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  1. As I said before: "The only person you are...

    As I said before:

    "The only person you are responsible for on the roads is yourself. I would say that if you get behind the wheel of a car, you are endangering yourself. If you get hurt in an...
  2. It's not common that we agree on anything, I...

    It's not common that we agree on anything, I appreciate your saying so.



    Driving your vehicle anywhere, in any state of mind, drunk, sober, high, whatever... endangers everyone around you. ...
  3. "There are more instances of the abridgment of...

    "There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

    -James Madison
  4. It's been argued that your vehicle is your...

    It's been argued that your vehicle is your personal space just like your home is and cannot be subject to unwarranted and unconstitutional searches.

    There are 2 options.

    A) Recognize that...
  5. What is the government agency who you are most...

    What is the government agency who you are most likely to have to interact with on a daily basis? It's not the EPA, or the IRS, or the DOJ, or DOE, but the local police. Is it right that they should...
  6. It's hilarious to me how supposed proponents of...

    It's hilarious to me how supposed proponents of "small government" are all for expanding the taxpayer-funded police state and further allowing the police to invade peoples' privacy. You're the first...
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    Good luck!

    Good luck!
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    It's not impossible for a sharp residential tech...

    It's not impossible for a sharp residential tech to land an entry level gig with a manufacturer.
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    You do have to work your way up through the...

    You do have to work your way up through the ranks, but through the ranks of a company or companies in this line of work. It can be difficult to parlay residential experience into a career in heavy...
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    If you want to work on big tonnage systems, you...

    If you want to work on big tonnage systems, you have to go where they are. This means living within an hour of a major city in most cases.
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    No. It's a lot of hard work, and a little bit of...

    No. It's a lot of hard work, and a little bit of right place/right time.
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    Technically speaking, there is not that much...

    Technically speaking, there is not that much difference between servicing residential systems and light commercial systems up to 25 tons or so. A smaller percentage of techs make it into larger...
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    To the OP: Be prepared to make a substantial...

    To the OP:

    Be prepared to make a substantial investment in tools and training on your own time if you want to get anywhere. Don't expect anything to be handed or given to you. Be on time (for...
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    Yeah, just push in the contactor on that 100hp...

    Yeah, just push in the contactor on that 100hp part winding motor starter, NOT.

    :eek2:

    Most of the time when you do a top-end inspection on a semi-hermetic reciprocating compressor, the...
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    Just got a new full size Ford Transit 250, have...

    Just got a new full size Ford Transit 250, have spent the last couple weekends getting it set up the way I like, and will probably keep working at it for a while until everything has it's place.
    ...
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    575211 Here's a picture of me when I was doing...

    575211

    Here's a picture of me when I was doing annual service on a chiller last winter.
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    Go to work for a manufacturer, it will be a very...

    Go to work for a manufacturer, it will be a very humbling and eye opening experience. Go for it if there is an open position in your area. But I would check the attitude at the door. As a ten year...
  18. Not necessarily a JCI install, probably low bid...

    Not necessarily a JCI install, probably low bid subcontractor. The local JCI branch probably had to try and make this crap work.
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    Trane has done this with their light commercial...

    Trane has done this with their light commercial rooftops for years now.
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    I had an unloader valve stem blow completely off...

    I had an unloader valve stem blow completely off of a Copeland several years ago. The output on the unit controller that controlled the unloader was chattering and caused the plunger inside the...
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    ok

    ok
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    It's quite clear that Kefah's pork-slandering...

    It's quite clear that Kefah's pork-slandering will not gain much traction here.
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    Orion makes some great points.

    Orion makes some great points.
  24. Thread: Ford Transit

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    Just got my Transit 250 slider. Ergonomics of...

    Just got my Transit 250 slider. Ergonomics of the dash, steering wheel placement/size, seat location, everything is about as good as you can ask for in a stock van. Sitting in the driver's seat, I...
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    Lots of heavy repair work involved? Do you work...

    Lots of heavy repair work involved? Do you work on the makeup air units and exhaust fans in addition to the hoods themselves? Do you ever take down or re-hang hoods? Any welding or fire-retardant...
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    Sounds like an outstanding gig. Travel...

