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  1. Thought you all might need a giggle...

    Saw this today in a, uhh, Silver Cow Pen, who, aparently do some of their work themselves, and perhaps work with what they have lying around.

    This is a Garland 2-door convection oven. ...
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    Vulcan used the square style extensions.

    Vulcan used the square style extensions.
  3. Just put a new capacitor in there, you're done. ...

    Just put a new capacitor in there, you're done.

    Believe me, I'd like the drive, but the travel charge from the right coast will kill ya. :)
  4. Last week I started up a new Blodget BCX, uhh,...

    Last week I started up a new Blodget BCX, uhh, 14E, I think. A nice spritzer style electric combi, and they had a plumber install a reverse osmosis system on the spritzer supply.

    It had a big ol'...
  5. Most of ya'll need to purchase a sense of humor. ...

    Most of ya'll need to purchase a sense of humor. :)

    I was not actually suggesting you bring along a chicken in your toolbag.

    Now that I consider it, most of my customers know me as a clowning...
  6. Saw this quote in a computer tech forum...

    (This was from a guy who repaired computers, it seems like it would be cool for us to do... :)

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    I actually used to have a "sacred rubber voodoo chicken" that I'd bring with me when someone...
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    Great catch there, man. Some of our guys would...

    Great catch there, man. Some of our guys would never have even tugged on the wires, much less figure out what spoke to whom, etc.

    Sounds like the South Bend range oven I just fixed, brand new-...
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    Just last week I had to change out 2 of these...

    Just last week I had to change out 2 of these ignition boxes on different machines.
    Best thing to do is go to function test (scc) or flue gas setup (we) and watch the microamp reading for that...
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    Coldelite is an older brand now owned/serviced by...

    Coldelite is an older brand now owned/serviced by Carpigiani. Parts are still available.
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    Not actually adding anything useful, just a...

    Not actually adding anything useful, just a question/comment:

    Man, lately getting parts out of Hobart is about impossible. We put in a NDA part order on an in-stock part, check back a week later...
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    The only fryers I dislike are those H50...

    The only fryers I dislike are those H50 Frymasters. Such a pain to work on.

    Gimme your basic 4-burner tube fryer. "Yep, leaking at the tube weld, need a new pot/fryer"
  12. I would like to add to this by saying, to anyone...

    I would like to add to this by saying, to anyone working on anything, don't be afraid to call the manufacturer's tech support phone line. It doesn't matter if you are working for the world's largest...
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    Inverters *are* VFDs, Variable Frequency Drives....

    Inverters *are* VFDs, Variable Frequency Drives.
    They take in a control signal, either a straight low dc voltage, or a pwm signal from an external control computer.
    They have single phase high...
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    Middleby Marshall helpful tip...

    So hopefully this little tip will help someone down the line.

    A few weeks back, I went on a call that a previous tech had surmised, with factory help, that the control computer on the...
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    My experience has been that they tend to loosen...

    My experience has been that they tend to loosen up and fall out by themselves. I've had several can't-adjust-the-temp calls and found those screws had loosened.
  16. Call me out on it, but after prying apart, or at...

    Call me out on it, but after prying apart, or at least trying to separate, many old Frymaster McD fryer molex plugs, I'm of the opinion, fine- if you can get that molex apart easily, no problem. But...
  17. Do you have another fryer nearby that you can...

    Do you have another fryer nearby that you can swap the computer / control with, to see if the problem moves with the computer?

    What's the full fryer model number, and the computer model, if you...
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    >An ohmmeter may tell you if it's open or shorted...

    >An ohmmeter may tell you if it's open or shorted

    Yes indeed, and for most thermocouple applications, that will tell you that it's bad. Some pizza conveyor ovens, Middleby, I think, on some...
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    Down 'n dirty / quick / KISS / BadBozo TimeSavr...

    Down 'n dirty / quick / KISS / BadBozo TimeSavr (tm) info:

    A good thermocouple will measure under 1 ohm.
    Most good thermisters will be around 1000 ohms at room temperature.

    Got a fryer...
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    Gotta have that special nut holder tool... :)

    Gotta have that special nut holder tool... :)
  21. >Heat would still build up, but if the hi-v had...

    >Heat would still build up, but if the hi-v had been on & pumping out ghz, unit would self-distruct.

    If it's anything like the TurboChefs, MerryChefs and Electrolux panani grills I work on, it...
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    There's not a lot of "PM" on hot side, not like...

    There's not a lot of "PM" on hot side, not like cold side stuff.

    I hope they don't just throw you at it all. Spend a few weeks watching *how* an experienced hot side tech goes about...
  23. Have you seen what they're doing on PartsTown?

    TechTown -

    techtown.partstown.com/welcome

    Looks like a lot of nubies, though...
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    >All the other thirty-three frypots throughout...

    >All the other thirty-three frypots throughout the property [...]

    Ho Lee Chit! ECtofix, how do you sleep at night? :)
  25. No security cameras around the area, by anyone. ...

    No security cameras around the area, by anyone. In fact, for unknown reasons, my branch manager was told by the company's gm not to have security cameras installed when it had come up in the past.
    ...
  26. My roll-drawer tool boxes were secured with...

    My roll-drawer tool boxes were secured with 1/4-20 bolts through the divder bulkhead. They removed the drawers and removed the nuts.

    I did not have the locks on the tool boxes locked, my bad. I...
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    Aha, Hobart has this: ...

