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  1. I invested in a Milwaukee Heated Jacket Last...

    I invested in a Milwaukee Heated Jacket Last winter. They are form fitting and restrict movement a little but when you are trying to work in the negative degree weather, they help keep you're core...
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    Professional Respect

    Is it just me or is there a huge lack of respect in this trade. I have asked both my boss and senior shop tech about other competing companies and techs and all I have ever heard is "they are a bunch...
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    I have no problem being on call, just have a...

    I have no problem being on call, just have a problem with a boss that "expects" you to be on call with no compensation. I went back to work after I left and he sent me home early at the end of the...
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    Boss expects us to be on call all the time away...

    Boss expects us to be on call all the time away from work with no compensation!!!!!
  5. We pull off of the cold water inlet, pipe it to...

    We pull off of the cold water inlet, pipe it to the desuperheater, and then pipe it back to the bottom of the waterheater using a 3/4inch brass T with a boiler drain on the opposite side.
  6. The company I work for uses the GeoSolar headers....

    The company I work for uses the GeoSolar headers. I think they are great. Save a lot of time and create less fusion/leak points. You do need a new tapered head iron to fuse with so you will not burn...
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    Boot cut out tool

    I am looking to purchase a tool for cutting in boots in finished houses. The company I work for supply's us with sawsalls for new builds and a co worker uses his personal sonic crafter for finished...
  8. Thread: Help!!!!

    by hawkeyehvac
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    School will give you the basic skills to be at...

    School will give you the basic skills to be at least usefull to the techs. I went to a 1 year HVAC program at my local community college. It gave me the basic skills. I am now an apprentice at a...
  9. I have an Evcon 80K furnace that was tripping on...

    I have an Evcon 80K furnace that was tripping on code 3 press switch was not closing. Kept it going one weekend waiting for the supply house to open Mon morning. Went to fool the switch and the dang...
  10. The duties performed by AMEs include: •...

    The duties performed by AMEs include:
    • maintain the various aircraft systems such as seat and canopy ejection (egress), gaseous and liquid oxygen, life raft ejection, fire extinguishing, air...
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    Apprentice test

    My employer got myself and a co-worker enrolled in an apprenticeship program through Penn Foster and I must say I am confused and quite frankly dissapointed in it. The only questions that I can see...
  12. Inspector and business owner at the same time.

    Just wanted to get some of everybodys perspective on an issue I am having. I have been in this trade for only a couple of years now so my experience is quite limited. The company I am with is in the...
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    Thanks everybody for the advise. I work as hard...

    Thanks everybody for the advise. I work as hard as I can. I want to be a good tech and not just a hack like most in my area. My last job I did everything that was asked of me and then some. I asked...
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    Tech Rob, I hear what your saying. The last guy I...

    Tech Rob, I hear what your saying. The last guy I worked for took full advantage of my schooling with out investing in me in return. I believe the employee needs to invest in the employer and the...
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    Working on that right now. Last two companies...

    Working on that right now. Last two companies said right off the bat they were looking for helpers only. Would not invest into the apprenticeship. Kind of a double edge sword, do I go there and bust...
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    I hear ya. I want to pay my dues but no body...

    I hear ya. I want to pay my dues but no body wants to take on an apprentice. Too many fricken hoops to jump through. Most only want helpers and dont want anything more than that. I want to be more...
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    I will be heading down to the state capitol...

    I will be heading down to the state capitol thismonth to address the mechanical board and to have them explain to me how they came to their conclusion to deny my petition. Then I will also talk to my...
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    Going out of state is not an option. My wife and...

    Going out of state is not an option. My wife and I just bought a house last fall. I believe an education is something that is never finished. Most of the contractors around my area dont feel the...
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    Thought about going out of state but Iowa does...

    Thought about going out of state but Iowa does not have reciprocity with any other state. They hand a grandfathering program that ended in 2010 with people who had no business getting their license...
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    Thought about that route but there is a lot I...

