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    Could be a leaking foot valve at the bottom of...

    Could be a leaking foot valve at the bottom of the well pipe. This is a check valve, and if passing back would draw a vacuum on the system, drawing in air during the off cycle. But this would happen...
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    I'm not really an extrovert but have dealt with...

    I'm not really an extrovert but have dealt with customers since 1975, took a Dale Carnegie course, and rarely ran into real jerks. Usually any hostility on the customers part was for a legitimate...
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    Looking to move into the office

    With 30+ yrs. in the trade, I'm tired of lugging compressors up ladders, and was thinking of switching to load calc, estimating and sales. I think this would entail visiting customer's homes,...
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    I haven't read anything here yet about the type...

    I haven't read anything here yet about the type of comp. failures. Short to ground, short between windings, open circuit, not pumping? It's funny QC didn't check for this stuff before the unit leaves...
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    http://www.djsonline.com/ductlesslinehide.htm...

    http://www.djsonline.com/ductlesslinehide.htm
    These look pretty good and the HO can paint them to match their house siding.
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    Is that a tornado prone area?

    Is that a tornado prone area?
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    My bad. Yes, the solenoid valves were mounted on...

    My bad. Yes, the solenoid valves were mounted on the LL before the TEV. What was I thinking?
  8. Thread: GREEN SLIME

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    Powell, thanks for the link.

    Powell, thanks for the link.
  9. Thread: High pressure

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    Some TXVs have an outlet on the side of their...

    Some TXVs have an outlet on the side of their body for an equalizer tube, which one solders into the outlet pipe of the evap. coil. This is to compensate for pressure drop in the evap coil, i.e....
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    Suction accumulator prevents liquid from entering...

    Suction accumulator prevents liquid from entering the compressor, unless of course there's an overcharge.
    Refrigeration systems I've seen mostly have the solenoid on the outlet of the evaporator,...
  11. Thread: High pressure

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    Sounds like non-condensibles in the condensor....

    Sounds like non-condensibles in the condensor. You might have to triple evacuate, breaking the vacuum twice with dry nitrogen. The Goodman coil is 3.5 ton also, right? What's the TXV rated for?...
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    Does the warantee include the labor and travel...

    Does the warantee include the labor and travel time? Never had a bad Goodman out of the box...
  13. Thread: duct board

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    Uncleanable, and releases fibers when aged.

    Uncleanable, and releases fibers when aged.
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    Many times the transformer in the furnace...

    Many times the transformer in the furnace supplies the 24v to the A/C also, with a fan control ctr. T-off the switch for the furnace to turn off the xformer. Pull a panel where the supply power goes...
  15. Thread: Yet another

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    Any air that made its way through that was super...

    Any air that made its way through that was super filtered and cleaner than ambient!
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    Is that an access door open on the unit on the...

    Is that an access door open on the unit on the right? In that case, there is a fine example of gravity cooling, the cold air dropping right down the return if that's the filter/blower section.
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    A flat rate program would help considerably with...

    A flat rate program would help considerably with customer relations. After a basic diagnosis at a set price, I would be able to sit down with the customer and give them a set price for the work that...
  18. I have heard of a special paint that acts as a...

    I have heard of a special paint that acts as a vapor barrier in this situation, but I'm not sure of the composition. It could be sort of a rubber/latex type. But regular primer won't do it, not even...
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    Notice the RV in the 3rd pic? Right around eye...

    Notice the RV in the 3rd pic? Right around eye level, too!
  20. I usually use HVAC Service/Installation Mechanic...

    I usually use HVAC Service/Installation Mechanic on my resumes, unless it's an onsite tower building or a high tech company position (computer rooms, lieberts, BAC bldg).
    It's much easier to amend...
  21. Are there channels (or chases?) in the eaves to...

    Are there channels (or chases?) in the eaves to keep the insulation from blocking the soffits?
    Seen them in both plastic and aluminum.
  22. Thread: VA benefits

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    You might want to apply with the aid of the Vets...

    You might want to apply with the aid of the Vets advisor or ombudsman. Any benefits could be retro-active since application if it takes years. Some of my fellow Vets have received 10's of 1000's of...
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    Could lead to moisture/electrical problems when...

    Could lead to moisture/electrical problems when it rains, too. Not to mention sucking falling debris from the trees and packing it into the inside of the coil. Especially this time of year.
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    What may appear to be delayed ignition, could be...

    What may appear to be delayed ignition, could be a previous tech's version of a self cleaning modification. I'll bet there's not much rust left in there, now!:)
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    Reminds me of a guy I saw on the side of the road...

    Reminds me of a guy I saw on the side of the road holding a sign "Will turn breaker on and off for food".
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    I would suggest zoning, possibly 2 zones. One for...

