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  1. You're wheels had me scratching my head at first,...

    You're wheels had me scratching my head at first, but after looking at the pics for a little while I decided that they do look nice, along with the paint job. It looks good and stands out like you...
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    Just a quick question, after you're done cleaning...

    Just a quick question, after you're done cleaning your condensers, they're not all flat and shiny are they?

    :couchhide:
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    Propeller fans and centrifugal fans work...

    Propeller fans and centrifugal fans work differently. A dirty condenser coil will cause a prop fan to bog down and draw more amps. Poor airflow with a squirrel cage will cause it to spin faster...
  4. This topic has been hashed out several times in...

    This topic has been hashed out several times in the past, but since this is your first post I'll cut you some slack. :cheers:

    There is usually more to it than just setting the thermostat to a...
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    I think you're wrong on this one Beer. If it...

    I think you're wrong on this one Beer. If it were a squirrel cage what you said would be correct, but propeller fans work the opposite. Dirty condenser coil with propeller fan = higher amp draw. I...
  6. -40C is the same as -40F. Pretty damn cold no...

    -40C is the same as -40F. Pretty damn cold no matter how you look at it.
  7. How the hell do you check superheat near the...

    How the hell do you check superheat near the expansion valve bulb at -45F? I dont think I could get my fingers to work well enough at that temp to get my Cooper elastic strap deal attached to...
  8. It sound like this lady had another "friend"...

    It sound like this lady had another "friend" before you.

    The best thing you can do is to tell her that you aren't a refrigeration guy, and that her system is completely jacked up and that she...
  9. R134a is an odd choice for a walk in cooler that...

    R134a is an odd choice for a walk in cooler that used to run on R22. Not much of an "upgrade" in my opinion. I would guess that to do that conversion correctly, you would also need to increase the...
  10. Same with R12. Apparently it's how that thing...

    Same with R12. Apparently it's how that thing was designed. There's lots of residential freezers that operate this way. I agree that it's a retarded way to do it though.

    I like BALloyd's angle....
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    Just a wild guess, as I don't normally deal with...

    Just a wild guess, as I don't normally deal with a set up like you have, but could the system be undercharged, or could an undersized liquid line cause the symptoms that you are describing? Here is...
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    In the laundry room of life you're either the...

    In the laundry room of life you're either the water heater, or the stick in the corner that has to hold up all of that weight day after day after day.
  13. Unless this is a hillbilly air conditioning unit...

    Unless this is a hillbilly air conditioning unit rigged up to cool your walk in cooler, you most likely mean R404a, and not R410a as stated.

    Either way, along with the TXV they should install a...
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    Thanks for chiming in comfortdoc. I didn't know...

    Thanks for chiming in comfortdoc. I didn't know Bryant offered a heated condensate trap kit like that.

    Ignore the part where I said the installer might have to rip out the furnace and replace...
  15. The problem isn't that your house holds heat too...

    The problem isn't that your house holds heat too well, it's that your furnace is likely way too big. Anyways, be careful with trying to maintain as high a humidity level as you want. You need to...
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    The furnace and condensate drain piping need to...

    The furnace and condensate drain piping need to be in an area that is above freezing, otherwise it will freeze. It looks like this little fact may have been overlooked by whoever sold you that...
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    Yeah, that sounds kind of like what Bryant calls...

    Yeah, that sounds kind of like what Bryant calls their Evolution Extreme, which is a twin to the Greenspeed. I've never actually seen one of those in person from either brand, but it's known as the...
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    Unless you know someone, a tech school might be...

    Unless you know someone, a tech school might be your only way in. Around here, even to get into the union they want a tech school diploma. That means a possible 7 years of school before being able...
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    I'm guessing that's a heat pump due to the raised...

    I'm guessing that's a heat pump due to the raised pad and because otherwise a muffler wouldn't make any sense to be on a suction line. I dug up some posts talking about mufflers on suction lines,...
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    A few years ago I bought a small cheap steam...

    A few years ago I bought a small cheap steam cleaner from Walmart to use on little grease filled condenser coils. It worked pretty good at melting the grease off of the coils, except it took a long...
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    Looks alright except I don't like the 1" filters,...

    Looks alright except I don't like the 1" filters, or the extra drier on the big pipe, or is that thing a muffler?

    Either way you did do a nice job with that retaining wall. :cheers:
  22. I did some checking, and if I guessed the right...

    I did some checking, and if I guessed the right union (UA 434?), the journeyman wage is about $35 per hour plus benefits and the only tools that the employee is required to supply is a pair of...
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    I would just like to add that there is more to...

    I would just like to add that there is more to evaporators than just matching up btu ratings.

    Newer, higher efficiency air conditioners use larger condensing coils and evaporators as one of the...
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    If you want reliable, take a time machine back...

    If you want reliable, take a time machine back about 15 years and pick up one of those round Honeywell thermostats.

    Unfortunately, the government decided to make those illegal, but they were...
  25. Thread: Water Leak

    by ammoniadog
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    For all who are wondering, that thing is a heated...

    For all who are wondering, that thing is a heated condensate drain pan. When it fills up with water the heater turns on and heats up the water until it evaporates itself dry again. They are kind of...
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    If the furnace is operating as designed and the...

