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    "Comfort costs money.....Refrigeration costs...

    "Comfort costs money.....Refrigeration costs more"

    If you get this working, you are going to own it and it will suck up a lot of your time when you least want to do it. If it craps out and she...
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    I don't know if this means anything. 12 years...

    I don't know if this means anything. 12 years ago, I had a start date with Source right out of trade school. I was excited to join up. Before I could start, someone swooped in and offered me seven...
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    I really like that attitude PHM. I have always...

    I really like that attitude PHM. I have always just taken the first job that comes along that pays the same or better. Perhaps I need to hold out for something more challenging.
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    Yes - the longer I am in this trade, it seems...

    Yes - the longer I am in this trade, it seems like the old 'give and take' works best for everyone. Unfortunately, more employers want to make it 'Take and take' or a few dishonest employees...
  5. This failure was mechanical. The compressor...

    This failure was mechanical.

    The compressor was cycling on internal heat safety (06d)

    When I pulled the first head, the valves were shot and the pistons fell right into the crankcase. So only...
  6. Thanks Icemeister. I need to take off the heads...

    Thanks Icemeister. I need to take off the heads and see what I find out on the dead compressor.

    As for the check valves, I had one compressor on this rack that was going off on internal...
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    Thank you for all the insight about going in...

    Thank you for all the insight about going in house. For me this would be about a 33% pay cut - ouch! Maybe in a few more years I could afford that, but unless they come up in salary, this is...
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    Our company installed something called Field...

    Our company installed something called Field Aware. Everything is done in real time and tracked. The funny thing is, you cannot see your total hours worked for the week, nor the sum of the...
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    Yes - there are lots of pluses and minuses to the...

    Yes - there are lots of pluses and minuses to the situation. I joined the union about 2 years ago, but now with all the micromanaging and electronic tracking and wage theft, I am kind of disgusted...
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    Taking a pay cut.....on purpose ?

    Has anyone out there have any thoughts on taking a pay cut on purpose, for better peace of mind and an easier pace?

    I have an offer and am considering leaving the rat race of billable hours and...
  11. Discharge muffler backwards / check valve question

    So I am working on a small parallel rack (3 compressors) and the middle compressor has been dead since before I arrive on site over a year ago.

    I convinced the customer to replace it (carlyle...
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    It's amazing

    Just looking at the pictures - isn't it amazing some of the junk we work on, in the crappy locations and access holes, that the customer just expects miracles at the lowest possible cost to keep...
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    Believe it. I just worked on a large commercial...

    Believe it. I just worked on a large commercial freezer with forklift traffic doorway. The drain heater quit. The ice dam formed in the drain pan, the ice buildup snapped the pan heater element,...
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    Our company just installed it. Everyone is...

    Our company just installed it. Everyone is looking for another job.

    Personally, I think Fieldaware is banking on the odds that most wage theft goes unreported.

    I think it steals the...
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    I appreciate the advice. After 13 years of...

    I appreciate the advice. After 13 years of swinging the wrench, I think I am a pretty OK technician and have mastered how to manage my time and multitask multiple jobs the same day/week. With this...
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    We had the training meeting. It's going to get...

    We had the training meeting. It's going to get ugly on the timekeeping side.

    Customer signs, time stops. Travel time? Not clear. Shop time, wait time, not clear.

    I said it looks like an...
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    Thanks for the explanation. These air driers...

    Thanks for the explanation. These air driers are new ground to me. I hope we can please this customer.
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    Welp - Tomorrow is the training meeting. I will...

    Welp - Tomorrow is the training meeting. I will know more then. Then once I know more, I will chat with the union hall about it and see what they think.
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    Those all all very valid points - especially the...

    Those all all very valid points - especially the one about how the time doesn't always stop when the customer signs the bill. Especially when you are waiting at some security office for 30-40...
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    Yes - we are probably going to replace the...

    Yes - we are probably going to replace the separator and float and install an equalization line. It's out of my hands now. I had a good talk with the factory tech. He said we should put new valve...
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    This is a system with two 40HP discus...

    This is a system with two 40HP discus compressors. No EPRs, but 4 unloaders and two hot gas bypass valves. The suction accumlator also acts as a heat exchanger for the liquid line.

    One thing I...
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    Thanks for the tips and experiences. Our...

    Thanks for the tips and experiences.

    Our apprentice is the only one on it so far, and he was shocked to see that as soon as the customer signs and presses ok, the time stops, and that is all that...
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    It looks like a large cigar. Pull the oil plug...

    It looks like a large cigar. Pull the oil plug and spring, and then pull it out with your pinky finger.
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    Sure enough

    Yup - you guys called it right.

    The compressor ran great for about 2 weeks, and then started tripping on oil pressure again.

    Now they want a quote for a new compressor. I put Zerol 150 in it...
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    Annie

    I love my Annie. It doesn't come out very often, but when it does I am very glad I have it.

    UEI makes one, but no gauges or lights on it - just switches.
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    GPS Based dispatching and Time Sheets

    So my shop signed up for something called Field Aware. They are raving about how its going to streamline everything for the office girls including get rid of our time sheets. Our time cards will be...
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    Success!! The drain plug filter looks like a...

