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  1. Hot wire anemometer only way to measure airflow? Other ways to check airflow?

    Looking to add to my tools and looking at hot wire anemometers. Specifically the fieldpiece.
    My reason is this.
    2 weeks ago went to a no ac call. Frozen coil, homeowner saw ice on the lineset so...
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    It exited the house almost the same hight of the...

    It exited the house almost the same hight of the coil. Honestly no room for a trap.
    Ended up ripping it out and installing a condensate pump, added an outlet, etc..
    Drains are one of the most...
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    My ac is leaking

    2 years old, home owner says it drained fine last summer....
    yeah..onto the furnace....

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    Is that the tip that looks like a cone? Have that...

    Is that the tip that looks like a cone? Have that on my Klein screwdriver but couldn't figure out what it was for

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  5. That's true, never thought of the radiant heat...

    That's true, never thought of the radiant heat affecting the reading. Good call
    My thinking was if the condensers in direct sunlight, the temp should be taken in direct sunlight. I'll have to try...
  6. Most accurate location for measuring condenser ambiant temp?

    First time I've really gotten to play with the target superheat feature to my psychrometer.
    Seems like the condensers I came across were in direct sunlight today.
    Depending on where I put the...
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    Was on the regular condenser service valve ...

    Was on the regular condenser service valve

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    What causes a bent Schrader?

    Little back story
    Friday went to a no ac call, unit blowing warm air.
    I go to put my gauges on, hear hissing as soon as I take the cap off. Try to tighten the Schrader, no luck still hisses.I...
  9. That was a passing thought I had, maybe it was so...

    That was a passing thought I had, maybe it was so sensitive it read the friction from the wind or something ha

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  10. Feildpiece Hs36 issues? Do you trust yours?

    Coming from a fluke 325. Decent meter but it fell out of my pocket climbing a ladder and the clamp snapped off.
    Next day I went to Johnstone and picked up a feildpiece hs36. Almost went with...
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    Not really a stupid call, just a conversation...

    Not really a stupid call, just a conversation with a home owner during it.
    Did a service call for a furnace not running today.
    It's about 2:15, I show up and the homeowner is pretty drunk. Figure...
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    Last week went to a no heat call on a lochinvar...

    Last week went to a no heat call on a lochinvar boiler. We were called because the installer (friend of the homeowner knew a good boiler guy) couldn't figure out why the boiler wouldn't run for more...
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    Residential furnace maintenance?

    So today I got pulled off an install to do service since one of our service techs called out. Did 5 calls. 3 no heat, 2 furnace maintenance. One maintenance call I was told last year you guys were...
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    About a month ago my sister in law texts me...

    About a month ago my sister in law texts me asking if I can swing by and check out her ac because it's not working. Tell her sure I'll swing by in the morning on my way into work tomorrow. Get there...
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    I'm gonna shoot over to Walmart tonight and try...

    I'm gonna shoot over to Walmart tonight and try that! Thanks for the responses
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    Water in Testo 550 screen

    Have water behind the screen of my Testo 550's. Started by taking the batteries out so nothing shorts inside. Is there anyway to get the water out without taking them apart, guessing that will void...
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    The best is when someone calls our office and is...

    The best is when someone calls our office and is either going away, or whatever reason thay use, needs their pm done ASAP. The pm is scheduled, you go out and the homeowner tells you it is not...
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    I've always called them concentrics, not sure...

    I've always called them concentrics, not sure what actual term is. It's the flat kind that goes on the side of house, almost looks like a flat mushroom.
    But the one your talking about is this I...
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    About a month ago, new carrier gas furnace that...

    About a month ago, new carrier gas furnace that our company installed (sadly). No heat. Homeowner asks me to walk around back and he will open the bulkhead. I walk around and see a huge block of ice...
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    Been burned to the point my thumb and pointing...

    Been burned to the point my thumb and pointing finger bubbled up. I've gotten allot more comfortable and confident doing just about every aspect of my job other than disconnecting hoses.
    Even...
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    Sorry haven't been able to reply lately to my own...

    Sorry haven't been able to reply lately to my own post. just wanted to say thanks for clearing up the questions I had.
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    That makes sense as far as a hybrid. What I'm...

    That makes sense as far as a hybrid. What I'm getting from reading is that if a heat pump is sized correctly, running correctly and has an auxiliary heat source then it should be no problem.
    I'm...
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    Heat pump vs furnace

    I was in my company's office yesterday and was talking to our service dispatcher. She mentioned that a lot of that days calls were issues with heat pumps not maintaining temp.

    I live about 20...
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    Why are you charging me a diagnostic fee? I told...

    Why are you charging me a diagnostic fee? I told you over the phone the thermostat is bad
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    I almost put looks good from my house as the...

    I almost put looks good from my house as the title haha

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    As long as it works..

