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  1. Thread: sds max drill

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    We have both Hilti and Makita. Most of my guys...

    We have both Hilti and Makita. Most of my guys actually prefer the Makitas over the Hilti. I started buying Milwaukee core bits and we have had no problems with them. We had metabo before these and...
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    Yes it is pretty much residential with some light...

    Yes it is pretty much residential with some light commercial thrown in. I'd say 95% residential
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    Reply to what? Nobody asked a question except...

    Reply to what? Nobody asked a question except impulse and I clearly stated it was in Raleigh. And I wasn't whining.
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    Wow! No responses! Why is it so hard to find...

    Wow! No responses! Why is it so hard to find decent people right now? You'd think with the economy the way it is it would be easier.
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    Need Service Tech, Raleigh, NC

    The company I work for is looking for Residential HVAC service tech here in Raleigh, NC. I have been with the company for almost 3 years and we have not laid anyone off in that time and I rarely...
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    Circuit board and ignitor?

    Sounds exactly like one I had last winter. Circuit board was sending too much voltage to ignitor. Should be a 80v ignitor. Was getting line voltage (120v) to ignitor. Replaced circuit board and...
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    I work in the Raleigh area and a lot of companies...

    I work in the Raleigh area and a lot of companies are hiring and the pay is decent. Dont know much about the Greensboro area. FYI- I do strictly residential so I dont know much about the commercial...
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    Worked for them for 5 years in Iraq. Huge...

    Worked for them for 5 years in Iraq. Huge bureaucracy. Wasnt terrible but wouldnt jump at the chance to work for them again. Every contract is different. So depending on where you are thinking of...
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    Line set size

    Having a proper lineset size is always a good idea. The fact that they noticed that says volumes about them as a company.
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    Had similar problem

    with a rheem unit. Suspected a refrigerant restriction because suction and superheat wouldnt move. Discovered that it has both a TXV and a piston on the evaporator coil. Dont run into alot of...
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    I installed an outdoor thermostat on mine and...

    I installed an outdoor thermostat on mine and wired it so that the backup electric heat wouldnt kick in until the temperature outside got down to about 35 degrees. It prevented the heat strips from...
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    Because there is too much information to post...

    Because there is too much information to post here and most people have specific questions. Not trying to hide anything here. I would be the first person to admit that KBR is probably one of the...
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    You are getting alot of bad information that is...

    You are getting alot of bad information that is outdated and no longer applies or just wrong to begin with. I am in Iraq at this very moment working for KBR. I am going into my 5th year here and...
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    Answer the question!!!

    Has anybody confirmed this? So far it seems this discussion is based on supposition. People are getting riled up and don't even know if its true. Gotta love the internet. 90% rumor 10% truth.
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    HG-1

    I have been a huge Fieldpiece fan for quite a while. I own 2 HS-33's and several of the attachment heads. I have come to trust my Fieldpiece equipment for its accuracy and reliability. I can also...
  16. I live in Angier, a little bit north of you. ...

    I live in Angier, a little bit north of you. Sounds like you would probably need a 2 ton. More importantly though, did either contractor do a load calc to determine what size or did they just...
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    I used to work for Service Experts. I don't know...

    I used to work for Service Experts. I don't know if its different where you live but the one I worked for used flat rate pricing. So it didnt matter how long I was there, the price was the same.
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    That warranty is a manufacturers warranty. It...

    That warranty is a manufacturers warranty. It doesnt mean the labor is free.
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    Where in Wisconsin are you located? My wife and...

    Where in Wisconsin are you located? My wife and I are considering moving there (she has family there). I am Nate certified and EPA certified.
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    I am turning 40 soon and for the last year I have...

    I am turning 40 soon and for the last year I have been taking glucosamine with chondroiton and the stuff really works for lubing up your joints. My shoulder and knees stopped popping every time I...
  21. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Relax, once you get over here it won't seem like...

    Relax, once you get over here it won't seem like such a big deal. After 3 1/2 years over here it seems rather normal to me. Your biggest frustration probably won't be the bad guys but will instead...
  22. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: I make 85k tax free which means I would have to...

    I make 85k tax free which means I would have to make 110k or more in the states to walk away with the same money. If I was making that in the states I wouldn't be here either. So you make more than...
  23. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: If you are asking for info on how to get on here...

    If you are asking for info on how to get on here in Iraq or Kuwait (Kuwait pays less). I can give you information on how to get in touch with KBR, just email me. Otherwise, you can look at...
  24. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: The IRS has set the limit at 85k. If you go to...

    The IRS has set the limit at 85k. If you go to the IRS web site they have more details. Now, not all overseas places qualify under that rule. For example if you take a job in Antartica then you...
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    I have two of those meters (Fieldpiece HS-33) and...

    I have two of those meters (Fieldpiece HS-33) and have never had a problem with them. The value doesn't float on them either. I like the flukes too but I will stay with my fieldpiece.
  26. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Its the IRS that decided that. It states that if...

