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    I started working for my dad carrying tools and...

    I started working for my dad carrying tools and doing basic stuff when I was 12 during the summers, when I was 18 I started working for him full time. I've only got 3 years full time experience, but...
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    if you could, you would. I would. (Jk, but in...

    if you could, you would.

    I would. (Jk, but in a perfect world...)
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    HAHAHA... funny you say that, after digging into...

    HAHAHA... funny you say that, after digging into it some, I ended up getting ahold of the coke place here in town, and it turns out some guy who owned a bar that closed down jacked the machine and...
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    True Coca-Cola merchandiser cooler

    I have a customer who bought a used True GDM-35EM s#5313160 which is a coca cola merchandiser cooler. She didn't buy it from coca cola, she bought it from some guy, so it didnt come with a manual. It...
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    Best luck i've had is get all the surface stuff...

    Best luck i've had is get all the surface stuff with a wire brush, spray coil with water, then spray with the foaming coil cleaner at kind of an angle, that makes it so it actually foams a little...
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    12 years old working summers, helping my dad lug...

    12 years old working summers, helping my dad lug jugs around and carrying his tools! Worked every summer for him til I was 18, then started full time at 19 when i got back from college.
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    Think ahead, or along with your journeymen. What...

    Think ahead, or along with your journeymen. What always set me apart was, I anticipated the tool before it was used. This takes a little bit, but once you get the hang of it, always know what your...
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    well that wasnt the exact model, i was just...

    well that wasnt the exact model, i was just trying to find a picture that looked like what he had. I think he got his from our refrigeration distributor

    edit: and he still has it, and it works...
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    my dad usually straps his veto to a rolling cart...

    my dad usually straps his veto to a rolling cart with retractable handle... its basically like a mini-dolly cart that looks similar to this....
  10. holy crap! My dog can shred things, but that much...

    holy crap! My dog can shred things, but that much flex? I bet that dog was in heaven for an hour lol.
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    I just did the same too today, except my van is...

    I just did the same too today, except my van is red. Gotta love that shiny service van feeling!
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    Check the solenoid to make sure there is nothing...

    Check the solenoid to make sure there is nothing stuck in it keeping it open when the compressor tries pumping down.
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    I always chuckle when those go POP! Its a fun...

    I always chuckle when those go POP! Its a fun sound haha.
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    About once a month we always get a call from some...

    About once a month we always get a call from some restaurant about some kind of freezer- "its too warm in there!!!!"

    Ma'am, the unit goes into defrost every x amount of hours.

    I have a...
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    does it have a dedicated water line? sometimes if...

    does it have a dedicated water line? sometimes if the water line is tied into something else too, while that is running it could be starving it of all the water it needs to freeze properly.
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    12ft?!

    12ft?!
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    chew sunflower seeds!

    chew sunflower seeds!
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    Just replaced a copeland on a rooftop cond unit...

    Just replaced a copeland on a rooftop cond unit for a walk in freezer... same thing happened right out of the box! Never had that happen before lol. I wonder how often it happens that a compressor is...
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    Just put some cork tape on it... should be fine :p

    Just put some cork tape on it... should be fine :p
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    Suction line should be 'beer can cold', if not,...

    Suction line should be 'beer can cold', if not, you have a problem.
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    We usually clean the scotsman we put the grease...

    We usually clean the scotsman we put the grease on the sensors every 4 months, too. Its in a nursing home so they constantly complain about little black specs in the ice.. the machine has had so many...
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    probably! but if you can find something...

    probably! but if you can find something completely clear that would be a better bet. for the life of me I can't remember what we used exactly. whatever you do try, only use a little dab and spread it...
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    ...how does a jug go from blue to green?

    ...how does a jug go from blue to green?
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    Oh boy did i learn from it haha.. never made that...

    Oh boy did i learn from it haha.. never made that mistake again. For some reason it looked fine on start up, but when we condemned the compressor and saw the plug still in the suction stub it was...
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    Worst/most costly mistake?

    Just curious, what has been the worst or most costly mistake you've ever made on the job?

