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    Except that I'm a woman and there were damned few...

    Except that I'm a woman and there were damned few male nurses. The ones that were usually got promoted quickly to administrative jobs.

    There are plant jobs in every hospital and every big...
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    Hi, Ambition in Chandler. My first job right out...

    Hi, Ambition in Chandler. My first job right out of refrigeration school was doing plant maintenance and repair in the A/C shop at a huge facility called AiResearch. It was great because there were...
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    If I had to do it all over again here in Phoenix,...

    If I had to do it all over again here in Phoenix, AZ, I'd do commercial refrigeration for a couple of reasons. One is the huge number of rooftop air conditioners; another is the job security (and...
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    Sanyo serial numbers and age

    The boss's boss asked for a list of units owned by a particular department, and he'd like the list to show the ages of the units. I have Sanyo CH1822's with these serial numbers: 65924, 53424, 53324,...
  5. Thread: EPA audit

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    Not me. I got the best supervisor ever. ...

    Not me. I got the best supervisor ever.


    Vicki in Phoenix
  6. Thread: EPA audit

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    PERFECT. Thank you. I have a superintendent who...

    PERFECT. Thank you. I have a superintendent who doesn't think the EPA enforces this.

    I doubt that municipalities are exempt because we've had to pay other fines in the past, like this one.
    ...
  7. Thread: EPA audit

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    Well, except that we use the heck out of the...

    Well, except that we use the heck out of the software for other stuff. For example, every man in our shop has an 88 page printout in his truck of the units at over 200 facilities that lists model &...
  8. Thread: EPA audit

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    So, basically, we're keeping track of refrigerant...

    So, basically, we're keeping track of refrigerant and it serves no useful purpose except for repairs on units with 50lbs or more charge. <sigh> As a municipality, we do own all of the equipment...
  9. Thread: EPA audit

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    EPA audit

    I remember seeing a few months ago that someone's company had been audited by the EPA regarding refrigerant. I was wondering if anyone knows just what that involves? I've been keeping track using...
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    My next door neighbor had one until five years...

    My next door neighbor had one until five years ago, a gas pack with the original (1966) compressor. It had to be tough to survive that many Phoenix summers. She only had it changed out because the...
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    Trace gas questions

    My supervisor just asked me to find legal definitions, limitations, or a formula you can use to decide how much trace gas can be used. I'm thinking it may be a percentage of the total charge. I've...
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    I've been using RCM for sixteen years now, and...

    I've been using RCM for sixteen years now, and you're right -- it's overly complicated. But I have thousands of units and thousands of service records in it so we're pretty much stuck with it.
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    job openings at the City of Phoenix

    Just in case anyone's interested, the City of Phoenix has opened up two of their HVAC tech lists. Don't apply if you need a job right now, because the procedure is to apply to get "on the hiring...
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    I don't think so because I've seen that happen at...

    I don't think so because I've seen that happen at a waste water treatment plant closed loop and it's gradual with no foaming, not losing half the nitrite in three days like I'm seeing.
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    Okay, I went back this afternoon. TDS is down to...

    Okay, I went back this afternoon. TDS is down to 4400, nitrite is down to 1000. Still a little foam in the loop. I'm going to put a water meter on it next week to see if we have a leak, but that...
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    Closed loop was foamy and eating nitrites

    I've been assigned responsibility for the closed loop treatment in a number of city of Phoenix facilities, and I normally use NuCalgon's TyIon B-20 nitrite/borax loop treatment. I like the fact that...
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    I got in the habit during the hot months of...

    I got in the habit during the hot months of keeping a notebook of what I call "winter work," stuff that doesn't have to be done right now and could be done in cooler months. It's probably easier...
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    Wow, that's not what I hear from my Michigander...

    Wow, that's not what I hear from my Michigander co-workers! One of them flew a patch in Detroit for seven years, he says his Harley spent more months indoors than out. Nice to meet you, Al!
    ...
  19. I'm not sure what RMO is...is that for getting...

    I'm not sure what RMO is...is that for getting your contractor's license? Back in the 1900's when I went to refrigeration school (R.S.I.) it was only six months, and most graduates had a local...
  20. Kent State...four students killed in 1970. ...

    Kent State...four students killed in 1970.

    http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0504.html
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    The Van Steenburgh recovery machine is not...