    Thought about that route but there is a lot I dont know yet. I have a decent working knowledge but I will be the first to say I dont know it all. Never will but I will learn till the day I die. I...
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    College HVAC course a waste af time!!!

    I am now leaning that the college diploma course I took for HVAC is a waste of time here in Iowa. The way the Iowa law is set up is one sided. It is more set up for people coming off the street with...
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    Glad to see I am not the only ones to hate these...

    Glad to see I am not the only ones to hate these things. Had to change out the inducer motor on one and had to dang near remove everything from the cabinet to get to the last screw. They really need...
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    My previus employer was ising the Braeburn...

    My previus employer was ising the Braeburn t-stats but then switched to the Honeywell 5000 series. I personaly liked the Braeburn better.
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    My previous boss tought me to wire up the new gas...

    My previous boss tought me to wire up the new gas valve without hard piping it to the unit and use a stick lighter to fool the flame sensor into thinking it had flame to check if the gas valve was...
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    Found out on monday it was time for me to move...

    Found out on monday it was time for me to move on. My boss informed me that my pay would be cut from 15$ and hour to min wage. Told him I would be working to pay for my gas back and forth to work and...
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    Sure have. In fact, I still do. Work for a family...

    Sure have. In fact, I still do. Work for a family owned company. The old man went to HVAC course the local community college had and started the business. The son and other workers started to work...
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    Thanks for the comments. I plan on staying with...

    Thanks for the comments. I plan on staying with this company till something else comes along. Most places where I live dont want to take on the risk of hiring someone and spending the $ to train them...
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    Is it time to move on?

    I graduated from my local community college's HVAC program in July 2011. I started soon after with the company I am currently with now. I was told it would be a temporary job with a possibilty of...
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    You should have replaced with direct vent 90% or...

    You should have replaced with direct vent 90% or higher furnace. They have a two pipe system that brings in fresh air from outside the structure for combustion and then vents the exhaust with the...
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    Been with current company for 5 months. Got 30$

    Been with current company for 5 months. Got 30$
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    I was at a furnace replacement job and while I...

    I was at a furnace replacement job and while I was running back to my truck for parts and tools, I noticed a guy that was casing my boss's and my trucks. Cought him 4 times doing this and the last...
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    Spinning my Wheels

    I have recently graduated from a HVAC/R course and optained my diploma. I got a job a few weeks out of school which was great because the economy sucks. My problem is the company I work for, all the...
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    Very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to...

    Very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.
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    I am 35 and just finished my course in hvac at my...

    I am 35 and just finished my course in hvac at my local community college. Check out the program and ask a few companys if they employ and grads from the college. Most of the hvac companys around...
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    Wow. Whatever works I guess.

    Wow. Whatever works I guess.
  36. Thread: 410a

    by hawkeyehvac
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    Second Tuesday of next week. :grin2:

    Second Tuesday of next week. :grin2:
  37. The same has been happening around eastern Iowa....

    The same has been happening around eastern Iowa. A family friend had to drive nails through a few boards and skewer one of the thieves to catch him. Sherrif just laughed when he showed up on the...
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    may be the high pressure switch if the unit has...

    may be the high pressure switch if the unit has one.
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    City BBQ in Luling TX. Best brisket I have hand...

    City BBQ in Luling TX. Best brisket I have hand bar none.
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    that is awesome. too many people letting their...

    that is awesome. too many people letting their kids run amok
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    Welcom from a fellow forum newby. Looking forward...

    Welcom from a fellow forum newby. Looking forward to sharing a lot of knowledge.
  42. Just graduated tech school and new to industry.

    Hello all. I am new to the industry and have just graduated from a 11 month tech school. I have my EPA Universial, National Comfort Insititute Systems Diagnostics certification, and an Iowa Service...
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    Congrats on the new job. I hope to be in the same...

    Congrats on the new job. I hope to be in the same boat here. I will finish my school in the middle of july and hope to be back to work so there after.:)
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