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    "No mess" is pushing it, some solid residue is...

    "No mess" is pushing it, some solid residue is left after removing the heat sink compound. I usually just blow it off w/ a bit of oxygen though. I swear by the stuff- a $22 12oz tub usually lasts...
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    Hot Dam for me all the way, the wet rags have...

    Hot Dam for me all the way, the wet rags have graduated to cleanup duty on my truck :D No mess left over that a quick blow of O2 can't cure.
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    I use a Rigid flare block myself- after a few...

    I use a Rigid flare block myself- after a few hundred flares I finally got to a point where flare leaks were a thing of the past. Other than a constant stream of bad outdoor PCBs in Samsung inverter...
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    I disagree- a good flare joint should be no more...

    I disagree- a good flare joint should be no more likely to leak than a good braze joint, even though a crappy braze joint is far less likely to leak than a crappy flare joint.

    Can we agree that:
    ...
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    Mastic tape- run the heat for a bit after...

    Mastic tape- run the heat for a bit after installing it. Plenum to unit always gets sealed with the doors OFF on my jobs ;)
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    Hack? Heck, I'm jealous I'd never thought to do...

    Hack? Heck, I'm jealous I'd never thought to do that before!
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    Ditto- blanking off a furnace isn't the end of...

    Ditto- blanking off a furnace isn't the end of the world but can work if done with a bit of sense.
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    I've cut out some repairs like this- 3/8" tubing...

    I've cut out some repairs like this- 3/8" tubing filled nearly full. So long as your puddle doesn't flow too freely you'll be fine- repaired 3 evaps this week using this process.
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    I love the Mitsu- never had any trouble working...

    I love the Mitsu- never had any trouble working on them (easiest to disassemble for annual cleaning) and tech support has yet to fail walking me through any problems I couldn't figure out. ...
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    Regardless of make, power surges shouldn't blow a...

    Regardless of make, power surges shouldn't blow a capacitor- they are rated at at least 370V right? 5-6 years sounds about at the end of a crappy capacitors lifespan- keep up on the PMs as suggested.
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    Personally I never use suction line driers- if I...

    Personally I never use suction line driers- if I replace a drier that has been plugged I flush the system thoroughly w/ Rx11 (my personal favorite flush), replace the liquid line drier w/ the largest...
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    Never seen an ELD that only picked out chlorine-...

    Never seen an ELD that only picked out chlorine- all halogen gasses should be picked up. The FieldPiece definitely picks up on all halogens- no need for 2.

    As far as using oil to search for a...
  13. I installed Rheem for ~ 3 years, Nordyne for 2...

    I installed Rheem for ~ 3 years, Nordyne for 2 and AS for 4 not to mention countless minisplit varieties. Must have gotten quite lucky- thanks for the data. I'll def keep that bit of info in mind...
  14. I should amend that question- how often do you...

    I should amend that question- how often do you run across factory miswiring?
  15. Ground loops drilled 180' deep around here are...

    Ground loops drilled 180' deep around here are going to go through an aquifer- this is purely coincidental to our geography. The point is not to go through the aquifer in ground loops however, it is...
  16. Not my first rodeo bubba- always check legs to...

    Not my first rodeo bubba- always check legs to the ground wire. I spent a solid half hour double checking the diagnosis at the breaker panel. There were no mistakes in my service call, but I will...
  17. Service call was this: Called complaining of...

    Service call was this:
    Called complaining of dimming lights when the AC was set to on, AC not running
    Came to site, checked voltage, ohmed out motors checked capacitors
    Replaced disconnect, pushed...
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    I have an apartment complex w/ 15 units, all 3...

    I have an apartment complex w/ 15 units, all 3 ton RUUD units w/ a similar setup. Had this exact problem in 1 apartment- the tenants burned candles day and night. When they moved out I quit getting...
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    Zero EEV failures here. I'm going back over my...

    Zero EEV failures here. I'm going back over my notes now and don't see a single one- when did yall start noticing TXVs?
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    I've gotten in the habit of checking valves w/...

    I've gotten in the habit of checking valves w/ the ELD before I remove caps or put gauges on. Also have seen a few 410 leaks only occur @ pressures >300PSI though this wouldn't apply in this case.
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    Hmmm, just installed a GAM5 this morning- didn't...

    Hmmm, just installed a GAM5 this morning- didn't even know they were offering it w/o the EEV. I love that unit- will have a chat w/ our AS dealer tomorrow......
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    If it isn't there's some funky equipment we need...

    If it isn't there's some funky equipment we need to know about :P
  23. Bad neutral to the house sends 115V appliances...

    Bad neutral to the house sends 115V appliances searching for a neutral through 230V appliances leading to greatly increased (or decreased) voltage on a single leg through the capacitor. W/ no...
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    422D has isobutane in it ;) 421A is the only MO...

    422D has isobutane in it ;) 421A is the only MO refrigerant out there (I think) being used as a replacement w/o hydrocarbons in it. To the explosion hazard concern, has anyone here not witnessed a...
  25. There is no "usual" when it comes to loop...

    There is no "usual" when it comes to loop installation as I've never met 2 loop guys that did the same thing. My guy drills all of his closed loops- horizontal loops require a LOT of landscaping...
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