    The Van Steenburgh recovery machine is not exactly one I could carry on the roof, though. Love their reclaim machines, they've saved my employer thousands of dollars.
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    And people ask me why I love living in Phoenix,...

    And people ask me why I love living in Phoenix, where it can be over 110 in the summer. We don't have to shovel it. People go from their air conditioned house to their air conditioned car to their...
  23. Thread: R22 phaseout

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    Anybody else use a reclaim machine? We have a...

    Anybody else use a reclaim machine? We have a Van Steenburgh that is putting on some age now; I actually wore the first one out.

    http://www.vansteenburghengr.com/_index.php

    Vicki in...
  24. Compliance Suite Refrigerant Compliance software

    Does anyone else here use this software? I've been using it since 1997, and each new release seems to add more bugs to it. I'm wondering if other people just deal with it or if they've changed...
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    Thanks. Didn't know that.

    Thanks. Didn't know that.
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    Trane WCD090 schematic

    I have a co-worker who just asked me to find him a schematic for a Trane WCD090C300BC. I have searched the Trane website as well as the over 400 files I have for various units and can't find it. ...
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    Being a female is reason enough for me. My...

    Being a female is reason enough for me. My father gave me a .22 when I went to college, and I foolishly waited until I was sexually assaulted to start carrying it. Thank God I live in Arizona,...
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    Cleaning a chilled water loop

    Gentlemen -- I was asked this morning about cleaning up a dirty, rust-colored closed loop in a very large (280K square feet on five levels) facility that one of my co-workers is responsible for...
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    407C added to a 410A unit?

    I just came off a roof owned by one of the departments of the municipality that I work for; I was there checking the water treatment on the two fluid coolers that serve the water-source heat pumps.
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    YOU ARE PSYCHIC!

    Yeah -- you're right. I went to the local Goodman dealer and they said it was a bad number. When I called the guy he double-checked and said it was a three-ton.

    Great link! I appreciate it...
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    Goodman PGJ06075-1

    Gentlemen -- one of my co-workers has asked me where to find the manual for this unit. I have had no luck, possibly because I don't do much with Goodmans. Does anyone have a link for Goodman...
  32. It's at the Val Vista Water Treatment plant in...

    It's at the Val Vista Water Treatment plant in Mesa, Arizona, just east of Phoenix.
  33. The unit was and the ramp went in at the same...

    The unit was and the ramp went in at the same time, during a major remodel. Your tax dollars at work! A friend works out there, I'll try to ask him next week some of the questions brought up here....
  34. water treatment plant unfortunate installation

    This is at what is probably the largest water treatment plant in the state of Arizona. Probably the contractor wanted to keep the unit out of the hot sun.
  35. Thread: EPA

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    EPA b.s.

    Wait till they figure out that the #1 greenhouse gas is WATER VAPOR. Try controlling that.
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    Zerol Ice & Ice 32

    My mechanic was dubious a few years ago when I installed Ice 32 in my Cherokee's A/C...also given to me by the NuCalgon rep as the equivalent of Zerol Ice but for 134A systems.

    Last year...
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    Xerol Ice

    My NuCalgon regional representative gave me a sample of it, probably because I spend a lot on their water treatment chemicals and supplies.

    I have a Trane gas pack I installed on my guest house in...
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    Obama a.k.a. Soetero birth cerificate fraud

    This is not dead. There are a number of other suits out there.

    http://americamustknow.com/Documents/Summary%2012-31-08.pdf

    One filed by one of my longtime friends, Lawrence J. Joyce, and it's...
  39. Labeler

    Thanks for that suggestion, but I can't see any of the writing on their labels holding up to ten years in Arizona UV rays and temperatures. I don't think anything short of embossed metal will.
  40. Thread: Udder Cream

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    Gold Bond Lotion. Not greasy and doesn't smell...

    Gold Bond Lotion. Not greasy and doesn't smell funny.
  41. Need suggestions for labels for units and stats

    Hi, fellow HVAC techs. I work for a municipality and was recently given the task of properly labeling what will amount to over 2K units at a few hundred facilities. The last marking that was done...
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    HVAC TECHS ARE ALWAYS IN HEAT

    HVAC TECHS ARE ALWAYS IN HEAT
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    Slogan for T-shirts

    "I have a license to chill"
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