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    Back when I was in tech school and eager to learn...

    Back when I was in tech school and eager to learn brazing, I used MAPP with 15% silphos for practice. It takes a little longer than a turbo torch , it's not precise, and I wouldn't use it in the...
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    I agree with ChaseAir. If you want a reliable...

    I agree with ChaseAir.

    If you want a reliable machine, stick with simplicity and technology that has been proven. I'm not familiar with the XC25, but Lennox has horrible customer service, which...
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    We always put new refrigerant in when opening the...

    We always put new refrigerant in when opening the system. Unless it's commercial equipment, a few pounds of new gas is nothing compared to the trouble you might run into if it is contaminated with...
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    LOL, I wouldn't even bother pulling a vacuum when...

    LOL, I wouldn't even bother pulling a vacuum when putting unit (A) back. What a clown that guy is.
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    Steer clear of any company that wants to push new...

    Steer clear of any company that wants to push new equipment. It's a shallow path to take and you won't learn any valuable skills. Keep knocking on doors.
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    ::DD: Hey, at least they're saving gas with a...

    ::DD:

    Hey, at least they're saving gas with a 90%+!
  7. It's the best book you can get, IMHO. It touches...

    It's the best book you can get, IMHO. It touches on virtually everything in HVAC.
  8. Nice work, but where's the purple primer?...

    Nice work, but where's the purple primer? Inspector might turn that down, if one is involved.

    I love the mushrooms. I wish I could find some in the wild. Do you dry any of them?
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    I always sand and ream my connections. I also...

    I always sand and ream my connections. I also found that using the handle of a crescent wrench is a quick and easy way to flatten that pesky ridge you tend to get when cutting 7/8".
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    No, it looks like a handyman didn't want the 1.5...

    No, it looks like a handyman didn't want the 1.5 hour trip to the supply house to eat into his profit, so he improvised.
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    I think it's reasonable to assume that the...

    I think it's reasonable to assume that the baseboards were intact, but it's a gray area if you didn't specify what you are and aren't liable for. That's the beauty of a written contract. Get...
  12. Thread: seriously

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    Or have one pump sprayer with coil cleaner and...

    Or have one pump sprayer with coil cleaner and another with water. I wouldn't use a hose in an air handler.
  13. We've mainly been working with York on this. York...

    We've mainly been working with York on this. York suggests using A/C Renew first, then replacing the TXV. A/C Renew seems to help in most cases, but not all, and who knows the long-term effects. We...
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    I'm always amazed to find the original capacitor...

    I'm always amazed to find the original capacitor on those old units, and they test out perfectly too. I'm always half-tempted to ask the owner if I can keep it for historical value lol.
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    You know, watching that video reminds me of...

    You know, watching that video reminds me of something. I don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but I've seen one of those old Carriers once and I noticed it has two run capacitors (a 35 MFD and a 40...
  16. It's only broke if it's leaking. Still though, it...

    It's only broke if it's leaking. Still though, it might be best to replace the TXV.
  17. Thread: moles

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    Jack Russell Terrier

    Jack Russell Terrier
  18. As a resi guy, I can agree. While I love to...

    As a resi guy, I can agree. While I love to immerse myself in the science of HVAC, a lot of customers don't respect the amount of time and skill it takes to troubleshoot and repair complex problems...
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    I don't believe there is an ASHRAE color code for...

    I don't believe there is an ASHRAE color code for R32. There are many other refrigerants that don't have color codes.
  20. What about heat mode? Is it cool enough to run in...

    What about heat mode? Is it cool enough to run in heat mode?

    Make/model?
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    LOL, I can just imagine the stories...

    LOL, I can just imagine the stories...
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    I've noticed that quite a lot of drivers will...

    I've noticed that quite a lot of drivers will subconsciously 'pace' with you because they're using you as a reference point for speed, not their speedometer. This is annoying because when I'm trying...
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    May need to install fins to reduce drag.

    May need to install fins to reduce drag.
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    The IRS says you need to report 100% of your...

    The IRS says you need to report 100% of your income, including tips.

    In my teens and 20s when worked as a server and valet, I only reported the bare minimum because if you didn't, by law the...
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    Engineering? No, tips are not at all expected,...

    Engineering? No, tips are not at all expected, but they're appreciated if you do.
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    That's what I was thinking. This is a medical...

