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  1. At my first comm job I worked with a guy that had...

    At my first comm job I worked with a guy that had a setup similar to what skoonen posted, only he used a truck with a fold-out. For some reason, he liked the oxy/ace in a plastic rig so he didn't...
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    ha. I would hope that one is the secondary drain...

    ha. I would hope that one is the secondary drain so you know when there's a problem instead. If you look, there's another tube running with the lineset down to the unit outside.

    As for working,...
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    steel toes have come in handy. especially when...

    steel toes have come in handy. especially when the new guy gets to ride with you... I would have nicknamed him, but he didn't last very long after getting his own truck. Nice kid, but didn't learn...
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    it's the same stuff that gets trapped in a car....

    it's the same stuff that gets trapped in a car. maybe I'm thinking of the wrong thing, but that's what I was told. Some attics actually do get light coming in from outside
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    heh. I'd have to post in the wall of shame, but I...

    heh. I'd have to post in the wall of shame, but I only have a few pics, assuming I could find them. I'd say I learned more about what not to do than anything else.
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    I've never seen really strong flex, but this is...

    I've never seen really strong flex, but this is attic country down here in Texas. Sounds like you should try a post in the residential forum where more pro's will see it and be able to help you...
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    You see those tears in the flex in the above...

    You see those tears in the flex in the above post? That's the problem with it. That foil looking stuff is only designed to stop things like UV rays and other things you might find in an attic or...
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    Love the condensate line (I assume that's what...

    Love the condensate line (I assume that's what the tubing is for). I'm surprised they didn't just let it run out onto the roof.

    How does a guy like that even get equipment? Steal it from somewhere?
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    Those pants are awsome. I love mine. Got them...

    Those pants are awsome. I love mine. Got them from Galls, which is a great place for some hard to find stuff. Their website sucks, but I think we're used to that in our tool hunts.

    I found a...
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    Well, it's a custom made tool, of which they...

    Well, it's a custom made tool, of which they likely have only a few. The money is more likely including the cost to design it, rather than make it. I did find a pic of a drill/driver they use up...
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    Well, in truth, the bag would be designed for...

    Well, in truth, the bag would be designed for hands in the suit, so it would likely be a little akward for our use... I'll see if I can't find it anyway, just 'cause that's really interesting.
    ...
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    Those price ranges are pretty close, but you have...

    Those price ranges are pretty close, but you have to hunt. There were some houses that were 200k-280k a few miles from 78744 on the west side of 35. We had a huge building boom and a whole bunch of...
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    I got into this to make a career of it. Maybe...

    I got into this to make a career of it. Maybe someday I'll find someone who cares about quality more than speed that I can really learn from.

    Really sucks when you're the only guy with a scale....
  14. I've heard of benders being mounted to...

    I've heard of benders being mounted to van's/trucks.

    The easy solution, technically billable in parts, is elbows.
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    It's actually good to have your own tools. You...

    It's actually good to have your own tools. You know they work for you, and if you change jobs, you get to keep them (ie you don't have to learn a new meter and it's quirks, etc and you don't get...
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    I got a small SAE set made by kobalt for LP...

    I got a small SAE set made by kobalt for LP conversions and such. Did a lot of them and got sick of fool'n around with larger tools. I think I picked it up at lowes, but I could be wrong.

    If...
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    3ft hoses? wow. I won't use anything less than 5...

    3ft hoses? wow. I won't use anything less than 5 except for vacuum hoses, which I get as short as I can live with.

    As for getting access, a proxy? I know a ton of college students use them to get...
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    I have both YJ's and the afore mentioned refco...

    I have both YJ's and the afore mentioned refco gauges. Love em both. I had a set of the brass ones too. those rocked, but I couldn't find em when I needed em. Got the refco and have been just as...
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    If you have your EPA universal, you're on your...

    If you have your EPA universal, you're on your way. If your trade school/college doesn't have an internship program, I'd be surprised.

    Would really help us to know where you're at. sate or part of...
  20. I've come across more than one dog chewing...

    I've come across more than one dog chewing through 2 wire, but next time you see that, make sure the HO knows that they -can- bite through copper. That was a fun bill to write up on a warranty unit.
  21. Most of us use common sense, a hand and an ear....

    Most of us use common sense, a hand and an ear. Another option is a vinyl tube, which I use to localize leaks (one end to ear, the other to probe). Might help with tracking a noise.

    You haven't...
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    I have a sea snake and only dislike 3 things...

    I have a sea snake and only dislike 3 things about it.
    glare from the light
    can't read part numbers
    hard to put away in it's case.

    like:
    easy to replace batteries (takes AA)
    light is...
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    ah. must get one. Hard to braze with nitro...

    ah. must get one. Hard to braze with nitro without. Thanks.
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    What is that glass bulb looking thing attached to...

    What is that glass bulb looking thing attached to the nitro regulator?
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    If you had to fix the left-overs our subs leave,...

