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    I'd still be in it if I hadn't developed a skin...

    I'd still be in it if I hadn't developed a skin condition that limits my ability to be out in the sun. And if the economy didn't suck so bad that I could transition to chillers or ammonia. The...
  2. Copeland PerformanceAlert Diagnostic Module

    Summary: Don't buy this piece of garbage.

    We tried one of these units because our equipment is scattered across more than a dozen states.

    We haven't gotten past the install phase because the...
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    There are a few of us out there, sweating and...

    There are a few of us out there, sweating and freezing with the rest of y'all. I do it because I enjoy the work. I like being out there with no one looking over my shoulder. I make better money...
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    It depends on what you enjoy. I went back to...

    It depends on what you enjoy. I went back to school at 40 and got seduced by HVAC. I like finding and fixing problems and I enjoy the diversity of knowledge needed to be a decent service tech. ...
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    I'll be there, just not sure exactly when.

    I'll be there, just not sure exactly when.
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    LOL, everything in this area is getting bigger,...

    LOL, everything in this area is getting bigger, except Lake Lanier.
    Mountains and beach are close. I've been going to norther Alabama a good bit lately...it's beautiful.
    One benefit to coming to...
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    We've tried remote techs before and it didn't...

    We've tried remote techs before and it didn't work very well.
    If you want to look up Suwanee, the zip is 30024.

    Holox...you did atmospheric?
    Any CO2? Refrigeration?
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    Lots, but the job is based out of Suwanee, GA.

    Lots, but the job is based out of Suwanee, GA.
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    slobber, slobber, drool drool!

    slobber, slobber, drool drool!
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    We're currently running '04 Chevy 3500HDs, 11'...

    We're currently running '04 Chevy 3500HDs, 11' Knapheide service body. GVWR 11,400. Has the 8.1 gas engine (454 in drag?). Can't get that engine in that truck anymore, only in the 4500 so we're...
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    Lurch, We're looking at getting that same...

    Lurch,

    We're looking at getting that same truck. Is yours the 3500?
    What do you think of Knapheide vs. Reading?

    I'd prefer the KUV, but I don't think you can load a 56k vaporizer into one...
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    www.airgas.com

    www.airgas.com
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    We work out of Atlanta. I normally cover GA,...

    We work out of Atlanta.

    I normally cover GA, SC, NC, VA, WV & DC
    Since we're short, I'm also hitting TN, KY, AL & MS.

    Tanks are 8000 to 120,000 lbs.
    We don't normally deal in gallons...
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    Atlanta job - 70% travel, industrial

    Hi all-

    We have an opening in my shop.

    We maintain bulk liquid CO2 tanks. This includes both refrigeration (small Copeland semi-hermetics) and heating equipment. The controls are pretty...
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    Baly, They probably switched over to the 4.9...

    Baly,

    They probably switched over to the 4.9 with the '92s.
    If it was a 5.0 I'd have dug into it already.
    If I go for another P71, it'll be #3.

    The BMW was a 1997 328i. I've heard that...
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    I've heard of the ATF trick but never tried it. ...

    I've heard of the ATF trick but never tried it.

    Read in the paper today that EVEN with the high price price of gas, the largest expense of owning a car is the depreciation. P71s are a great way...
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    I usually pick up a Bargain Trader when I'm in...

    I usually pick up a Bargain Trader when I'm in GSO visiting my folks. The last vehicle I bought from it was a 1957 Willys.

    I live in Atlanta. My territory goes from DC down and GA east. We're...
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    mcr, Amen! The most I'll do to a 4.6 is...

    mcr,

    Amen!
    The most I'll do to a 4.6 is replace the intake manifold.
    If it's beyond that, it's a boat anchor. Particularly when I can get the same car again for about $3500. Now my 4.9 (300...
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    Collin, Thanks for mentioning that. My mechanic...

    Collin,
    Thanks for mentioning that. My mechanic also suggested it, so it's already had the first dose.

    I've never carried a bunch of extra coolant...I did drive a car that needed 2 qts of oil...
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    This is after replacing the leaky radiator &...

    This is after replacing the leaky radiator & replacing the thermostat.
    It overheated because of the leaky radiator (someone else was driving it).
    I've been down the the oil-in-the-coolant road in...
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    Taps for a good ol car

    Just when we thought the light at the end of the tunnel WASN'T the train...after losing a house to foreclosure & scrimping like crazy despite making decent money...

    Got word that my old faithful...
  22. Beachy, I have a job near Morehead City next...

    Beachy,

    I have a job near Morehead City next week. I'm excited because the worksite closes at 3:15 pm every day...hurt my feelings!!!

    Looking forward to spending some time along the...
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    LOL...there was a discussion of peeing all over...

    LOL...there was a discussion of peeing all over the toilet in our shared bathroom. I commented that whoever was doing it must have one so short they can't hit anything with it, like my snubby .38,...
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    Karst, We're installing a 50 ton LCO2 tank. ...

    Karst,

    We're installing a 50 ton LCO2 tank. Coordinating with the prior supplier, who is removing their old tank. I went to Richmond (where the tank is stored) two weeks to prefab some of the...
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    Cool. I've spent a good bit of time in that area...

