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    If the transite is 4.2" inside diameter, a 4"...

    If the transite is 4.2" inside diameter, a 4" diameter B-Vent won't fit in. a 4" Diameter b-vent is closer to 5" outside diameter (1/2" baffle around the 4" inside diameter). So you will definitely...
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    Dang. I laughed out loud hard. Nicely played.

    Dang. I laughed out loud hard. Nicely played.
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    Slip ups are not the same as deliberate...

    Slip ups are not the same as deliberate laziness!:whistle:
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    I can't imagine ever e-mailing a customer with...

    I can't imagine ever e-mailing a customer with elementary writing skills. It speaks volumes about a person's character. Find a better tech. If possible, one that has the ability to write coherent...
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    Nah, it's still one of the safest cities and most...

    Nah, it's still one of the safest cities and most polite cities. Dubin is way too expensive for the Oakland loons thankfully. Most of the bart users are white collar cube workers heading to SF for...
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    Yup the city has grown a ton. I've lived in this...

    Yup the city has grown a ton. I've lived in this city for 15 years. There's a bart, and traffic is crazy now. Used to be able to drive from dublin to danville through the farms without seeing anyone....
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    I honestly don't know any instances short of...

    I honestly don't know any instances short of living on a remote island with no internet (and since you live in Boston, that's clearly not the case here) where someone can't network.

    I network...
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    Heh, you have me pegged there. I'm OCD about...

    Heh, you have me pegged there. I'm OCD about stuff like this so I probably do overuse zip ties and electrical tape. Guilty as charged.
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    X2 Well put, Mason. We are all responsible...

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    Well put, Mason. We are all responsible for our own financial gain. If you want more money, you have three choices:

    1) Prove to your boss you're worth more.
    2) Find a boss who will pay you...
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    No, it's not. They are both important. It's...

    No, it's not. They are both important. It's important to strive to become better and make more money through hard work, experience and skill. It's also important to spend your money wisely, and save...
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    If you have so much objections feel free to start...

    If you have so much objections feel free to start your own company. My current helper makes $12 a hour and is living off it just fine. I had to live off less than that 15 years ago. If you can't do...
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    When I was his age, I was diving forklifts, doing...

    When I was his age, I was diving forklifts, doing sheetmetal work, helping my dad install furnaces and service them. I don't really see the problem with a kid doing this with family.
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    Leaks in the gauges, in addition to other harmful...

    Leaks in the gauges, in addition to other harmful stuff being pulled through your gauges.

    TTT has a good guide on how to do it. Here's a link.

    http://youtu.be/eGLYAmjWkvA

    You want to put a...
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    My SMAN4 has a a micron gauge, with 3/8 hose...

    My SMAN4 has a a micron gauge, with 3/8 hose attachment for pulling a vacuum. I do not own a hose for this vacuum port. I use a Blu Vac Micron gauge. Not supposed to be pulling vacuums through your...
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    A business license is probably enough. That's...

    A business license is probably enough. That's what I used to become a pro member. Epa cert works too but you won't get access to business/marketing forums as far as I am aware.
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    No monthly payments. You need to prove you are...

    No monthly payments. You need to prove you are working in this industry to the forum commitee and they will give full access.
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    Well, I don't know how much a facilities mechanic...

    Well, I don't know how much a facilities mechanic pays. In my experience the pay goes, in order from least to most: Resi Installer > Maintenance Tech > Resi Tech > Commercial Installer > Commercial...
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    Still hard to say a normal pay range. I know a...

    Still hard to say a normal pay range. I know a Commercial Installer that makes $40 a hour (approx. 90k per year after overtime). But that is because he is the only experienced installer they have and...
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    Whether $13 a hour is enough for you or not...

    Whether $13 a hour is enough for you or not depends on a lot of things. If you're not much more than a glorified janitor and gopher, then yeah that sounds about right. Maybe low but only by a dollar...
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    I had that same "meter not detected" issue with...

    I had that same "meter not detected" issue with my HG3 and SMAN4. It was a bit counterintutive but I got it sorted as well by RTFM.
  21. Thread: Installers

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    It depends on you, really. I was a lead...

    It depends on you, really. I was a lead Residential installer within a year, and a lead Commercial installer in about a year and half. There are people who are still apprentices that have been...
  22. Thread: Tool Belt

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    Well that's a lot of glowing recommendations. I'm...

    Well that's a lot of glowing recommendations. I'm sold.

    And I like the beltless tools. Never seen those before, I might have been converted!
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    Double post.

    Double post.
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    You really don't want a manifold to be involved...

    You really don't want a manifold to be involved in evacuating a system.

    I put my BluVac Micron Gauge on the core removal tool, and attach the hoses directly to the vacuum. No manifolds at all,...
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    Online HVAC classes

    My current apprentice is wondering about taking an online course for HVAC. He has no HVAC school experience. I've been teaching him, but he feels he'd be more comfortable with a structured learning...
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    I have the SDP2 as well, Love it.