    Sounds like an outstanding gig. Travel requirements?
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    I have never seen a drum of any low pressure...

    I have never seen a drum of any low pressure refrigerant with a check valve.
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    Yes, air would enter the tank, but it's not...

    Yes, air would enter the tank, but it's not really an issue with low pressure refrigerants. It's unavoidable during regular service like adding refrigerant, that's what purge units are for.

    Air...
  29. Thread: Grease gun?

    by Tech Rob
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    For those of you using flexible hoses, try one of...

    For those of you using flexible hoses, try one of these with a 1/8" NPT x 6" nipple.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41I4arN0ZvL.jpg

    They swivel around and lock in place. You get the...
  30. Thread: Grease gun?

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    I've always hated the pistol grip style. I don't...

    I've always hated the pistol grip style. I don't care flexible hoses either. Like GT, I've used the Alemite guns for a long time and had great luck with the 500 model, but I learned that they're...
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    I've got a Veto LC, a large chest, and milk...

    I've got a Veto LC, a large chest, and milk crates full of those little canvas zipper Klein bags marked for specific items like eye bolts, metric sockets, extractors, taps/dies, combination wrenches....
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    No problem, good luck!

    No problem, good luck!
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    Check out Emcor (formerly MSI) in Orlando.

    Check out Emcor (formerly MSI) in Orlando.
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    Last week I was rebuilding and aligning a 50 HP...

    Last week I was rebuilding and aligning a 50 HP condenser water pump. This week, troubleshooting a fiber-optic communications link between two buildings. Next week, could be replacing a 5 ton...
  35. Thread: Work boot

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    Switched from Red Wongs to Keens a few months...

    Switched from Red Wongs to Keens a few months ago, got the Louisville Wellington, been happy with them so far. They don't feel like clunky Frankenstein shoes the way Red Wongs always felt. They're...
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    What do docks or decks have to do with this?

    What do docks or decks have to do with this?
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    No reason you can't do both, but don't put the...

    No reason you can't do both, but don't put the cart in front of the horse. Knowing mechanical service will make you an excellent controls tech. in the end. Knowing how things are controlled will...
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    Liberia is a horrible failure of an american...

    Liberia is a horrible failure of an american experiment in colonialism that backfired and became an even bigger third world toilet than it already was. It's on the west-central African coast.
    ...
  39. I'm not looking for a job, but your company...

    I'm not looking for a job, but your company sounds great and very professional. Employee owned companies are usually ones with their priorities set correctly for long term sustainability instead of...
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    WHY??? :censored:

    WHY???

    :censored:
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    I'll just leave this here. ...

    I'll just leave this here.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

    :pop:
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    I think you're referring to the EMB(0) bypass...

    I think you're referring to the EMB(0) bypass panel. Terminals 1 and 2 are for safety interlock.
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    It should be wired to whatever input is...

    It should be wired to whatever input is programmed for "Run permissive". It's usually DI 19. Check Par. 5-11.
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    No, that is not correct. Does it have a bypass?

    No, that is not correct. Does it have a bypass?
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    You don't say? Never heard of it.

    You don't say? Never heard of it.
  47. Thread: Vfd contactor

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    Yes, but these contactors are directly controlled...

    Yes, but these contactors are directly controlled by the drive itself, not some little klixon switch mounted on the coil that was probably manufactured by 5 year old children in a cave on some island...
  48. Thread: Vfd contactor

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    If a conduit and wire can't be run, I wonder if...

    If a conduit and wire can't be run, I wonder if there's any reason the drive can't be relocated to the MUA unit on the roof? Not sure what HP we're talking about here, but they're making <15HP...
  49. Thread: Vfd contactor

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    While it may work, I'd be hesitant to put my name...

    While it may work, I'd be hesitant to put my name on it. No factory startup tech would sign off on it, for sure.
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    It is a tri-star conversion from R-11 to R-123. ...

    It is a tri-star conversion from R-11 to R-123. I think we did it back around '96 or '97.
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