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    I thought it was all about the possibility of...

    I thought it was all about the possibility of conductors shorting with each other due to chafing, dog bites, etc. If a 24 volt wire becomes energized with a cross current of 120 or so, the results...
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    It does make it easier to clean the evaporator. I...

    It does make it easier to clean the evaporator. I bet most of it barely gets dirty.
  3. You mentioned that you removed the closet door to...

    You mentioned that you removed the closet door to provide plenty of return air. Is the customer planning to leave it that way?
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    Quite often I come across a "temporary" fix that...

    Quite often I come across a "temporary" fix that someone scabbed together to keep something running until the part comes in, etc., and for whatever reason it's still there until the machine...
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    He was mostly right. Kinda.

    He was mostly right. Kinda.
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    A dollar says it was either a copper thief or a...

    A dollar says it was either a copper thief or a rodent. Or a copper thieving rodent.
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    It ain't cold fusion, but...

    After fifteen years of working on air handlers suspended by strut and allthread, I had an idea to make it easier to get the access panels off and on without fighting the weight of the unit.

    ...
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    I think the local currency where this was taken...

    I think the local currency where this was taken is the Yuan.
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    Perhaps someone wanted to raise the head pressure...

    Perhaps someone wanted to raise the head pressure while they tested something, and forgot to go up and undo it.
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    Not that it would pass code, but it would at...

    Not that it would pass code, but it would at least look better if they had run the Wiremold against the mirror, or slid the mirror over a touch and put it on the wall. Personally, since there's a...
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    Maybe it goes to a washing machine, and the...

    Maybe it goes to a washing machine, and the Styrofoam keeps it from pounding on the floor during the spin cycle
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    I bet the installation instructions didn't even...

    I bet the installation instructions didn't even mention to check for a drain before installing. That's just negligent!
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    I would tell him not to forget the Coriolis...

    I would tell him not to forget the Coriolis effect when he connects the fans. Give him a knowing nod, and let him spend some time on Google.
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    I hope they didn't pay anything up front.

    I hope they didn't pay anything up front.
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    I have a friend that is the "go to" fixit...

    I have a friend that is the "go to" fixit contractor for a number of family dollar stores. Really nice guy, but doesn't know anything. Just decided to be a contractor when he couldn't find a job.
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    It's a hunting shack. A few guns, a little...

    It's a hunting shack. A few guns, a little whiskey. What difference will a slight bit of monoxide make? I bet they never notice.
  17. I hope you didn't leave anything behind that can...

    I hope you didn't leave anything behind that can be traced back to you (including amps). When the fire marshal investigates that site, I sure wouldn't want anything there that could implicate me as...
  18. I figured it out. The contractor wasn't...

    I figured it out. The contractor wasn't incompetent or anything. He was saving money by assembling the ductwork on the ground, then he was going to levitate it into place. He just got behind on his...
  19. Clearly in violation of ADA. There's no way you...

    Clearly in violation of ADA. There's no way you could get around that place in a wheelchair. Might also be something in the fire code about ducts on the floor in front of egress.
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    Those stickers really should be translated into...

    Those stickers really should be translated into the more popular rodent languages, like Rat, Chipmunk, and Squirrellese.
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    Nice work. What caused the damage? If it was a...

    Nice work. What caused the damage? If it was a gunshot, I would expect more damage than just one puncture. There's another tube an inch behind it.
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    The way the wire is twisted, and the strand of...

    The way the wire is twisted, and the strand of paper hanging on it looks like that was originally MC cable.
  23. The incoming conduit doesn't look right to me. It...

    The incoming conduit doesn't look right to me. It looks like the end is just sitting in the opening, with no connector and bushing, the wires free to rub against the raw edge. I can only imagine what...
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    I don't think they did. That looks like a 38 cal....

    I don't think they did. That looks like a 38 cal. custom cable opening.
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    I'm new to this formicary corrosion, but any time...

