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  1. I vote for incompetent, poorly trained (...

    I vote for incompetent, poorly trained ( technically) techs. Jkopp, I started off in residential in our glorious OC. Followed many $77 dollar "champions" and this is not typical.
    Usually I would...
  2. LOL ! I'm located in Orange County, CA. ...

    LOL !

    I'm located in Orange County, CA.

    Since there's been Zero interest in this setup I'm throwing it on Fleabay and what ever I get is what ever I get.

    Was really hoping for a hunting bow...
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    As others have stated, I too return as much...

    As others have stated, I too return as much refrigerant in guages back to the system via suction side. I have ball valves on my guages n hoses n love em.

    I try to keep as close to 5 psi or less,...
  4. Goodway Coil jet cj-95 + Lots of extras

    Hey Guys,

    I've been cleaning up my garage and decided to clear out a ton of stuff.

    I did list my coil jet previously but I acquired another and haven't used them in a long time and they deserve...
  5. Thread: Boots

    by Lightning_Boy
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    Update. I've rotated through the Keens and the...

    Update.

    I've rotated through the Keens and the Tims for about 4 months now. Alternating days as I went. The Timberland are good boots, however the tongue on the left boot slips down during the...
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    I have to agree with the made in China, should be...

    I have to agree with the made in China, should be priced accordingly.

    I'm not American but will go out of my way to buy products that are designed and made in USA. This country needs to escape the...
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    I have 3 veto bags. 1) Back pack main tool...

    I have 3 veto bags.

    1) Back pack main tool bag, holds most hand tools, 18v impact gun, meters, fittings, wrenches etc. Had it well over 8 months and still loving it. For doing pm's on mall roofs...
  8. Guys, It's not just our trade or skilled...

    Guys,

    It's not just our trade or skilled crafts. My wife is a veterinarian and she has seen a huge rise in the number of idiots who "web diagnose" their animal and give it Herbal remedy ****e or...
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    My spare time is precious to me, so for $6... ...

    My spare time is precious to me, so for $6...

    I bought 2 and wire nutted them all together.

    Works well on the t-stat sub bases and certain control boards on units.

    I also have 4 alligator...
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    Words fail me...

    Words fail me...
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    WTF ?

    WTF ?
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    My first job in Hvac was similarly paid. There...

    My first job in Hvac was similarly paid.
    There are A LOT of $26 dollar days if the company you work for has a weak customer base and the owner has family (son, nephew etc.) working in the field.
    ...
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    As of today its still available. Skull Monkey,...

    As of today its still available.

    Skull Monkey, apologies for not getting back to you sooner, I've been hammered with calls and school this last week.

    Let me know if you're still interested.
    ...
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    I recently replaced my fieldpiece scale too and...

    I recently replaced my fieldpiece scale too and the wireless feature is awesome.
    Worked on 3 york screw chillers, needed to recover 230lbs of refrigerant from each circuit, can't beat recovering...
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    Alas, I already have 3 veto bags, but I am...

    Alas, I already have 3 veto bags, but I am willing to trade for hobby stuff too, biking, fishing, cars, climbing, sport shooting.

    The coil jet served me well, it's time to find a good home for it.
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    Speed clean coil jet CJ-95

    I have a used but looked after CJ-95 for sale, extra battery charger, 36" wand and 60" wand with spare handle. Original cost was well over $700 by time all said and done. Wands have been in their own...
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    Perfectly designed for some thieves to back up to...

    Perfectly designed for some thieves to back up to it and drive off.
    I doubt they'll want it after a couple of weeks worth of dents and dings.
  18. JKopp, That house wasn't in Dana point by any...

    JKopp,

    That house wasn't in Dana point by any chance?

    I've been to a service call that looks strikingly similar garden wise...
  19. Thread: Boots

    by Lightning_Boy
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    Hey everyone on this thread. Thank you. I...

    Hey everyone on this thread.

    Thank you.

    I read a bunch of crap reviews on all boots brands and models on line and this thread definitely helped.

    I just scored myself a pair of keen...
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    To the OP, I think going union is an...

    To the OP,

    I think going union is an experience, what you get out of it will depend what you put in to it. I worked non union for 2.5 years before going union and so far so good. I also work for...
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    It's hard to beat Rheem for performance and...

    It's hard to beat Rheem for performance and durability.
    I really like the fact the sheet metal is just that bit thicker and sturdier than offerings from goodman or even the almighty Trane.
    Plus...
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    $235 ! Holy Eff ! I was thinking $120-160....

    $235 !
    Holy Eff !

    I was thinking $120-160. That's quite a chunk of cheddar to spend on tool storage.
    I'll hold off until they drop in price, I'll take a 2nd look at the CLC. First impression...
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    I too have a keen eye on the veto back pack. I...

    I too have a keen eye on the veto back pack.
    I already have an LC which is finally about to die from 20 months of daily wear and tear. Sending it in for warranty but don't expect to get a new one....
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    Review websites, google reviews, yelp, kudzu,...

    Review websites, google reviews, yelp, kudzu, Angie's list.
    Look at what your competitors are doing and see what you can do better.

