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    Except that I'm a woman and there were damned few...

    Except that I'm a woman and there were damned few male nurses. The ones that were usually got promoted quickly to administrative jobs.

    There are plant jobs in every hospital and every big...
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    Hi, Ambition in Chandler. My first job right out...

    Hi, Ambition in Chandler. My first job right out of refrigeration school was doing plant maintenance and repair in the A/C shop at a huge facility called AiResearch. It was great because there were...
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    If I had to do it all over again here in Phoenix,...

    If I had to do it all over again here in Phoenix, AZ, I'd do commercial refrigeration for a couple of reasons. One is the huge number of rooftop air conditioners; another is the job security (and...
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    Sanyo serial numbers and age

    The boss's boss asked for a list of units owned by a particular department, and he'd like the list to show the ages of the units. I have Sanyo CH1822's with these serial numbers: 65924, 53424, 53324,...
  5. Thread: EPA audit

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    Not me. I got the best supervisor ever. ...

    Not me. I got the best supervisor ever.


    Vicki in Phoenix
  6. Thread: EPA audit

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    PERFECT. Thank you. I have a superintendent who...

    PERFECT. Thank you. I have a superintendent who doesn't think the EPA enforces this.

    I doubt that municipalities are exempt because we've had to pay other fines in the past, like this one.
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  7. Thread: EPA audit

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    Well, except that we use the heck out of the...

    Well, except that we use the heck out of the software for other stuff. For example, every man in our shop has an 88 page printout in his truck of the units at over 200 facilities that lists model &...
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    So, basically, we're keeping track of refrigerant...

    So, basically, we're keeping track of refrigerant and it serves no useful purpose except for repairs on units with 50lbs or more charge. <sigh> As a municipality, we do own all of the equipment...
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    EPA audit

    I remember seeing a few months ago that someone's company had been audited by the EPA regarding refrigerant. I was wondering if anyone knows just what that involves? I've been keeping track using...
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    My next door neighbor had one until five years...

    My next door neighbor had one until five years ago, a gas pack with the original (1966) compressor. It had to be tough to survive that many Phoenix summers. She only had it changed out because the...
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    Trace gas questions

    My supervisor just asked me to find legal definitions, limitations, or a formula you can use to decide how much trace gas can be used. I'm thinking it may be a percentage of the total charge. I've...
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    I've been using RCM for sixteen years now, and...

    I've been using RCM for sixteen years now, and you're right -- it's overly complicated. But I have thousands of units and thousands of service records in it so we're pretty much stuck with it.
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    job openings at the City of Phoenix

    Just in case anyone's interested, the City of Phoenix has opened up two of their HVAC tech lists. Don't apply if you need a job right now, because the procedure is to apply to get "on the hiring...
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    I don't think so because I've seen that happen at...

    I don't think so because I've seen that happen at a waste water treatment plant closed loop and it's gradual with no foaming, not losing half the nitrite in three days like I'm seeing.
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    Okay, I went back this afternoon. TDS is down to...

    Okay, I went back this afternoon. TDS is down to 4400, nitrite is down to 1000. Still a little foam in the loop. I'm going to put a water meter on it next week to see if we have a leak, but that...
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    Closed loop was foamy and eating nitrites

    I've been assigned responsibility for the closed loop treatment in a number of city of Phoenix facilities, and I normally use NuCalgon's TyIon B-20 nitrite/borax loop treatment. I like the fact that...
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    I got in the habit during the hot months of...

    I got in the habit during the hot months of keeping a notebook of what I call "winter work," stuff that doesn't have to be done right now and could be done in cooler months. It's probably easier...
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    Wow, that's not what I hear from my Michigander...

    Wow, that's not what I hear from my Michigander co-workers! One of them flew a patch in Detroit for seven years, he says his Harley spent more months indoors than out. Nice to meet you, Al!
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  19. I'm not sure what RMO is...is that for getting...

    I'm not sure what RMO is...is that for getting your contractor's license? Back in the 1900's when I went to refrigeration school (R.S.I.) it was only six months, and most graduates had a local...
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    Kent State...four students killed in 1970.

    http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0504.html
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    The Van Steenburgh recovery machine is not...

    The Van Steenburgh recovery machine is not exactly one I could carry on the roof, though. Love their reclaim machines, they've saved my employer thousands of dollars.
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    And people ask me why I love living in Phoenix,...

    And people ask me why I love living in Phoenix, where it can be over 110 in the summer. We don't have to shovel it. People go from their air conditioned house to their air conditioned car to their...
  23. Thread: R22 phaseout

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    Anybody else use a reclaim machine? We have a...

    Anybody else use a reclaim machine? We have a Van Steenburgh that is putting on some age now; I actually wore the first one out.

    http://www.vansteenburghengr.com/_index.php

    Vicki in...
  24. Compliance Suite Refrigerant Compliance software

    Does anyone else here use this software? I've been using it since 1997, and each new release seems to add more bugs to it. I'm wondering if other people just deal with it or if they've changed...
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    Thanks. Didn't know that.

    Thanks. Didn't know that.
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