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    Those who sincerely believe that an ice machine...

    Those who sincerely believe that an ice machine is PM'ed by simply flipping the switch to "Wash", might be hacks.
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    I reckon that the several local techs that have...

    I reckon that the several local techs that have the amazing fortune of over half their calls result in a new compressor are likely hacks. I have learned that when I get a call to go fix something...
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    Because you describe the unit as being a cinder...

    Because you describe the unit as being a cinder block wall with cork insulation and aluminum over that I gather this is a walk in freezer? If this is correct, you could remove the panels against the...
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    The fellow who sold Larkin around here is a...

    The fellow who sold Larkin around here is a better salesman than whoever sell Bohn. Most everyone I service has a larkin, at least the conveince stores.
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    Most of the open compressors that I have worked...

    Most of the open compressors that I have worked on compress a lot more freon than you usually pump thru a semi hermetic.
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    The difference isn't so much between Heatcraft...

    The difference isn't so much between Heatcraft and Larkin, but between the Beacon and Beacon II controls. There are no parts for the Beacon, so when they go out, you either have to switch to a...
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    May I ask about the ignition module? From time to...

    May I ask about the ignition module? From time to time, I get an intermediate issue of the appliance not heating, that originates from a small crack in a solder on the mod board. Most of the time it...
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    I've seen simular, and I've come to dismiss it as...

    I've seen simular, and I've come to dismiss it as poor communication. I worked for a man that would tap his finger on the evap inlet line and then tap the same finger on the evap outlet line. He...
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    No. The evaporator will have a low pressure and...

    No. The evaporator will have a low pressure and the TXV will be metering into the evap.
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    JP Smith, I agree that if there is a good time to...

    JP Smith, I agree that if there is a good time to use an electronic leak detector, it is a rack.
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    I used the electronic detector in the Navy when...

    I used the electronic detector in the Navy when the lines went thru multiple compartments on several decks. It can tell you which space the leak is in, but that's about it. I realize that you may...
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    I only have two supermarkets that I service, but...

    I only have two supermarkets that I service, but like everything else I do, my primary leak detector is soap bubbles, though I will use the injectable dye and light if needed. I'ld be a little...
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    Perhaps I should have said that a compressor is...

    Perhaps I should have said that a compressor is EFFECTIVELY a pump. I should probably also compare the pump/compressor to gas and diesel engines. Most of the parts and operations are the same. The...
  14. Does the Larkin walk in have a Beacon (1)...

    Does the Larkin walk in have a Beacon (1) electronic controller?
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    A compressor is a pump. It takes a suction from...

    A compressor is a pump. It takes a suction from the low side and pumps it to the high side. Since what we draw from the unit is pressure, we call it a compressor, but if we used it to produce flow...
  16. If I may share my experience, it seems the best...

    If I may share my experience, it seems the best way the ensure that your techs are the grade you want is to start with clean slates and teach your skills to them. I know it is getting to the season...
  17. Employers and costumers are a fickled lot. I have...

    Employers and costumers are a fickled lot. I have interviewed with several and met with custumers who have asked many questions about procedure and troubleshooting etc, which I answered well. I have...
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    Because most places will expect you to have your...

    Because most places will expect you to have your EPA 608 certification before they will even let you work as an apprentise, you could consider the two day course offered at most AC supply stores as a...
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    Today, I worked in South Haven, Mississippi. If I...

    Today, I worked in South Haven, Mississippi. If I was willing to live in Hackberry or Port Author, I would get almost twice what I currently make. Those who work on the coolers down there make a lot...
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    I love working restaurants. I had to learn the...

    I love working restaurants. I had to learn the gas systems, since all I worked on in the service was electric, but it was well worth it. There is nothing more fulfilling than an executive cheif that...
  21. This is one of those things that I picked up in...

    This is one of those things that I picked up in the service where several units expect the suction pressure checked montly on some of the smallest units for PM's. It was surprising how few months it...
  22. Thread: Opinion

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    "Better" is a bit ambigous. Two controls reduces...

    "Better" is a bit ambigous. Two controls reduces operating cost. Like someone else mentioned, it is best to be able to switch which is lead and lag, as it allows each compressor to wear evenly.
  23. Ice machines and small critically charged systems...

    Ice machines and small critically charged systems have only one method of assuring a proper charge. Sure walk ins and large reach ins can often be charged using the variety of methods, but those...
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    In years gone by, I made side money processing...

    In years gone by, I made side money processing deer meat for hunters. I built two extra walls in the garage making an 8x8 room with no windows except a place to put a window unit AC(an old one). With...
  25. Thread: hoshizaki

    by Bobbycold
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    Are you watching the harvest cycle? Is the water...

    Are you watching the harvest cycle? Is the water being pumped across the evaporator plates? Have you watched enough of these ice machines to know if you see enough volume being pumped or the pump...
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    Nashville is booming with business, but I don't...

    Nashville is booming with business, but I don't know about what is in the state of KY.
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    Currently, I'm on call always. I actually charge...

