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    Meant to edit that, with the OT and spiffs last...

    Meant to edit that, with the OT and spiffs last year was the most I have made in a year so far. I meant to say never going to make more money here.
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    Really good insights, thanks guys. I think part...

    Really good insights, thanks guys. I think part of the problem is there are so many technicians here they have plenty of 20 year techs to handle the tough service issues and they also have the people...
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    So if I doubled my system sales then my total...

    So if I doubled my system sales then my total revenue should be in a good area I would think. I make about half that an hour so it's not quite 110 but from what your saying I'm not really making them...
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    Meant to post this in the pro general discussion,...

    Meant to post this in the pro general discussion, could it be moved please
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    Total Revenue for a Year

    How bad is 115k in a year for a ~6 year tech, 3 years in install? At my company I'm at near the bottom of the list for revenue generated. That's with 73k in service, 40k in system sales. The service...
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    What is ghosting and what can you find out about...

    What is ghosting and what can you find out about moisture? I saw that thread when I did a search but didn't see any threads really discussing the applications for the systems themselves (checking...
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    Residential uses for IR cameras

    Getting a Flir C2 soon and was wondering what everyone here uses there cameras for. The sales pitch listed things like: looking at condensers and seeing if they have an even heat pattern, if it's...
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    The direct vent LP fireplaces actually appeal to...

    The direct vent LP fireplaces actually appeal to me. That's probably the best option but was just weighing the options.

    Saw they also have ventless LP fireplaces, sounds like a huge liability....
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    If you don't hear anything from us over the ham...

    If you don't hear anything from us over the ham radio you should probably assume the snow took us all out and stay in there lol
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    Chimney Conversion?

    Not sure if this is possible and I don't know the technical terms but I had an idea. The house I bought had a traditional fireplace with a chimney and the type of chimney that just has a hole in it...
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    In high school I helped out an electrician who...

    In high school I helped out an electrician who did that too. One time he did it and started shaking, then said nah I'm just messing with you.

    Another time we found an old welding rod, "in the...
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    I'm heading over to your house now, see you in a...

    I'm heading over to your house now, see you in a second lol. The bad part to me is if you live outside Richmond in a rural area your pretty much guaranteed to lose power. Right now I'm in Norfolk for...
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    How did he convince him to do it for free?

    How did he convince him to do it for free?
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    Multitool serrated knife usually takes care of it...

    Multitool serrated knife usually takes care of it easy enough
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    There needs to be a sticky thread with quotes...

    There needs to be a sticky thread with quotes from you like this one. Every couple days I think of one of them while working lol
  16. Thread: Girls in hvac

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    Our company has three or four girl maintenance...

    Our company has three or four girl maintenance techs. They do a pretty good job
  17. Thread: Just Say Hello

    by Aerovox
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    Hello :)

    Hello :)
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    I think I would get busted if I tried to throw my...

    I think I would get busted if I tried to throw my trash in the work dumpster lol. Burning might not be terrible if I could figure out a way to do it with little smoke. Burning trash is illegal where...
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    No Trash Service

    Does anyone live somewhere without trash service where you have to take your own trash? How do you store it before you bring it to the dump?

    I've stored it in 50 gallon drums before taking it....
  20. Guess if he was smart he wouldn't be breaking...

    Guess if he was smart he wouldn't be breaking into vehicles in the first place lol
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    Typically it's slow in the off seasons in...

    Typically it's slow in the off seasons in residential but some companies it never slows down. Like circus envy said its been 70 degrees and I'm still doing condenser coils and working 10 hour days. I...
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    During summers and weekends in high school I...

    During summers and weekends in high school I would help out an ex union electrician who owned his own company. He taught me a lot about electrical and good work ethic. Loved it and decided to join...
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    If the leak was that bad you would think he would...

    If the leak was that bad you would think he would have heard it hissing. Guess that's why it helps to put the caps on hand tight then another quarter turn lol
  24. Thread: DIY People

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    Not at all, I DIY everything because I enjoy it...

    Not at all, I DIY everything because I enjoy it and I feel like it helps me with HVAC. There are some things that take a lot of experience and knowledge to do. When my transmission went on my truck I...
  25. Thread: DIY People

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    This except add in somewhere that they are...

    This except add in somewhere that they are actually MORE qualified because they are a _____ and that's SO MUCH more complicated. Then end it with ok, so walk me through how to fix it.

    If your so...
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    Awesome idea taking it at the return grill. I...

    Awesome idea taking it at the return grill. I guess I would size the ductwork dimensions to the grill opening?