    Aha, Hobart has this:

    http://www.strattonsales.com/images/Tech/LucksRgas.pdf

    Replacement parts list.
  28. Just a friendly reminder, lock your trucks and boxes!

    Just got back from vacation today. Boss wanted my truck left at the shop for inventory & maintenance during that time, neither of which was done.

    Scumbags smashed the side window on my van, made...
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    www.baketechpros.com/techfiles/serviceCD/%281%29%2...

    www.baketechpros.com/techfiles/serviceCD/%281%29%20M-Series%20Ovens/117873%20M-Series-2%20English%20Owners%20Bake%20mn.pdf

    Gawd that pasted badly... :) Prolly close to what you have. Just call...
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    As a teenager, so many years ago, my buddy was in...

    As a teenager, so many years ago, my buddy was in awe of the complexity of a car engine. I told him, hell, it's just a few chunks of metal moving up and down inside a big chunk of metal, with some...
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    >when i work near a system i tread like i am on...

    >when i work near a system i tread like i am on egg shells because i am scared to set it off, lol.

    When I worked as the maintenance manager for 7 restaurants accross 5 sites, we had a mall...
  32. >I did not know that. Thanks! That's why a lot...

    >I did not know that. Thanks!

    That's why a lot of us are here. While I may have my "issues" from time-to-time :), a lot of us here have seen and done a lot. I would hope our discussions here...
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    >what is the best advice you got Better to use...

    >what is the best advice you got
    Better to use your head than your back...

    >when you were a newbie

    It's funny, growing up, my father and I spent a lot of time in our garage. He was a...
  34. [...] >Also Baxter makes a deck oven that has...

    [...]
    >Also Baxter makes a deck oven that has steam option.

    The steam options offered by rotary rack and deck ovens are generally "one-shot" steam injection, most commonly used to finish breads-...
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    So the other chef says...

    [ring ring] Good morning, BozosToGo foodservice, how can I help?

    "My steamer is smoking badly and I think it burnt up!"
    "It's still under warantee, and I need it right away."

    Ok, I'm familiar...
  36. > I guess those spritz units have a chemical...

    > I guess those spritz units have a chemical cleaning cycle.

    This little Alto had no cleaning apparatus like that. Cleveland sells a similar sized small unit, that looks almost identical. I have...
  37. Speaking of spritzer style steam... We've got...

    Speaking of spritzer style steam...

    We've got real bad water where I am. How bad can it be? I have a customer with an AltoShaam 4-pan steamer, less than a year old. We didn't install it, the...
  38. Nooooo! Cadco/Unox is the devil! :) Cheap...

    Nooooo! Cadco/Unox is the devil! :)

    Cheap stuff, easy to work on, one importer, as far as I could tell, one tech support guy in CT, if I remember.

    Myself, I'd stay away from spritzer/direct...
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    Would have to be the shading pole "winding" on...

    Would have to be the shading pole "winding" on the stator?
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    >Bypass open No fair, you're not a new guy. :)

    >Bypass open

    No fair, you're not a new guy. :)
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    Here's a quick test for the new guy...

    (I noticed this a while back while working on an unrelated equipment issue.)

    You have 10 seconds, what's wrong here?

    565511
  42. >"Often times, an improperly coupled...

    >"Often times, an improperly coupled quick-disconnect can still feed gas to the appliance, but only at immeasurable >varying degrees. I've seen three-bank fryers working with only two fryers in use,...
  43. >one of the burners ligths and stays lit for...

    >one of the burners ligths and stays lit for 10-15 seconds before going out.

    (I'm going to assume you mean one of the fryer's burner system, not one of the several burners themselves)

    Make sure...
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    >Are they the ones that have the 6-8"...

    >Are they the ones that have the 6-8" slim-line-like flame rod sticking out there that eventually burned away?

    Yup. Nowadays they don't pack them in that nice foam padded box. Nothing better...
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    So the head chef says...

    "My tilt skillet doesn't get hot enough."

    Ok, chef, show me what you're trying to do.

    [puts about 4 inches of water in tilt skillet]
    [turns heat to 350 degrees]

    "No matter how long I leave...
  46. >WHY does bakery equipment HAVE to come from...

    >WHY does bakery equipment HAVE to come from EUROPE?

    I'm with you there. It seems all the "big iron" bakery stuff comes from Europe. I've worked on some Japanese units also. I've got a Gemini...
  47. > I have no idea where in Germany they make it. ...

    > I have no idea where in Germany they make it.

    WP BAKERYGROUP, von-Raumer-Str. 8–18, 91550 Dinkelsbühl, Germany (Google is your friend!)

    http://www.wpbakerygroup.org/en.html...
  48. (A quick wave to my former state of 51 years!) ...

    (A quick wave to my former state of 51 years!)

    >I would check their website for member companies in the area your are considering.

    So. Let's see, howbout Pensacola. Hmmm. Exactly one company...
  49. Thoughts on CFESA certification usefulness

    As I contemplate moving a little farther south, near the ocean, I've done a little searching for a new employer.

    Being a CFESA master-certified tech with, like, 25 years in the industry, an...
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    In our company, we *never* work on the main or...

    In our company, we *never* work on the main or feeder lines- we are not licensed plumbers.

    We are allowed to attach hoses to equipment and connect it up to the manifold, after the hand valve.
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