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    ABSOLUTELY! I did not get my contract renewed...

    ABSOLUTELY!

    I did not get my contract renewed earlier this year and found out why later. That school was not recruiting as many students as had been planned so, instead of working with what WAS...
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    I use either a reefer ratchet or a small crescent...

    I use either a reefer ratchet or a small crescent type wrench. Usually the reefer ratchet.
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    Seen that before from a disgruntled customer at...

    Seen that before from a disgruntled customer at one of my customers. Got mad at the proprietor and repeatedly backed his car into the three CUs at the place and smashed them into 20% smaller than...
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    I use a FLUKE 1503 for my meg readings. I paid...

    I use a FLUKE 1503 for my meg readings. I paid around $300 for it from GRAINGER. It will read up to 2000 megohms and has two voltage ranges, 500v and 1000v, plenty for all I do and it's a great...
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    I've run into this situation too many times to...

    I've run into this situation too many times to recall in the residential market. One person claims that their neighbor has the same unit in the same house as theirs but they're complaining their...
  6. Have you considered something like an electrical...

    Have you considered something like an electrical circuit tracer? These place an RF type signal through two conductors that can be sensed by an adjustable receiver. I have one made by Amprobe that...
  7. I've apparently got rather young ones. A pair of...

    I've apparently got rather young ones. A pair of 1954 Pacific Steel 500 horsepower firetube boilers, lost the model number years ago.
    When we inherited them, one had had a cracked fire tube in the...
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    I'll help my friends and family but I do not let...

    I'll help my friends and family but I do not let them take advantage of me. I've also had people that are employed by my customers ask me "Do you work on the side?" often. My reply to them is "My...
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    Based on all of my research, my range is...

    Based on all of my research, my range is acceptable and of course, I want the most I can earn but, I have no exact idea of what they can or will pay. Stating my expectations as I did puts the ball...
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    No telling heatingman. I did speak with several...

    No telling heatingman.
    I did speak with several family members and friends here and used all of the help I've gotten and we came to this answer:

    Based on my salary history, my level of skill and...
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    That's likely to be exactly what they're trying...

    That's likely to be exactly what they're trying to do Peztoy, they want top shelf quality but don't want to pay for it. I am worth the $60,000 that I mentioned earlier but, I bet they won't want to...
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    Question regarding salary

    I have applied for a position and have received an e-mail response expressing interest. This e-mail indicates that I need to answer some questions and return them to the sender. I am having some...
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    I see job security for some lucky individual.:gah:

    I see job security for some lucky individual.:gah:
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    I can appreciate what you have told me, my...

    I can appreciate what you have told me, my experience with new techs at several employers has afforded me the ability to determine who will make a very good tech versus who will be a problem. Most...
  15. Watch your back. There is going to be someone...

    Watch your back. There is going to be someone who will use any opportunity to get you in trouble whenever they can. It only takes one incident, mistake or momentary lapse in judgement for you to...
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    Must be one of those "kinetic" sculptures. The...

    Must be one of those "kinetic" sculptures.
    The "artiste" starts it up and it tears itself apart.
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    Had one like that once. HO insisted his dog did...

    Had one like that once. HO insisted his dog did not pee on the unit. The dog wandered up and peed on the unit while we were talking about it. Then it started leaking refrigerant.
    HO asked me if I...
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    Big electronics retailer, we get a call that one...

    Big electronics retailer, we get a call that one specific unit is not communicating with the control system.
    Problem is a failed zone sensor. Bigger problem is the zone sensor is in the wall behind...
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    I like your response better, it fits right where...

    I like your response better, it fits right where it needs to. With your permission, I'll incorporate that one into my repertoire.
    I've already told them all up front that failing to turn in...
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    This is the biggest issue that I encounter where...

    This is the biggest issue that I encounter where I teach. Students come in with high ideals, full of p!ss and vinegar ready to take on the world but after a few terms, most of them fall right back...
  21. Don't rush through a job, take the time needed...

    Don't rush through a job, take the time needed and do it right, don't do it over.

    Consume adequate quantities of water

    Keep a spare uniform in the truck

    Wear good knee pads at every job,...
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    I am an instructor at a career college, not a...

    I am an instructor at a career college, not a tech school, but I teach HVAC/R to people from all over who want to learn this trade. Sadly, we do not teach installation but, I and other instructors...
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    A local site of a national chain, not fast food...

    A local site of a national chain, not fast food but sit down and have servers bring it to you, had one of the nastiest kitchens I had to work in of the several restaurants my employer had us service....
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    At the school where I am teaching HVAC/R, we...

    At the school where I am teaching HVAC/R, we stress appearnce and professionalism to our students. We provide uniform polo shirts with the school logo on them and the students must purchase khaki...
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    I put a sight glass in my system when I installed...

