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    The Silphos did the trick just fine. Been running...

    The Silphos did the trick just fine. Been running a while now.
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    When I go to the Harris website and select copper...

    When I go to the Harris website and select copper to brass, it brings up a bunch of silphos variants. That's why I asked. My understanding was that it had to be 45% silver.

    I got a kick out of...
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    Can silphos be used?

    Can silphos be used?
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    BBeerme, can you be more specific about setting...

    BBeerme, can you be more specific about setting the torch?
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    Thanks for the replies fellas. Do you think I'll...

    Thanks for the replies fellas. Do you think I'll be able to clean the joint up with just open mesh sand cloth?

    There is another similar piece of equipment that another tech welded these same...
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    Brazing copper to brass

    I'm currently using a turbo torch with an A14 tip. I'm installing a 30 ton carrier split system and the txv's aren't factory installed. The distributors are about a pound of brass each.

    I'm sure...
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    I love mine. There's no better way to correctly...

    I love mine. There's no better way to correctly charge in low ambient temps. Worth every penny. All the other guys at our shop giggled at me for buying it. They still use the trash bag method.
  8. Thread: Hello...

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    Well I'm not a "Professional Member" (still...

    Well I'm not a "Professional Member" (still haven't figured out how to become one) but I'll tell you that quality people are hard to find and on more than one occasion we've hired and trained guys...
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    I'd simply respond with "People in hell need ice...

    I'd simply respond with "People in hell need ice water. And they'll have it first"

    Sent from my MB886 using Tapatalk 2
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    Dude this could be a real PITA. Companies spend...

    Dude this could be a real PITA. Companies spend alot of coin for engineering and the like. And their assemblers have everything they need RIGHT THERE, with a PLAN for everything from wire routing to...
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    This is where I'm at too. Being versatile goes a...

    This is where I'm at too. Being versatile goes a long way towards keeping me busy during the slow season. But it's a lot of parts.

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    Does it have a CPR valve? An incorrectly adjusted...

    Does it have a CPR valve? An incorrectly adjusted or faulty/nonexistent crankcase pressure regulator valve can cause the same symptom. Excessive crankcase pressure can cause a hard start condition...
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    I'll second the gallow gun. It's been the most...

    I'll second the gallow gun. It's been the most efficient solution for me. Our other guys just out the CO2 tank on it.

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    A bounced check could be forgivable once. But...

    A bounced check could be forgivable once. But that's it.

    On the other issues, well guys like this have multiple callbacks every week if not every day. He using cashing in his customers for a one...
  15. Thread: Tool bags

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    I have been using the Klein backpack for about a...

    I have been using the Klein backpack for about a month. Love it.
    Sent from my MB886 using Tapatalk 2
  16. Sticky: Well I'd like to apply for pro status but am not...

    Well I'd like to apply for pro status but am not sure how to do it. I am not seeing any other section on the subject.

    Or does a history/background post start the process?

    Sent from my MB886...
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    If the condensers are outside then your LPC is...

    If the condensers are outside then your LPC is being used in the pump down. In my AO the cut out is set for 1lb and the cut in is about 15lbs. When it's -30 outside the LPC still has to be able to...
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    The defrost fans have to be interlocked with the...

    The defrost fans have to be interlocked with the thermostat and the liquid line solenoid valve. Any time the switch is off the freezer pumps down. I can't imagine anyone with a brain wiring it...
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    Anyone ever use a business consultant?

    A little background on our company. Our company consists of the President (my brother in law), a receptionist, myself (7years exp), svc tech #2 (5years exp), master plumber/svc tech/install mgr. We...
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    I agree GoColts. We're busy, because we're out...

    I agree GoColts. We're busy, because we're out there creating work to fill our time. And when we do that effectively, and the weather cooperates, we become BUSY. and some of us love to be busy...
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    Here in SD, a tech school grad can start between...

    Here in SD, a tech school grad can start between 12 and 14 per hour, and if he's a quick learner with a good attitude he can increase that wage rapidly.
  22. Thread: No work??

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    What are the rules about posting jobs? We can't...

    What are the rules about posting jobs? We can't find qualified help to save our lives. And if we offer to train them from scratch it's no better.
  23. Thread: Tools

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    Every tech has to have our tool list that we...

    Every tech has to have our tool list that we provide at the interview. It's about $3500 worth. At 7 years I've probably got more than $5000 invested. There's a lot of tools on the list that a guy...
  24. Thread: Wages

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    What a flipping mess. Good help is almost as...

    What a flipping mess.

    Good help is almost as hard to find as a good boss. The difference is the business owner is the one signing the checks. And it's no one's business what he's doing with his...
  25. Thread: Wages

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    Amen

    Amen
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    I regularly visit this forum for the business...

    I regularly visit this forum for the business owner's perspective, and the understanding of how that end of things works. I don't typically spend as much time in the technical forums because I'm...
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    Inventory Control, Barcode scanner etc....

