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  1. Ok. I usually don't say anything, but..... ...

    Ok. I usually don't say anything, but.....

    This company comes to our site and posts a legitimate job offer. It is a major corporation with specific details of what they are looking for. Two of...
  2. Chase, I have been hiring commercial techs as a...

    Chase, I have been hiring commercial techs as a service manager/owner for the last 18 years. Some advice from my point of view.

    Image is more important than what you are actually wearing. Clean,...
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    Flow meter is the way to go. Cheap and you can...

    Flow meter is the way to go. Cheap and you can dial it down pretty low. Plus it gives you a visual that you are actually flowing N2.
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    I guess we won't see them up here. Operating...

    I guess we won't see them up here. Operating parameters of -25 F - 300 F. That rules us out in the winter.

    Probably wouldn't use them anyway. We had a salesman trying to convince us to use the...
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    Those are early gas fired water heaters. They...

    Those are early gas fired water heaters. They are dangerous by today's standards, but they ran great and for years. As for your concern with backdraft, if you look at the venting there are cleaves...
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    The method of a relief valve test depends on the...

    The method of a relief valve test depends on the size, medium, and boiler situation. A commercial or institutional steam boiler's relief valve has to be recertified by a testing agency or a company...
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    No. If you look at the piece missing, that...

    No. If you look at the piece missing, that explosion happened from inside the water jacket. A fuel explosion wouldn't blow out the cast in that manner. Also, there is a nail through the pin of the...
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    I didn't notice the lack of a union. Good catch.

    I didn't notice the lack of a union. Good catch.
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    It isn't that bad. And unless your area requires...

    It isn't that bad. And unless your area requires seismic isolation to the gas valve, it is completely legal. There is a service valve within arms reach of the service panel, the regulator vent is...
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    fridg, your steering wheel is on the wrong side...

    fridg, your steering wheel is on the wrong side of the van.... Haha.
  11. Thread: Cold weather

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    The coldest air temp that I ever saw was -31 F. ...

    The coldest air temp that I ever saw was -31 F. The coldest wind chill was in the -50 F range. In my opinion, it isn't the brief deep blast of cold that get us up here. It is the day after day...
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    Scott, I enjoy woodworking too. Although I am a...

    Scott, I enjoy woodworking too. Although I am a power tool junkie. Currently working on building new kitchen cabinets. My target completion is late Spring. We will see if I make it.

    Since it...
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    Nice solution Gravity.

    Nice solution Gravity.
  14. As one of the owners of a large company, I will...

    As one of the owners of a large company, I will tell you that it is hard to comply with Obamacare. We have always offered company assisted health insurance, but it was getting tougher and tougher...
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    If you go to Reznor or CaptiveAir or Greenheck's...

    If you go to Reznor or CaptiveAir or Greenheck's websites, they have installation manuals available. In each installation manual, there is usually a sequence of operations. Understanding the SOQ is...
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    It sucks. It is dangerous when it is that cold. ...

    It sucks. It is dangerous when it is that cold. But, you have an excuse to leave the van running all day. I keep several sets of gloves under the heater vents in the van and change them often. A...
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    It was -17 F this morning, but at least there was...

    It was -17 F this morning, but at least there was no wind. We started with a start up of couple of Reznor's in a really, really cold new warehouse. Then moved to an RTU No heat at a Waste Water...
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    It is Ice. You can enter the structure with...

    It is Ice. You can enter the structure with anything 5 PSI and below per NFPA.
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    Same up here. You have to be a licensed plumber,...

    Same up here. You have to be a licensed plumber, sprinkler fitter, or work for a water utility in order to get certified. We had a guy that did them, but since we do so much hospital work, our...
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    Ding ding ding. We have a winner. Have a...

    Ding ding ding. We have a winner. Have a licensed gas fitter verify that your gas line is properly sized. I think that you will find that it is undersized and not providing adequate gas to the...
  21. Thread: HANDY STAT

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    I have a cheap 3H/2C on a 2' piece of 8 wire that...

    I have a cheap 3H/2C on a 2' piece of 8 wire that I use to troubleshoot RTU's and remote splits on large commercial buildings. Been using it for years with no issue. I got less than $30 in it.
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    Just sent you an email.

    Just sent you an email.
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    Sorry man, I don't have literature on anything...

    Sorry man, I don't have literature on anything older than Version 9.

    Does this have the BCU with the display? Since you are going in through a hardwire port, I am assuming that there is no...
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    To the OP....The labor market for experienced...

    To the OP....The labor market for experienced techs is very tight. A lot of the guys looking for work, you don't want. The ones you want have to be enticed to move. The way to entice is to put as...
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    As the other guys stated, you carry what you can...

    As the other guys stated, you carry what you can and go get what you don't have. We do big boilers, chillers, RTU's, large tonnage splits, and all the accessories of the above. We couldn't possibly...
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    Much appreciated Glenn. But it is all about the...

