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    Also, laying a compressor on its side for...

    Also, laying a compressor on its side for temporary does not hurt them either. In most large trane units its the only way to get them into or out of the unit without major piping work. also window...
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    Its a long story but nitrogen runs about the same...

    Its a long story but nitrogen runs about the same pressures are r-22 when run.

    --- The long story ---
    Co-worker found unit out of charge, put, 150 psi holding charge on unit "pulled wire off...
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    I have 2 on my truck they are the only ladders i...

    I have 2 on my truck they are the only ladders i have, on the truck. i have one that is a 6 foot A frame then another the is a 9 foot A frame? the 6 footer is light very useful and easy to use. im a...
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    ITs stuipid, they ran all the line sets in 4 inch...

    ITs stuipid, they ran all the line sets in 4 inch pvc under the slab from one end of the apartment complex to the other, its 5 units long and 3 stories high, so its probably at least 200 feet. the...
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    i have several apartments that are 1.5 ton r-22...

    i have several apartments that are 1.5 ton r-22 units that have 1/4 liquid lines and are 3 story lift with about 225feet LL they run fine. the apartment owner doesn't want to go 410a so idk how they...
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    my personal rule is plus or minus 2 sizes from...

    my personal rule is plus or minus 2 sizes from stated.
  7. you will get better over time. I quote the price,...

    you will get better over time. I quote the price, im normally within 1 lbs. If your quotes are hinging on the exact lbs of refrigerant then i dont see how your in business. Im more likely to miss the...
  8. turn everything on in the sub panel place your...

    turn everything on in the sub panel place your meter in volts between the ground and there neutral if voltage is present greater than 2 volts, flip breakers until it goes away the one that makes it...
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    great idea, except the ceilings are low, (good to...

    great idea, except the ceilings are low, (good to know these exist for the future. while there open the roof is probably a 2 or 3 in 12 its a metal roof and i would feel comfortable on it in the...
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    I agree, but this doesnt solve the 100amp service...

    I agree, but this doesnt solve the 100amp service so no heat pump, no where to vent so no split with gas heat. she will be a package unit, customer can deal with the location. it will be by the door.
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    no where for the split, no attic, open concept...

    no where for the split, no attic, open concept inside, the house is now sold based on there being central ac and heat.

    customer just dropped off deposit, ill keep you posted.
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    I told him i wouldn't have my name associated...

    I told him i wouldn't have my name associated with it the way it is all new or nothing. I got the go ahead but have not gotten a deposit from him, was planning on hard metal round duct with interior...
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    installation of a filter is not possible. i guess...

    installation of a filter is not possible. i guess duct board was too expensive, they used that like 5$/sheet really flimsy isopropyl foam board stuff for under siding.
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    what i really want to know is how did he get the...

    what i really want to know is how did he get the air handler up there. i really really dont know.
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    this is what the previous "contractor" did. The...

    this is what the previous "contractor" did. The home owner asked me to "finish up the last few details" quick list of what i found: No line set, mismatched used equipment of different tonnage, heat...
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    No I have been called in to "get it going" after...

    No I have been called in to "get it going" after the other contractor walked off the job. the other contractor was obviously a total hack, he installed used mismatched heat pump equipment with...
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    The shrader valve inlets are super tiny, i have...

    The shrader valve inlets are super tiny, i have always let it eat 100% liquid from the bottle. never never had a problem, when a compressor slugs its really obvious.
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    the home is built into the side of a mountain, I...

    the home is built into the side of a mountain, I am a qualified HVAC contractor, never had a situation like this before or seen anything like it. the number of places that the unit can be put are...
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    Package unit under home?

    Can a gas-pack be located under a home? this house is on stilts its a "view home" its on a steep hill. from ground level to the bottom of the house is approximately 10 feet, can the exhaust be under...
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    gas-pack vent proximity

    I am adding HVAC to a house with no forced air system of any type, location of where the unit can go are extremely limited.

    The unit will be located under a non functional window, no ability to...
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    Had something similar to this today, the edge of...

    Had something similar to this today, the edge of the roof was right on top of the condenser, gutters were full of leafs, yesterday it was raining then dropped about 20degrees in 30 min, ice formed on...
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    I will never for the life of me understand why...

    I will never for the life of me understand why hacks insist on taking coils out of boxes. they do this all the time here. why?
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    No problem at all, were all here to learn, untill...

    No problem at all, were all here to learn, untill i got on this site i had never seen finished duct work that wasnt insulated. its just not done here in the heart of humidity.
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    There common here, you have a 10 ton or so...