    Its the IRS that decided that. It states that if you spend 330 days out of a consecutive 365 days outside of the country then you qualify under what they call the "physical presence test". For...
  27. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Only the first 85k is tax free. Food is actually...

    Only the first 85k is tax free. Food is actually not that bad and some bases have burger kings, pizza hut, taco bell, popeyes, subway, baskin robbins, cinnabon, hardees, and many others. You get to...
  28. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Taliban is in Afghanistan

    Taliban is in Afghanistan
  29. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: D7 is Rustamiyah which is south of Baghdad I...

    D7 is Rustamiyah which is south of Baghdad I think. All the D sites are around Baghdad.
  30. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: The guy that runs the sheet metal shop at Liberty...

    The guy that runs the sheet metal shop at Liberty is like 65 to 75 years old. I have worked with guys ranging in age from 20 to 60. Heck, I am almost 40. You do need to be physically able to do...
  31. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: I have met quite a few Canucks over here. Not...

    I have met quite a few Canucks over here. Not sure if the pay is different or not but if you have some experience they will take you. It doesn't take much in the experience department to qualify.
  32. Thread: Lie clocks

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    I tried to make that joke funnier by changing it...

    I tried to make that joke funnier by changing it to George Bush. Turns out the truth isn't that funny.
  33. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: [QUOTE=tonybert;1719256] Try Mantech at...

    Try Mantech at www.mantech.com. Mantech hires HVAC tech's to work on military equipment and I think they do the embassy too. They pay ALOT more but it is hard to get on with them. KBR's contract...
  34. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Its just south of Raleigh.

    Its just south of Raleigh.
  35. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: I have no doubt there are some highly skilled...

    I have no doubt there are some highly skilled HVAC techs in the asian world. I have a great deal of respect for the Indians and Pakistani's that I work with but they are hired by a subcontractor and...
  36. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: The indians and pakistani's are somewhat skilled....

    The indians and pakistani's are somewhat skilled. Not even close to our standard of what we condsider skilled but not too bad. Their understanding of the HVAC trade is about 20 or 30 years behind...
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    I did say to adjust for the mismatch system. I...

    I did say to adjust for the mismatch system. I think he would be closer by charging according to the weight listed on the outdoor unit and then adjust it from there. Chances are it would not be...
  38. I believe he is talking about working on heat...

    I believe he is talking about working on heat pumps. You are supposed to charge in the cooling mode. What he is asking is for suggestions on how to know that a heat pump is properly charged during...
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    I like the Lennox split units by far. But I hate...

    I like the Lennox split units by far. But I hate working on a Lennox gas pack. Terrible design.
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    Actually that depends on where you are. In my...

    Actually that depends on where you are. In my area the trane parts are harder to get. There is only one Trane supplier and its an appliance parts store with Trane parts as their side business. We...
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    Seems like he should have weighed the charge in...

    Seems like he should have weighed the charge in and then adjusted for the mismatch and a long lineset if it is unusually long. He should have used nitrogen while brazing and for a leak check after...
  42. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Every base is different. My base has 2 tech's...

    Every base is different. My base has 2 tech's and 6 helpers(Pakistani and Indian guys). My base is one of the smallest bases. A big base could have 15 techs and 40 helpers. It just depends on the...
  43. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: I can't remember how much they ask for but 5...

    I can't remember how much they ask for but 5 years seems to sound right. But most important is the CFC universal card. They don't seem to be to selective from my perspective. I have met alot of...
  44. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: I have been stationed at Anaconda, Al Taqaddum,...

    I have been stationed at Anaconda, Al Taqaddum, Liberty, Kalsu, and right now I am at Iskandariyah. TQ was the only marine base but we were eating in a large tent by the time I arrived in 05. I...
  45. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Actually, those that you seen on TV either worked...

    Actually, those that you seen on TV either worked for a different company or were KBR Truck Drivers. KBR HVAC guys do not go outside the wire. You work on a secure military installation for the...
  46. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Anything from a Ford F-350 or Chevy equivalent to...

    Anything from a Ford F-350 or Chevy equivalent to an Isuzu Bongo or even a Polaris Ranger. All depends on which base you are at.
  47. Thread: Jobs in Iraq

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    Poll: Wtf

    I am currently working in Iraq for KBR. I live on a military base as does every other KBR employee in Iraq. Not a single KBR employee lives anywhere else but on a military base and those of us in...
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    I am working in Iraq right now and we use wood...

    I am working in Iraq right now and we use wood fairly regularly when we can't get the right stuff (it sometimes takes 6 months to get material to the base). It usually looks much better than that...
  49. Thread: Lost homeowner

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    Ducane is not "like" Lennox. Don't buy into...

    Ducane is not "like" Lennox. Don't buy into that. Ducane was bought by Lennox but it is their low end product. Not necessarily a bad unit but it is definately not a Lennox.

    Go with Trane or...
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    Its difficult to answer your question without...

    Its difficult to answer your question without seeing the situation. A mismatched system may work fine. Although I personally don't like to mismatch systems its not uncommon. As long as it was...
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