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    Sticky: Poll: Armstrong is the only Allied Product we use. I...

    Armstrong is the only Allied Product we use.
    I started using Armstrong mainly because a 5 ton Goodman or Rheem AH are now 24" wide and simply will not fit many replacement sizes. Priced about the...
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    1.3 SH is not proof there is any. Remove R while...

    1.3 SH is not proof there is any. Remove R while watching SH. I bet a couple of pound will come out before you see a rise. And by then it will be well below freezing.
  3. Did you know they were trying to maintain 45 deg...

    Did you know they were trying to maintain 45 deg when you bid this job? That is just crazy to expect any normal HVAC equipment to do it.
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    I think Capacitor failure is the HVAC Gods way of...

    I think Capacitor failure is the HVAC Gods way of raining money down on us to make up for some of crap we have to endure that we do not get paid for.

    We guarantee replacement parts one year, and...
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    Where are you mounting the float switch?

    Where are you mounting the float switch?
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    I would do what ever it takes to rehang the unit...

    I would do what ever it takes to rehang the unit where you have service access as is required by code, and charge accordingly.
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    Air flow, Clean evap coil. someone probably did...

    Air flow, Clean evap coil. someone probably did over gas it to get it above freezing.
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    Put a piston in and see what happen. May make it...

    Put a piston in and see what happen. May make it lots easier to see what is going on.
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    It probably had a new filter.

    It probably had a new filter.
  10. Thread: Breaker popping

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    I would guess low voltage. I would add a start...

    I would guess low voltage. I would add a start booster and watch Volts while it tries to start. Could be a bad breaker. You said another system, was that used? When it comes to mobile homes, you can...
  11. We do not encourage or want tips. But some times...

    We do not encourage or want tips. But some times we get one $20 added on to their check and I just say thank you. I have got $100 tip a couple of times over the years. This week one of my regular...
  12. Thread: Info Needed

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    There are online courses that will get you...

    There are online courses that will get you started with the basics and more. Some Supply houses may still have design people that can help you. For many years I had my suppler design all my duct...
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    I love OEM motor, just not practical most of the...

    I love OEM motor, just not practical most of the time.
    I could see that, especially with most smaller service vehicles. We have a one ton with lot of room, but 40 miles from the closest supply...
  14. Thread: Service call times

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    I am not sure there are any trades that requires...

    I am not sure there are any trades that requires as much overall skill and knowledge as an HVAC service tech, and your skills, knowledge and integrity are tested every day. You spent too much time...
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    The Rheem switch is often a real system saver is...

    The Rheem switch is often a real system saver is everything is right. But they are a real pain when you have a poor air flow. I Inherited a Rheem 10yr old 3T HP with a 2.5 AH. It was trick to make...
  16. Thread: Service call times

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    All system coils are not necessarily accessible....

    All system coils are not necessarily accessible. Some time you are just lucky if you can squeeze above a furnace to get any access to a coil, and cutting with tin snips May be the only way you are...
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    I wish TXV were flawless but they are not. Had ...

    I wish TXV were flawless but they are not. Had one fail this week and it would have taken the compressor out if the customer had not heard the compressor screaming for help.
  18. Thread: Service call times

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    Diagnosis and fix when possible, second trips...

    Diagnosis and fix when possible, second trips cost time and money. Carry plenty of parts.
    It is a fine line. You can't take all day to do a call, but if you do not get it right its a call back....
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    Just clear the bubbles in the site glass

    Just clear the bubbles in the site glass
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    I am old, just trying to impress. Now who you...

    I am old, just trying to impress.
    Now who you going to trust? the guy who walk to the house with his wife's purse or the old guy dragging a suite case full of diagnostic tool and a mat?
  21. I guess the nicest thing my customer do for me is...

    I guess the nicest thing my customer do for me is pay. I have friends in HVAC, plumbing and electrical that always seem to have trouble collecting. Some have lost several thousands. We just do not...
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    I was watching a video of the guy showing the...

    I was watching a video of the guy showing the H10, and hitting the test bottle. I may try one, just see. Finding a leak at a 1/4" is not the problem. But detecting a leak in the center tube of a flat...
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    http://eulake.com/Toolbag.jpg I weighed mine...

    http://eulake.com/Toolbag.jpg
    I weighed mine today, 31#. No matter what, always too many trips to the truck. If I find I have a tool in the bag that is not used regularly, I put it in the truck.
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    I hate leaks, and I hate false beeps. If there...

    I hate leaks, and I hate false beeps. If there is a better machine to detect leaks, I want it. Price is no object if it pays for its self. And leaks are expensive to find, cost us in time and...
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    Experience will make your pricing better. A few...

    Experience will make your pricing better. A few of those, "I should have charged more" will get your prices up.
    But pricing will always be local, in other words, some can get more for the same work...
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    I will have to get a picture, but many tool...

