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    You are now a Craftsman. You make your living...

    You are now a Craftsman. You make your living with tools. Buy the best tools you can. I started being a service technician in 1973 and high quality tools have always been expensive. I have always...
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    I have been using S K sockets and wrenches for 40...

    I have been using S K sockets and wrenches for 40 years and they are Tool Truck quality at a fraction of the price. They are available online (E bay or Sears.com). All S K tools are U.S.A. made in...
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    An automotive adjustable wrench opens a lot wider...

    An automotive adjustable wrench opens a lot wider than anything. Crescent #C79H opens 2 and 3/4 inches. What are you using it for?
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    I have been a repairman since 1973, have been...

    I have been a repairman since 1973, have been doing Commercial Hvac since 1999. I would buy the Fluke 116 and one of the smaller fieldpiece clamp on meters like the SC 53. (Sc 45, Sc46 orSc52 also) I...
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    S K tools are mechanics quality made in USA...

    S K tools are mechanics quality made in USA tools. My second choice would be Crescent brand, Taiwanese made but industrial grade. Craftsman Industrial are still USA made. (from Grainger's). Both...
  6. Thread: new to site

    by Paul Bee
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    Welcome!

    Welcome!
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    I was a Major Appliance repairman for 27 years...

    I was a Major Appliance repairman for 27 years before switching to commercial and i have brazed in hundreds of cap tubes. When I worked for RCA Service Company (1977 to 1979) we only used easy flow...
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    In the Pro Forum Training and Education dated...

    In the Pro Forum Training and Education dated 3-19-2010 Rundawg posted a chart showing both gross weight and net weight for most refrigerants and for several sizes of recovery cylinders. Search"...
  9. www.training.carrier.com click on training...

    www.training.carrier.com click on training materials I suggest GTAC 1 and 2 stands for General Training Air Conditioning. This training program is in powerpoint format.
  10. www.carrier.training.com click on training...

    www.carrier.training.com click on training materials. Hey timebuilder have you checked out Carrier? They have a lot of training in powerpoint format. The supermarket service company I work for...
  11. Dave, welcome to Hvac-talk.com. Trade school or...

    Dave, welcome to Hvac-talk.com. Trade school or Community college is always a Plus. I am on the west coast so I can only speak for how it works out here. We have both Union and non union programs...
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    I don't know where "working overtime" is located,...

    I don't know where "working overtime" is located, but in Portland, Oregon, Hall Tool is on MLK blvd. in southeast Portland. M C K tool and supply in Vancouver, Wash. also has SK. Why don't you Google...
  13. HerbVAC9000 Welcome to Hvac-talk.com. we want to...

    HerbVAC9000 Welcome to Hvac-talk.com. we want to help you. Get your posts up to 15 and apply for pro membership. Please go back and read the rules.
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    S K is available at both Graingers and Sears. Two...

    S K is available at both Graingers and Sears. Two of my local tool stores carry both brands. I have used SK for over 40 years and they are my favorite.
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    Rusty, you are very welcome. Do us both a favor...

    Rusty, you are very welcome. Do us both a favor and apply for pro membership, we can give you more detailed help in the pro forums. (ps I am also in Oregon).
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    Prest o lite makes a twin tip torch tip. I was an...

    Prest o lite makes a twin tip torch tip. I was an appliance service tech at RCA factory service and that is what we used to install compressors on domestic refrigerators. That was in 1977 but I think...
  17. Thread: VACUUM PUMPS

    by Paul Bee
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    All 4 commercial hvac companies I have worked for...

    All 4 commercial hvac companies I have worked for only had JB vacuum pumps. For what it's worth.
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    when was the last time you cleaned the indoor...

    when was the last time you cleaned the indoor coil? Blower wheel clean? new filter? All supply grilles open? Make sure return grille is not obstructed. If you plan on operating your AC in low...
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    The Tecumseh application manual says that all...

    The Tecumseh application manual says that all systems should have an accumulator and a crankcase heater. Outside condensers combined with low load on the evaporator could lower the temperature of...
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    Good tools were being made in Germany many years...

    Good tools were being made in Germany many years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymoth Rock. Knipex makes the best pliers and cutters you can buy, they are not inexpensive, but you get your money's...
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    SK is a fraction of the price of Snap On and...

    SK is a fraction of the price of Snap On and still are Mechanics Quality Tools. I have a set my Dad bought in the early 1960's and they get used all the time and still work great. They are sold...
  22. Craftsman Made in China Holy Harbor Freight BATMAN!

    I just bought the 174 piece socket set at Costco for $99.99 Craftsman USA made, 1/4 3/8 and 1/2 inch ratchets and sockets 6 inch and 6 metric combination wrenches. I also went by Sears Outlet and...
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    www.silfos.com and www.harrisproductsgroup.com...

    www.silfos.com and www.harrisproductsgroup.com both have info on brazing. On Harris website click on expert advice and go to bottom of page and click on all videos.
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    Welcome to the trade, I did my first service call...

