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    The same as touching yourself can lead to...

    The same as touching yourself can lead to blindness or eye problems?

    Only one shake. Two and you run the risk of blindness.

    And one puff of a home rolled lawn cigarette will shortly lead to...
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    A lot of that home grown hemp is just as good. If...

    A lot of that home grown hemp is just as good. If not better.

    Grass in its various forms is the #1 agricultural crop grown in the USA. In case you didn't know that. How much time and money do you...
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    Why are you using gravity tanks? Are you "off...

    Why are you using gravity tanks? Are you "off grid"? They should be covered, and if you are only using one pipe to fill and draw off, the gravity tanks are only there to give elevation for pressure...
  4. It might be fun to look at the videos. You might...

    It might be fun to look at the videos. You might not get to the point.

    If you are getting air in a heated or chilled closed system, you do NOT have enough water pressure in the system. From the...
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    You could have knocked me over with a feather...

    You could have knocked me over with a feather with THAT observation.

    Those Reps at the supply house "Greet and Eat" sessions will tell you ANYTHING they think that you will believe. And a lot...
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    I was told that R-410A is a hotter gas and...

    I was told that R-410A is a hotter gas and doesn't de-humidify as well as the colder R-22. As it was explained to me by a really qualified (in my opinion) technician, R-410A could use more energy in...
  7. Thread: DIY Gas line

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    Is this for real and did this just happen in...

    Is this for real and did this just happen in 2009?

    I haven't seen aborted duct work like that since the 1970's. The duct work looks older than dirt. Are you sure that this wasn't a used furnace...
  8. I've not seen the YouTube video, and you may be...

    I've not seen the YouTube video, and you may be correct that the guy is using straight compression fittings. But it is very hard to tell the difference between inverted flare brake fittings from...
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    Whenever I saw floor sanders connect their power,...

    Whenever I saw floor sanders connect their power, they always connected to the hot side of the main breaker, before the breaker.

    I used to give them ship. I'd tell them that the only thing between...
  10. And then there's this. A little thing to...

    And then there's this.

    A little thing to remember when other "people" start cutting out or moving your equipment and they don't finish up the job.

    This should be a separate topic or...
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    What is snow? A PITA.

    What is snow?

    A PITA.
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    Years ago, I was doing work in a power plant. I...

    Years ago, I was doing work in a power plant. I had my jobs to do, but it was understood by me (from the boss) that whatever the welder and his helper needed, I was to make it happen. The welder...
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    That box is open to the weather? That looks...

    That box is open to the weather?

    That looks like a serious case of hackitis. No matter what you did, whomever installed that box like that did it improperly. If you had been killed, the Tort...
  14. I'm not an licensed electrician. However, that...

    I'm not an licensed electrician. However, that electrical appliance being that close to a swimming pool, doesn't it need a GFCI? I mean, it is awfully close to a water source.

    And as far as I am...
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    What is it they say about the word "ASSUME" Makes...

    What is it they say about the word "ASSUME" Makes an ASS out of U and ME? You could run the tracer over and around the box before opening the cover, it will usually sound. Personally, I consider all...
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    One like this: ...

    One like this:

    http://www.greenlee.com/products/DETECTOR%2540c-VOLTAGE-%2540dADJUSTABLE-(GT%2540d16).html?product_id=17647

    Way on the short side of $50.00. There are other ones. The Fluke is a...
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    Because I can't see the whole box. But, it is a...

    Because I can't see the whole box. But, it is a tool that once you have one, you wonder how you could ever have lived without one. In a sense, they are like Wiggy. They are only safe if you first...
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    Telco (Old ATT) developed "Tick Tracers" for...

    Telco (Old ATT) developed "Tick Tracers" for their employees. They were required under penalty to put the tracer on ANYTHING they touched. Good ones are cheap. If you don't have one, you're having a...
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    I was taught and observed that aluminum wire...

    I was taught and observed that aluminum wire conductors loosen up with age, unlike Copper conductors. That some smart electricians give the terminals a twist whenever visiting a panel.

    Where I...
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    That's the problem with that example. The error...

    That's the problem with that example. The error is hidden. You can't see it. Until you open the cover and break through the last bit of worn insulation and cause the short. No one would ever expect...
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    The proper way for the original installer was to...

    The proper way for the original installer was to have cut the wires to the proper size so they weren't rubbing on the cover, covered from plain sight. Like a IED in Iraq.

    The installer is a hack....
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    Most electricians I have known don't wear wedding...

    Most electricians I have known don't wear wedding rings. If they get between a hot wire and a neutral/ground short, it can seriously impact your life. It only takes millivolts to kill you. If there...
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    Kind of like this. A place I visit, had...

    Kind of like this.

    A place I visit, had someone come and ask about venting a gas appliance. He is a GC type, who is going to be continuing a project with a renovation of a large second and third...
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    On a price job, there's no time to read the...

    On a price job, there's no time to read the manual.

    "There's never enough time to do it right. But always time for someone else to do it over".
    Someone else can read the manual when they are...
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    I still think that return air that is too cold is...

    I still think that return air that is too cold is causing this. It acts like a "cold start" oil boiler where the return water temperature is way below the dew point until the burner can heat the...
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