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    Agreed. I've been so cold that I couldn't feel...

    Agreed. I've been so cold that I couldn't feel my face and my hands started to burn, but never had a problem with my junk getting cold.
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    Yes, sir. The finest Desk Balance that you've...

    Yes, sir. The finest Desk Balance that you've ever seen. TAB report showed the fan operating to within 50 CFM of printed design. Hmmmm. I say BS.
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    That is known as a "pre-qual" in the contract...

    That is known as a "pre-qual" in the contract lingo. The ability to require a pre-qual has to do with where the money comes from to fund the project. Some agencies have much more influence on how...
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    Those are all great examples of what is wrong...

    Those are all great examples of what is wrong with the lowest bidder system.

    We have federal and state government service customers across all the major departments, and see this type of stuff...
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    I've got this one and their little impact driver....

    I've got this one and their little impact driver. I bought them at a sale for a steal and have been absolutely impressed. The impact has spent the last 3 years riding in my backpack and hasn't...
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    Soot and yellow flames are both red flags to...

    Soot and yellow flames are both red flags to draft problems. As in not enough. What is the draft at the hood and at the tubes? What do you have for CO and O2?
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    Amen to that. I was looking at a problematic...

    Amen to that. I was looking at a problematic rooftop this afternoon. 27 deg high temp with a pretty good breeze. I was wishing some of those hippies would bring their global warming over and thaw...
  8. I am not a controls guy, but a mechanical service...

    I am not a controls guy, but a mechanical service manager with controls guys working for me. The Carel is a picky little SOB. Our in-house controls guys have given up trying to do more than the 4-6...
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    That is the difference in climates like ours and...

    That is the difference in climates like ours and the one in Tucson where he works. We have to worry about snow and water, and he doesn't.
  10. I am with you lytning. We have a bunch of 7 and...

    I am with you lytning. We have a bunch of 7 and 10 CFM JB's that won't seem to freaking die. I will pick one up eventually, but I just can't justify it until one of these JB's kicks the bucket.
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    Amen. That is the only way to go. Let them have...

    Amen. That is the only way to go. Let them have the leak warranty on the roof membrane. Ask them for a quote, carry their number in the price, poof you're done. Mark the hole and then rig and...
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    Was that Larkin condenser installed to take the...

    Was that Larkin condenser installed to take the place of blown condenser coils on that chiller?

    That is insane.
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    Beautiful old machine. It brings back some...

    Beautiful old machine. It brings back some memories of following my dad and grandad around. Probably the oldest that I personally have worked on was from the mid 60's.

    I would love to see any...
  14. I had the pleasure of learning the trade from my...

    I had the pleasure of learning the trade from my dad and granddad. I only hope to be half the man they were.

    To the OP's question, I am lucky enough to carry a Master License in plumbing as well...
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    Yeah. That $5-10 million dollar single...

    Yeah. That $5-10 million dollar single occurrence insurance policy is a pretty good deterrent.
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    I wasn't suggesting that at all. I don't see how...

    I wasn't suggesting that at all. I don't see how you guys put up with attics and crawlspaces everyday. Not to mention stuff like this.

    We just don't see this kind of hackery on the big side. ...
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    And that gentlemen is why I stay as far away from...

    And that gentlemen is why I stay as far away from residential as humanly possible. We see some unusual stuff on the big side, but nothing even close to this. Like someone else said, this guy walked...
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    In your own vehicle or the company's? Also of...

    In your own vehicle or the company's? Also of note, when there is a CBA in effect, that trumps some of the state's partial labor mandates, because it was accepted by both sides.
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    Got you. I misread your post.

    Got you. I misread your post.
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    Actually, beenthere, that issue has come up in...

    Actually, beenthere, that issue has come up in court several times. There is a history of legal precedence that shows to the contrary. If the employer's attorney can show that the employees were...
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    It is a tough call. But you can't just look at...

    It is a tough call. But you can't just look at the cost to rent it. The associated costs or as hacker mentioned the overhead. Accountants call this "blind overhead". It eats you up in $100+...
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    We have forklifts at both warehouses and a Lull...

    We have forklifts at both warehouses and a Lull at the pipe fab shop. We also have a couple of platform (scissor) lifts that get transported to big jobs where they will stay for months (and...
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    What he is doing violates several items in the...

    What he is doing violates several items in the labor law of every state. If you are required to report to the shop to pick up the vehicle, then he must pay you to bring that vehicle back to the...
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    Ditto on the air run. This is something to add...

    Ditto on the air run. This is something to add to your memory toolbox. Always bump the motor on open air only. It can save you some massive headaches later.
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    Agreed. Install guys always seem to gravitate...

