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  1. Thread: CSST

    by Juan Madera
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    What? No obligatory ground wire from the dish to...

    What? No obligatory ground wire from the dish to the gas line! Sacrilege.......
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    Kinda like sedimentary layers showing that this...

    Kinda like sedimentary layers showing that this is the third water heater to occupy this spot.......
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    No distributor apparent, so why external eq? And...

    No distributor apparent, so why external eq? And where are the sensing bulbs located? Looks too short coupled to be where they should be, so probably some erratic operation.

    And for the life of...
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    Always amazes me what passes inspections and how...

    Always amazes me what passes inspections and how effective licensure is!

    Still think we'd get better results with full on Libertarian free market. No protection then for poor performers, but...
  5. Thread: Good help

    by Juan Madera
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    Nice neat cuts too....

    Nice neat cuts too....
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    Don't need to look 'em up as I know the meaning...

    Don't need to look 'em up as I know the meaning of both and was wondering which word was intended as either would work depending on the innuendo...
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    I hate drawers..... You get to work underfoot...

    I hate drawers..... You get to work underfoot prone on grease soaked floors and in garbage filled spaces. Then find the hamburger separation papers blocking the evap coil's airflow.
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    Collage? or College?

    Collage? or College?
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    No A/C.... Canada! Probably the original...

    No A/C.... Canada!

    Probably the original furnace was 90 degrees off from new one and had a rear return. New, properly sized furnace is like 14" wide, so rear return no good. Venting is probably an...
  10. My favorite find in a RUUD condensate trap was...

    My favorite find in a RUUD condensate trap was BEES.... Absolutely packed with 'em. Not sure how or why they were in there. Perhaps swarming and thought they'd found the perfect new home?
  11. Thread: Oh boy

    by Juan Madera
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    used to be a low boy furnace there. Seen this...

    used to be a low boy furnace there. Seen this done a lot in my time. Always wondered how much the inspector was paid to approve the installation.
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    From a service man's view, I like it. Sick of...

    From a service man's view, I like it. Sick of working over stuff and in a space too small to even see what you are doing. Working by braille......
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    Use and love concentric vents. Have been on a few...

    Use and love concentric vents. Have been on a few service calls where the installer did not understand what the inner pipe was for, so he did not use it. Made the Munchkin boiler howl like a banshee...
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    Classic case of CO poisoning of the metal. Annual...

    Classic case of CO poisoning of the metal. Annual cleaning of the burners and copper fin tubes would have kept this unit in service for many years.
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    Just gotta be in a Chinese restaurant...

    Just gotta be in a Chinese restaurant...
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    IF it had outdoor reset and enough emitters...

    IF it had outdoor reset and enough emitters connected, it would condense most of the time and also save a lot of energy plus it would improve the comfort level in the home immensely. Sad to see it...
  17. Thread: Idiot....

    by Juan Madera
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    Stoopid women strike again!

    One of my crew had a toilet off the flange and just sitting aside the hole, left for a few minutes to get a tool. Came back to find a fresh "deposit" in the toilet.... This in a ladies room with...
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    a lennox? Looks like ones I worked on in the 70's

    a lennox? Looks like ones I worked on in the 70's
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    It is oil... Stack switch on vent.

    It is oil... Stack switch on vent.
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    So what was the original fuel on this pup? So low...

    So what was the original fuel on this pup? So low to the ground...... Coal perhaps?
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    I am assuming that as it is mid-summer you are...

    I am assuming that as it is mid-summer you are asking this, that your HTM is also making hot water. Most of these I worked on had no problems with the motors on the solution pump/ combustion air...
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    Looks like a pretty cool product that allows for...

    Looks like a pretty cool product that allows for a replaceable copper gasket on a normal male flare! Quite simple and having seen some nasty flare jobs, perhaps it should be the standard?
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    Conductance... Term used by the guys that DO...

    Conductance... Term used by the guys that DO vacuum on an industrial scale. At low pressures, there are very few molecules of gas or vapor and SIZE matters! The bigger in diameter and the shorter the...
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    When bought, my home had baseboard hydronic heat,...

    When bought, my home had baseboard hydronic heat, natural gas fired. First months bill (February) was over $400 and I decided right then to gut this guy and install two Ruud Contour furnaces. 94.5%...
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    We need a "like" button!

    Many times I read a post and chuckle, then wish there was a quick way to say "nice one" or on the other hand "not so nice" without having to write a post.....
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    What I have read is that a rotary is the most...

    What I have read is that a rotary is the most efficient compressor and certainly is the simplest in design and parts count. I have disassembled both rotary and scroll units and even tho the scroll is...
  27. Nailed by 277VAC from a conduit! Was in an...

    Nailed by 277VAC from a conduit! Was in an elevator equipment room and leaned against a conduit that quite apparently was not earth grounded and had a live conductor in close communion.... Sheesh,...
  28. The distributor also has an orifice in it....

