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    :beat: Zombie thread needs a baseball bat to the...

    :beat: Zombie thread needs a baseball bat to the head to put it down. Gunshot will draw the attention of other zombie threads.
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    So my friend clarified that the contractor is...

    So my friend clarified that the contractor is offering to replace the Crown boiler they installed three years ago with the Lennox boiler for free (and I suppose the Weil-McLain for the difference...
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    That's good to know in and of itself. I'm not...

    That's good to know in and of itself. I'm not fond of manufacturers farming out their equipment and rubberstamping their name on it. Then again, there's not much in a name these days.
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    My first assumption as well, and my first bit of...

    My first assumption as well, and my first bit of advice was to get a second opinion.
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    Additionally, she is wondering whether she should...

    Additionally, she is wondering whether she should go with the Lennox or is spending the extra money on a Weil-McLain would be worth it.
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    Residential Boilers

    Hey guys,

    I've got a friend up in Alaska who sent me a message asking my opinion on a new boiler for her house. The deal is, though, that I'm a commercial tech in Houston, so you know the only...
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    Same in our local. "Tradesmen" get paid...

    Same in our local. "Tradesmen" get paid significantly less and have fewer benefits. In essence, "tradesmen" are scabs hired off the street by the company. There's one company I can think of around...
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    Hold on a sec ... *drinks more beer* So...I'll...

    Hold on a sec ... *drinks more beer*

    So...I'll just share with you my observations on my local union as a bare-minimum participant. Your mileage may vary, because obviously in some of the locals...
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    And as it relates to the thread, my card/book...

    And as it relates to the thread, my card/book reads "DVJ MES Journeyman". I "bought" my book several years ago after testing out at the journeyman level.

    As explained to me...
    MES -- mechanical...
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    Same in my local, but the pipefitters sometimes...

    Same in my local, but the pipefitters sometimes have to take a pay cut of up to $5 an hour on projects to compete with non-union construction (right to work for less state). They make out better on...
  11. You could try contacting the union in Edmonton....

    You could try contacting the union in Edmonton. The United Association is the labor union that represents commercial air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics in the United States and Canada....
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    I was born without the buds for any wisdom teeth....

    I was born without the buds for any wisdom teeth. Hooray for mutation! Sadly, my application to be "Smartass-born-without-wisdom-teeth Man" was rejected by the X-Men. :troll2:
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    In that case, I'd say to try that cold...

    In that case, I'd say to try that cold galvanizing spray.
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    NMFP -- Not My F:censored:g Problem

    NMFP -- Not My F:censored:g Problem
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    There's what you know is the right thing to do,...

    There's what you know is the right thing to do, and what the customer is willing to pay for. Give 'em two options: what you know will serve them best in the long run, and the one that's cheaper. You...
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    I wholeheartedly agree with you, canusayinsanity​.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, canusayinsanity​.
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    I think you've already gone above and beyond what...

    I think you've already gone above and beyond what a reasonable customer would expect out of you. You're a service tech, not a design engineer for Carrier. We all know that a unit is going to have a...
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    Hmm, I've thought more and more about taking a...

    Hmm, I've thought more and more about taking a plant maintenance job recently. I figure the upside would be job security and lower stress. I've done maintenance work overseas before, and I find it...
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    Is there something you're leaving out? This unit...

    Is there something you're leaving out? This unit doesn't really look like they've changed the cabinet in going to R-22 to R-410a, so I don't see what's special about it. I believe I've run across a...
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    You're no fun. Just leave that oil in there, seal...

    You're no fun. Just leave that oil in there, seal up the suction and discharge, and toss it over the side. But first make sure you heat it up with the torch for a good minute after you seal it up....
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    I keep it pretty vague. Any of the mechanics I've...

    I keep it pretty vague. Any of the mechanics I've worked with might be able to guess who I am just from my user name, but I keep in mind that potential employers, coworkers, or customers may be...
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    Also, if you tell the service manager or the...

    Also, if you tell the service manager or the salesmen that you know this "trick", then they'll never, ever include a boom truck or crane in a hermetic changeout bid on anything under 7.5t for you...
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    "How could you keep the compressors from sliding...

    "How could you keep the compressors from sliding up against the wall of the building as you get them up and down?"

    I've only ever done this on the back sides of buildings where it doesn't really...
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    You can use a simple one-to-one pulley system to...

    You can use a simple one-to-one pulley system to get a hermetic on/off the roof when you don't have a crane. If you're lucky enough to have an RTU close to the edge of the roof, you can attach a...
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    Of course, I've found an even better way of...

    Of course, I've found an even better way of cleaning coils, and that's to send an apprentice with a pressure washer to clean 'em whilst I'm on a service call where I can make the company a bit more...
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