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  1. Like a burnt fart I suspect.

    Like a burnt fart I suspect.
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    FWIW HC based refrigerant is the future. the EPA...

    FWIW HC based refrigerant is the future.
    the EPA is driving this issue. Unless they can get CO2 Systems to take the lead. They. ( eco Marxist) are running the EPA. But hey the diy can...
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    He said it was soldered. X2 r410a. Run a...

    He said it was soldered.
    X2 r410a. Run a line down the outside. I move a lot of units as the builder puts them on the back patio
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    Good point on R22 systems. many leakers are not...

    Good point on R22 systems.
    many leakers are not running R22.
    I'm seeing a lot more with replacement refrigerant.

    Have not seen any marked R290
    Www.frostycool.com
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    I don't have the torque wrench. But I do...

    I don't have the torque wrench. But I do something a bit different. I tighten then lossen then tighten, then lossen and tighten for the last time. This way your not trying to tighten all at...
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    What was missing in the video is you need to...

    What was missing in the video is you need to practice on scrap first. He assumed your first flare was perfect. In reality the debur process really affects the outcome. You also need to inspect...
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    Nice vid I add a 1/4 drop of nylog as that seems...

    Nice vid
    I add a 1/4 drop of nylog as that seems to help goo
  8. I use 1/4 mesh wire to keep bees out. That works...

    I use 1/4 mesh wire to keep bees out. That works for mice too. Every unit here has black widows. Coil cleaner keeps them away for a few weeks. If it's one I have to service all the time a shot...
  9. Thread: Bryant txv

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    It's the condenser that is the issue with Rust o...

    It's the condenser that is the issue with Rust o Matic installed. Not the txv
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    I suspect 52,as it was 55 at the register. short...

    I suspect 52,as it was 55 at the register.
    short line set too.
    To post pic of digital gauges I need to resize it and host it somewhere. A bit much using just the ph


    114 psi SH 11.1
    285 psi...
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    This is common to get higher SEER rating. Great...

    This is common to get higher SEER rating. Great for dry climates on the West coast. Suck for those in Houston with 90+ humidity. You could always adjust the blower speed for better humidity...
  12. correct. Just 're read 96 on the ceiling.

    correct. Just 're read 96 on the ceiling.
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    Fwiw I always clean the outdoor unit. Then find...

    Fwiw I always clean the outdoor unit. Then find access to the coil with my camera. It's a cheapo bore scope.
    All those readings are wasted if the A coil looks like a door mat
  15. 72 at the vents means a hot house. Should be...

    72 at the vents means a hot house. Should be closer to 55.
  16. What you never heard of hot flashes. They most...

    What you never heard of hot flashes.

    They most likely need better Windows and insulation too.

    During winter I had a guy who said the furnace won't even get to 85.

    You need to listen. ...
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    How to get an 18 year old interested in HVAC?

    I have a friend who's boy just graduated from high school. He is just like a million other grads, no training in the real world. I'm sure video game are more fun then working.

    He wants to...
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    Humm, I just pick the handle r-290 as I liked it....

    Humm, I just pick the handle r-290 as I liked it. Yes I knew it was propane.

    I too don't see propane being used in HVAC system for the home. No worries if the DIY guy juice it up the A/C...
  19. Thread: brazing question

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    Looks pretty :). I don't want to find out later...

    Looks pretty :). I don't want to find out later the joint is suspect. If it looks awesome visually. That goes a long way to having a leak free joint.

    You have to move the torch around the...
  20. Thread: Ameristar

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    No issues to date. The only pet peeve is...

    No issues to date. The only pet peeve is access to the ports. I just bend the sheet metal down and out for my big fingers. I installed a dry r22 unit and the label said 5 lbs 16 oz. Lol
  21. Thread: brazing question

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    Tip. Once you get the joint soldered just pull...

    Tip. Once you get the joint soldered just pull the torch flame straight back, keeping the weld area hot. Add a bit more silver solder. This allows you to get a nice thick weld.
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    Thanks for the replies. That was my concern...

    Thanks for the replies. That was my concern too, plastic parts. My other concern would be resting the round leg part on the lip of the attic access or a gutter.
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    As for space these ladders don't take up much...

    As for space these ladders don't take up much space that's for sure. When doing installs and carrying a lot of stuff, I like my fiberglass ladders. I have 4', 6', 8' and 10 foot, plus fiberglass...
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    Telescoping Ladders, the Good / Bad / Ugly

    good bad ugly on telescoping ladders. I've seen them at the supply houses.

    I just did a PM on an attic unit, with access in a small closet with 10' ceilings. I have a folding ladder that I was...
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    These ideas sound great until you find your self...

    These ideas sound great until you find your self under the house in the crawl space full of powder dirt. Then you just do what ever works.

    I use to do mastic and panduit strap. But found that...
  26. Those plastic tables are heavy as hell. I...

