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    Only a handful. ~10 Honeywell VisionPRO...

    Only a handful.

    ~10 Honeywell VisionPRO 8000s for screen issues, quite a few of the cheap Honeywell digital stats (TH3110) for bad relays, one White-Rodgers clone of the VisionPro for a...
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    With an install like that, you don't even need a...

    With an install like that, you don't even need a name plate to know whose equipment that is...
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    Growing up we had a Tappan-branded unit very...

    Growing up we had a Tappan-branded unit very similar, but much larger to this. Fan on the bottom, coils on top. Its nemesis was lightning and power surges. I believe it ate a few motors and...
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    I'm with you on this one. Yes, the "pro" ones...

    I'm with you on this one. Yes, the "pro" ones have longer warranties, but it doesn't justify the extra costs. I similarly question the price of these thermostats, period. When I can buy a NEW,...
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    R-600a! Isobutane a.k.a. Methylpropane. It's...

    R-600a! Isobutane a.k.a. Methylpropane. It's become quite popular in Europe for smaller (consumer) refrigerators. And as expected, it goes boom very easily if it leaks.
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    Is that some form of Romex or appliance cord? ...

    Is that some form of Romex or appliance cord? Either way, it ain't right
  7. Thread: Wal of Shame

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    Follow-up: Store reopening. Cause of fire was a...

    Follow-up: Store reopening. Cause of fire was a compressor failure. I can't say I've ever seen a compressor fail that violently.
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  8. Thread: Air Curtain

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    With this type of grocery store, an air curtain...

    With this type of grocery store, an air curtain of any type is welcome and probably the sign of a great owner...compared to what you normally find at this level. At least at this store I'm willing...
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    I think a second call to the Commie-fornia...

    I think a second call to the Commie-fornia Licensing Board is in order -- tell them he refused to fix it, as that's essentially what he did.

    With it being California, I'm shocked they weren't...
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    Sad to see that crappy install sitting on what...

    Sad to see that crappy install sitting on what appears to be a nice hardwood floor.
  11. Thread: Air Curtain

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    Having killed many tower fans over the years,...

    Having killed many tower fans over the years, their bearings aren't meant to last in any position. I've never had one last more than two years.
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    The inspectors for this part of town is on the...

    The inspectors for this part of town is on the take, big time. The fire inspector harasses the **** out of us because we won't pay him off, but lets crap like this fly. It took us 3 months of...
  13. Thread: Still going

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    Sadly, just had to replace one of those GE...

    Sadly, just had to replace one of those GE systems this week at our office building. 31 years, with the last 5 being run continuously (tenant keeping the place at 68F).

    Retired a 1980s...
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    You might want to consider adding more fiber to...

    You might want to consider adding more fiber to your diet. ;)



    Eh... at my condo building they're currently working through replacing all of the cast iron pipe. Building's ~40 years old or so....
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    This actually surprises me. Down in Florida...

    This actually surprises me. Down in Florida fireplaces are rare, but understandable given our climate. Given Ontario's climate, if I lived up there I'd have a fire going often. A couple of...
  16. Thread: Air Curtain

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    Air Curtain

    I'm not sure if this is a WOS or a Wall of Pride. It's certainly an economical way to do it.

    Yes, those are two tower fans, held by fiber-reinforced tape.

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    It works as poorly as it looks

    Bonus points for running the pipe right along the fire escape doors.

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    Dumb question... Awhile back, Walmart...

    Dumb question...

    Awhile back, Walmart suddenly shuttered 5 stores across the country for "plumbing problems." No advance notice or anything given to any local staff. I do recall seeing people...
  19. Sad... I saw the pic and immediately knew it was...

    Sad... I saw the pic and immediately knew it was in Florida.

    @pctech: no, the homeowner most likely paid a contractor for this, a licensed contractor at that. No homeowner would have bought the...
  20. Thread: Wal of Shame

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    Follow the money... MacBook:~ user$ whois...

    Follow the money...


    MacBook:~ user$ whois savethebulbs.org
    Domain Name: SAVETHEBULBS.ORG
    Domain ID: D106099972-LROR
    Registrant Organization: HUVCO, LLC
    Registrant Street: Post Office Box 3...
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    Latest update:...

    Latest update: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/fire/walmart-fire-in-largo-to-cost-millions-in-lost-revenue-officials-say/2281045

    Some salient points:
    "estimated $30 to $50 million in...
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    I don't think anyone's placed blame on the...

    I don't think anyone's placed blame on the installing HVAC contractor in the thread.

    I'm looking over aerial shots of other Florida stores built around the same time period and they all seem to...
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    I hate it when people run properties like this. ...

    I hate it when people run properties like this. At one of my previous jobs, they believed in this exact same philosophy, right down from initial construction. Ice rink, in Florida. HVAC was DX,...
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    Wal of Shame

    Something bad happened at this Walmart store in Largo, Florida today...


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    Photos courtesy Florida DOT / BayNews9.com
    News article:...
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    Silver spraypaint won't cover these sins...