    I have the SDP2 as well, Love it.
  27. Thread: Tool Belt

    by Kobe RBVBD
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    Tool Belt

    Okay, I did a search and found no threads about tool belts. Lots of tool bag threads, no belts. I know most of the people here are service technicians, or aspiring service techs. Not many installers....
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    I've been trying to move away from Taiwan and...

    I've been trying to move away from Taiwan and China crap as well.

    For channel locks, I went with Knipex Cobra Pliers. Made in Germany, but I'm OK with that.

    No idea on the socket wrenches,...
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    I am deaf, and I've worked in HVAC as an...

    I am deaf, and I've worked in HVAC as an installer, service tech, and sheetmetal fabrication in Residential, Commercial, and Hospitals for 15 years. And now I have my own business with 10 employees....
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    15 years installing and repairing refrigeration...

    15 years installing and repairing refrigeration and i've never found a leak that could not be detected at 150psi or vacuum. It's pressurized to 150 and left there. We wait a long while to see if the...
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    I've never pressurized a system with more than...

    I've never pressurized a system with more than 150 psi of nitro (resi split system). It's really not necessary, as stated earlier. I've always seen a slight nitrogen flucation on most installs or...
  32. That clears it up. Yes, that is a huge no-no with...

    That clears it up. Yes, that is a huge no-no with us. People stay on their jobs until it's done. We don't play musical chairs with jobs and employees.
  33. I'm curious why you believe a good company does...

    I'm curious why you believe a good company does not mix install and service.

    I'm a business owner, and I do have service techs that do primarily service, a resi installer dept, and a commercial...
  34. Thread: SMAN3?

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    They aren't kidding about a 1 minute vacuum...

    They aren't kidding about a 1 minute vacuum though!
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    If you do Heatpump you will get the A/C...

    If you do Heatpump you will get the A/C certification for free. That's what I did.
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    I used a Fieldpiece Multimeter for over 10 years....

    I used a Fieldpiece Multimeter for over 10 years. Served me well. I use a Fluke now, also serving me well. I do HVAC A/C and Furnace repairs as well as installs.
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    Nitrogen flowing brazing is one of the biggest...

    Nitrogen flowing brazing is one of the biggest enlightenments I've had from coming to this website. I had never, in 15 years, heard of it until I came here. Picked up everything necessary, and now I...
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    I thought some more about this, and it can be...

    I thought some more about this, and it can be done much more cheaply by using egg crate foam.

    I found it $15 for a 48" x 86" x 2" pad. Just need to search for egg crate foam mattress. Haven't...
  39. Thread: SMAN3?

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    I have the SMAN 4, but I don't even have a vacuum...

    I have the SMAN 4, but I don't even have a vacuum hose for it. For pulling a vacuum, I use this kit from TTT http://www.trutechtools.com/RapidEvac along with a Bluvac micron gauge.
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    That is what passes inspection. That said I...

    That is what passes inspection. That said I hardly ever use single wall for any real length. I prefer the 1" clearance in tight spaces with double wall.
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    Ha, that's a good idea. I'd be able to make use...

    Ha, that's a good idea. I'd be able to make use of all the old tool boxes I have laying around.
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    Veto's website indicates it releases late June,...

    Veto's website indicates it releases late June, early July.
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    I am unsure what you are referring to. Everything...

    I am unsure what you are referring to. Everything I said in that post is part of the building code for California.

    And considering I've passed over 1,000 inspections on installs that involve...
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    That's not a gas flex you're seeing. The yellow...

    That's not a gas flex you're seeing. The yellow "flex" you see is PEX pipe for gas, which I am rather fond of. I used it to run a gas line from my furnace closet to dryer closet (two totally...
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    Well, you wanted unbiased opinions. The only...

    Well, you wanted unbiased opinions. The only things I see done incorrectly right off the bat is, single wall flue needs 4" clearance from combustables. This should have been double wall.

    Flue pipe...
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    That was actually what I was looking into. Glad...

    That was actually what I was looking into. Glad to hear an recommendation.
  47. Thread: tool bag

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    I bought a Veto Tech LC today. Never going back...

    I bought a Veto Tech LC today. Never going back to anything else. Love the zippered system, makes me feel comfortable with protecting my technical tools on one side (I keep a manometer, CO detector,...
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    Comment I heard regarding this story: "Dude, I...

    Comment I heard regarding this story:

    "Dude, I told you the title was 'The Girl Who KICKED The Hornet's Nest!!!!"
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    Ah, yes, commercial is a different story. I've...

    Ah, yes, commercial is a different story. I've been in residential for the last few years so I was thinking resi. I don't see an issue with using a dumpster on a commercial job as long as we're not...
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    I never use the customer's garbage, personally....

    I never use the customer's garbage, personally. And do not allow any of my employees do it. But, that is why I keep 40gal heavy duty garbage bags in the truck. Toss them in the garbage bag before...
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