    I put a sight glass in my system when I installed it in my home because I wanted a method of checking the condition of the refrigerant through visual inspection and to monitor for the presence of...
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    Where's the vibration absorbing cinder block...

    Where's the vibration absorbing cinder block that's always mounted on the top cover of those things?
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    Had to replace three units in a very similar...

    Had to replace three units in a very similar shape at a realtors office once. A very upset customer found and destroyed their outdoor units that were behind their office by backing his car into them...
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    I've pushed a few of those out from time to...

    I've pushed a few of those out from time to time.:eek2:
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    How's the water flow through the heat exchanger?

    How's the water flow through the heat exchanger?
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    Poll: Real simple. No maintenance, NO warranty.

    Real simple. No maintenance, NO warranty.
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    Have both Fluke and Fieldpiece and like them both...

    Have both Fluke and Fieldpiece and like them both but, I like my Flukes better.
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    I've heard of plumbers being called "turd...

    I've heard of plumbers being called "turd herders" more than once.
    I've called a couple of my plumber friends turd herder a time or two then picked them up off of the floor when the hit the floor...
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    Worked for a company that did plumbing too. One...

    Worked for a company that did plumbing too. One plumber went to a warranty call on some plumbing that involved a toilet.
    His solution for preventing future nuisance calls that he gave to the lady...
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    I worked for them for awhile. PM or e-mail me...

    I worked for them for awhile. PM or e-mail me for details.
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    I use my Knipex pliers on the head and a big...

    I use my Knipex pliers on the head and a big adjustable on the body to remove and replace. Never had a problem and will not ever have a problem using them plus, I can use those two on many other...
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    Where I teach we are currently offering a...

    Where I teach we are currently offering a preparatory class for the EPA certification exam as part of our HVAC program. At some point in the near future we will begin offering the exam here for our...
  37. Dogs, gotta love 'em. At one house for a light...

    Dogs, gotta love 'em.
    At one house for a light the gas logs call, homeowner tells me "the dog won't bite", my standard reply is "If the dog bites me I'll bite it back". I said this then went to...
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    Had to replace the fuel pump in my truck last...

    Had to replace the fuel pump in my truck last weekend. Only way to siphon out the remaining fuel was to remove the filler neck, there's a blocker in the neck to stop siphoning. Probably all...
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    I do like time lapse photography, that makes some...

    I do like time lapse photography, that makes some great photos!
    And these are right spiffy!
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    I believe that a circle CAN fall into its own...

    I believe that a circle CAN fall into its own hole because it is the same size as the circular opening. Cut out a round takeoff of any size then cut a round plate the exact same diameter as the...
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    Some contractors I worked with would keep me...

    Some contractors I worked with would keep me working all year round but with no guarantee of hours, I managed quite well with them.
    Others didn't even try to keep me busy and they would complain...
  42. We're sitting at between $3.559 up to about...

    We're sitting at between $3.559 up to about $3.799 a gallon of regular grade. Higher grades go from $3.899 to $4.599, bottom mid-grade to top premium.
    Mine gets about 13 mpg, I'm seriously...
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    I use a simple FLUKE 1503 that I paid around $300...

    I use a simple FLUKE 1503 that I paid around $300 or so for it, best I recall don't really remember. It works great and doesn't give false readings plus, it doesn't have a lot of gadgets I don't...
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    He might do it once. Only once.:eek2::gah: ...

    He might do it once.


    Only once.:eek2::gah:

    I hope.
  45. I too am not fond of heights but, I managed to...

    I too am not fond of heights but, I managed to watch the entire video even though the boys were drawing up into my throat every time the guy looked down. :eek2::eek2::eek2:
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    I wonder if this system had an external suction...

    I wonder if this system had an external suction accumulator installed in a former life?
  47. I've run into that on some of the older houses...

    I've run into that on some of the older houses I've had to service. The original lineset had a 1/4" liquid line and the outdoor unit had to be replaced. The replacing contractor would just crimp...
  48. Thread: Cats

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    We have had as many as 8 but are down to 2 now. ...

    We have had as many as 8 but are down to 2 now. When the kids all moved out they took "their" cats with them but we kept ours.
    Marvin, the boss of the place. At least we let him think so seeing as...
  49. Techs who can handle heights like that are just...

    Techs who can handle heights like that are just plain AWESOME.
    I cannot and will not work in situations like that, my guts and knees won't allow it.
    Yes, I am not someone who cannot handle heights...
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    Most of the time I've used a rope or several. ...

    Most of the time I've used a rope or several. I've always had to do the work on my own so I keep several ropes in the truck. Other than a 5 ton compressor once in awhile, never had much trouble...
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