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  1. I lived is Sacramento many years ago. Did the...

    I lived is Sacramento many years ago. Did the housing prices go that high? I also lived in LA. I was very glad to get out of that over regulated state.

    Almost wherever you go wages will be lower....
  2. Don't put your email in your post. Put it in your...

    Don't put your email in your post. Put it in your profile.

    Good luck in your search. Where do you want to move to?
  3. The only difference is that you get to pay for...

    The only difference is that you get to pay for their advertising. Payne doesn't advertise.

    Oh, the color of the box and label is different.

    The thing you should be concerned with is the quality...
  4. How Cheap?

    How Cheap?
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    I think what the tech did was probably the right...

    I think what the tech did was probably the right way to get it done.

    However, he should have gone over the options with you. Checking for a leak can get pretty costly. They are not always that...
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    WOW! I can't believe that I actually understood...

    WOW! I can't believe that I actually understood that.

    TB, thanks for that great description and education. Now I have something else to think about. Good thing, I was starting to get bored.
  7. That is what I was thinking... this is 10 ton not...

    That is what I was thinking... this is 10 ton not 12.

    I have a few thoughts that may be way off base, but I will throw them out anyway. I have not done commercial in many years but...

    1. How...
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    There you go. You are moving in on a better...

    There you go. You are moving in on a better position already. Don't let getting fired or let go in this trade get you down.
    Some employers are loyal to their employees, some are not and as soon as...
  9. In the long run, it will be cheaper to keep the...

    In the long run, it will be cheaper to keep the 10K strips (less power draw).

    The difference in price between the 10K and the 15K is less that a steak dinner at a good restaurant. But the savings...
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    I see no way that this can turn out well. Unless...

    I see no way that this can turn out well. Unless you rip it out and start over.

    Maybe hook him up with some financing.
  11. Thread: Bad judgment

    by joemach
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    Old thread... I know. But I thought I would...

    Old thread... I know.

    But I thought I would add that I think it comes down to how you wright your bid. Some trades call it "qualifying your bid". Meaning that you spell out what you know is wrong...
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    That's a very good idea. But I would use a few...

    That's a very good idea.

    But I would use a few 30 day throw away filters ahead of the pleated ones to catch the big stuff. The pleats will cause too much restriction.

    Of course just sorta...
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    This is true Mini-splits do not do well in...

    This is true

    Mini-splits do not do well in dirty/greasy environments. The can be a pain to clean.
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    I think with some pre-filtering and a frequent...

    I think with some pre-filtering and a frequent maintenance plan, you should be alright.

    I have done work at a carbon plant and with quarterly maintenance the units are over 10 years old and still...
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    I agree with that. I actually like the CME...

    I agree with that.

    I actually like the CME model. So many calls, just had to clean the eyes. Only replaced a few.

    I have been through Scotsman training and that helps a lot. IIRC, the blue...
  16. Thread: Fancy meter

    by joemach
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    Although I like Fieldpiece stuff. It does not...

    Although I like Fieldpiece stuff. It does not hold up in the field for me. Went through 2 meters in 3 years. Went to UEI and it has lasted 3 years with no problem.
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    AFAIK Nylog is made from refrigerant oil. So...

    AFAIK Nylog is made from refrigerant oil. So what is the problem?
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    I live in Centre County where almost no licenses...

    I live in Centre County where almost no licenses are required for anything.

    That being said, a license does not guarantee quality work.

    I am wondering why you are getting a quote for a new...
  19. Here is my take on it:...

    Here is my take on it: http://www.thebesthvac.com/heat-pump.html

    I live in central PA as well. So we are on equal ground there.

    The important thing is that it is sized correctly.
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    This is a good reason why any HVAC system needs...

    This is a good reason why any HVAC system needs to be on a preventive maintenance plan. If this system was maintained twice a year over the past 9 years someone would have caught the wiring mistake. ...
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    All the above plus all the books you can find...

    All the above plus all the books you can find that are in line with the area of the trade you want to work in (boilers, chillers, refrigeration, A/C)

    Another good source is to join your local RSES...
  22. Thread: Heat Pump fail

    by joemach
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    Could just be a missing field installed jumper at...

    Could just be a missing field installed jumper at the thermostat.

    Not familiar with the thermostat he has.
  23. Thread: Heat Pump fail

    by joemach
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    On certain Honeywell thermostats, you will need a...

    On certain Honeywell thermostats, you will need a jumper between the Aux & E terminals on the sub base. I have seen many times that it it not installed. Causing the exact problem that you are...
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    Thanks for your help!

