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    The T&P drain pipe is also not up to code. It's...

    The T&P drain pipe is also not up to code. It's supposed to go straight down from the T&P and terminate between 3-6 inches from the floor.
  2. I'm a little surprised the guy didn't have a...

    I'm a little surprised the guy didn't have a Lennox Pulse, a Carier Triple Split or maybe an Amana HTM in there just to make things even more exciting!
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    The number in the ad is still good...I just...

    The number in the ad is still good...I just talked to the guy. He's in South Carolina and was wondering why somebody from Kansas City was calling him. Told him I had a rental property in South...
  4. There are a few guys on YouTube that have some...

    There are a few guys on YouTube that have some good stuff. My favorite by far is grayfurnaceman. He sticks to the subject and dosen't make the videos about himself. Some of the info is pretty...
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    I switched to HVAC after being an IT headhunter...

    I switched to HVAC after being an IT headhunter for 20 years. Like you, I couldn't stand the corporate BS and wanted to be out and about, not stuck behind a desk. I have a Bachelor's degree so I...
  6. Thread: Burnout

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    Lots of variables here, and lots of information...

    Lots of variables here, and lots of information we don't have. I'd definitely be inclined to replace the evaporator and lineset, though. The customer is already getting a new condensing unit and...
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    According to searspartsdirect.com, the...

    According to searspartsdirect.com, the crosslighter is No Longer Available. That's kind of strange, because I just changed one of those last year. Maybe Heil or ICP could help you out.
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    Let me know

    I was told by ICP that it couldn't be done...or at least there isn't an ICP approved way to do it without voiding the warranty. I've definitely thought about doing it, though.
  9. Can't seem to find any nits to pick on this one. ...

    Can't seem to find any nits to pick on this one. Really like the metal stands as a way to keep equipment off the basement floor. That must have made it a much easier install. Good job!
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    From what I've seen , diesels tend to have higher...

    From what I've seen , diesels tend to have higher maintenance costs, and fuel is obviously more expensive. At the same time, they will usually last longer and may be a little more reliable.
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    Same here. We have a bunch of old Heil Quaker...

    Same here. We have a bunch of old Heil Quaker condensing units from the 1980's that we service under a maintenance agreement. They have the really large oval run caps and they never seem to go bad....
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    Very nice work, it does my heart good to see some...

    Very nice work, it does my heart good to see some nice sheet metal work after dealing with crapola installs all day! Looks like both units should have plenty of airflow.

    And yes, Infinity is...
  13. Thread: Wages

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    I'm in Kansas City, and the pay isn't too bad. I...

    I'm in Kansas City, and the pay isn't too bad. I get $22/hour + all the overtime I can handle, residential only. Also get commission on maintenance agreements and 5% of the gross sales on any sales...
  14. Think this might be why you have airflow problems?

    Got stuck with this today when I was working in the Hood. Customer says "the air comes out cold, but it don't come out very fast."

    http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r119/kchest4063/Airflow1.jpg...
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    Kroil is the absolute best penetrating oil ever. ...

    Kroil is the absolute best penetrating oil ever. It's kind of expensive, but one can will last you a couple of years. I use the Ultimate Puller on the really stubborn ones, but those are few and...
  16. Looks like Nick's Handyman found work as an HVAC...

    Looks like Nick's Handyman found work as an HVAC tech!
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    I love it when he thinks the pressures are low...

    I love it when he thinks the pressures are low and he says "I'm gonna get my leak detector and find the leak then braze the lines...actually I'm not gonna let the Freon out when I braze the lines cuz...
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    I wind them up and loop through the holes just...

    I wind them up and loop through the holes just like you're saying. Maybe I need to slow down and be a little more gentle with them or something.
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    There are 3 little screws on one side and 3...

    There are 3 little screws on one side and 3 little nuts on the opposite side. I've seen some that don't have the screws, but I have some that do.
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    As other have said, a CO detector is a very...

    As other have said, a CO detector is a very helpful tool when it comes to checking for cracked heat exchangers. Sometimes, it's the ONLY way you can tell, short of pulling the heat exchanger. I'd...
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    The simplest thing is to get a psychrometric app...

    The simplest thing is to get a psychrometric app for your phone or tablet, plug in WB and DB and be done with it. I use Air Lite Psychrometric from the Google Play store for my Samsung phone. Works...
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    Thanks for the input guys. I have the Fieldpiece...

    Thanks for the input guys. I have the Fieldpiece dual temp thermometer, but the leads Fieldpiece supplied are cheap and not as robust as the Fluke leads. The only redeeming thing about the...
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    Best K Type Thermocouple

    I'm having a hard time finding a K Type Thermocouple that will last more than a month or so. I try to be gentle with them, am careful about how I wind them up when I'm done with them, but it seems...
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    Sometimes I just don't understand hacks. Seems...

    Sometimes I just don't understand hacks. Seems like it would have been cheaper and easier to do it right the first time!
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    There is some great advice in this thread. About...