    Much appreciated Glenn. But it is all about the gear. Since a day could bring an RTU at -15 or a 110 deg boiler room, I can't wear long johns. I keep a snowmobile suit in the truck and handwarmer...
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    That's some good stuff right there. Reminds me...

    That's some good stuff right there. Reminds me of a buddy that finally left his wife after too many years of putting up with her s^^^. As he is leaving, he has a car accident about 2 miles from the...
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    Kinda like that awesome glue job on the adapters...

    Kinda like that awesome glue job on the adapters just above. Pathetic.
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    Beautiful work jimmyed as always. That...

    Beautiful work jimmyed as always.

    That Pentagon fitting on the end of the supply is ingenious. If you haven't trademarked it, I am going to start using it on small commercial warehouse installs.
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    Agreed. No. Common venting systems are not...

    Agreed. No.

    Common venting systems are not approved across different appliance types. Common venting systems need to be approved by the appliance manufacturer. Maybe Hearthman can chime in with...
  31. What part of the country are you in?

    What part of the country are you in?
  32. Thread: Restoration

    by meplumber
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    That is beautiful. I just stumbled across a...

    That is beautiful.

    I just stumbled across a very primitive AC system from the early 30's on Monday, manufactured by CJ Cox Engineering of Cambridge, Mass. Except for the dust from lack of use,...
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    Beautiful machine, Rob. Well kept. ...

    Beautiful machine, Rob. Well kept. Nuclrchiller, you are correct. Those were called Tri Star conversions. Most of them converted R-11 machines to R-123 in the early to mid 90's.

    Thanks for...
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    In Maine, we have state licenses for plumbing,...

    In Maine, we have state licenses for plumbing, oil, gas, and electrical. They all have different levels that separate residential and commercial. At the moment, we do not have a state refrigeration...
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    Agreed. I've been so cold that I couldn't feel...

    Agreed. I've been so cold that I couldn't feel my face and my hands started to burn, but never had a problem with my junk getting cold.
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    Yes, sir. The finest Desk Balance that you've...

    Yes, sir. The finest Desk Balance that you've ever seen. TAB report showed the fan operating to within 50 CFM of printed design. Hmmmm. I say BS.
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    That is known as a "pre-qual" in the contract...

    That is known as a "pre-qual" in the contract lingo. The ability to require a pre-qual has to do with where the money comes from to fund the project. Some agencies have much more influence on how...
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    Those are all great examples of what is wrong...

    Those are all great examples of what is wrong with the lowest bidder system.

    We have federal and state government service customers across all the major departments, and see this type of stuff...
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    I've got this one and their little impact driver....

    I've got this one and their little impact driver. I bought them at a sale for a steal and have been absolutely impressed. The impact has spent the last 3 years riding in my backpack and hasn't...
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    Soot and yellow flames are both red flags to...

    Soot and yellow flames are both red flags to draft problems. As in not enough. What is the draft at the hood and at the tubes? What do you have for CO and O2?
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    Amen to that. I was looking at a problematic...

    Amen to that. I was looking at a problematic rooftop this afternoon. 27 deg high temp with a pretty good breeze. I was wishing some of those hippies would bring their global warming over and thaw...
  42. I am not a controls guy, but a mechanical service...

    I am not a controls guy, but a mechanical service manager with controls guys working for me. The Carel is a picky little SOB. Our in-house controls guys have given up trying to do more than the 4-6...
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    That is the difference in climates like ours and...

    That is the difference in climates like ours and the one in Tucson where he works. We have to worry about snow and water, and he doesn't.
  44. I am with you lytning. We have a bunch of 7 and...

    I am with you lytning. We have a bunch of 7 and 10 CFM JB's that won't seem to freaking die. I will pick one up eventually, but I just can't justify it until one of these JB's kicks the bucket.
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    Amen. That is the only way to go. Let them have...

    Amen. That is the only way to go. Let them have the leak warranty on the roof membrane. Ask them for a quote, carry their number in the price, poof you're done. Mark the hole and then rig and...
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    Was that Larkin condenser installed to take the...

    Was that Larkin condenser installed to take the place of blown condenser coils on that chiller?

    That is insane.
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    Beautiful old machine. It brings back some...

    Beautiful old machine. It brings back some memories of following my dad and grandad around. Probably the oldest that I personally have worked on was from the mid 60's.

    I would love to see any...
  48. I had the pleasure of learning the trade from my...

    I had the pleasure of learning the trade from my dad and granddad. I only hope to be half the man they were.

    To the OP's question, I am lucky enough to carry a Master License in plumbing as well...
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    Yeah. That $5-10 million dollar single...

    Yeah. That $5-10 million dollar single occurrence insurance policy is a pretty good deterrent.
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    I wasn't suggesting that at all. I don't see how...

    I wasn't suggesting that at all. I don't see how you guys put up with attics and crawlspaces everyday. Not to mention stuff like this.

    We just don't see this kind of hackery on the big side. ...
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