    Those plastic tables are heavy as hell. I almost bought one, until I tried to lift it up to put in the basket. Been looking for an old school card table or aluminum camp table.

    FWIW I own a...
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    Beenthere your missing the point. You need...

    Beenthere your missing the point. You need volumn vs pressure to flush a line set. NI ha lots of pressure, but the hoses limit volumne.
  28. Thread: Dry-Ship R22

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    No issues on the ADP coil. Unless your talking...

    No issues on the ADP coil. Unless your talking down flow. Then you need to wash the coil before install or it will drip water where its not needed. Just wash the coil before install is my M. O.
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    My setup is heavy. But when I was doing a lot of...

    My setup is heavy. But when I was doing a lot of installs not having to worry about gas was nice.

    cut and paste of a photo I found for reference. My cart is different as is the hoses, but...
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    Some good ideas. The main thing is to purge the...

    Some good ideas. The main thing is to purge the inside of oxygen, then braze it up. I might have just brazed up the piercing hole and made a new access port. But I can't see what your seeing. ...
  31. Thread: Dry-Ship R22

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    I've been using a lot of ADP coils. The main...

    I've been using a lot of ADP coils. The main reason it's easy to swap the TXV. I have one customer that has a complex of 20-30 year old furnaces that need to be replaced, but they don't want the...
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    Do the midnight plumbers charge extra for working...

    Do the midnight plumbers charge extra for working nights.:whistle:

    I really depends on the customer too. I had one where the " Plumbers" did their work. I told them the price to repair with no...
  33. Thread: Dry-Ship R22

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    I've done a few, most where the original unit was...

    I've done a few, most where the original unit was stolen.
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    Never try it. The oxy acetylene comes with...

    Never try it. The oxy acetylene comes with gauges so when its low trade them in. I use a B tank. Last a long time. I carry 50' hoses so attics or under the house is not an issue. I even...
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    I like the mostly solid panels for rental units...

    I like the mostly solid panels for rental units as the kids don't write there name in the fins. I've installed them for a few years and no issues to date.
    There a great option for those wanting...
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    Maybe they don't want to run a new t-stat wire?

    Maybe they don't want to run a new t-stat wire?
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    I put a 2 stage furnace in at my house and the...

    I put a 2 stage furnace in at my house and the high fire wire is disconnected. Is the furnace oversized? Yes. Why? Need to support cooling loads.

    The cost difference between 1 heat 1 cool...
  38. Here we have to use a 3rd parity to do the...

    Here we have to use a 3rd parity to do the testing. Prices have fallen as more and more people get into the testing business.

    My cousin used to pressurize the house so he could show the H.O....
  39. Thread: Core tool help

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    bingo.

    bingo.
  40. Thread: grounding ?

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    Just went to a house that burnt because of faulty...

    Just went to a house that burnt because of faulty electrical last week. Fwiw. If the electrical looks bad. Note it and get an electrician. Sure we all look at breakers and replace them to match...
  41. Thread: Best Drills

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    At the local HVAC place I buy parts, they carry...

    At the local HVAC place I buy parts, they carry tools too.

    They had this promotion over the summer and I traded in a my brothers old broken stuff :)

    I just bought my other brother the 18v fuel...
  42. Thread: Best Drills

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    Bosch makes good tools for a lot less. I used...

    Bosch makes good tools for a lot less. I used them for a few years before I gave them to my dad and bought new Milwaukee stuff
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    Sound interesting, but would need to see...

    Sound interesting, but would need to see pictures.

    Sounds like your getting hot air only off the wood stove.
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    Redback what flux are you using?

    Redback what flux are you using?
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    After R12 skyrocketed in price, in Mexico they...

    After R12 skyrocketed in price, in Mexico they where bottling propane or butane into 30lb bottles and people were buying them and smuggling them back in to the states not knowing.
    ...
  46. Thread: Best Drills

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    If you can save up, the Dewalt or Milwaukee...

    If you can save up, the Dewalt or Milwaukee lithium are great. Milwaukee is having a $100 trade in right now when you turn in a broken cordless drill 14.4 or better. I bought there new Fuel...
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    Since we have to conform to ASHRAE 62.1 opening a...

    Since we have to conform to ASHRAE 62.1 opening a window is no longer an acceptable option, so it looks good to me. LOL
  48. Thread: heat exchangers

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    make sense if the furnace is out of warranty

    make sense if the furnace is out of warranty
  49. Thread: Best Drills

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    I only buy the cobalt bit as they stay sharp...

    I only buy the cobalt bit as they stay sharp longer. I carry only small sizes, max 1/4"

    But at times I've had to drill through set screw to get a fan off, for that I carry ARTUs from OSH...
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    what is R290? Oh that's me. other country's...

    what is R290? Oh that's me.

    other country's have been looking into it. Here we have lobby folks who make the laws.

    Butane showed the most promise
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