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    Read through the "stitch in time" booklet that...

    Read through the "stitch in time" booklet that was posted on here. Great reading! Got a lot of recommendations for the SMG5 but in all the threads I read no one said anything about it being bad. All...
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    UEI vs Fluke MegaOhmMeter

    I know this has been touched on quite a few times on here but is a Fluke megaohmmeter really necessary for residential? What makes it better to have then a UEI or Extech? Its really a once in a while...
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    Your not being an ass, Im completely with you....

    Your not being an ass, Im completely with you. When ever Im not 100% sure on something I ask someone who is. The worst that can happen is I look a little stupid and learn the right way. Ive learned...
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    Great information, that was explained very well....

    Great information, that was explained very well. Dont want to give way too much info but my panel isnt being powered by the utility company because Im completely redoing the house. The plan was to...
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    Ok, so I've been meaning to make it possible to...

    Ok, so I've been meaning to make it possible to run my panel off of my generator. So the other day I saw a generator outlet with three prongs. I assumed (you know what they say about that) two legs...
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    Generator Outlet

    Would it hurt anything to use a 120v 30 amp generator outlet for 240v as long as I keep it at 30 amps?
  7. Maybe I'm just not understanding it right. So on...

    Maybe I'm just not understanding it right. So on a capacitor you have a mfd value and a +/- % variance. The mfd value is dictated by the motor but the +/-% changes with the capacitor. I've always...
  8. I've got a rough idea how a capacitor works but I...

    I've got a rough idea how a capacitor works but I am curious why the acceptable variance changes with the capacitor. Based on my understanding, since the capacitor's job is to help the motor, the...
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    Really love the Fluke 902!

    Really love the Fluke 902!
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    Properly installed Trane's are a good bet....

    Properly installed Trane's are a good bet. Another one of the biggest things is getting a 10 year parts warranty. Also I would really recommend against Goodman from what I've seen. Not sure if it has...
  11. Capacitor's Variance or Motor's Capacitor Variance?

    I've always thought a motor needed a capacitor to be at a certain mfd and when it gets outside a certain percentage of that it should be replaced because it's hard on the motor. Today I wondered if...
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    Gotcha, thanks for the explanation :)

    Gotcha, thanks for the explanation :)
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    24v Bulb to Test for Short

    Today found a fuse blown on a new install but could not determine the cause. Checked all connections, cycled through all the modes multiple times. So I did what I always do and hopped on here. I...
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    Oh that's awesome! So apparently tankless water...

    Oh that's awesome! So apparently tankless water heaters are a bad idea but at least I found something else to help customer's save money. Thanks for all the input guys :cheers:
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    Long hours on Commission?

    If you worked on commission would you work late (from 8 in the morning till 7-10 at night) pretty much every night? I've been doing it but found out a lot of guys start refusing calls after a certain...
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    I'll definitely check that out too, do you check...

    I'll definitely check that out too, do you check that by just tightening the bolts holding the compressor to the unit? What I don't want to do is fix the problem inadvertently by replacing it instead...
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    Exactly, that's my question too. Which is better...

    Exactly, that's my question too. Which is better and why? I'm sure it will depend on different situations but it would be nice to know those situations so I can give customers the best advice.

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    Tankless Water Heater vs Boiler

    A plumber was telling me his company is replacing boilers with tankless hot water heaters for hydronic heating. What are the pros and cons of each? He claims it's a better set up then boilers but...
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    Compressor Startup Noise

    Yesterday I went to a warranty call on a 1 year old Carrier heat pump (13 SEER). For some reason the compressor was VERY loud on start up. It was like the typical noise you hear compressors make (not...
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    Definitely think HVAC is dangerous and don't...

    Definitely think HVAC is dangerous and don't agree with almost anything Roadhouse posted but the way this is worded made me literally laugh out loud. Seriously though, that is some scary stuff.
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    A lot of good advice! Nice hearing how other...

    A lot of good advice! Nice hearing how other people do it :grin2:
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    Explain everything to them then let them make the...

    Explain everything to them then let them make the decision between repair or replacement.
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    Speed vs Thoroughness

    At what point does being thorough make you too slow? For example, you find a furnace board giving an error code for pressure switch open. In my mind it makes sense to verify that is really the issue...
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    How do you live with yourself taking advantage of...

    How do you live with yourself taking advantage of people like that! :grin2:

    Me: "looks like your furnace isn't running because the switch that turns it off and on is off"
    Customer: "awesome,...
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    Instrument and Controls Technician

    Today I got offered a job by a customer as an instrument and controls technician, this isn't the first time a home owner offered me a job but what really made me stop to consider it is the hours are...
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