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    In New Mexico the GC's will require workers comp...

    In New Mexico the GC's will require workers comp on all subs. Their thinking is a sub could bring other labor to the job and if the other labor got hurt it would fall on the GC. They don't want that...
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    Thee is a company here that has it's employers...

    Thee is a company here that has it's employers get their licenses, insurance etc. Then presents the jobs available and the "Subs" bid against each other. He 1099's them. As far as I can tell it's no...
  3. Thread: Shots Fired

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    Shots Fired

    I was informed that in Albuquerque on duty police will at midnight of the forth, park their cars under bridges to protect themselves from gun shots fired in celebration.

    This is mainly in an area...
  4. Yes. It's often said that if the problem isn't...

    Yes. It's often said that if the problem isn't found the new compressor will fail. Failures are most often external.
    I once had a failure. When I pulled the end bell to see what the failure mode was...
  5. Thread: Stereo Systems

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    I still listen to vinyl and can get good buys at...

    I still listen to vinyl and can get good buys at 2nd hand stores. Some still in the wrapper. I used to run a TCC pre -amp but my wife bought us a new Audio-Techneca turn table and it had a built in...
  6. I once spent a day at a compressor...

    I once spent a day at a compressor remanufacturing facility in Phoenix and was very impressed with the thoroughness I saw. I would have no problem ordering compressors from them.
    I have seen...
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    I doubt your problem is the thread sealant. Pipe...

    I doubt your problem is the thread sealant. Pipe threads are tapered and require a lubricant. Almost anything will allow the thread to seal. I think your problem is with the thread. Be suspicious if...
  8. On an inspection even engineers will sometimes...

    On an inspection even engineers will sometimes disagree on failure mode.

    Even though you seem to be focusing on the compressor having failed I'd open the electric panels to be sure everything is...
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    Start with knowing where North is. Then there...

    Start with knowing where North is.
    Then there are contractors that don't follow all that close to the prints and change orders.
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    Everyone knows it's all Freezone.

    Everyone knows it's all Freezone.
  11. I have worn Keen Gypsum hikers for several years...

    I have worn Keen Gypsum hikers for several years for everyday. I just recently found out Keen makes work boots.
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    I was referring to phone calls that ask "How much...

    I was referring to phone calls that ask "How much does your company charge per hour?" Here, if you answered $300 they would hang up.
    Probably most places would. Hiding high costs by being FR or by...
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    When model numbers can't be deciphered by HO's I...

    When model numbers can't be deciphered by HO's I can say I'm putting in a 3 ton unit and another contractor might say "That's too small and I'll put in a 4 ton" Then he puts in a 3 ton and the HO...
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    What a company charges is determined by location....

    What a company charges is determined by location. You can't use SF pricing in Tulsa. Another factor concerning low ball contractors is they might not know they are going broke by not understanding...
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    I like Ruth King's information. She will...

    I like Ruth King's information. She will diffidently give you a tune up.I also agree fairly well with the parts pricing structure on Mr.Hvac"s site. A little digging required.
    ...
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    Could be. In twinning fans with the same return,...

    Could be. In twinning fans with the same return, if they don't start together the slow fan can begin spinning in reverse and reach it's ( I can't remember how to spell sycroness)speed and run...
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    Are you licensed to handle refrigerant? You could...

    Are you licensed to handle refrigerant? You could hurt yourself. There are limits for what you do for friends.
  18. Thread: a32 vs oxy

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    I only have a small rosebud but I also have a big...

    I only have a small rosebud but I also have a big rosebud called a cutting torch. I don't use the trigger of course but a cutting head is just a big rosebud. I've been using this for 40 years. Try...
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    I only worked on one years ago. It has to be...

    I only worked on one years ago. It has to be stored or stacked somewhere. Maybe like Pansty posted there is a receiver in the system. Like I said it was a long time ago and I did little resi. A...
  20. Thread: Figured it out

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    At 70 it must be the clean air or the sea food....

    At 70 it must be the clean air or the sea food. Good going Lyning.
    The industry has changed more in the last 10 years than I ever experienced before. I used to wonder when the industry would take...
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    I had a Trane compressor. The Trane people here...

    I had a Trane compressor. The Trane people here think all Trane stuff is theirs. The replacement had no pressure when I plugged the plugs. So being suspicious I tipped it to see if there was any oil...
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    Used to be the estimate was wages plus 50%. That...

    Used to be the estimate was wages plus 50%. That was early 90's. It's a tad higher now.
    I knew a guy that did T&B and also taught math at the hall. He was going to start a service business and...
  23. Thread: Figured it out

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    I didn't develop my skills for an employer, I did...

    I didn't develop my skills for an employer, I did it for myself. It was something I could keep and no one could take.
    I could think it wasn't noticed but it was. Some it was a slap on the back and...
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    Probably would as it's caustic like the stuff...

