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  1. Interesting discussion. Over many years of resi...

    Interesting discussion. Over many years of resi service I found many cracked heat exchangers, always confirmed the crack, never just condemned on the basis of a guess. I also gave second opinions...
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    Is combustion air taken from inside the home on...

    Is combustion air taken from inside the home on this model? If it is I'd be suspicious of contaminated combustion air from solvents, glues, or that kind of thing.
  3. I've checked all the things you listed, but this...

    I've checked all the things you listed, but this is definitely not drain or sewer odor. In fact I spent many years working for the local gas company handling gas leaks and odor calls and so could...
  4. How do I track down the source of a mildew smell in house?

    My own home. I've lived here 40 years, it's a split-level in Ontario. This has been a problem in the last several years only. I'm only faintly aware of a mildew odour when the house is occupied,...
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    I was in NOLA just 3 weeks ago for the first...

    I was in NOLA just 3 weeks ago for the first time, just spent a couple of days. A very interesting city. Spent some time in the French Quarter, walked about the Garden District and the Lafayette...
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    I partly agree, the lottery ticket trick was...

    I partly agree, the lottery ticket trick was mean, but so are food tricks. I really don't see any humour in any of these tricks, mean or embarrassing doesn't count as fun in my books, most...
  7. My guess is you may be describing the roll-out...

    My guess is you may be describing the roll-out switch on the burner enclosure box. If that's what is tripping you likely have a very serious heat exchanger issue.
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    My own Carrier MVP is about 8 years old now. It...

    My own Carrier MVP is about 8 years old now. It exhibited the same symptoms you've described for most of one winter and drove me nuts. Showed a pressure switch code, but I could never find a fault....
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    Do you have model and serial numbers?

    Do you have model and serial numbers?
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    Haha, you're right, some Toronto drivers can be...

    Haha, you're right, some Toronto drivers can be pretty aggressive. Montreal too. Like you I've driven through much of the USA, have never had any problems with the driving, but I'm a pretty laid...
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    Yup, sometimes. Lots of driving and so much to...

    Yup, sometimes. Lots of driving and so much to see along the way. I've driven across much of the USA and Canada and still have only seen such a small fraction. So much variation, so much beauty,...
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    I'm just about to take a drive down to New...

    I'm just about to take a drive down to New Orleans from Toronto, make a few stops along the way, Mammoth Cave, Nashville, Memphis, then over to Fla and back north through Savanna, Charleston etc. ...
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    We called those "assured fan controls". As said...

    We called those "assured fan controls". As said they will bring the blower on quicker, and will maintain heat in the control through the run cycle so the blower will run a bit longer on shut-down...
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    Here in Ontario I suppose they just send dried...

    Here in Ontario I suppose they just send dried paint cans to landfill, but if you return cans with paint in liquid form that paint is filtered, reconstituted, coloured to one of a dozen or so pastel...
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    A shame to throw metal in the garbage. It could...

    A shame to throw metal in the garbage. It could be sold to use, sold as scrap. or given to someone who will take the trouble to recycle it. Re 1/2 filled paint cans, doubt that should be put in the...
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    Those corrugated hoses also can crack, and it can...

    Those corrugated hoses also can crack, and it can be difficult to spot. Be sure to check them.
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    Very possibly a primary heat exch issue on a...

    Very possibly a primary heat exch issue on a Stellar.
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    What do you like? Lots to see and do in San...

    What do you like? Lots to see and do in San Diego, I've visited twice for short trips and love the city.

    1: Gas Lamp District downtown, many city blocks with cafes, restaurants, lots of...
  19. Disposeable coveralls, bright lights, put...

    Disposeable coveralls, bright lights, put cardboard or similar down if it's a crawlspace, and a broom, preferable the customer's to sweep away webs etc. I used a fogger once, found that spiders were...
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    I've seen a couple of cases where roofers sat on...

    I've seen a couple of cases where roofers sat on or somehow crushed down the B vent cap restricting the venting. Worth checking.

    BTW, are you referring to the high limit, a vent safety switch, or...
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    Haha, as a guy that was born in Quebec, I...

    Haha, as a guy that was born in Quebec, I couldn't agree less! Quebec is an integral part of our country. I hope to be in Quebec City in a week or so, one of my favourite places in the world to...
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    Sorry to hear about your loss Robo. It may be...

    Sorry to hear about your loss Robo. It may be seen as a release from a terrible prison. When my father died years ago, even though we were not close, I found that it rocked the ground beneath my...
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    I notice my post doesn't make sense without the...

    I notice my post doesn't make sense without the important part which is that it's a 2 Ton system.
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    I'm in a 2400 sq foot split level with a 35 yr...

    I'm in a 2400 sq foot split level with a 35 yr old 8 SEER unit and I'd say it's sized just right.

    By your R of T I'd have a 5 T unit in here which would blow my ductwork to bits.
  25. Ya, Niagara Region.