    If you had to fix the left-overs our subs leave, you wouldn't want air/ace. Oxy/ace has more than once been the only reason I could fix their garbage. Which they managed to squish into the one place...
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    drool. yeah. that's about all I can say. I...

    drool.


    yeah. that's about all I can say. I only wish I had that kind of time to make stuff for my truck. Oddly, I'm always doing service calls and it somehow becomes a mess every time I clean it...
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    I did the same. I keep it in my pocket. It has a...

    I did the same. I keep it in my pocket. It has a hollow spot with basic bits (I thew away the OEM ones and use my dewalt set). Also in my pocket are a 3.6v screwdriver, 2 extentions (3" and 4") my...
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    Yeah, but since we already have compressed air or...

    Yeah, but since we already have compressed air or N2 (handy at the time even) it's easier. Unless you have a good reason to keep a powerful magnet on the truck too?
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    Next time you let nitro out of a system, take out...

    Next time you let nitro out of a system, take out the vavle cores and let the nitro out full blast :D

    Note: better to take out the cores before you put in the nitro
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    With an I driver, you can drill just as well as a...

    With an I driver, you can drill just as well as a drill for the most part, but you need different kind of bits, iirc.


    I have a DW 14v that I was using for just about everything. But it's heavy....
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    Where did you find this? I'm not technically old...

    Where did you find this? I'm not technically old (yet) but I would be lying if I claimed not to be lazy. And anything to save my knees/back will help keep the old part away longer.
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    good question. Now I'm curious myself.

    good question. Now I'm curious myself.
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    No. We've all heard that same story. It's like...

    No. We've all heard that same story. It's like that everywhere, which is why there are so many hacks out there. Nobody wants to bother commenting because well, they've said all they want to say about...
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    What about mixed refrigerants? We work with 22...

    What about mixed refrigerants? We work with 22 and 410a... My employer doesn't provide one for each so we end up dumping a little 410 into our tanks with the 22. (no, we don't re-use... or at least I...
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    Soot? You can easily avoid that. Just barely...

    Soot? You can easily avoid that. Just barely crack the oxy. I do mean barely. I picked up that habbit after an instructor told me about it, and it makes me happy.
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    This could be anything from shorted wire, to a...

    This could be anything from shorted wire, to a faulty control board in the furnace. Call a pro. hack solutions provide hack results.
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    IIRC, it's against the forum rules to...

    IIRC, it's against the forum rules to troubleshoot for someone...

    Let's see... Answer this: Is it humid in your house, or are you cold when the t-stat says XX and you know you should be...
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    check wires for damage where they might ground...

    check wires for damage where they might ground out.
    Check for ground to the copper line as well as to electrical ground.
    Follow power. Trace from L1 to L2 checking for shorts/ground.
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    First, they should be insulated, and preferably...

    First, they should be insulated, and preferably that is covered by a foil materail to protect it.

    Improve attic ventilation, improve roof construction.

    That's all I can think of, other than...
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    There is no such thing as a well ventilated attic...

    There is no such thing as a well ventilated attic :p

    Here in Texas, attics vary from anywhere to 110* to 160* depending on weather outside. Yeah. It's hot. Yes, we deal with it for far longer than...
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    ditto. Was working, they look at it, now it's...

    ditto. Was working, they look at it, now it's not. I'd call them back and give the service manager these numbers. Make sure before the next tech leaves that your temperature difference is at least 15...
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    ok, as a zoned system, there should be a bypass...

    ok, as a zoned system, there should be a bypass of some sort. If the furnace is sweating, you should make sure the bypass is operating properly. If it opens too much, you don't get proper airflow...
  43. Thread: Gps

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    Ok, the big question: Do they update their map...

    Ok, the big question: Do they update their map databases? I work new construction frequently which means the road isn't even on the latest mapbook half the time. I would need one that can do MP3 for...
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    I wonder if this is a zoned system... Is there...

    I wonder if this is a zoned system... Is there more than one thermostat that runs this system?
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    an hour or so? hmm... Thermal it sounds like......

    an hour or so? hmm... Thermal it sounds like... Does the compressor have a sound jacket?

    If not, next time turn off the breaker and get a water hose. See if you can get water running over the...
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    All of that is under the assumption that the...

    All of that is under the assumption that the system is sized correctly for the heat load and that the fan speed and duct work are correct... (kick installers in the head)

    Anyway, step one: does...
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    If you recently had the heat on can cause that...

    If you recently had the heat on can cause that too. (melting ice off the coil, just started the heat, seasonal check) It'll give you some funky readings.

    As for checking: to avoid tearing into the...
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    What about Texas heat? Attics here are really,...

    What about Texas heat? Attics here are really, really hot. I've been wearing jeans and T-shirts. It will soon be the death of me. If I were still doing commercial work, I'd be fine, but there is no...
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    save his life? Why? so he can reproduce? ;)

    save his life? Why? so he can reproduce? ;)
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    Yes, kinks in wires generate heat. That heat can...

    Yes, kinks in wires generate heat. That heat can break the wire, melt the insulation, and/or start a fire. Same thing with dissimilar metal conductors. They almost always come loose after a few years...
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