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    Obviously people down under are more diplomatic...

    Obviously people down under are more diplomatic than I am. I spent the 1st 17 years of my career being very loyal to my employer. Then I spent the next 31 years being very loyal to my customers. ...
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    When I was in the Steamfitters here, we weren't...

    When I was in the Steamfitters here, we weren't supposed to get a job on our own. If we were laid off, we just went to the hall and turned in our "layoff slip", and the dispatcher either sent us out...
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    You don't want an air conditioner, you want a...

    You don't want an air conditioner, you want a refrigeration system. In order to properly cool a house, you must first remove the humidity. ALL OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE ON THIS SITE ARE TELLING YOU...
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    On fishing boats with compressors running on...

    On fishing boats with compressors running on gensets, it's a good system with hot gas bypass for defrosting and for capacity control. Keeping the compressors running and not having them cycle on and...
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    driver-gopher

    Am still looking. Need someone with a decent driving record, and wanting to learn HVAC- Refrigeration, and hot side of restaurant equipment. Also do a little propane service work, and a little RV...
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    Try all of the companies in your area that deal...

    Try all of the companies in your area that deal in the HVAC and Refrigeration installation and service business. Someone will give you a break, if you just keep bugging them for a job. Just be...
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    You are preaching to the choir. I've been trying...

    You are preaching to the choir. I've been trying to find someone to drive me around to jobs, and basically be my gopher. In turn, I would teach them what I know, and pay them to learn my trade. In...
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    If he can't get it to run, it isn't gonna help to...

    If he can't get it to run, it isn't gonna help to hang gauges on it!
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    I've still got my original JB that I bought in...

    I've still got my original JB that I bought in 1979. A second JB came my way for $150 in 1982, from a tech's widow. (still have it) Also have a Ritchie that is heavier than my ex wife. Now using...
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    Johnstone used to sell a wonderful yellowjacket...

    Johnstone used to sell a wonderful yellowjacket spray, but they quit carrying it. The stuff they have now works, but it isn't as potent as the original stuff. Wish I could find it.
  12. Was involved with ammonia way back in the early...

    Was involved with ammonia way back in the early 80s, when I was working for a large company that eventually was absorbed by their competitor. The ammonia guys, (most of them older) showed up at the...
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    I only use kick starters to get a customer by on...

    I only use kick starters to get a customer by on a weekend or evening call. I believe in OEM parts, for start components
  14. Yeah, me too. I miss the Nat. Gas stuff. All we...

    Yeah, me too. I miss the Nat. Gas stuff. All we have here is propane. Talk about regulator probs. The local gas co. installed a half million BTU high press. reg. upside down, so the vent filled up...
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    The first two years were tough. I rolled pretty...

    The first two years were tough. I rolled pretty smoothly for the next 17. Then I decided to move to the beach, so I sold my customer base to a friend, and made the move. I started over in a small...
  16. call the gas co. and tell em you have "regulator...

    call the gas co. and tell em you have "regulator creep." It occurs from time to time in gas co. regs. They never warned us about it until I unknowingly hooked my gauge type manometer up to a gas...
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    And when all else fails, call the man.

    And when all else fails, call the man.
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    You can reinforce a crack in a line with silfoss...

    You can reinforce a crack in a line with silfoss if you anneal the fitting by doing your repair and them quenching the repair with a lot of water. The water anneals the copper and actually makes it...
  19. We do it a lot here in the PNW because we also...

    We do it a lot here in the PNW because we also have electric heat as our main source of heat and usually use pellet stoves or wood heat as a supplemental source of warming. It's really great if you...
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    You become a part of a lot of families. I had an...

    You become a part of a lot of families. I had an occasion just last week where I was at the local Chinese restaurant dealing with a Rinnai water heater that was leaking like a sieve, and all rusted...
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    I've been doing this kind of work since 1963. ...

    I've been doing this kind of work since 1963. The most popular theory of all of my customers is "My unit isn't cooling. I think you need to come and add some of that juice to it." I've spent...
  22. Be prepared for lower wages, and because of the...

    Be prepared for lower wages, and because of the influx of people like you, (Californians) the cost of living has increased in the past 10 years, and is comparable to urban areas in Salt Lake, and...
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    Leaving them off is like nose picking. Bad...

    Leaving them off is like nose picking. Bad Habit! the guys that do this mount motors with two bolts instead of four, put panels back on with one screw instead of six, and just generally are lazy.
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    Call the man. Sage advise that Andy always gave...

    Call the man. Sage advise that Andy always gave Aunt Bea when her washer broke. Goober and Gomer always wants to repair it for her.
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    Need more info, like pressures , superheat, and...

    Need more info, like pressures , superheat, and subcool. Sure sounds like an airflow problem.
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