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    Union Controls Techs?

    Been reading another thread and wanted to ask,

    Are you guys who do pretty much 100% controls work union or non-union?

    Or does this vary from local to local?
  2. I've been told industrial refrigeration techs can...

    I've been told industrial refrigeration techs can make up to $100,000. But there may be lots of travel depending on what you do.

    DDC for sure will be less physical.
  3. Thread: Travel pay

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    If I may ask what work do you guys do that...

    If I may ask what work do you guys do that demands all that travel time?
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    Tripped Breaker Chase

    What's the worst most time consuming service call you have ever ran trying to find why a breaker is tripped?

    I had a tough one not long ago. 20 doors of frozen food at a market. The main evap...
  5. Very interesting thread. Question, how many of...

    Very interesting thread.

    Question, how many of you market guys see new stores?

    Or another question is how many different chains do you service?

    I would tend to think a multi chain...
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    As far as the wages go, 5 years ago I was non...

    As far as the wages go, 5 years ago I was non union and if I was still there 5 years later I'd be lucky to be making $18 per hour.

    Now I'm a journeyman and the scale is $35 per hour. Actually...
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    I'd like a copy also of your GUIDE as well. My...

    I'd like a copy also of your GUIDE as well. My email is also in my profile. Thanks.
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    I agree totally...
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    I agree 100%. I've found many old posts that were...

    I agree 100%. I've found many old posts that were a gold mine of info.
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    Tech Rob, I sent you a PM. Please get back to me...

    Tech Rob, I sent you a PM. Please get back to me if you can and thank you.
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    Trust me in that I agree with both of your...

    Trust me in that I agree with both of your comments. He is 45 years old and just does not spend time on the computer a lot. He is not "out dated" though.

    My post was geared to guys who may have...
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    TRANE Service Technician?

    Anyone ever work for TRANE as a service tech? I have a friend of mine who has been in the commercial HVAC field for about 10 years and is looking into maybe a job at TRANE. I am trying to get him on...
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    I play guitar....some times.

    Recorded this early last year:

    http://youtu.be/twsLPuSx7Nw
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    Commercial is the way to go. Great job security...

    Commercial is the way to go. Great job security if you get in the right company and if you are like me I prefer bigger/more complex stuff to work on. Not downing residential as that is where I...
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    What have I learned? Number one is that service...

    What have I learned? Number one is that service techs get very little respect for the work we do. Number 2 is that medical doctors have what's called a medical practice....they practice in finding...
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    I'm a 36 year old "kid" LOL! I've been in the...

    I'm a 36 year old "kid" LOL!

    I've been in the trade for 11 years. 2 years residential, 2 years working in a maintenance dept, 2 years light commercial refer and now 5 years in market work.
    ...
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    Hard to believe it's almost 5 years since I...

    Hard to believe it's almost 5 years since I started this thread.....

    Racks are amazing....and well, they also wake you up at 3:00am too. I'm on call so I better shut up :grin2:

    One thing though...
  18. When I did light comm refer work restaurants...

    When I did light comm refer work restaurants could be tough. And we did ALOT of them. It was always a fight over how much the bill should be. But then again my boss then did not mind telling an...
  19. Do you run service only? Or installs too?

    Do you run service only? Or installs too?
  20. What percent of your work is devoted to the resi...

    What percent of your work is devoted to the resi vs commercial?
  21. Supermarket/Commercial Refrigeration vs Commercial/Industrial HVAC Work Load

    I have been in the industry for 8 years. I started in residential HVAC installation and struggled big time with getting 40 hours in per week. I then moved into light commercial refrigeration service...
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    I am a 3 1/2 year Supermarket tech. I originally...

    I am a 3 1/2 year Supermarket tech. I originally started out as a residential installer and moved onto light commercial refrigeration for 2 years until getting into the markets. I will start with the...
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    Supermarket Tech Question

    What is the most challenging service call you have ever had? And how did you figure it out?
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    LOL!!!! When I first started after working...

    LOL!!!!

    When I first started after working light commercial refrigeration I would walk into a store for a PM and would get the same thing, "hey we have a case leaking water, can you look at it?...
  25. Attention Market Guys, What's your biggest leak story??

    I have not been on this site in over a year.........I have been in the markets for almost 2 years and have no intention to ever going back to the light commercial refrigeration end of our trade.
    ...
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    Hey Market Techs How's Your Summer Goin?

    Just curious to see how busy my fellow market guys are in this lovely summer. :spitball:
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    Last month during a PM at a market I was told the...

