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    :confused: You don't get cleared in, you can't...

    :confused:

    You don't get cleared in, you can't go in. Simple as that. You're putting the cart ahead of the horse. ATC determines if they have the time and spacing required to work a VFR aircraft,...
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    Yes, it is what they, the FAA tells you. You must...

    Yes, it is what they, the FAA tells you. You must obtain a class B clearance to enter the airspace. The mere fact you must obtain a clearance infers you do not hold the authority to issue your own.
    ...
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    ATCs one and only primary function is IFR traffic...

    ATCs one and only primary function is IFR traffic separation, going into an airport like that VFR doesn't have to be accommodated. Having a transponder doesn't mean you get to do what you wish.
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    $113/month for a family with BC/BS PPO here in NC...

    $113/month for a family with BC/BS PPO here in NC

    The "affordable" coverage that was done away with under the ACA were the "catastrophic" coverage type of insurance. The plans were used by many in...
  5. 2002 was a horrible year in aviation. Maybe you...

    2002 was a horrible year in aviation. Maybe you missed it but a certain event on 9/11/01 had a profound effect on the airlines. Most of the majors came out of that time period without their pensions,...
  6. Your benchmark for comparing CFI wages was Comair...

    Your benchmark for comparing CFI wages was Comair Academy? That place WAS a joke. I LIVED in Sanford and I didn't even attempt to get a job there. Their pay was a joke, I can't believe people...
  7. Your numbers are way off.. 10-15 years to make...

    Your numbers are way off..

    10-15 years to make $50k? Unless they have zero ambition and start over, repeatedly, at first year pay on purpose.

    Over the next couple years the only people that...
  8. I graduated ERAU with around 15k in debt. Left my...

    I graduated ERAU with around 15k in debt. Left my parents wing in sophomore year. Never looked back...

    The notion that everyone is supported by their parents is laughable and reeks of jealously...
  9. Personally I feel your view is an arrogant one....

    Personally I feel your view is an arrogant one. You're basically saying homeowners are too stupid to understand HVAC and work on it safely. I find that position humorous personally.

    I understand...
  10. That's unfortunate but jives with what I've seen...

    That's unfortunate but jives with what I've seen from the folks who have worked on my equipment in the past.

    I remember Sears at what point sold a DIY house install kit for consumers, the EPA...
  11. That is the fault of the HVAC industry as a...

    That is the fault of the HVAC industry as a whole. The entire industry goes to such great lengths to keep consumers in the dark and withhold access to simple information such as service manuals for...
  12. Biggest issue with DIY'ers and HVAC is lack of...

    Biggest issue with DIY'ers and HVAC is lack of information available. YouTube and online forums have unveiled the "black box magic" which comprises an HVAC system and allowed DIY'ers to not only work...
  13. I'm still here

    I'm still here
  14. Screwing it up, and then learning from it, is...

    Screwing it up, and then learning from it, is called tuition :).
  15. Oh I agree. People like to throw parts after...

    Oh I agree. People like to throw parts after getting their car scanned at Autozone. Few will take the time to ohm the sensor out. And scopes are out the reach of most every day people, even though...
  16. MY fault for hiring companies with techs ill...

    MY fault for hiring companies with techs ill equipped to do basic diagnostic and troubleshooting despite possessing appropriate licenses? LOL you guys are too much. Stupid me for thinking the company...
  17. Generic scan codes? Operate just as you describe....

    Generic scan codes? Operate just as you describe. Professionals don't use generic scan codes ;).
  18. 100% agree. For a lot of folks the time value of...

    100% agree. For a lot of folks the time value of money is higher than the cost to pay someone to fix the equipment.

    I do wonder what the future holds. Cars for example became so complex that you...
  19. The fear, uncertainty, and doubt about HVAC...

    The fear, uncertainty, and doubt about HVAC equipment/operation is unnecessary. I know the HVAC industry does everything they can to "protect" their trade (ie this thread) and I don't blame them but...
  20. I think your fears are unfounded. First, the...

    I think your fears are unfounded. First, the supply houses in general are locking down who they sell to. In my area you must be employed as an HVAC tech working for an established company to buy from...
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    The more important question is, when will 410a be...

    The more important question is, when will 410a be banned since they are already phasing out r-134a and that has a lower GWP than 410a.

    I wish the EPA would allow R-290 in resi units. Cheap,...
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    We should probably outlaw gas ovens and furnaces...

    We should probably outlaw gas ovens and furnaces as well, scary things those are, and they actually burn while inside!

    HC's are used as a refrigerant in many other countries successfully and...
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    It's not

    It's not
  24. Commuters aka regionals use level D sims to...

    Commuters aka regionals use level D sims to conduct initial and recurrent training. Quite frankly there is zero difference between training requirements for a carrier like American and a regional...
  25. Thread: WTF?

    by pipsters
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    Everyone makes mistakes, even stupid ones, when...

    Everyone makes mistakes, even stupid ones, when starting out. I think everyone here is being way too hard on him. As the homeowner I would be pissed, thankfully they called for a 2nd opinion. The...
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    HVAC parts are locked up, must be run by the mob...