    Success!! The drain plug filter looks like a long fancy cigar. I pulled it out with my pinky finger and found it completely clogged with sludge and copper filings. Cleaned it up and put it all back...
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    Thanks for the advice. I will take some Zerol...

    Thanks for the advice. I will take some Zerol 150 out there and drain the oil and see if I can clean that filter. I saw somewhere that Zerol is equivalent to Bitzer 5.2 oil.

    This sounds much...
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    Bitzer Compressor Internal Oil Filter?

    So I'm working in a plant on a very large air drier.

    The drier is powered by a Bitzer 6H-35.2 compressor. The complaint is the unit keeps tripping on oil safety. The trips are random and no one...
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    Thanks for all the advice guys. Sure enough, my...

    Thanks for all the advice guys. Sure enough, my turn came around with the apprentice. We got in a heated argument from the get go and I almost sent him home right away. Seems that he thinks he...
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    Thanks for the responses guys. That is some good...

    Thanks for the responses guys. That is some good advice. I think I just worry that I will get someone who wants to have their nose in their phone all day and doesn't know what a 8 hour work day is...
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    Union Question - Apprentices

    So there is some talk at my shop about them giving me a 1st year apprentice.

    What does this involve on the service side? Looking for stories good and bad.

    This sounds like a major change in...
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    I say if you can find something better than this...

    I say if you can find something better than this trade, go for it. This trade is hard work and hard on your body, but the pay can be decent. I agree with above posters. No matter where you work in...
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    The economy is good here, but with the...

    The economy is good here, but with the legalization of cannibus housing is going sky high with all the people moving here.

    As for wages, they are all over the board.

    Local 208 is bringing in...
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    This is a very large freezer running 3 compounds...

    This is a very large freezer running 3 compounds with r22. Actually, only 2 work at the monent.

    I bought a 1-5/8" p-trap and cut it up to fit the new valve and piping.

    Worked great except for...
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    Thanks all - I figured that, just wanted some...

    Thanks all - I figured that, just wanted some confirmation. I don't do fittings that large very often.
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    Carlyle advice - 1-5/8 suction valve

    I am replacing a 20hp 06CC compound cooling compressor this week.

    The suction valve stem is shot.

    Do I bother trying to unbraze the 1-5/8" tube?

    Or just cut it close and put in a fitting in...
  38. Unfortunately a lot can go wrong in a few months...

    Unfortunately a lot can go wrong in a few months with the weather changing. 3 of the compressors are for a huge freezer, and one of them is dead, another is not well, and the customer is very...
  39. Thank you for the tips. I have heard the same...

    Thank you for the tips. I have heard the same thing regarding maintaining head pressure: Use one method or the other - but using both usually causes problems. I would say the lowest ambient...
  40. R22 Freezer rack - fan cycling strategy with ori - ord ?

    So we inherited this one, and I am a bit puzzled.

    Four Carlyle C3 compressors on a rack - each one independent with its own evaporator.

    All four compressors share the same condenser, and the...
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    I remember doing a warranty job on an icemaker in...

    I remember doing a warranty job on an icemaker in a Mexican shop. The machine was right next to the bandsaw that they used to cut the beef.

    Sure enough, right when I was laying on the floor doing...
  42. I thought I worked for the best shop ever. New...

    I thought I worked for the best shop ever. New trucks, good pay, good benefits, good owners who came from the field and let us be good techs. Well, one owner retired and let his son in law take...
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    That's why I like this job - always something...

    That's why I like this job - always something different, especially when you think you got it.

    I showed an apprentice the other day how to block a fan hole with cardboard when it's Friday night...
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    I will say this about tools: It seems like you...

    I will say this about tools: It seems like you will NEVER have all the tools you need. I have been doing this for 12 years or so and I started thinking I had just about all I needed. Well, I was...
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    The Redwing store taught me to ball up some...

    The Redwing store taught me to ball up some newspaper and stick it in the boot overnight. It works ok, but I can see where forced air is way better.
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    Not a hero yet. It was making great ice until I...

    Not a hero yet. It was making great ice until I put the cover back on. Then it started losing power to the board. I am glad I was taught to always watch 3 cycles. Its always that 3rd cycle that...
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    Good ol' Hoshizaki. I put some R22 in it and...

    Good ol' Hoshizaki. I put some R22 in it and adjusted the float switch, and it's making beautiful ice.

    For how long we will have to see - there still may be a leak or something.
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    Got it!! Thank you very much. I wonder if I can...

    Got it!! Thank you very much. I wonder if I can find some on a Sunday...
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    Screwing / Bolting into the van ceiling?

    Does anyone know an easy way to bolt into the Ford or Chevy van ceiling supports?

    I need to move my jet rack to a different truck and was ondering if there are special nuts or something the custom...
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    Thanks Skpkey9 That is what I suspected. I can...

    Thanks Skpkey9 That is what I suspected. I can spare 11oz of r22 to see if this machine can still make ice. I will look for a separated evaporator.

    I enjoy a challenge now and then, especially...
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