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    I've installed 1 1/8 a lot in earlier years....

    I've installed 1 1/8 a lot in earlier years. Usually 5 ton systems. I hated the stuff. Wrestling match.
    I also hated burying brazed joints in walls. Kind of like a electrical junction box in a...
  2. Thread: union

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    Before my business I worked for three different...

    Before my business I worked for three different Union contractors in two different States and never heard of paying for oil or anything else I didn't own.
    That should have been brought up to your...
  3. Thread: Jet Diffuseer

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    Unless you use a capture hood go to their site...

    Unless you use a capture hood go to their site and there should be information of how to do it. Usually probe placement is important.
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    And the backflow preventer works.

    And the backflow preventer works.
  5. A small drawer pull?

    A small drawer pull?
  6. Thread: Training

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    Taco has an online school that looks good but I...

    Taco has an online school that looks good but I haven't jumped in yet. If you will be dealing with piping/pumping systems knowing good design is necessary.
  7. Thread: PM's

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    A lot of PM's are written to impress the customer...

    A lot of PM's are written to impress the customer when they actually promise too much. That often jams up a PM. I remember a monthly commercial account in a three story where the PM said "Calibrate...
  8. Thread: Wizzards

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    I did find this on tires. ...

    I did find this on tires.

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=73
    I don't know how scientific this site is. It mentions "rule of thumb"

    Seems pressure goes down 1-2...
  9. Thread: Wizzards

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    Because you have a football and I don't.

    Because you have a football and I don't.
  10. Thread: Wizzards

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    Wizzards

    I've got this Silverado with Northstar. I get this report when weather gets cold that my tires are low on pressure. When the day warms, their fine.
    Lead me to wonder....If a football was filled in a...
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    Contractors will clear the bench on a large call...

    Contractors will clear the bench on a large call and the Local will put out a call for travelers from other Locals. Some of these guys might not be top drawer but for the contractor it's still better...
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    Yes, back in the 70's the apprentice program had...

    Yes, back in the 70's the apprentice program had an age limit. A person that had worked in the trade as a journeyman could join at any age.
    That all changed awhile back. I don't know about other...
  13. Thread: Hot loop

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    Every brake horse power becomes heat. In a system...

    Every brake horse power becomes heat. In a system like a blower every amp becomes heat. It's the law of conservation of energy. That's why a pump is a negative on a chiller loop. Each brake HP has to...
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    How about the oldest. I knew a Nam vet that...

    How about the oldest. I knew a Nam vet that started his apprenticeship at 55.
    When I started they had a cutoff of 26years old but deducted military service. That's gone now.
  15. Thread: union

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    I don't know what your experience with Unions is...

    I don't know what your experience with Unions is but for apprentices wage promotions are automatic, usually every six months. When I worked for others I never had a problem getting my hours. Nether...
  16. Thread: Storm - Tunes

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    Can also be fun. A guy I knew was living in an...

    Can also be fun. A guy I knew was living in an apartment and the neighbor next to him kept playing really loud music.
    He borrowed some LARGE speakers, placed them by the common wall, and put on the...
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    Here's the site where some patent problems are...

    Here's the site where some patent problems are brought up. I've read this guys stuff when he wrote for electronics mags.

    http://www.tinaja.com/patnt01.shtml
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    I'm reminded of a guy that had an idea for a...

    I'm reminded of a guy that had an idea for a toothpaste tube. The tubes used to be made of lead. It was a key like a sardine cans used to have so the tube could be wound up and all the paste gotten...
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    A few years ago I went to a government sponsored...

    A few years ago I went to a government sponsored class on Trademarks, patents and copyrights. It was not encouraging.
    Expensive, time consuming and riddled with failed attempts.
    Many years ago an...
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    Way back I was the service dept for a company....

    Way back I was the service dept for a company. Business picked up and I needed help about four months during the year. The company took one apprentice and Lennox tested him for the company. He didn't...
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    Transformers...Allow me to hallucinate.

    Transformers...Allow me to hallucinate.
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    Need more testing. The regulator at the boiler...

    Need more testing. The regulator at the boiler could be a problem. I'm close to you and know at some point most gas lines are exposed to the weather. Make sure the regulator's vent is clear....
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    Before y'all get lost in voltage (up down etc)...

    Before y'all get lost in voltage (up down etc) transformers are also are about capacity. I know the posters know this but I'm concerned about the less initiated might start thinking about using this...
  24. Thread: pay scale

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    Roger That !

    Roger That !
  25. Thread: pay scale

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    This trade has an amazing range of wages and...