    Coworker went on a call friday, sent this to me today. Homeowner is using us for service since the original install company "is full of clowns"534971


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    Never seen that, but this past summer I...

    Never seen that, but this past summer I installed 2 new carrier condensers at different times to find the fan hitting and cutting through the wires that run behind the top of the coil to fan motor....
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    my bosses daughters condensate pump got unplugged...

    my bosses daughters condensate pump got unplugged and soaked the return duct at her house. Watched his daughter throw a fit, tell me and my coworker (my lead at the time) were idiots and we're...
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    Covered on call for a coworker last weekend. ...

    Covered on call for a coworker last weekend. Tells me his boiler won't turn off with the tstats off. I get there to see an indirect and that zone calling. Anyone take a shower? Yes I took one...
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    I have a few bins and plastic totes that seem to...

    I have a few bins and plastic totes that seem to help. A refrigerant holder. One shelf dedicated to electrical, Another for pvc glue, screws, stuff like that. One for common service parts, one...
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    Sorry meant install/ service van. Mostly install...

    Sorry meant install/ service van. Mostly install with light service

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    Residential service van set up

    Sorry, I know this subject has probably been beaten to death but how are you guys setting up your install trucks. After a few years in the trade I finally have a van as of Wednesday of last week. ...
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    No, it's in there. Compared them to my regular...

    No, it's in there. Compared them to my regular hoses that work and I can't spot any difference.

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    Yellow jacket ball valve hoses not working

    Bought some yellow jacket ball valve hose extensions about 2 weeks ago. Worked great until today when I had to do some start ups. First 2 startups, worked great.
    On the third startup my suction...
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    Took me a few weeks to get a perfect hole, the...

    Took me a few weeks to get a perfect hole, the trick is to have it tilted slightly the whole way. Then when you get towards the end you have to keep the round piece your cutting out centered in the...
  36. I agree! luckily nothing major ever happened to...

    I agree!
    luckily nothing major ever happened to me. A few cuts and scrapes here, a minor burn or 2 there.
    From what I've seen most injuries happen while doing something you've gotten comfortable...
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    So after I recover, leak check and vaccum, the...

    So after I recover, leak check and vaccum, the initial charge that the condenser calls for, let's say it's 4lbs.
    I would weigh in 75% of it as liquid through the high side? Then the final charge...
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    New r22 condenser but using nu22b

    so Monday I'll be putting in a new r22 dry condenser, but was told id be using nu22b. It will be my first time using nu22b. found a few links online that say to only to charge liquid through the...
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    I can pull a vacuum and charge and what not no...

    I can pull a vacuum and charge and what not no problem? I know someone above me mentioned he doesn't pull a vacuum with them. How do you purge your lines and so on if they keep the refrigerant in the...
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    So it sounds like I should look into some new...

    So it sounds like I should look into some new hoses. Would I be better off getting new or just those short extensions with the ball valves? Seems like with the extensions I would be paranoid about...
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    Stupid? Question about hoses

    So today i got my chops busted from the guy I work with about grabbing gloves to take my hoses off a condensor. told me the best way to go is with ball valves or low loss fittings because you lose...
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    I was looking at the veto backpack last week and...

    I was looking at the veto backpack last week and almost bought it. Only thing that stopped me was I noticed that one of the compartments was on the side of the straps and was worried about tools...
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    I actually have that book from when I went to...

    I actually have that book from when I went to school. There's tons of good information in it. I also have a few other smaller manuals from different classes I've taken at supply houses but most of...
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    residential service manuals?

    Hi, hopefully this is the right spot for this post.
    I've been doing residential installs for about 3 years. My boss has been toying with the idea of putting me on service and having me ride along...
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    Losing tools in attics with blown in?

    Just wondering if someone has any tips to leave the job with all your tools?
    I try to just take up what I know I'll need but even so...
    I feel like I've tried everything. I started by taking my...
  46. Use insulation hangers. They are dirt cheap and...

    Use insulation hangers. They are dirt cheap and leave a tiny tiny hole that can easily be patched. They also already come cut at an angle so they go right through drywall and wood with out a problem...
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    I went to Peterson for refrigeration and it was a...

    I went to Peterson for refrigeration and it was a joke. I was talking about for sheet metal

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    I would assume that if you dont pass the test...

    I would assume that if you dont pass the test which is a requirement you would still be an apprentice. I still have a few years before I can apply for my journeyman's. Where did u go to school for...
  49. Im in my 3rd year as an apprentice so I don't...

    Im in my 3rd year as an apprentice so I don't make tons of money. I smoke butts to and I feel like a ignorant a hole every time I have one in public haha. In mass they just went from 8.25 to 10....
  50. I don't think people( especially young) think it...

    I don't think people( especially young) think it out before getting tattoos. To many people get them spare the moment.
    It depends what the tattoo is for it to be dumb tho. I think if it has meaning...
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