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  1. I understand being busy and short handed, but we...

    I understand being busy and short handed, but we were completely unbusy and the other techs down to working part time. They even cited a reduction in manpower and layed off our lead tech after 13...
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    Funny thing - the day after I started this post,...

    Funny thing - the day after I started this post, a factory called and requested me to go work on their giant air drier.... Go figure. :)
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    That helps even more. Thanks Ice. Today is my...

    That helps even more. Thanks Ice. Today is my last day, but I will show this to the technician who is taking over for me.

    This has been a bear of a project - bringing back to life a parallel...
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    Thank you for the information. That helps.

    Thank you for the information. That helps.
  5. Yes, the business agent and the dispatcher were...

    Yes, the business agent and the dispatcher were very interested in this situation. Either way, I am out of there have have a new union job starting on Monday. Thanks for the feedback guys.
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    Blast Chiller Question

    Blast chillers are one of those things they never taught in trade school, nor do you come across them every day. The same can be said for air driers.

    My question is this: If a blast chiller is...
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    They aren't cheap, but I really like the bellow...

    They aren't cheap, but I really like the bellow type aluminum gauges from Refco. I never looked back at the rest. I do know that the regular stuff in the parts house is not usually class one,...
  8. I understand the whole subcontracting thing, but...

    I understand the whole subcontracting thing, but what gets me is that we are slow right now, the techs are pretty much working part time. So when you are on call, and one of these calls comes it -...
  9. Question for the union guys - would you call this stealing? What would you call it?

    So if a union shop wins a contract for maintenance and repairs, but then hands the service calls to a non-union company and the excuse is that "We cannot make the 2 hour response time for the...
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    I found a shop like that a few years ago. Great...

    I found a shop like that a few years ago. Great technicians, great pay, great benefits Great managers / owners. When they delivered me a brand new truck with my name on the door, I figured I...
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    I agree! There are some amazing technicians out...

    I agree! There are some amazing technicians out there who just aren't good at written tests.

    The same thing goes for computers. During my most recent job search, everythng is so electronic and...
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    Yup - they know - they don't understand it, but...

    Yup - they know - they don't understand it, but they know. The Field Aware is only part of the reason. Our buisness dropped off and we have lost most of the good PM contracts and no one is selling...
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    Thank you for that, Ice.

    Thank you for that, Ice.
  14. Eventually you get to the point in your career...

    Eventually you get to the point in your career where equipment is just equipment. You can pretty much fix everything, or learn how to in short order. (if they want to pay) I highly reccomend trying...
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    Wow! That is quite above the union scale in...

    Wow! That is quite above the union scale in Colorado.

    I would seriously consider that.
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    By TBS, do you mean Trane? I have not heard...

    By TBS, do you mean Trane?

    I have not heard back from them yet, but they do have flyers up at most of the parts houses in town.
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    Thank you for the article. It was helpful, but...

    Thank you for the article. It was helpful, but not so helpful to answer my question.

    This is like a murder mystery. Parallel rack, 3 compressors, 3 different CFM. Runs 7 refrigeration systems....
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    The pay is all over the scale in this region. A...

    The pay is all over the scale in this region. A LOT of hiring going on in the middle of winter, which is unusual. I am fairly new to the union. The local 208 is actively recruiting for good...
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    Oil Float Question ACR S-9131

    So I was wondering why the older ACR oil floats have two ports on top. One 3/8 for oil supply, and one 1/4 for suction pressure back to the manifold.

    I could not find any literature on the old...
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    Yes - we get hourly wage and benefits. The...

    Yes - we get hourly wage and benefits. The problems I find with the program is that you cannot see your time worked for the week. You cannot adjust your time for the day or week, such as when you...
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    "Comfort costs money.....Refrigeration costs...

    "Comfort costs money.....Refrigeration costs more"

    If you get this working, you are going to own it and it will suck up a lot of your time when you least want to do it. If it craps out and she...
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    I don't know if this means anything. 12 years...

    I don't know if this means anything. 12 years ago, I had a start date with Source right out of trade school. I was excited to join up. Before I could start, someone swooped in and offered me seven...
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    I really like that attitude PHM. I have always...

    I really like that attitude PHM. I have always just taken the first job that comes along that pays the same or better. Perhaps I need to hold out for something more challenging.
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    Yes - the longer I am in this trade, it seems...

    Yes - the longer I am in this trade, it seems like the old 'give and take' works best for everyone. Unfortunately, more employers want to make it 'Take and take' or a few dishonest employees...
  25. This failure was mechanical. The compressor...

    This failure was mechanical.

    The compressor was cycling on internal heat safety (06d)

    When I pulled the first head, the valves were shot and the pistons fell right into the crankcase. So only...
  26. Thanks Icemeister. I need to take off the heads...

    Thanks Icemeister. I need to take off the heads and see what I find out on the dead compressor.

