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    A sling psychrometer may be accurate where you...

    A sling psychrometer may be accurate where you can swing it, but it wont account for heat infiltration of a return duct in a hot attic like an induct psychrometer will. Practically speaking a...
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    It's a male run T like this. Should be able to...

    It's a male run T like this. Should be able to find it a plumbing supply locally or order one on line. I'd suggest you source it locally unless you are sure what size the hole in your particular...
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    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll90/marty3006/...

    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll90/marty3006/FullSizeRender7_zpsrjusz7t7.jpg
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    Very true. I didn't believe it until I tried it....

    Very true. I didn't believe it until I tried it. He is not exaggerating.

    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll90/marty3006/FullSizeRender8_zpsublrcr9s.jpg
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    I used to have one and found it to have problems...

    I used to have one and found it to have problems syching up. It was very frustrating at times. I have a Refco wireless scale now that I like much better. ...
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    I have a couple of AK 900's. They are awesome! ...

    I have a couple of AK 900's. They are awesome! The deal breaker for me with the Fieldpiece SMAN's is the thermocouple pipe clamps. The Thermistor pipe clamps on the DC are way more accurate and...
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    I have a couple of 3/8 ID YJ hoses. No problems

    I have a couple of 3/8 ID YJ hoses. No problems
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    I have not managed to break anything on either of...

    I have not managed to break anything on either of my AK 900's yet, but that's good to hear.

    Contrast that TIF. I recently had an empty plastic box, for a leak detector, fall 3 feet and land on...
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    I have 3 at the moment. Inficon tek mate that...

    I have 3 at the moment. Inficon tek mate that works great on r-22 but is useless on 410a. A Fieldpiece SRL2K7 that works fair but not very good on r 410 and not nearly as well as the tek mate on...
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    Oh I just saw that you "do" have natural gas. ...

    Oh I just saw that you "do" have natural gas. I'd probably go with gas heat, but that's just a preference. HP's work well here too. You could also go dual fuel for not much more money than...
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    I live and work in the Knoxville, TN area. My...

    I live and work in the Knoxville, TN area. My home, and much of my service area is rural and does not have natural gas. I have an air source HP and it works quite well. No worries heat pumps...
  12. Thread: pay scale

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    To the OP. I graduated tech school and got my...

    To the OP. I graduated tech school and got my first job in 2003. I started at $12.00/hr, and this was in Knoxville, TN. Not a small town but not a big city either. IMO you are under paid.
  13. Thread: pay scale

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    On serious accident while working for someone...

    On serious accident while working for someone else and your career is equally over!
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    Yes several times. consider CRT's wear items. ...

    Yes several times. consider CRT's wear items. I always keep spares on hand.
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    Generally speaking, torque specs are for clean...

    Generally speaking, torque specs are for clean dry fasteners unless otherwise specified. Oiling the threads will greatly increase the clamping force any any given torque.
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    Just re-read the instruction manual and it was a...

    Just re-read the instruction manual and it was a user error issue. Nothing wrong with the Ak's. I must have inadvertently zeroed them to atmosphere in psia mode when I should have zeroed them in...
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    The AK's are zeroed to read 0 at atmospheric...

    The AK's are zeroed to read 0 at atmospheric pressure.
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    Problem with AK 900's

    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll90/marty3006/IMGP3669_zps684e56cf.jpg


    69.5 psig of r 22 should correspond to a saturation temp of 40 degrees F. These saturation temps are about 10 degrees...
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    Summer time I keep a Diamondback 380 in my...

    Summer time I keep a Diamondback 380 in my pocket. Winter time keep a Ruger LC9 in a holster on my right hip. Always well concealed. I don't want to offend a customer or draw attention to myself.
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    Last week I used mine to find a r410a leak...

    Last week I used mine to find a r410a leak outdoors on a condenser. It was a good size leak though. I also though it was a POS when I first started using it but, once I learned the nuances of...
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    I have the Fieldpiece IR and find that it works...

    I have the Fieldpiece IR and find that it works well on r410a. You do have to understand how it works!
    check this out

    http://www.trutechtools.com/SRL2K7
  22. Thread: new manifold

    by m singer
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    I don't care for 4 valve manifolds because they...

    I don't care for 4 valve manifolds because they are needlessly bulky and I do not use a manifold to pull vacuums. I have a couple of digi cool AK 900's that I am very happy with and would recommend...
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    I have had one for a long time and never had any...

    I have had one for a long time and never had any problems with either the old of new sensors. Sounds like you got a bad one. They work great on R 22 but are useless for r410a.
  24. I don't think that it is universally true that...