    This trade has an amazing range of wages and benefits. While part of the difference is the size of North America it also has to do with wages affected by wage suppression. Right to work legislation...
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    If your boss wants you to go to the school and...

    If your boss wants you to go to the school and plans on making a profit off your new knowledge, he should pay you for your time.
    Just my thoughts.
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    Since you say the mall engineer is changing to a...

    Since you say the mall engineer is changing to a higher output pump it sounds like others have messed with other circuit setters or there are other plugged pipes and the system is under performing....
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    You might want to re post in the controls forum.

    You might want to re post in the controls forum.
  29. Thread: pay scale

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    Understand benefits are money. If your company...

    Understand benefits are money. If your company didn't provide health insurance you'd have to buy it on your own. It can cost an employer a bunch. Our (SMW) family health plan costs contractors...
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    Nice.

    Nice.
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    A lot of people work this way. The good ol boy...

    A lot of people work this way. The good ol boy network.
    I watched a company go down in flames once when the Government contracting office caught up with them. One guy killed himself.
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    Many condenser fan motors are single phase...

    Many condenser fan motors are single phase because they will always run in the same direction. Most compressors don't care, scrolls excepted. So ya 460v single phase between any two wires.
    Phase...
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    Sure. A fan and limit switch can use 120v for...

    Sure. A fan and limit switch can use 120v for both the fan side and the limit side on some furnaces. In this case there is a jumper to send the 120 to both the fan side and the limit side.
    Other...
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    I should mention I have seen the F&L jumper...

    I should mention I have seen the F&L jumper problem once and my son when he did service ran into it also. He had line voltage when measuring lo volt to ground. He remembered me telling him about the...
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    A lot (most) of the software is proprietary. An...

    A lot (most) of the software is proprietary. An attempt years ago by Auto Matrix to have a uniform protocol went nowhere. Some older systems are still DOS based. Some like some Carrier's require a...
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    This might not be the case but I'll mention...

    This might not be the case but I'll mention something similar. When installing a Honeywell fan and limit where the fan portion is line voltage and the limit is low voltage on some models there is a...
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    You anti-freeze a fire system by having a dry...

    You anti-freeze a fire system by having a dry system.
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    Wow. As a company I need to warranty the work and...

    Wow. As a company I need to warranty the work and insure my rep that it didn't fail my choice would be junk them.
    I'd rather deal with my best chance of not having problems. I won't sell used stuff...
  39. Thread: Inventory

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    Inventory is one of the least understood business...

    Inventory is one of the least understood business necessities. Just ask the question " Is our inventory based on FIFO or no plan at all? All you'll probably get is a blank stare.
    Problem being an...
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    Overseas has a voltage consideration. Like the UK...

    Overseas has a voltage consideration. Like the UK is 220 v even at a duplex. There are converters but that gadget might draw too much current.
    Also in the UK they drive on the other side of the...
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    Ya, especially because it's not installed close...

    Ya, especially because it's not installed close to being OK. Failure is expected and I wish I was there. Gotta luv the smell of refer in the morning.
  42. Where I live the contractors license is in two...

    Where I live the contractors license is in two parts. The holder and the qualifying party. That tells us that there is a difference between the owner and the person that actually understands the...
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    No, it's not about application or maintenance....

    No, it's not about application or maintenance. It's about "do you feel lucky". I'll go a step further. Being my neighbor I wouldn't trust any system exposed to the elements you encounter when you...
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    When are they freezing? By that I mean are the...

    When are they freezing? By that I mean are the fans being shut off at night. Do the heat valves fail safe?
    Any water system runs a risk of freezing. Things that are out of anyone's control like...
  45. I guess your talking about return bends. It...

    I guess your talking about return bends.
    It probably could be made. They would need a good economic reason.
    Someone once said about manufactures was how amazing it is to see how clever they are at...
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    The same way it's always been done. The wage is...

    The same way it's always been done. The wage is Journeyman scale and the training isn't a requirement if one can do the work. Many trade journeymen are brought in based of experience, often years, in...
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    A ways back it wasn't totally uncommon for a...

    A ways back it wasn't totally uncommon for a service guy to smear furnace cement on a cracked HX. Probably not a good idea as the HO might think, It works ok now...I don't need a new one.
    The idea...
  48. Thread: Restoration

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    We all get too old to bend metal sometime.:grin2:

    We all get too old to bend metal sometime.:grin2:
  49. Thread: Restoration

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    I can imagine what you felt. Looking forward to...

    I can imagine what you felt. Looking forward to pictures.
  50. Thread: Restoration

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    Didn't mean to have you stand on your head.

    Didn't mean to have you stand on your head.
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