    That's what I was thinking. This is a medical clinic and their sensitive equipment isn't protected by something as common as a voltage drop/spike?

    Like someone mentioned earlier, what do they do...
  27. Haha, I'd like to see that used on a residential...

    Haha, I'd like to see that used on a residential unit. The copper tubes would probably collapse.
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    You've got it all wrong. Condensation is supposed...

    You've got it all wrong. Condensation is supposed to form on the top pan and trickle down the coil panel into the primary drain. C'mon guys, get it together!
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    The board is powered by the AHU, not the outdoor...

    The board is powered by the AHU, not the outdoor unit. If you're unable to reset it after that, then call tech support or get your post count up and apply for Pro Membership.

    Good luck!
  30. Thread: HVAC in NYC

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    HVAC in NYC

    I'm spending this week in Manhattan and I've got to ask, how do you guys do it?! Aside from the snarling traffic, how do you find parking? I look at all the commercial parking zones and they're ...
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    The compressor is going to take a beating in the...

    The compressor is going to take a beating in the winter time. Pressures must be skyrocketing on that setup lol.
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    Looks normal to me. 70 degrees is pretty low for...

    Looks normal to me. 70 degrees is pretty low for return air.
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    I was being sarcastic. :D Sent from my...

    I was being sarcastic. :D

    Sent from my Honeywell Vision PRO 8000
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    Boiler explodes in playroom

    The footage is pretty incredible. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/boiler-exploding-playroom-familys-home-washington-caught-nanny/story?id=29721461
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    It can happen if you run out of nitrogen and run...

    It can happen if you run out of nitrogen and run oxygen through the lines to push air out. Seems to make things worse. :whistle:
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    I still wouldn't try it especially when you're...

    I still wouldn't try it especially when you're dealing with very sensitive equipment. Flaring is much easier anyway.
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    Look for companies that you would trust to work...

    Look for companies that you would trust to work on your own or your grandmother's equipment. Inquire about a helper position, either in service or installation, to get your foot in the door. You may...
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    I don't understand this argument. I pay Comcast...

    I don't understand this argument. I pay Comcast for $XX.XX amount of bandwidth per second and I can watch Youtube, Hulu, and Netflix in HD all day long. These companies and sites all compete with...
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    Verify your high voltage at the junction box and...

    Verify your high voltage at the junction box and low voltage at the transformer. Does the back of the board have any scorch marks, cracks or corrosion? Is the board exposed to a lot of heat?
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    I'll never understand how people find the time,...

    I'll never understand how people find the time, let alone the money, to accumulate so much crap.
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    In your case, if the homeowner already knows what...

    In your case, if the homeowner already knows what needs to be done, no need to charge a trip fee or diagnostic fee. Just quote them one price for the materials and time, including what it took to...
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    No need to replace the limit if it's doing it's...

    No need to replace the limit if it's doing it's job. Verify the temperature at the limit, see what your temperature rise is and measure static pressure.
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    I had that happen with my quick disconnect...

    I had that happen with my quick disconnect coupling coming loose. I thought it just wasn't sealing so I kept fiddling with it to save the gas, but it was too late. Messed up a couple of my fingers...
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    Tell him it's better to use a canister of lighter...

    Tell him it's better to use a canister of lighter fluid instead.
  45. Thread: TXV

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    Ah, okay.

    Ah, okay.
  46. Thread: TXV

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    I'm trying to understand how the indoor TXV would...

    I'm trying to understand how the indoor TXV would affect defrost operation. If the TXV was shut, wouldn't the head pressure rise on the outdoor coil and still create enough heat to melt any ice?
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    That's the thing. I didn't see a physical lock at...

    That's the thing. I didn't see a physical lock at the tank, so I didn't know what the heck they meant by it being locked. Here's an example of what I was looking at:
    ...
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    Locked LP tank?

    I see LP maybe a couple times a year, so I'm not familiar with LP tanks and regulators.

    I went to a no heat call, customer said he just needed us to light his pilot (furnace has an HSI, go...
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    My company is a York dealer. York has great...

    My company is a York dealer. York has great customer service and their equipment is easy to work on, but again, no manufacturer is immune to issues with quality.
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    A hacksaw works great on trimming the studs.

    A hacksaw works great on trimming the studs.
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