    I searched for this subject but didn't get much on results.

    Does anyone know about a barcode scanning system that will integrate with Quickbooks, and also allow us to use the barcode scanners on...
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    +1 on Rigid. Best pipe wrench ive found.

    +1 on Rigid. Best pipe wrench ive found.
  29. Thread: On call pay

    by OBogue
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    Well if there's no compensation other than your...

    Well if there's no compensation other than your hourly wage I WOULD be looking elsewhere. But around here good technicians are hard to come by. Some sort of compensation is necessary or the better...
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    We do a lot of replacements. And some new...

    We do a lot of replacements. And some new construction. A few commercial kitchen remodels. Primarily service is what I do myself.
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    No Comments?

    I suppose what I'm getting at is, I should have some sort of a plan of attack.

    It's proven that cold calls don't work, and are a huge waste of time. But what is the alternative? How do I place...
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    Moving into a sales position

    My boss wants me to begin shifting my focus into a sales position. I have retail sales experience, but am terrible at cold calls and door knocking.

    How is the outside sales best achieved in this...
  33. Thread: w/i freezer

    by OBogue
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    10 degrees superheat might be a little tight....

    10 degrees superheat might be a little tight. I'd set it at 12-13 and see where the frost lines at. The frost line should end right at the compressor.
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    Great, a pissing contest.

    Great, a pissing contest.
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    Well, is assume your prices are at least somewhat...

    Well, is assume your prices are at least somewhat dictated by the competition, yes? You can't charge $100 per hour for residential service if everyone else in form is between $55 and $70. Or you'll...
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    Well, I can tell right away from this...

    Well, I can tell right away from this conversation that our company is going to have to charge more if I'm ever going to retire. We're in a city on about 20,000. We charge $66/hrs for any type of...
  37. Thread: On call pay

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    And as far as callbacks go, he's telling me that...

    And as far as callbacks go, he's telling me that a journeyman (we're not a union state) should not have more than 2 to 5 call backs a YEAR. And since I'm 5 1/2 years in, and have more than 5...
  38. Thread: On call pay

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    Oh, that brings up another point. No pay for...

    Oh, that brings up another point. No pay for meetings or training if they're held after business hours. Because "I pay you to produce, not to learn."

    We're about to lose at least one guy over...
  39. Thread: On call pay

    by OBogue
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    Thread hijack, or maybe I should start a new...

    Thread hijack, or maybe I should start a new thread?

    How about productive (billable) time vs. unproductive (unbillable time)? How is this handled where you work?
  40. Thread: On call pay

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    Ya, it eats a@@. I've been there for 5+ years,...

    Ya, it eats a@@. I've been there for 5+ years, and these issues amongst others are rubbing me the wrong way.

    :gah:

    The 4 hours of vacation pay that I get each month for being on call isn't...
  41. Thread: On call pay

    by OBogue
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    Ya I get that it's up to the owners. What I...

    Ya I get that it's up to the owners.

    What I want to know is, is what I'm doing the NORM?

    And what about my comments about holiday pay?
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    Ok, well we only have 5 guys at our shop, and I...

    Ok, well we only have 5 guys at our shop, and I am on call EVERY Tuesday, and we rotate weekends, from Friday at noon until Monday at 8AM. If you're the Thursday guy, or the Monday guy you get to...
  43. RUN, do not walk, RUN away. And NEVER EVER look...

    RUN, do not walk, RUN away. And NEVER EVER look back.
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    Kelly, you need to call the news channel in your...

    Kelly, you need to call the news channel in your area and have them do an expose'. The outdoor unit is probably running excessive head pressure because the condenser coil is COMPLETELY PLUGGED. ...
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    How about this? Take a digital of the thermostat...

    How about this? Take a digital of the thermostat showing the actual temp when it's 84 degrees. Do the same thing in the neighbors apt if they will allow it, just to make a point.

    The fact of the...
  46. He'll never lay me off. Unless he was closing the...

    He'll never lay me off. Unless he was closing the doors. That's not going to be an issue. But we'll never retire on an hourly wage. Those days are OVER.
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    The problem I run into the most, is that when I...

    The problem I run into the most, is that when I am looking around at what other jobs are out there, I don't see many companies that actually advertise that they do the "hot side". There are HVAC/R...
  48. It's hard to say for sure. I'm working for my...

    It's hard to say for sure. I'm working for my brother in law, who trained me from scratch. He's going to be unhappy to be sure, other than him I am by far the most experienced technician in the...
  49. This is the way we handle the issue as well. It...

    This is the way we handle the issue as well. It doesn't take long for most managers to figure out it's way cheaper to have the bus boy do it.

    If he wants his equipment up and running sooner than...
  50. Going from employee to employer - thoughts?

    Ok, I haven't been here much, or for long, so HELLO!

    I'm a HVAC/R Service Technician with a wide range of experience, including a lot of commercial kitchen work. I have a good amount of...
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