    HVAC parts are locked up, must be run by the mob or something. Locally no one will sell you anything, you must go to Grainger to buy. Outside of them, online sources such as eBay and also I have...
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    I see what you are saying. I agree.

    I see what you are saying. I agree.
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    Then explain how he "replaced the cap" and...

    Then explain how he "replaced the cap" and magically it still didn't work, yet the next guy replaced the cap and it did...

    And if you say he unknowingly used a bad cap, I suppose there is a .01%...
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    Exactly. People on here jumped quickly on "you...

    Exactly. People on here jumped quickly on "you get what you pay for" but the exact opposite was true. Not only that, but NO WHERE did the homeowner complain about the cost of the repair, but the fact...
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    Of course the trucks are insured every day. My...

    Of course the trucks are insured every day. My point was I was boiling down how much it cost, out of the service call, to insure the truck. Thought that was obvious.

    If you paid $200/month to...
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    I disagree with your assertion that this guy...

    I disagree with your assertion that this guy doesn't do better than a fast food worker.

    If he's paying over 10$/day (say 200$ for 20 days a month working) for insurance on his truck it's his own...
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    The second guy called made a couple hundred bucks...

    The second guy called made a couple hundred bucks for an hours worth of work (he runs his own show). That is nowhere near "would you like fries with that" wages.

    Another guy on another forum talks...
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    Lawyers are on the clients side, they fight for...

    Lawyers are on the clients side, they fight for you, not try and rip you off when you hire them. The other guys lawyer? Sure, but you're not paying him to rip you off. Apples and oranges.
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    1st "tech" used a bad cap and tried to convince...

    1st "tech" used a bad cap and tried to convince homeowner that unit was bad when it was just in fact a cap. "Conveniently" a spot opened up the next day...but the homeowner declined (wisely) and got...
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    HVAC Pros need to police their industry

    Called for a second opinion:




    First tech is nothing short of a thief, replacing the thing with a known bad cap. THIS IS WHAT HOMEOWNERS DEAL WITH. Incredibly frustrating.

    In my industry we...
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    I have been considering HVAC as a backup career...

    I have been considering HVAC as a backup career but you guys are making me think I might have to work too much. Do you have the ability to turn down the work?
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    How did you make the jump from "not a hedge fund...

    How did you make the jump from "not a hedge fund manager" to "unthinking moron"?

    I'm a blue collar guy in a national union! Obama has made significant gains for my profession with his appointments...
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    Well keep in mine the Chinese dumped solar panels...

    Well keep in mine the Chinese dumped solar panels on the US when Solyndra came online. And your favorite governor (Romney) invested in a failed solar panel maker as well in MA using taxpayer funds....
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    First I have to take my foot out of my mouth,...

    First I have to take my foot out of my mouth, payback is roughly 6 years, so 15% +/-. 33% was way wrong!

    Out of pocket costs after incentives and tax credits on a 6 kwh system in the SE is roughly...
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    The ROI on residential installations can be as...

    The ROI on residential installations can be as much as 33% (3 year return). After that you are making money.

    Compare that with replacing a 30 year old 6 SEER unit with a 14 SEER and payback is as...
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    Google reviews have done a lot for vetting the...

    Google reviews have done a lot for vetting the honest businesses

    I've had much better luck with larger companies than 1 or 2 man operations that can pocket the entire service call
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    Carlos, Contact us has no address. That is a...

    Carlos,

    Contact us has no address. That is a big flag in my mind. I don't call businesses without an address listed.

    Might not be an issue for you but it's just something I don't do.

    Also...
  43. Thread: 404 in a car

    by pipsters
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    You only need a 609 cert if working on cars for...

    You only need a 609 cert if working on cars for compensation
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    Yeah they are exactly the same thing except it's...

    Yeah they are exactly the same thing except it's illegal and a federal crime to steal intellectual property and no one has yet knocked on a DIYer's door with cuffs after they've painted a house,...
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    I'm just a Joe Smoe working on his EPA 608, so...

    I'm just a Joe Smoe working on his EPA 608, so zero technical background in HVAC. However it's my understanding that R-422 is a blend with different properties in its makeup so it can't be topped off...
  46. Thanks that is the company I was looking at as...

    Thanks that is the company I was looking at as well, that is where I got the type I and core stuff from. Seems pretty straight forward, but I haven't read their other material yet.
  47. Right pretty easy for someone already in school!!...

    Right pretty easy for someone already in school!! :grin2:
  48. OK just so we're on the same page, I'm not asking...

    OK just so we're on the same page, I'm not asking if having a EPA 608 will make me qualified to work on equipment. That comes later.

    I'm wondering if anyone has successfully taken the universal...
  49. Yeah I realize that but the local HVAC companies...

    Yeah I realize that but the local HVAC companies and apartment communities want their helpers to have the EPA.

    I understand the EPA is just needed to legally handle refrigerant but it does also...
  50. Universal EPA w/ no previous background in HVAC

    I have no background in HVAC at all or anything electrical in nature. As of now I work in transportation.

    I found a study guide for the EPA type I exam for free from epatest.com, includes the core...
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