bounces sometimes take dirt particles with them that sometimes land and stick to the brick. Once one sticks, it’s easier for another particle to maybe land there and stick as well. It’s crazy.

Any of you guys been getting outside? Working around the house? Getting a trailer or boat ready for the upcoming seasons? I’d be interested to hear about anything you’ve got going on. Might give me some inspiration. Have a good one.


Triplett 1101-B Multimeter Review

Triplett 1101-B Multimeter

The Triplett 1101-B measuring the temperature of some high quality H2O.

The next multimeter up for review is the Triplett 1101-B compact multimeter. This is the 4th multimeter to be reviewed which leaves one more unless you guys want to keep going with electrical items. Up to this point we have looked at the Fluke 115, an AM-510 from Amprobe, the Innova 3320, and now a compact meter from Triplett, the 1101-B model. How does it stack up? Does it have any features the others didn’t? What are some of the pros and cons with this Triplett multimeter? Don’t worry, got you covered. Why did the Triplett 1101-B make the cut?

Because it is:

  • On my multimeter comparison chart.
  • Only meter reviewed w/ a temperature probe.
  • The next tool we’re giving away.
  • A best selling meter on Amazon.

Overall, the Triplett 1101-B multimeter is in my opinion, average. If I saw someone using it at work or around their house, would I buy it after seeing it in action? Maybe. A technician could use this meter on heat exchangers or plenums while a homeowner could use it on their car or furnace.

3 Cool Things About the Triplett 1101-B

Real quick, to capture your attention, here are 3 reasons this meter may or may not stand out to you:

  • Comes with a temperature probe.
  • So far has the best test leads.
  • Also has the brightest back light.
Triplett 1101-B Multimeter

How does she look? I like the color contrasts.

Think about what you could do with that feature on a meter. Not sure if your fridge is cooling enough? Slip the probe between the door seal, close it, and watch your meter to see what happens.

Need to make adjustments to your car A/C? Put the probe inside, roll the window up with the unit on, and see how cool the car is getting inside while you work under the hood.

It also has the best set of test leads of the 4 other meters we’ve checked out. They are long, pointed, and come with screw on alligator clips as well. Dang. Convincing myself.

This meter might work for you, it does have a couple nice features but personally the more rugged meters is what I prefer. If you have looked at our multimeter comparison chart, the Triplett 1101-B is one of the higher priced meters on there so for me that was a drawback. You could just as easily get the Amprobe AM-510 for the same price and the overall quality and heftiness feels much better.

Keep reading though and see if this meter is more your style or preference, everyone is different. The Triplett 1101-B has a temperature sensor, a strong and bright back light display, and a 3 year warranty. Those are some pretty good features.

Remember that the Triplett 1101-B multimeter was purchased only to write this review and give away to one of you people in the member drawing next month. You can find out more about becoming a free member and getting free chances to win stuff here.

If you’d like to find out if this multimeter would be enough for all of your electrical needs, click ahead and check it out.

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Innova 3320 Meter Giveaway

Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging MultimeterWhat is up readers and members of buildingengineertraining. com? How is everyone doing right now, at this very moment? If you’re reading this that means you are alive and still have your vision probably so that’s a plus.

Anyways, you all remember the tool giveaway idea right? Well it has been a month and the next drawing happened on March 8th. This time we were giving away the Innova 3320 meter, pictured to the right.

The first drawing was for the Amprobe AM-510, the winner and I wrote back and forth, and I soon shipped him the meter. Speaking of which, I have not heard back from him. Rude. No thank you, no “hey, got the meter.” Zero. Hmm.

I used the same process as before. At midnight on 3/8, I closed down the new member sign-ups so that everyone at that current time gets a fair shake. All members have numbers assigned. Using a random number generator, I had it pick one. And we have a winner.

This person already knows they won, I emailed them yesterday. They have already replied so I think this free drawing is locked down. I am still waiting on their shipping address though. I guess to some this may seem weird, or a scam, actually just signing up for a site and actually winning cool stuff for free, and then having it shipped to your door.

Just like last time, if I can’t get the details of the winner nailed down within a week, back to the number generator and we’ll pick a new number.

The winner of the second free tool giveaway, the Innova 3320, has the handle – kmccabe2. Shipping is on my nickel within reason.

Thanks again to all of you for signing up and becoming members. If you didn’t win the meter this time, don’t fret. I ordered the next multimeter to be reviewed last week and it should have been here by now. Soon, I will check it out, put up a lengthy review, and then give it to one of you in a month. After that I think there is only one more to review to round out the top 5.