    Last month during a PM at a market I was told the chicken was temping at 39 degrees and is usually not that warm (this is a walk-in cooler of course) so the manager was concerned. I checked the temp...
  28. Oooooops, nothing like missing a leak at a market PM

    Yes I must confess........

    Almost 3 months into my new job with a supermarket contractor. I am for the most part doing the PM work at our stores.

    Since I am of the OCD type and obsess over...
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    Other than manufacturer's literature no books...

    Other than manufacturer's literature no books exist about racks specifically. If such a book was around I would own it....

    I just became a supermarket tech not too long ago and can tell you that...
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    Great explanation Dow. By the way, how long...

    Great explanation Dow.

    By the way, how long have you been a Market Tech?
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    I understand....even though I am not a father,...

    I understand....even though I am not a father, but will be one day.

    Whatever you do make sure you let us know how your new gig works out. I am sure your experience as a former market tech will...
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    How long were you a market tech? Was it the...

    How long were you a market tech? Was it the hours that caused you to get out?

    Don't mean to get personal with you.....just curious.
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    Liquid Pressure Amplification is the term you are...

    Liquid Pressure Amplification is the term you are talking about? I have read about it and it makes perfect sense.
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    As JP said, how will this affect your TXV's? ...

    As JP said, how will this affect your TXV's? Once the liquid pressure drops to a given point and the liquid level is lost (or bubbles start to appear) how do you reconcile this loss in efficiency? ...
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    Floating Head Pressure

    Is floating head pressure a concept used often in the markets? Or is it similar to floating suction in that it all comes down to the customer demands or service contractor deciding whether it is...
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    Thanks Crackertech, that's what I was looking for...

    Thanks Crackertech, that's what I was looking for :)
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    With all of this talk about troubleshooting oil...

    With all of this talk about troubleshooting oil failure controls can someone post a link or tell me where in the educational forums such info can be found?

    I have read about this in the past on...
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    I hear ya, saving money is definitely on the top...

    I hear ya, saving money is definitely on the top of the list of things for a manager to do.

    In my last job I was called out to a place that had a cooler with a bad evaporator fan motor on a...
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    How tough would you say it is to get the...

    How tough would you say it is to get the management in a crappy store to be convinced to get the whole system working correctly (coils clean, superheats set proper and everything else involved) so an...
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    What is funny is that I too read both threads on...

    What is funny is that I too read both threads on floating suction pressure in the last week. They are truly terrific reads and have clear pros and cons to the issue.

    I read yesterday from an old...
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    I agree. :cheers: You mentioned a guy just...

    I agree. :cheers:

    You mentioned a guy just over 40 learning markets......how has he adjusted coming in with no rack experience?
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    Ah yes Mr. Smith you are so correct. Pure BS is...

    Ah yes Mr. Smith you are so correct. Pure BS is so true.

    I remember when a person who is rather notable to this field told me "after a number of years most people become unteachable. They know...
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    I could not agree more with you Mike. It is such...

    I could not agree more with you Mike. It is such a pathetic excuse that "you cannot teach an old dog new tricks". Learning is a life long experience that is constant regardless of age.
  44. Good info. This job certainly teaches us to...

    Good info.

    This job certainly teaches us to keep an open mind and keep learning.

    A former Sporlan Supermarket Sales Manager once told me (when he worked as a supermarket tech) that "you go...
  45. How often have you seen a broken dip tube over...

    How often have you seen a broken dip tube over the years?

    I have only read it 2 times on this site.....once by you and Icemeister.
  46. I think I know what you mean by wierd...

    I think I know what you mean by wierd stuff.......

    It usually starts with the manager saying "hey since you are here we have been having problems with......"

    4 hours later you get the wierd...
  47. I figured you ran to get some help from the other...

    I figured you ran to get some help from the other market techs :LOL:

    I always get a kick out of the stories about guys turning down TXV's due to frost. It really is a panic moment based off of...
  48. That's a good point and one I did not think about...

    That's a good point and one I did not think about :oops: :beat:

    But then there's the cap tube reach-in freezer with a frozen solid coil and a fan not turning (due to the frost/ice) that is seeing...
  49. :munching: Yea after rethinking the question...

    :munching:

    Yea after rethinking the question the variables involved will spark some lively conversation :argue:
  50. Flood Back to Compressor.....How Much Does it Take?

    Had a call the other day to a Burger King and found the defrost timer bad on the walk-in freezer.......with the evaporator fully frozen over no doubt the hermetic compressor was chugging some liquid....
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