    Probably would as it's caustic like the stuff Carrier sent me.

    Another thing, an oily coil doesn't have to be from manufacturing. Fried foods will carry throughout the house especially if the oil...
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    That's true. I know most workers have no idea...

    That's true. I know most workers have no idea what's compensated. Just what's on the check. I just think when someone starts out they are very likely not to know how to begin to account for OH. I...
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    Usually there will be 2 slide dampers that are...

    Usually there will be 2 slide dampers that are alternated for the different seasons. I think I see a damper handle on the round duct.

    I once saw a cooler with plywood ducts.
    There's a lot of...
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    Ya, me too. I had a home built in 1918 that had...

    Ya, me too. I had a home built in 1918 that had some boards in the attic that weren't used. Big circle saw marks. I used them as accent walls in a home I built. Looked really good as they were...
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    Like PHM said. I was with an electrician once. He...

    Like PHM said. I was with an electrician once. He was looking down at the condenser fan when the overload in the compressor reset and it tried to start. He had just moved away when the terminals shot...
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    I modified a R22 tank as my first recovery...

    I modified a R22 tank as my first recovery system. Just a valve on the bottom and top. If the system could run I would bleed a bit back into the suction side to lower the pressure. It could recover...
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    Listening for a leak is guessing. Get some...

    Listening for a leak is guessing. Get some bubbles or make some. Put a bar of Castile soap in a can with water. It bubbles like crazy.
    Last I read it's legal to use refrigerant to leak test as it's...
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    More Common Than You Might Think.

    DIY Evap cooler.:gah:
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    We Don't Need No Stinking Furnace Guy!

    That's the way ya do it!
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    The system doesn't do any favors for small...

    The system doesn't do any favors for small businesses. Your FICA social security is doubled, Medicare is too. Total 15.7% ( if memory serves) of your gross.
    A contractor I know joined one of the...
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    Are side burns coming back?

    Are side burns coming back?
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    Remember cover the condenser, elevate the head to...

    Remember cover the condenser, elevate the head to 290-305 (I think) and charge to a clear sight glass. It was amazing how involved time guards could be and how simple solid state timers made it. ...
  36. The times I've been to NYC and Chicago ( not all...

    The times I've been to NYC and Chicago ( not all that different except less) if I didn't drive fast it seemed got nowhere. And parking tickets were $$$.
    My brother has lived in Manhattan since the...
  37. Thread: Capacitors

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    Like a lot of systems there is often wiggle room....

    Like a lot of systems there is often wiggle room. 20% here or there sometimes wont have a failure. Think of how many caps out there that are not on target but still run. Maybe not ideally but who...
  38. Cool, what I'd like to know is where did you find...

    Cool, what I'd like to know is where did you find a place to park?
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    I worked with a Carrier engineer that did that...

    I worked with a Carrier engineer that did that once. Plexiglass door. He sent out a can of caustic soap to spray on the coil. It etched the aluminum a bit so the coil was a bit more sticky.
    This...
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    Most of the people in Union management didn't...

    Most of the people in Union management didn't understand the service technical areas and had little idea how to train for that. The contractors were in the same boat. Those contractors that did have...
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    In construction there are layoffs when the job...

    In construction there are layoffs when the job is done unless the contractor picked up more work. The foremen are usually kept
    A lot of guys live in ways that taking time off isn't a problem. I...
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    Yes, tons of controls. In the 70's there was a...

    Yes, tons of controls. In the 70's there was a fear that the power co wold not be able to prevent brown outs. Carrier came out with a board that monitored voltage along with a bunch of other things....
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    Are most here finding cap failure on the fan...

    Are most here finding cap failure on the fan motors or the compressors. Seems if it's on the compressors a hard start kit is an option.
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    I've still have about 15#. Carrier created it to...

    I've still have about 15#. Carrier created it to control supply. Or so I was told. I never saw any need for it. Sort of in between 12 and 22.
    I knew a tech that had a R500. He didn't have any R500...
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    Always check the data on these because some were...

    Always check the data on these because some were R500 and they look the same. Rare but possible.
    I knew a shop that replaced I think three failed compressors before the refrigerant type was...
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    Maybe it's time to salvage old caps from...

    Maybe it's time to salvage old caps from replacement equipment rather than eat call backs. Weren't PCB's used as a dielectric back then.
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    Wow Xcel your too young for this message. That...

    Wow Xcel your too young for this message. That news is supposed to be for us older guys. I think it's probably in your favor that these things can be diagnosed earlier than in years past. Am I right...
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    I've got my own list. First is not to work for...

    I've got my own list.
    First is not to work for others.
    Second is do something few others do.
    Seems their list has more to do with development potential than money.
    So, what would I do?...
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    Years ago when working for others we had a...

    Years ago when working for others we had a meeting. At that time techs were referred to as "servicemen" I suggested that it confused customers like "What gas station do you work for?" or "What branch...
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