    Welcome to the trade, I did my first service call in 1973, I did my most recent one last night at 9pm. I still enjoy it !! I hope you have a rewarding and fun career!
  25. Thread: Amp meter

    by Paul Bee
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    Amprobe is owned by the same company that owns...

    Amprobe is owned by the same company that owns Fluke.
  26. Thread: Nut Drivers

    by Paul Bee
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    In trade school they had Xcelite Nutdrivers in a...

    In trade school they had Xcelite Nutdrivers in a plastic tray. When I worked for RCA Factory Service they issued us Xcelite Service Master 99 roll kit. Xcelite nutdrivers are cold drawn and case...
  27. Thread: capacitor???

    by Paul Bee
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    Go to www.packardonline.com click on packard...

    Go to www.packardonline.com click on packard capacitor e training a good program on how capacitors work and why they fail.
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    Here are a few suggestions.

    Doolin's Trouble Shooters Bible, written in plain english by a technician. (Jim Doolin). Troubleshooting and Servicing Modern Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems by John Tomczyk. There is also...
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    Isn't that what we get paid to do? Replace bad or...

    Isn't that what we get paid to do? Replace bad or defective parts? The customer pays us to give our professional (technical) opinion. This is a no brainer, a fluid that needs to be "IN" the capacitor...
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    The Trane hard start kit is designed just for...

    The Trane hard start kit is designed just for your compressor. An electrical engineer at Trane has done the calculations to have that factory hard start kit engage the start relay (putting the start...
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    www.silfos.com also check out the Harris...

    www.silfos.com also check out the Harris website. Click on "How to info" (on the left side"). Then click on alloy selection guide, It explains the strengths and weaknesses of the different alloys.
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    It works fine, but you have to get the joint...

    It works fine, but you have to get the joint hotter. Also it is more brittle and can crack under heavy vibration. I wouldn't use it on a supermarket rack.
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    H 10 or Tif ZX 1.

    H 10 or Tif ZX 1.
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    Last time I looked there were about 5 popular ice...

    Last time I looked there were about 5 popular ice machine brands. Do you know the sequence of operation of all 5? What initiates harvest on each one? What terminates harvest on each one? What type...
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    I was a Sears tech 3 different times. Hell with a...

    I was a Sears tech 3 different times. Hell with a paycheck. Would you like to work on sunday for straight time pay? One of the techs Quit because they wouldn't give him the day off to go to his...
  36. Thread: Rain gear

    by Paul Bee
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    Carhartt makes a heavy duty Black nylon...

    Carhartt makes a heavy duty Black nylon waterproof coat, retail about $160.00. Sorrell also makes one for about $120.00. I bought the Sorrell one and have had it 3 years now and it is holding up...
  37. How about vacation? who pays for that? Holidays?...

    How about vacation? who pays for that? Holidays? Uniforms? Vacuum pump, recovery machine, recovery tanks? You have never owned a business have you? Did you know that commercial vehicle insurance is...
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    Blockade is a brazing alloy that flows at a lower...

    Blockade is a brazing alloy that flows at a lower temperature, specifically designed to repair leaks in phos copper joints without taking them apart. Temperature is solidus1178 liquidus 1247 compared...
  39. Thread: career path

    by Paul Bee
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    The first Commercial company I worked for did...

    The first Commercial company I worked for did light commercial refrigeration (mostly fast food) and any size air conditioning, I worked there 8 years, almost always overtime and they very seldom...
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    I have the UEI CD100A and It works fine for me. I...

    I have the UEI CD100A and It works fine for me. I found mine brand new in the package at a used tool place for $25.00. If I wanted to buy a good one I would get the TIF or a bacharach. The last place...
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    Call a pro.

    Call a pro.
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    Tif ZX-1 or H10.

    Tif ZX-1 or H10.
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    Sticky: Augiecop; here are some links www.rses.org(click...

    Augiecop; here are some links www.rses.org(click on training then click on technical institute CM prep) www.acca.org (click on acca store) both of these associations have books and home study...
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    Here are some links www.ua.org (union mechanical)...

    Here are some links www.ua.org (union mechanical) www.smwia.org (sheet metal union) www.abc.org (non union apprenticeship). Educational organization websites www.rses.org www.acca.org ...
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    There are a lot of informative videos on youtube,...

    There are a lot of informative videos on youtube, just search refrigeration compressors. I also like the 5-2-1.
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    Blockade was advertised by harris to repair leaks...

    Blockade was advertised by harris to repair leaks on phos copper joints. It has silicon and tin in it and flows at a lower temperature than harris 15%. I have used it and I liked it. The spec sheet...
  47. Thread: Oregon Tech.

    by Paul Bee
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    Welcome! I am also in Oregon.

    Welcome! I am also in Oregon.
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    www.rses.org all kinds of home study courses and...

    www.rses.org all kinds of home study courses and books. Local chapters hold classes.
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    www.training.carrier.com www.rses.org ...

    www.training.carrier.com www.rses.org www.acca.org for the carrier website click on training materials. You need to apply for pro membership so you can access all the information and training...
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    Welcome!

    Welcome!
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