    If I didn't know better, I'd say the silver spraypaint is actually holding the unit together.

    This unit's been like this for at least 4 years... Never seen who works on it, but about once a year...
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    ARI matchup? / poor tract home install

    Hi all,
    So a friend of mine bought a brand new tract home from a large national builder. One of those which looks nice on the outside, but one you start to peel back the layers it's lipstick on...
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    I never understood why this happens in new...

    I never understood why this happens in new construction in Tampa, FL. Seriously, gas furnaces in mid Florida? For the 7-14 days a year they'll probably run? Quite a few commercial buildings in the...
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    From the security camera footage, he used an...

    From the security camera footage, he used an aluminum(!) extension ladder right next to those fiber optic cables which he said were power lines. :rolleyes:
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    Hey, I rather like that. Gets the point across...

    Hey, I rather like that. Gets the point across quite clearly and with emphasis. Looks better than some of the metal tamper covers I've seen around. BUT it looks like a paperclip would defeat...
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    Comcast was here...

    To say our commercial property manager dislikes Comcast would be a strong understatement. After they made Swiss cheese out of one of our buildings drilling anywhere and everywhere, it was decided...
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    Sadly, that might leak less than the factory...

    Sadly, that might leak less than the factory doors on some of the newer equipment I've seen.
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    Well, I guess it is biblical -- Jesus wept. (Jn...

    Well, I guess it is biblical -- Jesus wept. (Jn 11:35)

    My guess is that it was "a friend of the church" who did this. Could be a contractor who is a member of the congregation or a friend of a...
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    Funny you mention that... I have a lava lamp...

    Funny you mention that... I have a lava lamp sitting on my desk next to the computer monitors. You wouldn't happen to know anything about those? The "lava" in mine doesn't seem to flow as well as...
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    I thought flip flops & shorts was the standard...

    I thought flip flops & shorts was the standard SoCal uniform?
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    Not sure about your insurance, but mine clearly...

    Not sure about your insurance, but mine clearly states how close to main feeds we can work. I'm fully aware that it's insulated and only 120/240v split-phase rather than the 480v 3-phase I'm used to...
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    Ethanol Fireplaces -- thoughts?

    Has anyone had experience with the ethanol or ethanol gel fireplaces? I know they're not typically a professionally-installed product, but am hoping some here either have sold them or have...
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    I would have liked to seen the control wiring in...

    I would have liked to seen the control wiring in conduit. Plastic flex is fine, just keeps the weed whackers and UV from destroying it. I'm also used to having to run condensate drains a bit...
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    Upon seeing that first picture, my response would...

    Upon seeing that first picture, my response would have been:

    http://www.stkstudios.com/hvactalk/nope.gif
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    It's a low-rise office building with a bunch of...

    It's a low-rise office building with a bunch of lawfirms in it... the attorneys are about as close to animals as we see in the building.

    The building itself was built in 1938 and added onto a...
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    I appreciate the suggestions (and am open to...

    I appreciate the suggestions (and am open to more!). I'll be bringing it up with our current HVAC contractor the next time they're out. It's just frustrating to have to constantly clean the...
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    Oh, I'm sure the building owner HAD the...

    Oh, I'm sure the building owner HAD the opportunity to get it installed properly... BUT those guys wanted too much money. Instead they found these guys who were sooo much cheaper than everyone else...
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    'Atta Boy, Dave!

    'Atta Boy, Dave!
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    Jellyfish in condensate pumps

    Just curious, how much maintenance should be expected for an AC condensate pump?

    Ours seem to be constantly filling up with algae/gunk. No matter how often we clean the pumps, no matter how many...
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    How appropriate for this thread!

    How appropriate for this thread!
  45. Boiler Explosion caught on Nanny Cam (w/video link)

    http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/03/19/Nanny-cam-catches-boiler-explosion-taking-out-a-wall-at-Wash-home/5581426766368/?spt=mps&or=5
  46. Contractor: Where's my payment? Prop Mgr: Where's my permit?

    So, a changeout on a commercial split system on an office building... Nothing too difficult or interesting. Job was done back in January, on a holiday, since the city says cranes aren't allowed...
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    datrik: You might want to make sure it's...

    datrik: You might want to make sure it's "flawless". Soleus just recalled a boatload of dehumidifiers due to them becoming instant fireballs. My Soleus Air units have been running flawlessly for 5...
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    Saw the picture, then immediately looked for the...

    Saw the picture, then immediately looked for the OP's location. Not surprised at all.
  49. Quiet portable dehumidifer (which hasn't been recalled)?

    Okay, so after the latest batch of dehumidifier recalls, every single standalone dehumidifier I have or use has been recalled due to being a fire hazard.

    So...I'm trying to find a quiet one...
  50. Why install a central AC when you can duct-tape a window shaker?

    Wow, just...wow.
    To quote the narrator in the video, "Make sure you use good duct tape, not the s**tty kind."

    Upon reading through the comments, it looks like this was posted by a pot grower...
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