    I don't think that it is universally true that ox/act is easier for a beginner then air/act. It's a lot easier for a beginner to put a hole in copper with ox/act. I agree that oxy/act can do more...
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    Literally speaking it is not possible to...

    Literally speaking it is not possible to correctly charge a mismatched system. That said I would go with charging by superheat.
  26. It would be more helpful if you stuck to...

    It would be more helpful if you stuck to commenting on things that you actually have experience with. Opinions of people with no experience on the subject do more harm then good.

    To the OP:
    ...
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    Yellow Jacket Precision Torque Wrench Kit

    Are the threads and flare to be oiled or dry when torquing.
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    J-mart = Johnstone

    J-mart = Johnstone
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    I have used YJ, CD and appion. Ball valves tend...

    I have used YJ, CD and appion. Ball valves tend to wear out and leak. I consider CRT's to be expendable items that wear out like the brakes on my truck. If I can get a year out of one I'm happy...
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    I would also prefer ox/act for 1 1/8 pipe or...

    I would also prefer ox/act for 1 1/8 pipe or bigger but, especially since the switch to R410a, there is very very little in resi work that goes over 7/8.

    They both have their advantages and...
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    Either a. you have never tried to do this ...

    Either
    a. you have never tried to do this

    or

    b. you have tried and found your skills lacking. Rather then learn how to use the tool correctly, you blame the tool because you lack the...
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    I don't know who Paul Winberry is. Should I? ...

    I don't know who Paul Winberry is. Should I? Apparently he thinks he knows more about air acetylene torches then the manufacture or people like me who have been using them professionally for many...
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    Try them both and decide for yourself. I have...

    Try them both and decide for yourself. I have both on my truck and, prefer the air acetylene torch with an MC tank for 95% of resi work. I have no problem using an air acetylene on 7/8" or even 1...
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    WOW

    WOW
  35. Been there done that! Moving on, in my neck of...

    Been there done that! Moving on, in my neck of the woods, would have likely been more of the same. Maybe for you too? About a year and a half ago I went out on my own. It is easier said then done...
  36. Well I apologize for trying to save you some...

    Well I apologize for trying to save you some money. I mistakenly though this was a "discussion" where shared experiences relevant to the topic would be appreciated.
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  38. I used it a few times right after I bought it....

    I used it a few times right after I bought it. Perhaps I should have said that i no longer use it because I find it of no use.
  39. IMO a flow indicator is a waste of money. I have...

    IMO a flow indicator is a waste of money. I have the turbo torch one but never use it. I find it easier to set my regulator to 50 psig and adjust the flow of nitro by cracking my manifold valve. ...
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    I had that problem too. The solution for me was...

    I had that problem too. The solution for me was to stop squeezing the lever as soon as I feel resistance build.
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    +1 So much easier then the hammer in or screw in...

    +1 So much easier then the hammer in or screw in swage tools! I find it very handy for service as well as change outs. It is pricy though. It is a tool that you buy after you have acquired the...
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    It's Sweet setup so, what would you expect.

    It's Sweet setup so, what would you expect.
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    I'd also feel a lot better about the price if it...

    I'd also feel a lot better about the price if it were made in the USA but, until someone comes out with a comparable product for less, they will probably keep getting their price.
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    I pretty much do the same as you for service...

    I pretty much do the same as you for service manifold hoses. My evac hoses I am more critical of.
  45. Thread: Turbo torch

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    There is 10 cu ft in a MC tank. I use a no. 8...

    There is 10 cu ft in a MC tank. I use a no. 8 tip most often, and a no. 8 tip uses 8 cu ft per hr. For me a no 8 tip wks well for most resi applications, but I do have bigger and smaller tips as...
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    Very nice work.

    Very nice work.
  47. Thread: Turbo torch

    by m singer
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    To answer your question because if I am changing...

    To answer your question because if I am changing a coil in an attic that only requires sweating one 5/8" pipe, I would like to save myself the trouble of dragging a Oxy/act rig through the attic when...
  48. Thread: Turbo torch

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    I have a turbo torch MC and an ox act torch on my...

    I have a turbo torch MC and an ox act torch on my truck. I do mostly resi work and a little light commercial. I prefer the turbo torch for most of what I do because its a whole lot lighter and the...
  49. I bought mine last summer no problems.

    I bought mine last summer no problems.
  50. My G5 has always worked great, but what is you...

    My G5 has always worked great, but what is you ph no just in case?
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