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    The air conditioners I saw in Kuwait were 134A,...

    The air conditioners I saw in Kuwait were 134A, they worked good and it got just as hot there.
  2. Thread: My new Testo 550

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    My 550 t1 failed to read, a few months later the...

    My 550 t1 failed to read, a few months later the hook broke, now t2 failes to read = junk

    Currently using sman3.

    Lane
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    I suggest 6 months on an install crew, 6 months...

    I suggest 6 months on an install crew, 6 months being a helper/clean &check tech, after that I would recommend dispatcher or sales.

    This industry is full of salesman/comfort professionals...
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    It is real easy to use, and very nice on the...

    It is real easy to use, and very nice on the iPad. The two finger zoom in/out ability the iPad uses makes the wall lay out easy. You touch the screen in four places and your four wall lines are...
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    Wrightsoft mobile consultant - my review

    I bought a years worth of service, I logged into the site 2 times on my computer today, and 1 time on my ipad. Now it won't work at all on either device.

    The problem is, you can never delete your...
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    My 550 superheat side sensor plug doesn't work....

    My 550 superheat side sensor plug doesn't work. So, it's back to doing math for me. :)

    Lane
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    Had a leak on a discharge line on a compressor...

    Had a leak on a discharge line on a compressor once. No oil and only found it while the unit was running, took a lot of evaporating soap bubbles to find it. Break out the dye and lamp if the high...
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    I once had a very good job, I did start up and...

    I once had a very good job, I did start up and service on commercial jobs, From multiple rooftops to chillers. When it slowed down I would do some control wiring or even some clean and checks. But I...
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    I tell them "It might be the compressor, let me...

    I tell them "It might be the compressor, let me check a few other things that it could be. I will let you know what I find." That usually keeps them out of my way. It could turn into an issue with...
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    38% or higher go back to prison, do most of them...

    38% or higher go back to prison, do most of them think they won't get caught again?

    An inmate escaped from a nearby work center that was 1 week from release, when caught he told them he didn't...
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    Some places want you to do 1k a day. Others are...

    Some places want you to do 1k a day. Others are satisfied with quality work, no call backs and happy customers.

    Lane
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    Email pics of everything to a few of the guys...

    Email pics of everything to a few of the guys helping you... just a suggestion.

    Lane
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    I am going to order one. I have been using the...

    I am going to order one. I have been using the small co2 cartridge tool. Time to try something else.

    Lane
  14. Thread: Veto Pro Paks

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    I use a CLC 1528 or 1526 for residential light...

    I use a CLC 1528 or 1526 for residential light commercial/refrigeration service. When I do an install I grab the 5 gal bucket tool pouch. :)

    If I was mostly doing rooftop work I would get one...
  15. Getting an hvac company to repair it would have...

    Getting an hvac company to repair it would have been cheaper.

    Lane
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    Is unit installed; attic, closet, basement,...

    Is unit installed; attic, closet, basement, garage? Does the system have returns in each room or 1 or two big returns? Where is the return; ceiling, wall, floor?

    Lane
  17. Is there a 10' provision where you have to...

    Is there a 10' provision where you have to install a safety rail? In the past if something could not possibly be installed to the letter of the code, I discussed options with the inspector and...
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    One day I was meeting my wife for lunch. I was...

    One day I was meeting my wife for lunch. I was sitting in the van, in the parking lot. I started feeling dizzy, and my face was feeling numb and tingly. I looked in the mirror and my lips were...
  19. What about working as an instructor or salesman? ...

    What about working as an instructor or salesman? Find a company that will give you a helper to do all the work, you train them.

    Lane
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    In this area It is fairly common to see a heater...

    In this area It is fairly common to see a heater from the 70's or 80's sitting on an old blower box or evaporator with the guts pulled out. I haven't seen any recent work like that, but there is...
  21. Thread: Did You Know ?

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    Interesting numbers, I knew technology was...

    Interesting numbers, I knew technology was increasing quickly but I had no idea it was that fast. If something happened to our planet that made everything electrical not work anymore, I wonder what...
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    It happened in 1986... I don't want to give...

    It happened in 1986... I don't want to give anyone the false idea that what I used is a remotely safe alternative to a fire extinguisher. I think you can figure out what I did.