    There is some great advice in this thread. About the only thing I have to add is don't be afraid to ask questions in class. I guarantee you that you're not the only student that has the same...
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    Good work! Guys like this really irk me because...

    Good work! Guys like this really irk me because they know just enough to be dangerous, and they think they're going to save the world by teaching DIY online.

    Like all the rest of you guys, I...
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    That's some good information...thanks for...

    That's some good information...thanks for posting.

    I have a customer that has both hot and cold hyrdants on the side of his house. He went to all that trouble and expense because he hates how...
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    He deleted most of your comments, but left me...

    He deleted most of your comments, but left me this gem...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tct_ccmUFXc

    ApplianceVideo.com2 hours ago

    If you watched the video you may learn something...
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    I agree. What a hack. Idiots like this give us...

    I agree. What a hack. Idiots like this give us a bad name. I notice he didn't put in a new filter drier or run a little Nitrogen through the lines while he was brazing. Also...pressure testing...
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    That's how I was told to do it, never had a...

    That's how I was told to do it, never had a problem, but it might be a good idea to hook up your manifold and see what happens to your pressures just to be safe.

    Let me know...I'd be interested...
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    International Fuel Gas Code, 2006 edition,...

    International Fuel Gas Code, 2006 edition, 411.1.3.3 Prohibited locations and penetrations. Connectors shall not be concealed within, or extended through, walls, floors, partitions, ceilings or...
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    I've burned a few of them, but I use a MAPP gas...

    I've burned a few of them, but I use a MAPP gas torch with the system running. They seem to clean up pretty good when you do it this way, because the flames/heat gets sucked into the coil which...
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    Sounds like you dodged a bullet this time. If...

    Sounds like you dodged a bullet this time.

    If I could only carry one capacitor it would be the Turbo 200. They expensive, but they really come in handy when it's Friday afternoon at 4:30 and you...
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    I only have 1 Hilmor tool right now, but I LOVE...

    I only have 1 Hilmor tool right now, but I LOVE it! I bought their 9 in 1 Multi Tool, and it's one of the best ones I've ever owned. It has a valve core remover, square #2, 1/4 hex, 5/16 hex,...
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    I agree...you've already changed the controller,...

    I agree...you've already changed the controller, so the outdoor control board is about the only other possibility. I'm sorry you're having this problem, but at the same time I'll be anxious to know...
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    Indeed. Also, get show them some before and...

    Indeed. Also, get show them some before and after pictures of equipment you've installed in the past.

    On a related note, anybody notice that the wall of shame has about 6 times more activity than...
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    Any time you're stuck on a Sears or Kemore part...

    Any time you're stuck on a Sears or Kemore part issue, try www.searspartsdirect.com

    Just plug in the model number into the search field and you should be able to get a parts list, and (usually)...
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    My employer requires us to use a digital...

    My employer requires us to use a digital refrigerant scale. Scales are sent in every year for calibration by an outside party. They also require us to keep track of every OUNCE we use. We have to...
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    Refrigeration and the Olympics

    I'm sitting here watching the Olympics and they're showing the luge.

    This may be a dumb question, but how do they make ice on the luge/bobsled track? Is it just one giant evaporator with pipes...
  40. Pretty impressive that he got the motor out...

    Pretty impressive that he got the motor out without removing the belly band from the blower housing.
  41. Wow...that's awesome. It's usually not that easy...

    Wow...that's awesome. It's usually not that easy to check the heat exchanger when you're changing the blower motor! :gah:
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    Very nice install. I especially like the poured...

    Very nice install. I especially like the poured concrete and stand that the Heat Pump sits on
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    This really bodes well for your future as an HVAC...

    This really bodes well for your future as an HVAC technician. Get all the practical experience you can with electrical circuits and controls. The things you learn working on car washes will pay off...
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    I've changed out at least 25 ICP coils this...

    I've changed out at least 25 ICP coils this summer. Didn't want to believe that a 1-5 year old coil could leak, so we injected them with dye and let them run for a week. Sure enough, most of them...
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    Coming soon to a scratch and dent bin near you...

    Coming soon to a scratch and dent bin near you...
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    Thanks guys, that makes a lot of sense. I was...

    Thanks guys, that makes a lot of sense. I was making it harder than it needed to be.
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    Condenser fan motors and Capacitor wiring

    Most of the time when I'm replacing a condenser fan motor, I'm replacing a motor that has 3 leads Black (to T1), Red (to T2) and Brown (to Fan on the dual run capacitor). Sometimes I'll have to use...
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    That's a good question. I've always heard it was...

    That's a good question. I've always heard it was OK to use a 440 to replace a 370 of the same capacitance, but not vice versa; having said that, I don't have any real basis for that opinion.
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    I work in the Kansas City market too and we're...

    I work in the Kansas City market too and we're slow. Normally, we're working 6 days a week, but that's not happening this year, even though it's hotter than blue blazes out there.

    Maybe we did...
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    Intermittent compressor noise

    I have a customer that has a 3 ton ICP A/C with a Copeland Scroll compressor. He says that the compressor sometimes makes a lot of noise right before it shuts down then it won't start back up when...
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