What do you guys think, more electrical stuff or switch to something mechanical or a power tool? If you haven’t noticed, we have been sticking with the $20-$50 price range, so keep that in mind if you have suggestions for me.

Give a golf clap and tip o’ your hat to member kmccabe2. He’s got a nifty little testing meter soon to be headed his way. Have an excellent day people.


3 Skills A Building & Stationary Engineer Should Have

building engineerWe are going to steer away from the technical side of building and stationary engineering today and instead go over three skills, qualities, or traits every building, stationary or maintenance engineer should have. In my opinion.

Having all or at least some of these skills, or even being able to manage them, would greatly benefit you like say during an interview process. You could plan ahead because I guarantee you they will ask about at least one of these areas.

What are the areas?

  • Customer Service
  • Prioritization
  • Multitasking

Now, below, we will go over these each individually, hopefully quickly. Feels like this is going to be a long one dammit. Ha ha. We will not be going over them in the order listed above though. We are going to do it in my order of importance not theirs. By theirs, I feel that companies are concerned with customer service above all else. Me being a guy that turns wrenches have very little time for customer service. I get dinged every year in my eval. More below. Read more

February 8th Tool Giveaway

IMG_20150103_020852Okay, in this case multimeter giveaway would be more appropriate probably. Way, way back, like a month ago, I wrote that the plan was to buy a tool here and there with the intent of reviewing it and then giving it away to one of you awesome people.

The first drawing was for the Amprobe AM-510 meter, which after reviewing it, turned out to be a good feeling meter. I waited until midnight as 2/8 rolled in to be fair to any last minute members lol, and then closed it down. When you guys sign up as members it adds your username to a list and assigns a number. For example, I have a “test” member, the site assigned “him” as #1. You dig?

So, you all have numbers assigned. In total, there is a massive 12 members. I take up 2 of those spots with my tester and a personal one. Of course I didn’t include my numbers. This left 10 members and their numbers. I went to a random number generator and had it pick one between 3-12. We have a winner.

This person already knows they won, I emailed them yesterday. Psst  – haven’t heard back. And if I don’t, we’ll pick a new number. The winner of the first free tool giveaway, the AM-510, goes by the username SMBrooks81. Woo hoo. Nice. Like I wrote him yesterday, shipping is on my dime within reason in the U.S. Not to some tree fort or cave, or the boonies like Alaska.

Anyways, thanks for signing up and becoming members. I know you also had to withstand a plethora of emails, like 1 or 2 maybe?

Quick mention of the members/numbers/odds though, you can see a huge increase in odds if you do one extra thing – like share any post on Facebook or get a friend from work to sign up. Doing so, and letting me know, ups your chances. Especially now with fewer members. Take a look.

We had 10 people this time. You had a 1 in 10 shot or 10% chance at winning the meter. Yeah? Let’s say you did get a friend to sign up. That would make 11 people but now you have 2 shots while everyone else still has the one. You now have a 2 in 11 shot or 18% chance while everyone else now drops to 9%. I for sure want to make sure you get credit if you do go above and beyond by sharing, referring, whatever – make sure you let me know via email, message, or comment.

After some advice from a co-worker who suggested that I stick with multimeters, the next one is already done and up. It is for the Innova 3320 multimeter, and you can check it out in more detail using that link. The plan is to give that one away March 8th, a month from now.

If you have any suggestions or ideas to make this better or cooler, I’m open. Peace out home slices, have a great Monday. Congrats SMBrooks81!


Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Multimeter Review

Innova 3320

There’s an elastic strap on the back of the 3320 so you can wear it.

How does the Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Multimeter stack up? Why do a review of this meter?

Because the Innova 3320 is:

  • on my multimeter comparison chart.
  • Well priced at under $20.
  • The next tool we’re giving away.
  • The #1 best selling meter on Amazon.

What kind of auto-ranging multimeter can you get for that price? How would the quality be? Would the Innova 3320 be ideal for use at home? Being a guy that uses meters at work, would this also perform there?

Because I do work in a trade industry, sort of, it is difficult for me to remove I don’t know, the “ruggedness” or whatever I usually look for when buying a multimeter. Do you know what I mean? Brands like Fluke, Klein – the stuff you see actual journeymen electrician use, that’s what I’m used to seeing.

So when I see that this Innova meter is in fact chosen the most, over all others on probably the largest online shopping platform, it puzzles me. I bought the Innova 3320 Multimeter solely to write this review and it will be the next tool given away in the member drawing. You can find out more about becoming a free member and getting free chances to win stuff here.

Anyways, if you’d like to find out if this meter would be enough for your home/auto/work electrical needs, click ahead and check it out. My verdict? Maybe.

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