    I'm new to this formicary corrosion, but any time you have two unlike metals close together in a wet environment, you have the potential for electrolysis. I've seen copper and aluminum electrical...
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    Male cats will back up to things and spray them...

    Male cats will back up to things and spray them to mark their territory. I'm not sure if what is sprayed is urine, though.
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    To me, it looks like someone actually tied into 2...

    To me, it looks like someone actually tied into 2 hots, realized their outlet was going to be 240, and then tied the white wire into the common. The Romex likely goes to another load. What makes it...
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    I know it would be substantial. I wonder if the...

    I know it would be substantial. I wonder if the wire would burn before your bones break?
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    How many amps are available to the lucky person...

    How many amps are available to the lucky person who accidentally becomes part of that circuit?
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    I just looked at that again. It does look like...

    I just looked at that again. It does look like they used Romex to wrap around the two wires, and then reconsidered and grounded the common?
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    I think the NEC calls for a GFI in such an...

    I think the NEC calls for a GFI in such an application.
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    That's a time portal. They sell kits like that on...

    That's a time portal. They sell kits like that on Ebay. You're supposed to disguise them to fit into the surroundings. Looks like this guy was in a hurry to get somewhen.
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    I thought I recognized the building in the...

    I thought I recognized the building in the background. I drive through the area occasionally.
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    I hope they had the courtesy to label the...

    I hope they had the courtesy to label the components in Braille, so you can work in there without having to look.
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    I ran into that a few times when I worked...

    I ran into that a few times when I worked commercial rentals. People rent space that has an office area in front and factory/ commercial behind. Legit tennants tell the landlord and have the space...
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    That guy obviously trusts the guys he works with....

    That guy obviously trusts the guys he works with. Especially the one on the roof tending his lifeline.
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    Many years ago at a state fair, there was a...

    Many years ago at a state fair, there was a company that was promoting an inexpensive fix for old chimneys: they put inflatable tubes in them, and filled the void around the tubes with their special...
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    I don't think people who pull stunts like this...

    I don't think people who pull stunts like this think it through that far.
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    Vaguely reminiscent of things I've seen people do...

    Vaguely reminiscent of things I've seen people do to annoy a landlord. Best case, the drain line clogs constantly, landlord is forever snaking the line. Worst case, landlord uses a large power snake...
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    I can see how that would allow you to melt half a...

    I can see how that would allow you to melt half a roll of soft solder over a leak.
  41. Copper clad aluminum wire was around for a few...

    Copper clad aluminum wire was around for a few years. It would loosen up like aluminum, if a bit more slowly. I wonder if the old wire in this panel is some of that?
  42. They look like they were white at one time, but...

    They look like they were white at one time, but things have obviously gotten hot since then. I've seen that sort of thing happen as a result of lightning, as well as bad electrical work.
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    It looks to me like the inlet side has been...

    It looks to me like the inlet side has been driven into the ground. If the short pipe under the union was replaced with about a 2" nipple, it would level off.
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    Those boots look like they have plenty of good...

    Those boots look like they have plenty of good tread on the soles....
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    I did too until I gained sixty pounds....

    I did too until I gained sixty pounds. Unfortunately, I don't have a helper.
  46. It has to be hosted somewhere, like Photobucket.

    It has to be hosted somewhere, like Photobucket.
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    I have a few of those. Goodman machines replaced...

    I have a few of those. Goodman machines replaced the old Yorks. IMHO, it would have made more sense to turn the new machines, but it was not my call.
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    They saved almost four dollars on materials.

    They saved almost four dollars on materials.
  49. It never bothered me at all. Not sure about those...

    It never bothered me at all. Not sure about those next to me on the road, though. I never hit a deer.
  50. My current van has a ladder rack with factory...

    My current van has a ladder rack with factory clamps, and room inside for my stepladder. My old van had a basic roof rack, and I strapped the ladders down with wire, bungees, and cable ties. The...
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