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  1. I guess your talking about return bends. It...

    I guess your talking about return bends.
    It probably could be made. They would need a good economic reason.
    Someone once said about manufactures was how amazing it is to see how clever they are at...
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    The same way it's always been done. The wage is...

    The same way it's always been done. The wage is Journeyman scale and the training isn't a requirement if one can do the work. Many trade journeymen are brought in based of experience, often years, in...
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    A ways back it wasn't totally uncommon for a...

    A ways back it wasn't totally uncommon for a service guy to smear furnace cement on a cracked HX. Probably not a good idea as the HO might think, It works ok now...I don't need a new one.
    The idea...
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    We all get too old to bend metal sometime.:grin2:

    We all get too old to bend metal sometime.:grin2:
  5. Thread: Restoration

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    I can imagine what you felt. Looking forward to...

    I can imagine what you felt. Looking forward to pictures.
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    Didn't mean to have you stand on your head.

    Didn't mean to have you stand on your head.
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    Restoration

    This brake was found in a scrap yard and some retired guys did it justice.538931538941
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    Test wording can also be ambiguous too. I...

    Test wording can also be ambiguous too. I remember looking at a test a SM had written. A question was " What is the cause of high subcooling?"
    I asked if the question was that the subcooling was too...
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    I made up a saying for pot relays once. ...

    I made up a saying for pot relays once.
    Capacitor Start ( is ) Common Dummy. 1, 2, 5, 6 (dummy terminal).
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    A really dumb thing I saw once was a service guy...

    A really dumb thing I saw once was a service guy (not tech) condemned a furnace HX and he shut off the gas cock and wrapped duct tape around it as if that would prevent the HO from restarting it.
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    Maybe they thought it was like the drier vent....

    Maybe they thought it was like the drier vent. Just dump all that good heat inside.
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    I thought I remember Minnesota being involved in...

    I thought I remember Minnesota being involved in a law suit some years back preventing the Utilities from competing in service. Anything after the meter. It was based on a unfair advantage in pricing...
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    First find out if the techs your testing can...

    First find out if the techs your testing can read. I know they can read but what is their comprehension. I remember Lennox had a qualifying test for their customers that wanted to bring in a person...
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    I was both Union and doing DDC work in the early...

    I was both Union and doing DDC work in the early 90's. What Hotrodrob said about control techs not knowing hvac systems is true in my experience. Controls usually isn't thought of where trades are...
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    And heat pumps are more maintenance intensive and...

    And heat pumps are more maintenance intensive and often require a tech with a bit more know how. Most will cost more to own over their lifetime.
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    One of the hardest things we do is attempting to...

    One of the hardest things we do is attempting to communicate tech stuff to civilians. I used to ask who is the mechanic of the house. That's a start. And there is no reason to assume it's the man. ...
  17. Thread: Poke Salad

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    Sho Nuf!

    Sho Nuf!
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    PHM It took me over an half hour to write that...

    PHM It took me over an half hour to write that letter!!
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    It might take a little research to find out if...

    It might take a little research to find out if the off brands are actually made by them. Other industries will make stuff and apply some other companies labels. They don't mind as long as their still...
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    All electric resistance heaters are 100%...

    All electric resistance heaters are 100% efficient. Not like fossil fuel burners.
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    Yes your company needs to be signatory to the...

    Yes your company needs to be signatory to the SMW. On the positive side though a lot of Union SM contractors will hire a TABB shop first as the contractors get to know each other through their common...
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    If they are what I'm thinking of I don't think...

    If they are what I'm thinking of I don't think sound control is their function. Air distribution is more likely. Some air streams will form a jet that actually closes in on itself as static pressure...
  23. I'll stick my neck out a bit here and say as long...

    I'll stick my neck out a bit here and say as long as the trap is an F&T I don't see a reason for additional venting or that venting is the problem. The trap should handle the venting needs of the...
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    In specs the most commonly mentioned as required...

    In specs the most commonly mentioned as required is NEBB. Next might be both NEBB and AABC. More recently is TABB. I've never seen NCI mentioned on a spec. They might be more regional. I can't...
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    Most have used string and straight edges and know...

    Most have used string and straight edges and know that often there is a need to split the difference. I just think the laser pointer is easier in most cases and not needing to split the difference in...
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    Problem is string or a straight edge only work if...

    Problem is string or a straight edge only work if both the drive and driven pulleys are the same thickness. This is especially true with adjustable pulleys. The grove is what you want to align.
    An...
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    Prep test here was $300 (mid 90's). It's probably...

    Prep test here was $300 (mid 90's). It's probably higher now. What's the price in CA?
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    What kind of insurance are you looking for? Most...