    Agreed. Install guys always seem to gravitate toward the bucket. I have never had a service guy work for me that used a bucket for anything other than a temporary fix. I remember when we all used...
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    Start out by telling us where you are from.

    Start out by telling us where you are from.
  27. While I can appreciate your desire to chase your...

    While I can appreciate your desire to chase your dreams, after 30 ish years in the trade, I would encourage you to consider staying on the controls side. As an owner/service manager, I work with...
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    I agree with this. Show up with just some basic...

    I agree with this. Show up with just some basic hand tools for the first few days. Get an idea of what they are going to have you doing, then add or subtract accordingly.

    Ditto on the leaving...
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    Nail and Hair care salons are supposed to have...

    Nail and Hair care salons are supposed to have 30% fresh air per cycle minimum. But we all know that these things are usually in converted houses or in strip malls where nothing is up to par.

    The...
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    Are these residential or commercial oil burner...

    Are these residential or commercial oil burner parts?
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    Rock on brother. I am right there with you. My...

    Rock on brother. I am right there with you. My stance on smart phones is that you need to be smart to use one. I don't qualify. My old flip phone still works, is easy for me to hear a...
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    Those are pretty cool, but the OP is moving into...

    Those are pretty cool, but the OP is moving into industrial/heavy commercial. Not a lot of need for those little things. When the site has a direct feed into 13,600 volt switch gear from the...
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    Sticky: Nothing for me on Firefox or Chrome either.

    Nothing for me on Firefox or Chrome either.
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    X2. Good advice.

    X2. Good advice.
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    Same here Lytning. That is what helpers are for....

    Same here Lytning. That is what helpers are for. I go through the hatch and tell them to get the ladder setup for the gear haul. Work smarter not harder.

    Congrats HVAClady.
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    Aside from the great lists below, the tools are...

    Aside from the great lists below, the tools are pretty much the same. The company will likely give you time to adjust. Start with the basics and work up. I have several sets of refer and oil...
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    That is exactly what I thought. Hence my...

    That is exactly what I thought. Hence my response.
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    What kind of sub-ing are you referring to? Our...

    What kind of sub-ing are you referring to? Our install division frequently subs from the manufacturer's for large industrial installs. The amount is negotiated and agreed upon way in advance and...
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    We have good luck with the black ones. The...

    We have good luck with the black ones. The stainless ones are definitely better, but not enough to justify the cost if you have to replace a couple every year. The black ones are good for what you...
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    If all you are doing is residential (5 ton and...

    If all you are doing is residential (5 ton and down) you will do fine with a smaller CFM pump. The old rule of thumb is pump CFM times 3 will give you the system capacity the pump is good for. This...
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    Agree with the others. Lose the manifold when...

    Agree with the others. Lose the manifold when pulling a vacuum. I am partial to the JB's. They have been bulletproof for us. We have between 15-20 of the 7 and 10 CFM Platinums in service at the...
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    Working in the rain is one thing. Working in a...

    Working in the rain is one thing. Working in a downpour is unsafe. It just ain't worth it.
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    To further make my point, look under the...

    To further make my point, look under the headlines for Contracting Business on the right side of the main screen. Emerson just joined forces with one of the leading inverter manufacturers in the...
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    There are several product lines out there where...

    There are several product lines out there where Emerson owns the entire chain of parts, except for the electronics. And in some cases, they own that too.

    I take care of a lot of data room...
  45. We all thought the same thing about the McQuay...

    We all thought the same thing about the McQuay brand name. And yet it is now gone. McQuay carried the bulk of the custom commercial and industrial equipment market. I had a chiller show up two...
  46. I was at the manufacturer's rep last week for...

    I was at the manufacturer's rep last week for Daikin/McQuay. In my world (commercial and industrial) the McQuay name is already being phased out quickly. I was told by a Daikin North America...
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    Actually Joey, after years of suffering from what...

    Actually Joey, after years of suffering from what you describe, most of the manufacturers are moving toward making their own critical parts. Daikin makes their own compressors. Emerson bought out...
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    I would start by looking at your heat exchanger. ...

    I would start by looking at your heat exchanger. Is your water side flow rate good? Glycol and at what GPM? What is your target fluid temp? R22? Staging control band?
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    I feel your pain MechTech. I just got back from...

    I feel your pain MechTech. I just got back from a call after power was restored following Hurricane Arthur's brief visit.

    This facility has had defective UPS's on the BMS system for over 6...
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    Way back when, it was allowed for the return. I...

    Way back when, it was allowed for the return. I believe that NFPA was the first to prohibit it, then the other code parties followed shortly behind.

    This looks like a supply duct. That hasn't...
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