    There common here, you have a 10 ton or so straight air conditioner then you have a furnace only section attached after the unit in the duct.

    This can give u a zoned type system one big blower...
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    I have had customers like this, I charge the hell...

    I have had customers like this, I charge the hell out of them, they get the idea after that.

    Seriously it took me a long time to realize that some customers are not worth having.
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    Someone with a back that cant stand the thought...

    Someone with a back that cant stand the thought of carrying a 50lbs cylinder to the top floor mechanical room.
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    I get a lot of helpers from the local hvac...

    I get a lot of helpers from the local hvac training school. most of those guys dont even want to be paid, just want a chance to go out on a changeout. I never work anyone without pay. you got into...
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    im self employed, probably changed 35 coils last...

    im self employed, probably changed 35 coils last year, some i do solo in 2 hours, some take 2 guys 5 hours. if i can pull the truck up to a garage/basement unit with the condenser near by thats gravy...
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    it goes in the metal spot just to the left of the...

    it goes in the metal spot just to the left of the contactor, should already be holes and those little punch out things.
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    im guessing that they were only heating the house...

    im guessing that they were only heating the house to a more economical 50 degrees because they were not home. 50 to 32 is only 18 degrees. It would be there in a day, another day of it sitting to get...
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    He means that all the tools your going to need at...

    He means that all the tools your going to need at your current position. I have given away a ton of tools to guys who needed my old tools worse then me. ask senior techs, most of the time if they...
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    should have made it past 350, but idk on air. bet...

    should have made it past 350, but idk on air. bet it blew a lot of oil out of the suction when it went.
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    if its a scroll the head can separate (trane does...

    if its a scroll the head can separate (trane does this) and the motor keep running this causes the discharge and suction pressure to suddenly equalize.
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    I really wanted someone to say machete, I put one...

    I really wanted someone to say machete, I put one on my truck a year ago and cant believe how much i use it, i use to deal with the bushes around the unit. I have added destructive landscaper to my...
  36. I have used them before, in high winds makes you...

    I have used them before, in high winds makes you a little nervous on the edge of the roof.
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    Cordless 4.5inch angle grinder. best sheet metal...

    Cordless 4.5inch angle grinder. best sheet metal cutting tool i got. blows though the side of those furnaces like paper. with practice this will leave a great edge.
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    I have a small bag, ill take a picture of it...

    I have a small bag, ill take a picture of it later its a veto tp4 probably could have gotten away with a tp3 I can fix almost anything with that thing, I have a huge install bag that i have the...
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    do you do any chageout work? 32 inches seems...

    do you do any chageout work? 32 inches seems kinda tight I know a full size pallet can go in the back of my service body van, no idea how wide that is but i would think 4 feet at least.

    If its...
  40. My wife was very understanding, most of my other...

    My wife was very understanding, most of my other personal relationships suffered a lot in that year. Honestly it was almost like getting to know my friends again after that year. If you have children...
  41. I did it for 1 year to finish. took night classes...

    I did it for 1 year to finish. took night classes my boss was a former teacher at the university, very very understanding took me off call for the year (lost a $1/hr for it to make it look fair, got...
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    Biggest advise i can give not sure your age, make...

    Biggest advise i can give not sure your age, make it a single story house. If the lot will allow. If this is your last home plan on wheel chair accessibility. even if its not full time wheel chair...
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    there is very little propane here, but your right...

    there is very little propane here, but your right about that, its expensive.
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    gas is getting way to cheap in the southeast to...

    gas is getting way to cheap in the southeast to justify this. this also adds a lot of moving parts to the unit makes it less reliable.
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    Im paranoid about shingles letting loose in the...

    Im paranoid about shingles letting loose in the heat, it only has 3 nails per shingle, im a big guy. if one let loose that would be all she wrote i would slide right off.
  46. Get a new Diablo Blade for the circular saw if...

    Get a new Diablo Blade for the circular saw if you plan to use it much, Makes it into a corded like performance. Before mine wouldn't even go through a wet treated 2x4 now it will blast through a...
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    I just bought a lot of internet advertising, I...

    I just bought a lot of internet advertising, I feel like these are the only customers I get from that. ones i dont want.
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    Bingo.

    Bingo.
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    I used the milwaukee to find a restriction in a...

    I used the milwaukee to find a restriction in a coil once. I borrowed it it was a condenser coil a piece of metal had broken out of the compressor and spit into the coil not sure how it made it as...
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    I changed a grounded compressor at the wrong...

    I changed a grounded compressor at the wrong house once. This was a very very weird situation, another tech found it bad, i went by the shop picked it up, it had the sticky note on it saying the...
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