    If the furnace is operating as designed and the only problem is that it's over sized and/or poorly installed (which I think is very likely), then a "warranty" isn't going to be of any use to another...
  27. The humidity level of her room probably won't be...

    The humidity level of her room probably won't be affected much by installing what you want, and most older people like/need it warmer anyways. If the main issue is dryness, a portable humidifier...
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    I don't want to derail this thread, but does...

    I don't want to derail this thread, but does anyone else think it's odd that the fan is shutting off when the furnace trips on it's limit? I admit that I don't work on a lot of residential furnaces,...
  29. Thanks for the update, but you are giving out...

    Thanks for the update, but you are giving out wrong information. The motors with 2 wires powering them are not 2 phase motors. I strongly recommend that you do not change or alter anything. Please...
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    According to Wikipedia, they quit making real...

    According to Wikipedia, they quit making real mapp gas in 2008.
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    Why exactly do you need torches to replace an air...

    Why exactly do you need torches to replace an air handler? Are you trying to cut it into pieces? If so, I can see why you couldn't get the answers you were looking for. It seems that most people...
  32. It's worth having an old school corded drill in...

    It's worth having an old school corded drill in the truck even if it never gets used. If you are in a situation where you need to finish drilling something and all of your batteries are dead, you...
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    I think PHM has a good point. If you're getting...

    I think PHM has a good point. If you're getting time and material, you'd have to be a moron to try to accomplish the same thing with 1/4 the fittings. I think if I was doing it, I would have been...
  34. Are you serious? Did you actually catch that...

    Are you serious? Did you actually catch that before applying power to the unit? If so, did you have this happen to you before, or are you really this thorough?

    Either way, that is a really good...
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    I don't have much to add other than to say that...

    I don't have much to add other than to say that to my knowledge, there is nothing wrong with upsizing the VA's on the transformer. As long as the control boards are protected by the right fuse size,...
  36. For the thing that I was working on, go to...

    For the thing that I was working on, go to https://www.captiveaire.com/manuals/manuals.asp?Item_id=4881&parentid=4880 and click on "Demand Control Ventilation (DCV)"
  37. Flue gas starts to condense at any efficiency...

    Flue gas starts to condense at any efficiency over about 80%. Furnaces need to be specially designed and built to handle this condensation, otherwise the heat exchanger and/or flue pipe can quickly...
  38. I read through the install manual again and I...

    I read through the install manual again and I think I finally understand how the temperature offset thing is supposed to work. The default 5 degrees differential is for the "Prep mode" setting. ...
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    I ran into the same issue trying to velcro my...

    I ran into the same issue trying to velcro my phone to my dashboard. The velcro wouldn't stick to it very well. The solution I came up with that worked pretty well was to heat up the dashboard...
  40. I was at a welding supply store a few years ago...

    I was at a welding supply store a few years ago and asked for a small rosebud tip for my little oxy-acetylene setup. He told me he couldn't sell me one for my mc tank setup. I told him that...
  41. Thanks Saturated. I understand stuff a little...

    Thanks Saturated. I understand stuff a little better now. I still don't get what the temperature offset does exactly though.

    In the manual it says that the default turn on setting is when the...
  42. I'm saying no, don't change your indoor unit. ...

    I'm saying no, don't change your indoor unit. Things were made better 23 years ago than they are today. The old refrigeration coil in your indoor unit will likely outlast anything that you can get...
  43. Calling Sat Suter, or other Cap Air gurus...

    Hey guys.

    Most of the exhaust hood systems that I run into are Captive Aire. The newer ones are set up to automatically turn on when people start cooking, based on the difference between the room...
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    I had to look this up since I didn't believe it. ...

    I had to look this up since I didn't believe it. I found several articles that talk about how automakers have been slowly using more and more adhesives in the manufacturing of their vehicles. I...
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    For troubleshooting, a 6 in 1 screwdriver and a...

    For troubleshooting, a 6 in 1 screwdriver and a multimeter is all you really need most of the time. You really don't need to pack much more than that in your tool bag. Dump it out and decide what...
  46. Thread: Propress

    by ammoniadog
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    Who says you can't? You can do whatever you want...

    Who says you can't? You can do whatever you want if you don't care about leaks or quality. Propress lists a maximum pressure of 200psi. That might be part of the reason. There is a similar...
  47. Thread: Rain Gear

    by ammoniadog
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    Carhartt makes a pretty decent rain set that's...

    Carhartt makes a pretty decent rain set that's made out of a heavy rubber material. The coat and bibs come separate and are about $50 each. Here's a picture I found...






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  48. I'm just curious, how much money could someone...

    I'm just curious, how much money could someone really save by either shutting off those evap fans and/or changing them to ecm motors. They only pull like an amp each, don't they? What kind of money...
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    I didn't know that they were supposed to be...

    I didn't know that they were supposed to be registered. It will be interesting to see if the athorities will be out looking for people to bust after Christmas this year.

    My guess is that it will...
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    Was the equipment that they are replacing 3...

    Was the equipment that they are replacing 3 phase? If not, someone will have to get paid to change out the breaker and pull an extra wire for you.

    Besides that, prices tend to follow the rules of...
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