    As for the check valves, I had one compressor on this rack that was going off on internal...
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    Thank you for all the insight about going in...

    Thank you for all the insight about going in house. For me this would be about a 33% pay cut - ouch! Maybe in a few more years I could afford that, but unless they come up in salary, this is...
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    Our company installed something called Field...

    Our company installed something called Field Aware. Everything is done in real time and tracked. The funny thing is, you cannot see your total hours worked for the week, nor the sum of the...
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    Yes - there are lots of pluses and minuses to the...

    Yes - there are lots of pluses and minuses to the situation. I joined the union about 2 years ago, but now with all the micromanaging and electronic tracking and wage theft, I am kind of disgusted...
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    Taking a pay cut.....on purpose ?

    Has anyone out there have any thoughts on taking a pay cut on purpose, for better peace of mind and an easier pace?

    I have an offer and am considering leaving the rat race of billable hours and...
  31. Discharge muffler backwards / check valve question

    So I am working on a small parallel rack (3 compressors) and the middle compressor has been dead since before I arrive on site over a year ago.

    I convinced the customer to replace it (carlyle...
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    It's amazing

    Just looking at the pictures - isn't it amazing some of the junk we work on, in the crappy locations and access holes, that the customer just expects miracles at the lowest possible cost to keep...
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    Believe it. I just worked on a large commercial...

    Believe it. I just worked on a large commercial freezer with forklift traffic doorway. The drain heater quit. The ice dam formed in the drain pan, the ice buildup snapped the pan heater element,...
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    Our company just installed it. Everyone is...

    Our company just installed it. Everyone is looking for another job.

    Personally, I think Fieldaware is banking on the odds that most wage theft goes unreported.

    I think it steals the...
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    I appreciate the advice. After 13 years of...

    I appreciate the advice. After 13 years of swinging the wrench, I think I am a pretty OK technician and have mastered how to manage my time and multitask multiple jobs the same day/week. With this...
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    We had the training meeting. It's going to get...

    We had the training meeting. It's going to get ugly on the timekeeping side.

    Customer signs, time stops. Travel time? Not clear. Shop time, wait time, not clear.

    I said it looks like an...
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    Thanks for the explanation. These air driers...

    Thanks for the explanation. These air driers are new ground to me. I hope we can please this customer.
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    Welp - Tomorrow is the training meeting. I will...

    Welp - Tomorrow is the training meeting. I will know more then. Then once I know more, I will chat with the union hall about it and see what they think.
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    Those all all very valid points - especially the...

    Those all all very valid points - especially the one about how the time doesn't always stop when the customer signs the bill. Especially when you are waiting at some security office for 30-40...
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    Yes - we are probably going to replace the...

    Yes - we are probably going to replace the separator and float and install an equalization line. It's out of my hands now. I had a good talk with the factory tech. He said we should put new valve...
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    This is a system with two 40HP discus...

    This is a system with two 40HP discus compressors. No EPRs, but 4 unloaders and two hot gas bypass valves. The suction accumlator also acts as a heat exchanger for the liquid line.

    One thing I...
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    Thanks for the tips and experiences. Our...

    Thanks for the tips and experiences.

    Our apprentice is the only one on it so far, and he was shocked to see that as soon as the customer signs and presses ok, the time stops, and that is all that...
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    It looks like a large cigar. Pull the oil plug...

    It looks like a large cigar. Pull the oil plug and spring, and then pull it out with your pinky finger.
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    Sure enough

    Yup - you guys called it right.

    The compressor ran great for about 2 weeks, and then started tripping on oil pressure again.

    Now they want a quote for a new compressor. I put Zerol 150 in it...
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    Annie

    I love my Annie. It doesn't come out very often, but when it does I am very glad I have it.

    UEI makes one, but no gauges or lights on it - just switches.
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    GPS Based dispatching and Time Sheets

    So my shop signed up for something called Field Aware. They are raving about how its going to streamline everything for the office girls including get rid of our time sheets. Our time cards will be...
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    Success!! The drain plug filter looks like a...

    Success!! The drain plug filter looks like a long fancy cigar. I pulled it out with my pinky finger and found it completely clogged with sludge and copper filings. Cleaned it up and put it all back...
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    Thanks for the advice. I will take some Zerol...

    Thanks for the advice. I will take some Zerol 150 out there and drain the oil and see if I can clean that filter. I saw somewhere that Zerol is equivalent to Bitzer 5.2 oil.

    This sounds much...
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    Bitzer Compressor Internal Oil Filter?

    So I'm working in a plant on a very large air drier.

    The drier is powered by a Bitzer 6H-35.2 compressor. The complaint is the unit keeps tripping on oil safety. The trips are random and no one...
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    Thanks for all the advice guys. Sure enough, my...

    Thanks for all the advice guys. Sure enough, my turn came around with the apprentice. We got in a heated argument from the get go and I almost sent him home right away. Seems that he thinks he...
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