    Currently, I'm on call always. I actually charge double time for outside normal hours, so I don't get a lot of odd hour calls except to ask if I can check first thing in the morning. To be honest,...
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    I realize that, but the water that cools the...

    I realize that, but the water that cools the condensor directly controls the discharge pressure of the refrigerant. The more heat that is absorbed by the water, the lower the discharge pressure of...
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    Perhaps I missed where you mentioned why you need...

    Perhaps I missed where you mentioned why you need to open up the freon side.
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    You should be able to secure the water and...

    You should be able to secure the water and replace the valve.
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    You can change the water discharge valve without...

    You can change the water discharge valve without recovering the refrigerant. I feel as I should mention, however, that if you suspect that the system is overcharged, you need to ensure that you have...
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    Traulsen are worse for working on, yet overall...

    Traulsen are worse for working on, yet overall they are a fine reach in. I actually like True. They make a fine reach in, which is easier to work on if you will be doing your own maintenance. I find...
  33. Thread: caterpillar

    by Bobbycold
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    Caterpillar doesn't hire people directly. They...

    Caterpillar doesn't hire people directly. They use VOLT staffing to prevent unions. I worked at their Corinth MS plant for awhile, but the money is terrible. If you work there long enough you might...
  34. Thread: Questions??

    by Bobbycold
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    Basically, anywhere along the Gulf Coast has a...

    Basically, anywhere along the Gulf Coast has a good HVAC market. Louisiana is probably easier to work in, but you have a state income tax. In Camarron Parish if your husband can work on 440v 3ph walk...
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    Welcome aboard!! Where about in Middle Tennessee...

    Welcome aboard!! Where about in Middle Tennessee are you, I'm a little south of Jackson. I do more refrigeration than HVAC, yet it is always good to see a local fellow on the board.
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    When I retired from the service, I worked a...

    When I retired from the service, I worked a series of jobs that I completed. My wife started nagging me about job hopping, but I seriesly didn't think of it that way. Some jobs only last until you...
  37. Thread: What to do??

    by Bobbycold
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    If you want to do right by a company, side work...

    If you want to do right by a company, side work is a touchy thing. Usually if you work an in house job, side work is generally fine, yet, if you work for a service company, almost anything you do on...
  38. If someone is going to work in HVAC, has it been...

    If someone is going to work in HVAC, has it been your experience that laddaers are something that they can avoid? I work primarilly in refrigeration, yet I am expected to service roof top HVAC units...
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    The shrimp boats that I did work for on the side...

    The shrimp boats that I did work for on the side out of Vinton, LA didn't maintain any ice machines on board the vessels. What they did was keep a bunch of large ice machines shoreside and when they...
  40. The busy season is about to start for the AC side...

    The busy season is about to start for the AC side of business around here.
  41. My peers and I often joke about unions, and I...

    My peers and I often joke about unions, and I find it hard to believe that the union would ever fire anyone for simply not doing some part of the job. That said, seriously, if you work on air...
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    [QUOTE=Jigjoe;15442731]Thanks so far guys. I was...

    [QUOTE=Jigjoe;15442731]Thanks so far guys. I was just thinking about this topic because I recall in high school and college some of my teachers would have these sessions to 'train' us to become...
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    My first job after the service asked me a bunch...

    My first job after the service asked me a bunch of questions about procedures and a couple about troubleshooting. As many of you may recall, I prefer to use soap & water to test for leaks. When they...
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    If this is the field that you have a passion for,...

    If this is the field that you have a passion for, you'll find work. Two things to remember are that things will differ greatly from school. I remember that when I was in school with the Coast Guard...
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    Kraigg, I can easily accept that you repented...

    Kraigg, I can easily accept that you repented your sins and have been forgiven of God for them. You may now live a sanctified life, and am merely awaiting translation to Heaven (sure, fine,...
  46. While I am slightly at odds with who gets laid...

    While I am slightly at odds with who gets laid off (anyone can be laid off), I truely see eye to eye with you regarding not pigion holing ourselves. When I retired from the service all my cooking...
  47. You know whether you collect garbage for Waste...

    You know whether you collect garbage for Waste Management (I use to fix trucks for them years gone by), nerosurgery, or flip those letter cards on the Wheel of Fortune the requirements for success...
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    Anyone use Surplus Liquidators?

    I was wondering if any of y'll have used Surplus Liquidators from somewhere around Chicago? Their prices don't seem all that bad. If there is a problem, I imagine it is with shipping. If anyone has...
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    According to the Montreal Protocol, you can melt...

    According to the Montreal Protocol, you can melt ice burgs with R-12, of course when I tried it prior to 1993 it only cooled off the Coke. Seriously, however, I find the best way to melt the large...
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    PHM, as I read the replies I didn't see it...

    PHM, as I read the replies I didn't see it mentioned, though I have missed things before. Prior to your second compressor change while the unit was running, did you happen to check for a tempeture...
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