    The reason for the transverse is to take into account the fact that the air moves...
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    Found a better canidate today and tried it out: ...

    Found a better canidate today and tried it out:

    http://sk.uploads.im/t/Aw2fc.jpg

    Tried it on the accessible return and supply duct work beside the unit but only had on average 200 cfm. If I...
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    The return was -.3, supply .15, not too bad....

    The return was -.3, supply .15, not too bad. Since we are slow and checking almost all new units I'm trying to learn this tool so when it comes to a breakdown I would feel comfortable using it. In...
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    Measuring Airflow in Poor Locations

    Since we've slowed down and are doing mostly maintenance I figured I would start getting some experience with my hot wire anemometer. One question I have is, since you mostly never get a good...
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    Can you give some examples of what your having...

    Can you give some examples of what your having trouble with? Troubleshooting is all about understanding what your working on and what should be happening. If the mechanical stuff is coming...
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    Our company pays on a percentage for install and...

    Our company pays on a percentage for install and except for the occasional problem they seem to do a pretty good job. However at my last company the installers paid on a percentage did a horrible job...
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    I'm glad someone took this thread seriously....

    I'm glad someone took this thread seriously. Yiyiyiyi!
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    Yeah it's hard when all year you try to be...

    Yeah it's hard when all year you try to be content with what you have then get asked what you want. Well... I got by the whole year with what I have... Lol. Then trying to pick out the perfect...
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    Information Technology to HVAC Controls

    Would a six month school in IT through the Navy transfer at all to HVAC controls? Currently I've been in residential HVAC for six years and the Navy reserves for six years. Trying to decide on which...
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    Yeah Richmond looks like it will be ok as long as...

    Yeah Richmond looks like it will be ok as long as the hurricane doesn't change paths (which they aren't expecting). The beach is supposed to have problems with flooding though.

    Perfect day for...
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    You guys ready?

    For the hurricane tomorrow?
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    Unless the cost of living is really high in that...

    Unless the cost of living is really high in that part of Georgia 55-60 sounds pretty nice if it's 40 hours lol. HVAC can be really fun though sometimes but it's hard to define that into a perk.
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    The discouraging part is when you work as hard as...

    The discouraging part is when you work as hard as you can hoping one day it will work out and be worth it only to find it doesn't really seem like there is that light at the end of the tunnel you...
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    My current rate is intelligence, when I first...

    My current rate is intelligence, when I first joined the Navy I wanted to do construction electrician but let them talk me into intel, this time around I'm trying to do more research. The plan is a...
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    Sitting in standstill traffic at 6 with at least...

    Sitting in standstill traffic at 6 with at least two more calls to go making 10k less then a guy my age who is a security guard at a federal building doing 40 hour weeks. To get to this point I had...
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    Whenever I read timebuilders posts I imagine them...

    Whenever I read timebuilders posts I imagine them in Robert d Raifords voice lol. If I end up doing a 1/4 of all the stuff you've done I'll feel accomplished.

    It's not just the pay, it's all the...
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    Good Air Force Job?

    Hey guys, I'm about to finish up my contract as a Navy Reservist. My plan was to join the Air Force as an HVAC tech reservist but the recruiter said they don't have that available and it's not likely...
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    Honeywell 5000 and 8000

    Honeywell 5000 and 8000
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    Ditto. Drove to lowes to buy a little file to fix...

    Ditto. Drove to lowes to buy a little file to fix the imperfections lol.

    Just keep at it, as long as you didn't over sell yourself, all your boss should want is quality. He knows your learning....
  45. Thread: CAPTIVE-AIRE

    by Aerovox
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    Talked to Greg today and I'm interested. Just...

    Talked to Greg today and I'm interested. Just want to talk it over with my wife and I'm going to give Greg a call Monday. Are there any openings for Central VA?
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    Every tight dirty crawl space makes me think of...

    Every tight dirty crawl space makes me think of switching lol
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    The important question is what seer is it?

    The important question is what seer is it?
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    If I had the money this would definitely be a...

    If I had the money this would definitely be a project I would like to get someone else to do. Don't think I'm going to have any problems doing the actual work but wanted to see if anyone else has...
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    Well Pitless Adapter Repair?

    Yesterday I found my well has a large leak near the pitless adapter about 4' down my 6" drilled well. It's they type where the pipe side slides onto the adapter where the pipe exits the well. Second...
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    Personality Type

    Not that it's anything more then a fun broad brushstroke of someone's personality, has anyone else taken the Myers Briggs MBTI personality test? Pretty interesting way to weigh/analyze something as...
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