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  1. Amprobe TMD series (Thermocouple Thermometers)

    Has anyone used the Amprobe TMD series of digital thermometers?

    Like this one:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41oKeLfWVWL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    The specs are nearly identical to Fluke and...
  2. Check pressures as part of regular maint. - good or bad idea??

    Should a service tech. check pressures as part of regular maintainance on an AC or HP system with no performance complaints from the customer?

    There's risk that the tech. could screw up a correct...
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    You can be the best HVAC tech around but that...

    You can be the best HVAC tech around but that won't make you a good businessman and/or manager.

    I see it all the time. Someone becomes very good at what they do and then they decide to start their...
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    ^^^ what he said. Do it when time is on your...

    ^^^ what he said.

    Do it when time is on your side. That way you can find the good contractors and hopefully avoid the peak times when everyone is swamped.

    When work is slow you'll also have a...
  5. Thread: truck mpg.

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    It's history:...

    It's history:
    http://toolmonger.com/2009/12/23/gm-ends-big-block-production/




    There's no replacement for displacement:)
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    You've obviously been very thorough in your...

    You've obviously been very thorough in your decision making process. Good luck with your new system. Make sure your contractor is the best you can find!!
  7. Thread: truck mpg.

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    My '06 GMC Sierra 4X4 has a big block 8.1 and the...

    My '06 GMC Sierra 4X4 has a big block 8.1 and the DIC shows 13.1 MPG averaged over several thousand miles. (not much stop and go). Weight 7000 lbs.

    I love big blocks!!
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    Why do you want to replace a system that's...

    Why do you want to replace a system that's running perfectly? It could die tomorrow or run for another 14 years. I'd wait for it to be problematic before replacing it.
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    If the schrader valve is leaking, a tech can...

    If the schrader valve is leaking, a tech can generally replace it with a special tool that keeps the system sealed. (and thus the repair is affordable). Then you should put on a new cap and tighten...
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    Poll: A "good" install will handle condensate. You...

    A "good" install will handle condensate. You need to be 100% sure you get an installation that's designed with condensate backup systems and a overflow shutdown sensor.

    However even good installs...
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    Have you hooked your existing pump directly to...

    Have you hooked your existing pump directly to your micron gauge? How low did it go?

    I would be willing to bet that most vacuum problems are hoses and setup vs. pump.
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    Poll: This is as close to hell as it gets

    OMG!! Working on that system would be like a journey thru hell!! Sucking in insulation dust, sweating like a pig in a hot humid Texas summer, breaking your back and knees hunched over this thing, and...
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    You can also get the legendary hard handle Snap...

    You can also get the legendary hard handle Snap Ons under the Williams brand. Williams is a subsidiary of SO and still making these screwdrivers. SO has apparently discontinued them and gone...
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    Start with a new lineset. It's cheap compared to...

    Start with a new lineset. It's cheap compared to the hell you could go thru if a small leak forms from re-use.

    Make sure to keep the old lineset and don't let the crew take it during cleanup. ...
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    Poll: Go metal ducts and garage install. I hate...

    Go metal ducts and garage install.

    I hate Saran wrap ducts and attic installs look like pure hell for service.
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    Then I'd suggest you try and sit down with as...

    Then I'd suggest you try and sit down with as many HVAC companies as you can. Ask the manager if you can have an informational interview AT THEIR CONVIENANCE.

    An informational interview is easier...
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    Have you gone to HVAC school? If so, try and get...

    Have you gone to HVAC school? If so, try and get some job leads from your instructors or the schools placement office. The school can help you far more then cold calling.

    You might also try and...
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    Maybe some techs. will chime in here, but I don't...

    Maybe some techs. will chime in here, but I don't think showing off your tools will prove your worth hiring.

    I think you need to demonstrate a track record of mechanical problem solving and an...
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    There's an abundance of good used name brand...

    There's an abundance of good used name brand tools out there from CL and Ebay for pennies on the dollar if you have the time to go that route.

    If not, then you can get an inexpensive "get started"...
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    That one seems too hunkey. I like this style...

    That one seems too hunkey. I like this style better:
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    Disappointed with Klein Screwdrivers

    Has Klein gone downhill lately? Their screwdrivers were legendary however it seems like they're now using much softer steel for the shanks/tips. The least little bit of torque now mangles the tips....
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    Why not the Prestige if you want the best?? ...

    Why not the Prestige if you want the best??

    The setup is so simple/obvious even a cave man could do it and it's full featured.
  23. Thread: Best Pizza...

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    That's the one. Apparently they still use a coal...

    That's the one. Apparently they still use a coal oven. I heard it's slipped a little bit though.

    Here's Jeff Varasanos rankings of the world's best pizzarias (scroll way down):
    ...
  24. Thread: Best Pizza...

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    Patsy's in Manhatton or Johnny's in Mt Vernon.

    Patsy's in Manhatton or Johnny's in Mt Vernon.
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    I didn't think a vacuum pump could purge an old...

    I didn't think a vacuum pump could purge an old R-22 lineset of residual mineral oil. Doesn't a vacuum pump boil off moisture? Can it completely suck out an old lineset to an oil free condition?? ...
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