    Lane
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    Evaluate your offers, and decide what is...

    Evaluate your offers, and decide what is important. Pay, benefits, better working conditions, job security, bosses and co-workers, just a few things I would look at.

    I worked for a natural gas...
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    It happened to me once. I checked the terminals...

    It happened to me once. I checked the terminals and wires, compressor and condenser motor for shorts, put the terminal cover back on. Clamped on the amp meter... A little rattle sound...it blew the...
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    Do an internet search for hydro cooler. There...

    Do an internet search for hydro cooler. There are smaller water chillers for use in green houses and other applications. But we are talking 1/2 hp, mist sprayers with very little volume.

    A...
  26. Thread: smokers???????

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    I bought the cheap one from bass pro. I just use...

    I bought the cheap one from bass pro. I just use mine to get the flavor in, then put it on the propane grill. Maybe not the intended purpose, but I like it.

    Lane
  27. I have worn Redwing 2214 or a similar style for...

    I have worn Redwing 2214 or a similar style for years. I get a new pair every year, and keep a few older pair to wear while welding or forging in the shed.

    I tried to be cheap and wear some...
  28. Thread: Oldest Geo

    by lane
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    I serviced a pair of geo's starting in 1987, in...

    I serviced a pair of geo's starting in 1987, in the panhandle of Texas. They had two coils in the bottom of a river around 100 yards from the house.

    Lane
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    Maybe install two new systems, with all metal...

    Maybe install two new systems, with all metal ducts "insulation on the outside"? Install a uv light in one? Go back in 6 months and look inside the plenums and ductwork?

    Lane
  30. Thread: Flat rate install

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    There are a lot of variables on how much to pay...

    There are a lot of variables on how much to pay good installers that do good work. It can be highly successful, or a complete disaster, depending on your employees and their work ethic. You have to...
  31. Thread: Sharpening Knives

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    It depends on the type of edge. Mostly I use a...

    It depends on the type of edge. Mostly I use a slack belt, a wore out 220 to 400 grit belt, and then buff it or use a leather strop.

    The paper wheels with diamond spray on one and polishing...
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    Working for someone else is easy, compared to...

    Working for someone else is easy, compared to having your own business. I had around 18 years experience before I started out on my own. The first few years you may make less than working for...
  33. Thread: air/acetylene

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    Most techs I have been around did not use the...

    Most techs I have been around did not use the turbo torch.

    I think it is all about what you are comfortable with. I started out using oxy/acy and switched to a turbo torch. From cap tubes to 2"+,...
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    I signed a contract that was worded the same....

    I signed a contract that was worded the same. With a minimum base pay clause. A termination clause that said if they terminated my emplyment I would be compensated for 2 years of base salary.

    Lane
  35. Thread: HVAC TOOLS

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    The tech supplies his own hand tools, gauges,...

    The tech supplies his own hand tools, gauges, anything cordless, meters and replaces them as needed.

    Lane
  36. Thread: black filter

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    Hopefully it isn't an open return system, drawing...

    Hopefully it isn't an open return system, drawing in all the musky moldy crawlspace air.

    Lane
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    Around here, the natural gas will cause the...

    Around here, the natural gas will cause the inside of the copper to corrode. After 5 to 20 years the gas valve will fill up with black flakes. It gives off a nice boom effect.

    Lane
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    Is the line set the right size for the dual...

    Is the line set the right size for the dual evaporators?

    Lane
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    It will probably work great for what you are...

    It will probably work great for what you are wanting to accomplish. Fast work, high growth and huge profits. It seems to be what many companies are doing these days.

    The following applies to me...
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    Someday I will use more software and less paper...

    Someday I will use more software and less paper on the bookkeeping.

    I have always used a spreadsheet program to calculate pricing. I use a sliding scale in sections when figuring mark up on...
  41. Thread: Help?

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    Learning this trade is fun and never ending. My...

    Learning this trade is fun and never ending. My advice to anyone taking classes in hvac is to learn more than the instructors teach.

    Many years ago while taking the vo-tech class, the...
  42. For several years I had an excellent helper that...

    For several years I had an excellent helper that carried all the tools, did most of the work, and cleaned the van. I struck out on my own and he got my old job.

    These days I can't find a helper...
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