    What kind of insurance are you looking for? Most require liability and workers comp. Here comp is required even though a one man shop can't collect it. Prime contractors want everyone to carry comp...
  29. Missing a dirt leg on the drop too.

    Missing a dirt leg on the drop too.
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    When I started I found the local library the...

    When I started I found the local library the place to go. Checked out whatever applied at the time or season. I liked the library as the books were on many levels. That allowed me to ease into the...
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    Thanks GA. A hard lesson learned. Seems we create...

    Thanks GA. A hard lesson learned. Seems we create our own trap doors and then wonder why we get swallowed up.
    Trust can be a human failing but it's usually when greed is involved.
    I also remember...
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    Seems Nest is trying, like many before them, to...

    Seems Nest is trying, like many before them, to complicate a simple thing by selling the sizzle instead the steak.
    Lots try to confuse by selling stuff that is incidental to the original intent. In...
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    Thanks GA. A hard lesson learned. Seems we create...

    Thanks GA. A hard lesson learned. Seems we create our own trap doors and then wonder why we get swallowed up.
    Trust can be a human failing but it's usually when greed is involved.
    I also remember...
  34. Why? What do you eat?? Truth be known...People...

    Why? What do you eat??
    Truth be known...People eat whatever is available. Including other people...
  35. Why? What do you eat?? Truth be known...People...

    Why? What do you eat??
    Truth be known...People eat whatever is available.
  36. At this point I might be willing to open the...

    At this point I might be willing to open the return after the trap and hang a bucket!!
  37. Exactly, we are told of a problem but we still...

    Exactly, we are told of a problem but we still don't know that much about the system. The whole system.
    Cledus, how can you recommend a redesign when none of us know what were dealing with as a...
  38. Overcooking. Even beef filets can taste like...

    Overcooking. Even beef filets can taste like liver if overcooked or kept in a warming drawer too long.
    The best liver is rare. Same with lamb.
    Reminds me, it's my night to cook.
  39. I'm glossing over the later posts because in my...

    I'm glossing over the later posts because in my mind it was never established if the system could work w/o verifying the system as a whole. Doing stuff over again. Chasing a theory is backwards. It...
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    This is one of those times where a megger is...

    This is one of those times where a megger is handy.
    If the compressor is the one I think it is I'd unbolt the end bell and check the windings.
    Sometimes a main bearing will wear and the rotor...
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    It's great if important stuff is on one computer...

    It's great if important stuff is on one computer w/o any internet access and a throw away computer on the net where never the two shall meet.
    I had my business attacked when a house guest asked if...
  42. Only regarding a pump being part of a working...

    Only regarding a pump being part of a working system. The pump tank will also need venting or a pressure backup along with condensate could occur. Or the pump failing to always start.
    It just...
  43. Thread: Bill Cosby

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    Seems the world lusts to see someone fall from...

    Seems the world lusts to see someone fall from grace. The farther the better all the while lying through their teeth that it would have never happened to them.
    You will be tested by the words that...
  44. Thread: Inventory

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    There are some really crappy companies out there....

    There are some really crappy companies out there.
    If your company is not understanding the personal value of your time I might just SWAG ( scientific wild a$$ guess) my inventory in 15 minuets and...
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    PHM I hope these guys aren't suggesting a...

    PHM I hope these guys aren't suggesting a makeover for you. Anyway, I'm in a similar boat in that Stuff has lost meaning.
    I've been lucky to be able to just buy what I needed and at a point in life...
  46. Alikair, when are you going to look downstream?...

    Alikair, when are you going to look downstream? You seem to be repeating what others before you have already done. For steam to work takes a complete assembly. If your trap can't get rid of the...
  47. Had to have been cooked funny because duck is...

    Had to have been cooked funny because duck is really good. Should be rare. The duck fat can be saved after cooking for Chinese recipes. Very distinctive.
    If there is a problem it's that duck is...
  48. Coincidence I just bought a duck. Plan was a...

    Coincidence I just bought a duck. Plan was a raspberry chpoltle Cabernet sauce. My wife had duck this way at a restaurant awhile back and was impressed so were going to reverse engineer the recipe....
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    Too bad about the salmon. I remember fishing in...

    Too bad about the salmon. I remember fishing in Wisconsin and the fish looked half dead. Acted half dead too. I was told that a paper co was dumping pulp waste in the river. It might be true or not...
  50. Buy plenty of long johns. Learn to drive on snow...

    Buy plenty of long johns. Learn to drive on snow and ice. Don't leave the house w/o breakfast. Don't drink alcohol or smoke wacky until you adjust to the altitude. Practice learning to be a cowboy.
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