    Ya, Niagara Region.
  26. Thread: dui

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    Son-in-law lost his licence for impaired a year...

    Son-in-law lost his licence for impaired a year ago. No accident or anything, he was pulled over weaving on the road, blew over .08. Immediate licence suspension for 3 months! Then a court date...
  27. DISLIKE!!!

    DISLIKE!!!
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    Yep. Some people resisted the change so...

    Yep. Some people resisted the change so fiercely, but when it came they adapted just fine. In Canada absolutely no one is arguing that we should go back to paper ones and twos.
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    I think that word was used by George Bernard Shaw...

    I think that word was used by George Bernard Shaw to demonstrate some of the absurdities of the alphabet and the english language. He was advocating for simplified spelling and a smaller alphabet.
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    May be the gas valve is opening TOO slowly.

    May be the gas valve is opening TOO slowly.
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    Just had it happen, in my own home yet! ...

    Just had it happen, in my own home yet! Plumbing, not HVAC.

    I replaced a kitchen faucet earlier today, the water was turned off at dedicated shut-offs, the rest of the house still had water.
    ...
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    Possibly your makeshift drain trap wasn't deep...

    Possibly your makeshift drain trap wasn't deep enough? Also, did you prime the makeshift trap to make sure it was full of water?
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    I'm in Canada, didn't know those units were ever...

    I'm in Canada, didn't know those units were ever sold in the USA. I used my last new motor about 8 yrs ago, still have a couple of used ones, just in case.

    Those conversion burners were very...
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    It's gotta be pretty old. I used to work on...

    It's gotta be pretty old. I used to work on those all the time, but I doubt there are very many left around now. I actually had one in my own converted furnace for years.

    The only odd part is...
  35. Thread: strange jobs

    by jetstream
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    Curious if anyone has ever serviced a gas fired...

    Curious if anyone has ever serviced a gas fired toilet. When I worked for the local utility one of the managers had one at a cottage. Don't know who did the service on it, but happily it wasn't me.
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    I agree with Gravity. Take that sucker apart and...

    I agree with Gravity. Take that sucker apart and do an autopsy on in when it's out, then let us know what you found.
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    The "Torso" boiler was on Rosslyn Ave S I believe.

    The "Torso" boiler was on Rosslyn Ave S I believe.
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    I've worked on lots of those, that could even be...

    I've worked on lots of those, that could even be my sticker on there. Trouble-free mostly, but for cleaning the pilot or millivolt issues.

    There was what's known as the "Torso" murder case in...
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    Also check the secondary heat exchanger, sounds...

    Also check the secondary heat exchanger, sounds like it could be plugged. Is that the Clare with the secondary ht exch slanted below the filter slot, and the filter slides in horizontally and about...
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    If the rings have failed the ht exch has failed. ...

    If the rings have failed the ht exch has failed. I've replaced lots of them, but have never yet seen one of these ht exchangers cracked, just failed rings. They have a 20 yr warranty I believe, and...
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    Yes, good post. Thank you mods, this site is a...

    Yes, good post. Thank you mods, this site is a marvelous resource, educational, interesting, irritating, and fun too.
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    I was a landlord for years, having several...

    I was a landlord for years, having several residential detached homes. I never had a real bad tenant, and never got stiffed on the rent. Most of my tenants I genuinely liked and respected. Most...
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    I figure I'm there to repair the unit, not to...

    I figure I'm there to repair the unit, not to keep the homeowner company. I'm quite willing and enjoy talking after the job is done, but, unless it's a very attractive customer, I usually want to be...
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    Good luck through all this. Waiting for medical...

    Good luck through all this. Waiting for medical test results is very hard.

    Re your hijacked thread, I've driven many miles while impaired by sleep deprivation. To the point where road signs...
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    Had that done a few years ago. The flush was...

    Had that done a few years ago. The flush was unpleasant, but not that bad. I had mine done under general anesthetic, and glad I did. I wasn't even aware the procedure was complete when I woke up. ...
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    Haha, yes I do keep coming back. I have a great...

    Haha, yes I do keep coming back. I have a great life with lots of varied interests, and I'm 95% retired, yet I'm still involved in the business, still learning stuff all the time on this site, and...
  47. Shot a coyote in my backyard....with a camera.

    Shot a coyote in my backyard....with a camera.
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    I rented out several single family homes for many...

    I rented out several single family homes for many years and dealt with many tenants. I'm thankful to say I never had a bad tenant, never was stiffed on a rent cheque, never had a dispute with a...
  49. Thread: ASBESTOS

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    It's definitely not ok to a great many Canadians!...

    It's definitely not ok to a great many Canadians! I would guess a majority of Canadians are not even aware of this trade, and if they were would surely oppose it, but a town in Quebec wants to keep...
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    I had a call for repeated pilot outages on an old...

    I had a call for repeated pilot outages on an old Lennox furnace. I noticed wetness on the control shelf, looked overhead to see what may have dripped into the furnace. There were no water lines,...
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