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Old 12-06-2018, 09:47 PM   #1
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I am finishing a few remaining tasks on my van and want to share tools I used, some old, some dead, and some new.

Changing from Espar DigiMax thermostat controlling the Espar D2 heater to Eberspacher Easystart Timer to control both, the D2 heater and the Hydronic D5 water heater. This job required threading a cable from the D5 located below the floor and behind front left wheel to passenger seat D2 location. 2 tools were priceless, an old screw holder to fish out a lead wire and Wi-Fi endoscope to find hidden penetration hole. I was able to get through without drilling a single hole. I bought the endoscope a while back, ordered the unit with a short semi rigid cable but by mistake received a 2m long cable, great for doing self-colonoscopy on YouTube.

Another part of the project was to drill new holes for the Easystart and the temperature sensor. I wanted to cover old holes with the new device so reasonably accurate location of new holes was necessary. I printed, in 1 to 1 scale, new holes, old holes and both contours on transparency. Aligned the transparency with old holes and transpose locations of new holes was easy.

Another tool which unfortunately died was my optical center punch, I had this tool for 40 years. I donít think repair would be easy, the trigger release mechanism broke, perhaps a gunsmith shop could fix it.
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:05 AM   #2
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I am installing the Eberspacher Easystart Timer to control both, the Airtronics D2 and the Hydronic D5. The benefits are to have diagnostics and switching capabilities for both from the inside of the van.

This post is about special crimping tool making the job easier. I used this crimper in the past during the Airtronics D2 installation. See the pictures.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:44 PM   #3
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This post is about special crimping tool making the job easier. I used this crimper in the past during the Airtronics D2 installation. See the pictures.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Totally agree that if you do basic electrical work these are a worthwhile investment. These type of ratcheting crimping tools are so nice to use. The fact that you can change the dies to accommodate different type of terminals and wire sizes is a plus. They are so much better than a basic pinch type wire stripper with the oval openings.
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