    The distributor also has an orifice in it. Engineers put this guy in there for a reason and I guarantee that if it worked just as good without the distributor, it would not be there as it would save...
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    Well, with a water cooled condenser, I feel that...

    Well, with a water cooled condenser, I feel that subcooling is a valid charging method as long as there is not a receiver. When you have a receiver in the system, the pressures and temps you take are...
  30. They really should make these a mechanical joint...

    They really should make these a mechanical joint with an O-ring and bolted flange. Cost a couple of bucks, but save an "L" of a lot of headaches and warranty issues.
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    Keep in mind that many of the "drop-in"...

    Keep in mind that many of the "drop-in" replacement refrigerants have had a large portion of either R290 or R600 to improve oil return. R290 is a fine refrigerant. LP is a bad refrigerant as it has a...
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    Looking for some helpful advice on tuning the...

    Looking for some helpful advice on tuning the loop on an old IBEX system. Not sure what the optimal settings for this might be, but at present, the controls seem to be asking for the second stage of...
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    Hydrocarbon such as propane (R290) and butane...

    Hydrocarbon such as propane (R290) and butane (R600) are now approved for use in the USA, but limited to 75g in residential and 150g in commercial appliances.

    R134a..... the "a" is NOT for...
  34. Tech lit for REMD16M-300, Lennox GCS16 from mid 90's

    Anyone have a bit of literature on this economizer section? The smaller GCS16's have economizer actuators where you can get to them. Cannot see how to get to the motor on the -300 as it is behind the...
  35. ...and the old becomes new once again!

    I believe you are correct on this as being an "ancient" vrf system. Made me think also of the old high side float systems having a flooded evaporator.

    I do think that a concept like the liquid...
  36. Thread: Nate Info

    by Juan Madera
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    took and passed 7 of the nate tests at a sitting....

    took and passed 7 of the nate tests at a sitting. Took the "master tech" test and scored 75 and failed. Nate refuses to let me know what the bar is on this test and the guy who is basically the...
  37. So why can I not use tags? Just started a thread...

    So why can I not use tags? Just started a thread and filled in a few key terms in tags and got the message that I cannot create tags. Searched about unsuccessfully as to what was the procedure and...
  38. VRF type refrigeration racks? Real or imagined....

    In studying the concept of VRF in A/C and heat pumps systems such as the Mitsubishi City system, I could see that this concept would be a true money saver in the utilities department for many...
  39. New global controller for old Alerton Ibex TUX?

    Anyone have experience with using Siemens Talon global controller to supervise old Alerton Ibex TUX points? Looking for a reasonable cost solution to an old '94 install that is no longer supported by...
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    STERO moving back East right soon!

    Just got off the phone with my Stero parts guy who says they are moving from CA to somewhere on the East coast!
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    Hi John loves to ski (is that a native indian...

    Hi John loves to ski (is that a native indian name? ;-)

    Question on the APLC. If system has CO2 sensor, which inputs would be used? Cannot find any info on CO2 sensors and APLC.

    Thanks;

    j
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    2ski; Thought the world fell apart on me a...

    2ski;

    Thought the world fell apart on me a week back. Had a wind, rain and lightning event and while I was in one of the controlled areas, I smelled and felt the heat go on. Mind you, we were...
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    Caps normally die of old age due to dielectric...

    Caps normally die of old age due to dielectric stress. (think work hardening of copper and you get the idea) They are rated in breakdown voltage of the dielectric and surges will take them out...
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    Don't let it loose in an ice machine! They might...

    Don't let it loose in an ice machine! They might crossbreed with the slime in there and take over the world..
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    You took this in PRC? Malaysia?

    You took this in PRC? Malaysia?
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    Run what ya brung, eh? Knew one "contractor"...

    Run what ya brung, eh?

    Knew one "contractor" who would buy a truckoad of whatever furnace was being remaindered and offer "special" pricing with one size fits ALL. Think shack with 140000BTU 80%...
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    Yup, it is Ibex. Software version is Jan/2000 ...

    Yup, it is Ibex. Software version is Jan/2000

    Thanks for the information. I was fearful that if the winbox died that all the systems would go idle... or worse. Now I feel better about backing it...
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    Just started working in a building using Alerton...

    Just started working in a building using Alerton control for 9 Aaon rooftops. Install was in 1997 and the monitor and display look it. CPU is antique beyond believability and no one in he building...
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    Justice is done.... and with only six jurors in a...

    Justice is done.... and with only six jurors in a capital case!

    What happened to having 12 jurors and them being your peers? Six post gravid females does not sound like a peer group for a...
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    155 or 200? I see you are returning to the...

    155 or 200?

    I see you are returning to the furnace ahead of the air filter. Assume the stale air is coming from the bath rooms? In any case, it is a must that you follow the mfg's instructions on...
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