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    I will make you both feel better. I am a member...

    I will make you both feel better. I am a member of Drexel's class of '79. I lived in a frat house at 34th and Spring Garden with the first headquarters for MOVE right around the corner on 33rd...
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    I am so glad I started this thread! It is so...

    I am so glad I started this thread! It is so great to hear and try the different variations. Keep the variations coming!
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    Hi Gary, First, I have to ask...was "engnerring"...

    Hi Gary,
    First, I have to ask...was "engnerring" a typo or a pun? As a pun (engin-erring) it is hilarious. As a typo it is an all time classic!

    My brother went to Temple (Business :eek: ).
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    I was born and raised in Frankford. I went to...

    I was born and raised in Frankford. I went to Central High and made some great friends from all over Philly. I attended Drexel University and made even more friends from areas neighboring Philly...
  5. Thread: Chevy or Ford

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    A little advice when ordering a truck - have your...

    A little advice when ordering a truck - have your current truck weighed and calculate your actual payload weight by subtracting the net weight of your current vehicle - get your new truck with 1.5 -...
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    With my luck, they'd steal the camera also. If...

    With my luck, they'd steal the camera also.

    If there was just an easy way to solder aluminum...
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    My experience is more in the neighborhood of...

    My experience is more in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes - thawed or 20-25 minutes - frozen

    my grill set at the medium setting.
  8. Thread: Amp readings

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    The correct fix would have been to run an...

    The correct fix would have been to run an independent feed for the Metrorail from the substation and stepdown in the vicinity of the Metrorail connection. This would allow them to add capacitance to...
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    It lasts forever, I have had them go 300K, but...

    It lasts forever, I have had them go 300K, but they do not develop enough power for a van loaded with tools. They are the origin of the joke 0-60 in three miles.

    My current vehicle has the 5.0l...
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    Okay! I will! Sounds good!

    Okay! I will! Sounds good!
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    The Fords had one dog engine, the 300-straight 6....

    The Fords had one dog engine, the 300-straight 6. It ran forever, but could not get out of its own way. All the v8s I had ran quick.
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    Hey!! Bourbon always works! Thanks for the...

    Hey!! Bourbon always works! Thanks for the suggestion!
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    For little money, one gets little music...

    No duh! Better over than under sized. Remember we are dealing with a guess.

    Factors to consider:
    1. no construction data = calculate on "worst case scenario"
    2. the mountains in Albuquerque...
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    Summer down here just increases the sweet-tea...

    Summer down here just increases the sweet-tea consumption during the day. After about a year you get used to spending your days in a 120 degree attic or roof-top. You save money as you don't need...
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    Great Variations

    What great variations! I am going to try each and every one.

    I was introduced to another version of the cedar plank recipe. My friend is a master-chef at Disney World. He gave it to me.
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    Always skin-on when grilling. If for no other...

    Always skin-on when grilling. If for no other reason, it helps hold it together as you remove it from the grill. ;)
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    Grilled Salmon

    An easy way to prepare salmon is to grill it. I take a salmon fillet, put it on a piece of foil on the grill, put about two tablespoons of butter (two slices of butter) on top of it and cover the...
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    There are many variables, but I would calculate...

    There are many variables, but I would calculate 50 btu's per square foot and look for a 125,000 btu input to get 100,000 btu out. This is strictly a rule of thumb based on average load in your area....
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    It is possible to ball park a residential system...

    It is possible to ball park a residential system size by past experience. For example, in Central Florida you could ball park a system using 23 cooling btu's per square foot and 19 heating btu's per...
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    A suggestion

    If they are stealing the condensing unit, you are probably going to start losing the copper lines as well. One trick that has worked in the past is to spray paint the copper lines with Krylon semi...
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    A possible solution

    You can talk until you are blue in the face and it will not help. The bottom line is they do not own the equipment and do not care.

    One suggestion is to place an auto-changeover 'stat in the...
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    My apologies, I have been living in the south for...

    My apologies, I have been living in the south for 20 years, my memory slipped, a senior moment. You could tell you are there at lunch time because the block had cars parked three deep around the...
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    EXACTLY! To service something you should know...

    EXACTLY! To service something you should know how it works, not just have a set of numbers memorized.

    The best thing my father did for my brother and I was to teach us everything in...
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    Then you have to stop in to Termini's to pickup...

    Then you have to stop in to Termini's to pickup cannolli's, and grab some soft pretzels on the ride home. OMG I am getting hungry!
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    Like anything else, if you don't maintain them,...

    Like anything else, if you don't maintain them, no truck lasts. That being said, it has been my experience that Fords tend to hold up better than Chevys under the "It's not my truck" attitude that...
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    I would call the power company also. Be prepared...

    I would call the power company also. Be prepared to get told it is a problem with your equipment and have them act as if they are ignoring you. This was SOP with PECO, but after your call leave...
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    Correct, but to simplify...

    You are correct in what you are saying and I should have commented about that. However, as the power factor remains a constant in this application it does not effect the situation; it was omitted...
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    It is based on being a part owner of a mechanical...

    It is based on being a part owner of a mechanical contracting firm in one of the worst trained areas (Central Florida) for 15 years. I have had to weed through too numerous applications from...
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    Don't assume that because digital is any easier...

    Don't assume that because digital is any easier to read it is more accurate. To get to that readout your signal has to travel through at least two transducers (1 to convert your measurement to an...
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    Another Philly Special

    A freshly carved roast beef or roast pork sandwich from Nick's Bar at 22nd and Snyder washed down with a mug of your favorite tapped beer.

    OMG I miss Philly!
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    Beware of digital gadgets

    Not to discourage the vendor who supplied the FREE TOOL offered, but its misuse could be dangerous. It basically does all the thinking for you, and what will inevitably happen is it will be given...
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    If it is in the airhandler , the spores are in...

    If it is in the airhandler , the spores are in the building (drywall, ceiling tiles, carpet, etc.) and in the ducts. Just cleaning the airhandler will not get the job done.

    Another method of...
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    Engineer to engineer

    You do not need to go to a code level. Simply get a set of the approved construction plans. Once you have them, if they show that room as a conference room, then it is a deviation from design and...
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    The only "cooling unit" I am aware of is a BTU...

    The only "cooling unit" I am aware of is a BTU which is a unit of cooling measurement. "Cooling unit" is not a professionally used term by itself.

    A condensing unit is the outside portion of a...
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    With the lack of details, we are left to guess,...

    With the lack of details, we are left to guess, but it sounds to me like the plunger in the 4 way valve is stuck. Turn it on to heat and try firmly tapping the 4 way valve with the RUBBER HANDLE of...
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    How to calculate the numbers

    The way to calculate it:
    The first step is to make sure your voltage is within tolerance (+/- 10%).
    In this case it is fine.

    The next step is to calculate how much work the motor was designed...
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