    My dad once told me a story that a buddy of his was working on a furnace at a trailer house, and after he...
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    If the sensors get limed up or have a little film...

    If the sensors get limed up or have a little film on them, which tends to build up every few months, they don't work properly. What we found is that if you cover the sensor lenses with a slight coat...
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    Sounds like a slimed up water probe with the...

    Sounds like a slimed up water probe with the description you gave, pretty common problem. Call a tech to do a full clean on the machine and have him run some cleaner through it.
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    I don't think you're 'supposed' to get anything....

    I don't think you're 'supposed' to get anything. Unless you're union, most employers base raises on quality of work, attendance/tardiness, determination, and learning ability... also raises could...
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    Flashlight and long bent-end needle nose pliers.

    Flashlight and long bent-end needle nose pliers.
  30. Sticky: Just realized this thread was here! My dad...

    Just realized this thread was here!

    My dad owns a small refrigeration, heating, ac, and restaurant equipment service company- him and me being the only current employees. This year he changed it...
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    Apprentices/new hvacr guys

    I know there are plenty of apprentices on this board, I'm one of them, and I love coming to this site and browsing, reading, etc. But sometimes it can be hard to post your :.02: when you're a new guy...
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    A little spray bottle with coil cleaner in it,...

    A little spray bottle with coil cleaner in it, then wash with another spray bottle with water in it. I use a wire brush to clean off all the dust and whatnot first.
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    I'm an apprentice, so every monday I spend the...

    I'm an apprentice, so every monday I spend the first 20 minutes of the day cleaning and re-organizing our truck. Needless to say it gets pretty cluttered during the week.

    I swear I know where more...
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    Never seen snakes... but I hate pigeons, and once...

    Never seen snakes... but I hate pigeons, and once I found a nest of newly-hatched pigeons and a very angry mother bird when I popped the cover on a rooftop condensing unit.. We had to take the units...
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    We just put one up in a convenience store store...

    We just put one up in a convenience store store today. We showed a couple of construction guys how to do it and they had it done in about 2 or 3 hours... While we were working on putting together an...
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    When my dad worked for a union, they always had...

    When my dad worked for a union, they always had the new guys do stupid stuff like clean the toilets or do generally degrading and disgusting things.. his former business partner would get pissed if...
  37. Thread: Manitowoc

    by ahiggins91
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    We actually just replaced a water probe on the...

    We actually just replaced a water probe on the same model over at a casino, and the doors never wanted to seal right, so we tapped some new screw holes slightly higher to raise the piece that the top...
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    If you want to get a little supplement to your...

    If you want to get a little supplement to your apprenticeship, what I did was went looking for online hvac courses.. and i found ashworth.edu and enrolled in their hvac/refrigeration course. I paid...
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    I got pretty lucky. After high school, I went to...

    I got pretty lucky. After high school, I went to community college for a year for journalism, failed out, moved back home. I started working with my dad who owns a successful small commercial...
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    haha that reminds me of a time we fixed an ice...

    haha that reminds me of a time we fixed an ice machine at a strip joint.. we never got paid for it either, and always figured when and if they pay us it will be an envelope full of ones.
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    I'd hang that on my wall.

    I'd hang that on my wall.
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    Cool places!

    We have a pm contract with a casino in our area, and they're a really really good account for us. We go around a few times a year and check ALL the freezers, coolers, and ice machines in the...
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    King of the hill!

    King of the hill!
  44. We had a manitowoc one time do just about the...

    We had a manitowoc one time do just about the same thing, and we couldn't figure out why it wasn't harvesting all of the ice- everything looked fine one it, but when it went to harvest it only...
  45. Thread: cooking

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    I dont think this has anything to do with...

    I dont think this has anything to do with cooking... ew
  46. Thread: hey there!

    by ahiggins91
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    hey there!

    Hey everyone! Glad I found this place.
    I'm a young aspiring HACR tech and I'm currently apprenticing under my dad, who owns a commercial refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning business. I'm...
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