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    You could check for a phantom voltage or backfed...

    You could check for a phantom voltage or backfed voltage by putting a 100w incandescent bulb across this voltage and see if the 120v holds up.

    On a normal 120v house outlet with this bulb you...
  2. "Lie" vs "false statement": If the person who...

    "Lie" vs "false statement":
    If the person who says it believes it to be true then it is only a false statement.

    If you want to see politicians run from you, ask them for a sworn statement.
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    Funny you should mention that. . . The average...

    Funny you should mention that. . .
    The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years [I've heard 500] . These nations have progressed through a nine stage sequence:
    1...
  4. Follow up: "I had the coolant put in this...

    Follow up:
    "I had the coolant put in this morning. It took a little less than an hour. The system was checked for leaks. Total cost: $[xxx].-
    Yesterday I contacted my mechanic (whom I trust). He...
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    You'd think the Federal Trade Commission would...

    You'd think the Federal Trade Commission would prevent this kind of stuff from being sold here.

    Maybe they are described by
    "Regulatory capture occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in...
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    I hope they value human life more than NASA. ...

    I hope they value human life more than NASA. I've read accounts of the reasons for the shuttle failures and when I was at NASA as a contractor I read a memo detailing possible reasons for the loss...
  7. I think 'll tell her: "Less than 1 hr to...

    I think 'll tell her:
    "Less than 1 hr to recharge and wait to see if it leaks. For very slow leaks just keep recharging once in a while."
    Thanks.
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    JKopp's attachment claimed a 60,000 hr MTBF and...

    JKopp's attachment claimed a 60,000 hr MTBF and you had [<3 mons x 24 hr/day x 30 days/mon]/10 = <216 hr MTBF. If the AC ran half the time it's a 400 hr MTBF.

    Bad caps, or severe abuse from some...
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    If they estimate getting back £120M in revenue or...

    If they estimate getting back £120M in revenue or prestige then they give this thing a 50-50 chance of working in the near term.
  10. The two estimates she got several years apart...

    The two estimates she got several years apart were '5 minutes' and '1 hour' so I'm leaning toward telling her "about 10 minutes" to refill & check & repair leaks.

    Thanks.
  11. Look up the cooling degree days for your area. ....

    Look up the cooling degree days for your area. . .
    http://www.degreedays.net/
    for the before- and after- periods. It will help you eliminate unlikely causes.

    The more clues you get and the more...
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    Heat is one cap failure mode due to excessive ESR...

    Heat is one cap failure mode due to excessive ESR but cap makers may not publish their ESR values.

    Voltage stress on the cap dielectric is another which you can probably minimize by using the...
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    This is the Ask Our Pro's forum, and only Pro...

    This is the Ask Our Pro's forum, and only Pro members that have been vetted by the AOPC may post advise, commentary, or ask questions of the OP here.

    You can find the rules for posting and...
  14. How long to recharge freon in a ten-year-old Toyota?

    Assuming this is the cause of an "inadequate cooling"
    complaint?
    The blower works.

    TIA
  15. Thread: sorry

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    sorry

    for breaking the AOP rules.
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    Generally it's a good idea for me to keep my...

    Generally it's a good idea for me to keep my beliefs to myself but occasionally I slip.

    For me to subscribe to a particular belief I'd have to research the evidence and that can be a lot of work...
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    Whenever I'm at Costco I look at the books on...

    Whenever I'm at Costco I look at the books on their book table. Some are good, some are written by idiots.

    One of the books talked about this and raised this question:
    If the Bible was...
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    How many of these...

    How many of these
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies
    did Jose do?

    http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=define:+cult&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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    The AOP forums/Ask Our Pro's forums, are...

    The AOP forums/Ask Our Pro's forums, are restricted to only Pro members that have been vetted by the AOPC can post advise, questions or commentary in a thread created by someone else. You need to...
  20. The AOP forums/Ask Our Pro's forums, are...

    The AOP forums/Ask Our Pro's forums, are restricted to only Pro members that have been vetted by the AOPC can post advise, questions or commentary in a thread created by someone else. You need to...
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    Let's say I believe something that is not true. ...

    Let's say I believe something that is not true. What happens?

    Well, Reality, with a capital R, attacks my belief, in dozens or hundreds of ways, big and small, over a lifetime.
    If I ignore the...
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    The voltage of the electrical service drops...

    The voltage of the electrical service drops slightly when a heavy load is switched on because the output impedance of the PoCo system is not zero, but it is pretty low. At my house it measures about...
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    Yes. Is this average or exceptional for...

    Yes. Is this average or exceptional for contractors like yourself? It sounds good to me but I don't know what to compare it to.
    If most contractors go 40 years without a single claim this is not...
  24. There are integrated circuits that do frequency...

    There are integrated circuits that do frequency to voltage conversion.
    http://www.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/pdf/8824/NSC/LM2917N.html
    You need to find one that is boxed up for ease of use.
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    If you have a bike with a speedometer, MPH =...

    If you have a bike with a speedometer, MPH = FPM/88, so 360 FPM = 4.1 MPH. Just don't let anyone see you checking your anemometer using your bike. :D
    ...
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