    Cool.
    I've spent a good bit of time in that area in the last year, especially around Harrisonburg.
    I've got a big install near H-burg one weekend in April & then my usual jaunt up into WV for PMs....
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    Karst, Where is Grottoes?

    Karst,

    Where is Grottoes?
  27. 3901, Thanks for the input. I'm using a 45*...

    3901,

    Thanks for the input.

    I'm using a 45* YJ Ball valve but I need to deadhead it as well.

    Why toast after second usage?
    Flare cr*ps out? Tubing gets holed?

    We use K copper for our...
  28. I was in the field so I cheated and used 3/8...

    I was in the field so I cheated and used 3/8 tube. My evac manifold has 3/8 fittings. I reduced it down to 1/4" to connect to the system.

    Need to get a reducing flare fitting for ease of use. ...
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    My boss has a background in cryogenics & is...

    My boss has a background in cryogenics & is accustomed to dealing with vacuum-jacketed tanks.

    He kept insisting that I should be able to get down to 50 microns using a regular vacuum pump. I...
  30. Thread: ac gauges

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    Mark, thanks for the good info. I use the 1%...

    Mark, thanks for the good info.

    I use the 1% brassbacks & have been well pleased with them. They're so much better than the std 2.5% blue & reds that I hadn't thought about replacing them so soon.
  31. I've been using the Supco gauge...small &...

    I've been using the Supco gauge...small & compact. I did have to clean the sensor per the mfr recently (alcohol) and that did require a soaking, not just a quick swish. But it seems to work well.
    ...
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    Lessons Learned the Hard Way 1. "Deadhead"...

    Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    1. "Deadhead" your pump so you know how far it will pull down.
    2. "Deadhead" your evac setup so you know how far it will pull down.

    If you don't do both of...
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    We used one briefly in HVAC school. I believe it...

    We used one briefly in HVAC school. I believe it measures differential density.
    I guess you could use it to really tune a system.

    In our case, a sub who knows nothing about our application...
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    I keep a Chapin sprayer on my truck for rinsing...

    I keep a Chapin sprayer on my truck for rinsing coils when there isn't nearby water. Big blue metal thing, brass nozzle, you can easily get it onto the roof if need be. I'll spray my rags to keep...
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    I had a terrible time going from small L copper...

    I had a terrible time going from small L copper to 1-1/2 K copper.
    Old equipment & a faulty cylinder just lengthened the learning curve.
    I've finally gotten comfortable with a stubby rosebud. ...
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    Two refrig units on two separate CO2 tanks at lg...

    Two refrig units on two separate CO2 tanks at lg govt installation. One comp less than a year old.
    Service call: Both CO2 tanks are relieving on high pressure.
    We find both comps burned up. ...
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    Guys, We were reminiscing about antique...

    Guys,

    We were reminiscing about antique tools and talking worst-case scenarios.

    I use my drill for everything possible, and ratcheting combo wrenches for anything the drill won't reach. I'd...
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    And a Yankee screwdriver is a lot faster than a...

    And a Yankee screwdriver is a lot faster than a nutdriver when your drill batteries are all dead. . .

    Nothing like a little worst-case redundancy.

    Last boss was too cheap to buy extra...
  39. Thread: Ltnt

    by ladyfire3374
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    Thanks for the link-good stuff to know.

    Thanks for the link-good stuff to know.
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    LOL, James

    LOL, James
  41. Thread: Ltnt

    by ladyfire3374
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    Ltnt

    It's great to finally have a little time to get back here.
    Glad to see the old crowd is still up to their usual tricks.

    I travel a lot now & am usually too tired to surf much in the...
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    And it's a real shame the trial lawyers haven't...

    And it's a real shame the trial lawyers haven't gone after the mortgage people who've been handing out loans to people whose only qualification was a pulse.

    I'm not fond of the trial lawyers,...
  43. Good thread, guys. I'm now doing industrial...

    Good thread, guys.

    I'm now doing industrial refrigeration & trying to get my mind around these same issues. I got spoiled being able to check splits & to throw my temp clamps on a system & know...
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    Slightly irrelevant, but one of my accounts has a...

    Slightly irrelevant, but one of my accounts has a very competent and creative maintenance guy. He got tired of the maintenance issues (& costs) with electric vaporizers (actually they function as...
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    Awesome book!!!

    I just finished "Flying Through Midnight" by John T. Halliday.

    Halliday flew C-123s over Laos during the Vietnam War.

    Sounds strange, but it is the single best wartime flying book I've ever...
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    Looks like a good time to come home & visit my...

    Looks like a good time to come home & visit my folks in Greensboro!
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    Amen, Brothers!

    Amen, Brothers!
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    Digress away, scrog. :) "Turning point"...

    Digress away, scrog. :)

    "Turning point" suggests a pivot around which things change direction.

    So loss of the carriers was significant because not only did they lose their platform for...
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    I think we both agree here. :) Military strength...

    I think we both agree here. :)
    Military strength isn't the decisive factor.

    I haven't criticized Bush on a personal level because it doesn't add anything to the debate. All it does is polarize...
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    Scrog, thanks for the substantive addition to...

    Scrog, thanks for the substantive addition to this thread.
    I stand corrected about Dunkirk.

    Your mention of Inchon further illustrates the point I was attempting to make. A successful landing...
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