    I will have to get a picture, but many tool hidden inside and on all 4 sides, could not see them all in one pic.
    I have had the big 40# CLC for years. In Fact wore a couple out. May weigh a little...
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    If you will take the time to find the manufacture...

    If you will take the time to find the manufacture specs, you will know what the house is designed for. It is not just the duct size that determines this.
    Northern Mobile do make it south. Most...
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    I carry 1/4 and 1/3 hp in both 825 and 1075. CFM...

    I carry 1/4 and 1/3 hp in both 825 and 1075. CFM is easy money if you have it on the truck.
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    My guess, I don't think You have enough air flow...

    My guess, I don't think You have enough air flow for 4 tons.
    If you will find the manufactures spec sheet, it will tell you what the max BTU AC it will take. Should be able to find it on a kitchen...
  30. Had a customer move to another house in the area...

    Had a customer move to another house in the area on the lake and wanted me to check out the system etc. In the process we had to move e new Cub Cadet riding mower, I happen to notice it had less than...
  31. I agree, most of us started with nothing and had...

    I agree, most of us started with nothing and had to scrap to get tools. But if you are making a living in this business, buy the tools that make your job easier.
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    It seems leaks are getting much worse. And some...

    It seems leaks are getting much worse. And some impossible to find. I had a new Rheem, exactly one year old to the day, with a broker line on the OD txv, easy find easy fix but I had to give away 15...
  33. That is a customer worth keeping.

    That is a customer worth keeping.
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    I am no Apple computer fan, but the iPhone is a...

    I am no Apple computer fan, but the iPhone is a real work horse, with a lot to offer for the cost. Free word processer and spread sheets. Free Books, that will save PDFs. Automatic back up to free...
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    There are many expensive tools that really pay...

    There are many expensive tools that really pay for themselves in time savings. If you need these, buy them sooner than later.
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    Bill, good thing we got in under the old rules.

    Bill, good thing we got in under the old rules.
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    Every motor replacement it different. Screws...

    Every motor replacement it different. Screws striped in housing, fixed nuts turn, shafts frozen, AH mounted so close blower housing will not come out, or barely will. All part of the game. Be...
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    Recover and recharge every system? Sorry, but you...

    Recover and recharge every system? Sorry, but you are not going to make many calls today. And Time is money.
    In the field, time is either a maker or a breaker. Got a leaking system, customer knows...
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    The telescope ladder looks pretty limited. We...

    The telescope ladder looks pretty limited.
    We use a 17' Little Giant knockoff called Gorilla, about $100 from Home Depot. Adjustable height and Bends into an A, which is very useful in our...
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    I also make a tap for cleaning. I had a...

    I also make a tap for cleaning.
    I had a complaint of bad smell in the AC, trap had dried in the winter heat, and plumbed into the sewer vent without a Plumbing trap.
    BTW, I think most equipment...
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    We use 2 1/2 electrical PVC on new construction.

    We use 2 1/2 electrical PVC on new construction.
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    Good point, all thermostats will not work with...

    Good point, all thermostats will not work with this.


    E403.1.2

    This is IRC N1103.1.2, but only the first part


    "Heat pump supplementary heat (Mandatory Requirements)
    Heat pumps having...
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    I agree, it probably is in the valve circuit. I...

    I agree, it probably is in the valve circuit. I would look at the pressure switches and hose. No kinks, traps or leaks. Be sure the condensate is escaping as it should. I had one that had slow...
  44. Thread: Humidity Issues

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    You can't depend on the AC to dehumidify. There...

    You can't depend on the AC to dehumidify. There will always be times of the year when the unit will not run long enough to do this. I would look at a moisture source. If you do not find the source, I...
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    I know what you mean about police mentality. ...

    I know what you mean about police mentality.
    but this shows the law enforcment was not in favor of this bill. and a few other interesting polls I would trust lots more that what the president says....
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    If you feel like celebrating, don't. This is not...

    If you feel like celebrating, don't. This is not over,, this is not over. They are going back to their corners preparing, they are not quitting and they will not quit until all our guns are gone. ...
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    I did not feel NRA represented my view, always...

    I did not feel NRA represented my view, always belonged to GOA. But when NRA took a stand on this, I become a contributing member. They really came through this time.
  48. Thread: Mini Split Help

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    These mini splits are fickle enough, don't just...

    These mini splits are fickle enough, don't just change the condenser. You are asking for problems.
  49. Thread: Gun Confiscation

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    It is hard to turn on the TV without seeing...

    It is hard to turn on the TV without seeing violence in TV shows. The movies are even worse. Video games are producing trained killers. Sure it can be argued that all who play the games do not become...
  50. Thread: Gun Confiscation

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    This means you can not give your son a family gun...

    This means you can not give your son a family gun without govermant approval.
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