    I would suggest zoning, possibly 2 zones. One for the bedroom, another for the rest of the house. Also consider one of those wide propeller hanging fans hanging from the ceiling to return the hot air...
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    Breast fed baby

    A Navy pilot was taking a commercial flight one day and found that his seat mate was a young mother with a baby.
    The flight was fine, but when the plane started descending, the baby started crying....
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    OSHA was a good idea in it's day, but like any...

    OSHA was a good idea in it's day, but like any gov't. bueracracy it got bloated and ineffective. The fat cats were just holding down a desk and producing reams of paper.
    For those 6/12 roofs, 2 or 3...
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    Karst. Are you also a member of the BB forum? If...

    Karst. Are you also a member of the BB forum? If so, you might have seen my posts as Tomd T120R.
    I imagine if one got one of those water guns and filled it with 100*F water, dyed with yellow food...
  30. Thread: Irish Viagra

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    That one got me ROFLMAO!

    That one got me ROFLMAO!
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    See all the money he's making? No wonder he's...

    See all the money he's making? No wonder he's smiling all the time.
    How can he work out of a van that small? Gotta carry compressors, gas, etc...
    He must get everything from the supply house when...
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    A filter in the supply duct? Or is that a...

    A filter in the supply duct? Or is that a downflow. No drain line from the AWH relief valve to the floor.
    I'm glad I didn't become a plumber! I'd prolly be suffering from plumber's crack by now,...
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    One of ny pet peeves, is when the beneral...

    One of ny pet peeves, is when the beneral contractor at a new condo project, schedules the blown-in insulation guys to come in before I've had a chance to install the AHU and line-set in the attic....
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    As you know, young HVAC/R techs just out of...

    As you know, young HVAC/R techs just out of school are on a par with Superman. Bullet proof, and can fall from great heights and show up at work the following day.
    Reminds me of something that...
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    Being of an experienced age level, even though...

    Being of an experienced age level, even though needing the loot, I would walk away from the job, the employer, the area in general.
    Who put these up there, steelworkers, immigrants?
    These days, not...
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    I have a Kenmore with a cotton fiber filter....

    I have a Kenmore with a cotton fiber filter. Recommended change-out at 6 mos. No accounting for water source, purity, mud, etc.
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    Citing Murphy's law, I would leave the reefer...

    Citing Murphy's law, I would leave the reefer alone, replace what you have to on the freezer, and spray WD40 (WD stands for water displacer) copiously. Consider the reefer job security.:D
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    Backseat CCW to isolate access port to remove...

    Backseat CCW to isolate access port to remove pressure capillary, hook up gage hose. Crack CW to read gage. CCW to remove gage hose. Install cap tube, turn CW 1/2 or 1 turn to pressurize HPCO again.
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    Marco, I know what you're saying. Just ensure...

    Marco, I know what you're saying. Just ensure that the gauge valves are shut, turn off the vac pump (make sure the ballast valve on the vac pump is closed also). Then note the reading on the lowside...
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    Obviously you have a computer and are on line....

    Obviously you have a computer and are on line. Try Google.:confused:
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    Another method I've used is a draft inducer,...

    Another method I've used is a draft inducer, where the motor is outside the duct and a wheel drops into a slot cut into the side of the duct. These can be run with a rheostat/suitably sized dimmer...
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    Frank, there are so many variables that I can't...

    Frank, there are so many variables that I can't give a price estimate. Especially since I'm up here in the northeast. I would figure, for a GOOD job, at least 4-8 hrs. Depending on what contractors...
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    Your right smokin, air in the...

    Your right smokin, air in the system=non-condensibles, raising head pressure, noise, vibration, compressor amp draw and shortening compressor life. Not to mention vibration causing leaks, refrigerant...
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    You could also run a return, or if you have a...

    You could also run a return, or if you have a central return, cut 3/4" from the bottom of the door to this room.
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    Went back and re-read the manual. "The...

    Went back and re-read the manual.

    "The transition away from ozone-depleting R-22 to systems that rely on replacement refrigerants like R-410A has required redesign of heat pump and air...
  46. If I understand this correctly, 1/3 of the coil...

    If I understand this correctly, 1/3 of the coil would be blocked from the airflow. Not good. Besides icing, you also reduce capacity that way. Not to mention slugging the compressor with liquid at...
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    Looks like one for the wall of shame. What a hack...

    Looks like one for the wall of shame. What a hack job.
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    I just took the certification test on 410A at...

    I just took the certification test on 410A at Mainstream Engineering on line and they recommend a new line set. Because of the higher working pressures, these have thicker walls.
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    I've just installed some diffusers made of...

    I've just installed some diffusers made of plastic with 6/8/10" adaptors built in for the flex duct connection. No rust problems and dampers are reachable to adjust from the conditioned space. They...
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    Sounds like the vibes are from harmonics. Try...

    Sounds like the vibes are from harmonics. Try more supports for the line set.
    Make sure that a plastic/nylon supporting strap hasn't broken and the lines rubbing on a joist or the holes they go...
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