    Thanks for your help!
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    limeybstd, Best if you set it and forget it. ...

    limeybstd,

    Best if you set it and forget it. Any savings that you might see by setting the temperature back is lost when the heat strips come on and wipe out the savings you thought you had, and...
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    Airtemp condenser

    Anyone know if Airtemp energizes the reversing valve in heating or cooling?

    Got a call from another state, so can not be on site to check it out. I am trying to help a friend out.

    Thanks for...
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    Somehow, I think this unit used the same...

    Somehow, I think this unit used the same terminals for the line voltage neutral and the secondary common. Or something like that.

    Either that, or I was just over tired. Been real cold here.
    ...
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    I'm not following you. Could you explain further?

    I'm not following you. Could you explain further?
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    It was the transformer secondary. Which was just...

    It was the transformer secondary. Which was just grounded to the casing.
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    Miller oil furnace - strange voltages

    Worked on a Miller oil furnace today and found some very strange voltage on the common off the transformer (58 volts). I was not there to deal with the furnace it was running just fine, but a self...
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    I think this problem is prevalent throughout the...

    I think this problem is prevalent throughout the industry. I assume it is some code. Never checked on that.

    I wish they didn't put the knockouts in at all. I have resigned myself to using my...
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    If you only have one socket available in your...

    If you only have one socket available in your panel, you can always use a mini-breaker to replace another single pole breaker. Then you have a spare socket available.

    But if you are dead set on...
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    What is with the 5 year warranty? AFAIK all...

    What is with the 5 year warranty? AFAIK all equipment today comes with a 10 year warranty.

    If you are loosing a pound a year, have that line set replaced if you did not confirm where the leak...
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    Don't let the communicating system throw ya. ...

    Don't let the communicating system throw ya. Just read the install manual and take it one step at a time. It will go fine.

    Hey, we are here for you if you need any help.

    I installed and did...
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    So far, so good. Have not seen any trouble with...

    So far, so good. Have not seen any trouble with my installs. Most problems I see is the module, not the motor itself.
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    Around here, draining a hot water heater is...

    Around here, draining a hot water heater is called regular maintenance, even with city water. We are sitting on a bed of limestone. And although it may not extend the life of the unit, if not done...
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    Didn't know Obama was such a techie

    USA helps out Korea
  38. Thread: Retirement job

    by joemach
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    ...Laughter...

    ...Laughter...
  39. Thread: UF Wire

    by joemach
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    Great idea! Thanks.

    Great idea!

    Thanks.
  40. Thread: UF Wire

    by joemach
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    I think I have one of those somewhere. I will...

    I think I have one of those somewhere. I will dig it out and give that a try.

    Thanks.
  41. Thread: UF Wire

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    That is normally how I do it. I hear you on...

    That is normally how I do it.

    I hear you on the blood loss. That is what I am trying to avoid. I was hoping for some magic way to do it without the blood loss.

    The new stuff isn't so bad. ...
  42. Thread: UF Wire

    by joemach
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    UF Wire

    I was wondering if anyone has some "trick" for striping UF wire. You know, the stuff you want to get out the sawzall for.

    Sometimes it is all dried out and even a new utility knife blade has...
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    Not familiar with Robert Shaw. I am sure they...

    Not familiar with Robert Shaw. I am sure they make high end and low end thermostats, like everyone else. If it is an older model, I would look at an upgrade. A lot has changed in the past few...
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    Honeywell thermostats will maintain within one...

    Honeywell thermostats will maintain within one degree of set temp. It could be that you have some sort of deadband set.

    You will pay for the new Honeywell that I mentioned in less than one...
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    One of the best thermostats to do this is the...

    One of the best thermostats to do this is the Honeywell 8000 series. If you don't have enough wires run to the outside already, you can set up an outdoor sensor via wi-fi. Look for Honeywell 8321. ...
  47. Those look like my hands right now. Except my...

    Those look like my hands right now. Except my cuts are bigger.

    That was a very powerful story. Thanks for sharing it.
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    I have installed half a dozen and never put in a...

    I have installed half a dozen and never put in a pan heater. I was told by Mitsubishi support that as long as I used the lifts (Pump Ups) I did not need to use a pan heater. No problems yet.
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    AFAIK you are not allowed to braze Mitsubishi...

    AFAIK you are not allowed to braze Mitsubishi units. Not filter/dryer.
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    Then I would set it to the highest differential...

    Then I would set it to the highest differential that you can (time & temp).

    Use a set back less than the temp differential or none at all.
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