    1) Mail card with a "balance remainder" for ac or heating tune...
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    Review websites, google reviews, yelp, kudzu,...

    Review websites, google reviews, yelp, kudzu, Angie's list.
    Look at what your competitors are doing and see what you can do better.

    1) Mail card with a "balance remainder" for ac or heating tune...
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    Sears, harbor freight etc. Don't know of any...

    Sears, harbor freight etc.

    Don't know of any hvac suppliers having an online sale though...
  27. To the OP, I would stress the importance of a...

    To the OP,

    I would stress the importance of a quality, durable tool for a technical trade like ours.
    Since I started out in HVAC 2.75yrs ago I've upgraded and changed guages and hoses multiple...
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    LoL, Whilst I do enjoy "the legion" and all...

    LoL,
    Whilst I do enjoy "the legion" and all things DC, I chose my avatar after a 1980's film called crossroads with Ralph Macchio.
    His character was called lightning boy, played guitar better...
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    I have one on my van, used it a few times for...

    I have one on my van, used it a few times for some odd ball tasks.
    I recommend picking one up and a box or two of attachments, especially with Labor Day sales you should get a good deal.
    As...
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    I too have a set of Digi cools, I put 6ft YJ...

    I too have a set of Digi cools, I put 6ft YJ (yellow jacket) ball valve hoses on them.
    Everything works great and ask any decent technician on low loss vs ball valve and BV wins everytime.
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    Anyone heard of or using Maxijet 200?

    It's a new 200psi coil cleaner I'm interested in. I have 2 speed clean cj95's but want something with more oomph but still portable.
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    picture no.3 reminds me of the beverly...

    picture no.3 reminds me of the beverly hillbillies car...
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    Hey Sandtrap, I've Pm'd you, 10yrs experience?...

    Hey Sandtrap,
    I've Pm'd you, 10yrs experience?
    Are you all residential or refrigeration ?
    If I had 10 yrs I would be applying as an MES. Tradesmen are sort of like a "pre apprentice". Scale is...
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    Sand trap, JCI has good and bad branches. I...

    Sand trap,

    JCI has good and bad branches. I work with people who complain a lot and I work with people who love the company.
    For me it's been very positive so far, no stress about getting 40+...
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    I assume you will be working for the Whittier...

    I assume you will be working for the Whittier Branch?
    Send me a private message.
    I worked non union 2.5 years before going into JCI.
    1st year apprentice.
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    I check temp drop across liquid line drier,...

    I check temp drop across liquid line drier, anything above 3 deg, is a noticeable restriction,
    It still sounds like none condensibles in system, recover charge, change drier, blow out with nitro,...
  37. Why is it hard to find "good"...

    Why is it hard to find "good" mechanics/technicians?

    They know what they are worth and so do the companies that employ, train and retain them.

    Now to answer more specifically...
    This weird and...
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    I've eaten once at FIVE GUYS, burger was okay,...

    I've eaten once at FIVE GUYS, burger was okay, the 5lbs of fries were good but not award winning.
    The biggest shock was the bill $68 for 4 meals.

    Never again.
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    Be prepared for a very thorough background check...

    Be prepared for a very thorough background check and questions about how to handle situations etc.
  40. I have to agree with previous comments, chillers...

    I have to agree with previous comments, chillers and controls seem to pay the best. Industrial refrigeration can pay very well too.

    Longterm I think chillers will have better job security,...
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    And The Lord giveth unto the crackhead copper...

    And The Lord giveth unto the crackhead copper thieves...
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    I've just gone over to the union side (UA local...

    I've just gone over to the union side (UA local 250) and so far so good. My previous company was none union and really wasn't bad at all. However I wanted the training and classroom learning to fill...
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    Wow, Looks like the flue has whiskey dick...

    Wow,

    Looks like the flue has whiskey dick...
  44. Thread: Wages

    by Lightning_Boy
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    $22/hr is probably above the going rate for...

    $22/hr is probably above the going rate for residential techs here in CA. Most Arron $15-$20/hr+spiffs and commissions.

    Commercial in CA with 6 years you should be around $20-25 it really depends...
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    I would be concerned with where the copper that...

    I would be concerned with where the copper that used to fill the hole went...

    Plugged txv or worse...
  46. Bitzer refrigerant of pt chart, Dropbox for...

    Bitzer refrigerant of pt chart, Dropbox for storing all those manuals and videos on equipment.

    PDF reader, to read those manuals on pesky equipment.

    Cam scanner, for scanning receipts and...
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    Lowest bidder won the job or they had day...

    Lowest bidder won the job or they had day laborers do it...

    Show that mess to anybody and they'll know something ain't right...
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    I can't speak for Vegas, but I know of 2 guys...

    I can't speak for Vegas, but I know of 2 guys that used to Work for Source in Orange County. Neither had anything good to say about the way the company is run. (Management is clueless, lots of staff...
  49. Guess I'll find out ;0)...

    Guess I'll find out ;0)...
  50. Just out of curiosity I contacted local 250. Long...

    Just out of curiosity I contacted local 250. Long story and an hour long test later...
    I've landed an apprenticeship with a controls contractor.
    I won't say what I'm being paid but its...
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