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    I think Westbrook Trane in Portland, Maine is...

    I think Westbrook Trane in Portland, Maine is still a franchise on the sales side only. The techs all got absorbed by corporate about 10 years ago.
  2. Thread: Kills me....

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    Dude, that is a big ole pile of horse****e. I...

    Dude, that is a big ole pile of horse****e. I did a site survey last week to price a service contract. Opened a control panel just like that and there were at least 8 RIB relays in there with no...
  3. This is a good question that I overhear being...

    This is a good question that I overhear being argued by my older and younger techs in the shop some mornings. I can't speak for the residential side, only what applies to the commercial and...
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    I am jumping into this thread late, but..... ...

    I am jumping into this thread late, but.....

    Having been doing work for research labs for many many years, you do see some "outside the book" stuff. These labs require conditions that the...
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    This is not a DIY site. This is a site for HVAC...

    This is not a DIY site. This is a site for HVAC professionals. We offer the AOP forum for non-professionals to ask non-technical questions.
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    Had the same thing happen at a health care...

    Had the same thing happen at a health care facility this week. We got our first really warm days and we get a call about a critical area running above temp. Of course the maintenance guys think it...
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    At first glance, it sounds like undersized...

    At first glance, it sounds like undersized equipment. If you need 10 hours of run time and aren't making temp, then you will freeze the coil. Nothing about your pressures is screaming at me. ...
  8. This is an excellent point that I will expound on...

    This is an excellent point that I will expound on with 3 apprentices that we have in our system right now. Apprentice A has been with us for 3 years after completing a 2 year trade school program,...
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    On the industrial side, I used to run across the...

    On the industrial side, I used to run across the occasional Fairbanks Morse Generator or Fire Pump. These were primarily in textile mills and the equipment dated back to the 1920's and 30's. I...
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    I went to the Boyd, Joe, and Pappy Institute of...

    I went to the Boyd, Joe, and Pappy Institute of Carry My Tools. Boyd was my grandad. Joe is my dad, and Pappy was the old guy that worked for them. Like many other 3rd and 4th generation guys...
  11. While I see the point of your question, I would...

    While I see the point of your question, I would like for you to consider something that is also happening in the background.

    Just like kangaroo said, coil repairs are sketchy on a good day. What...
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    Hearthman, in some jurisdictions a clay tile...

    Hearthman, in some jurisdictions a clay tile liner in solid condition is acceptable for high temperature flue gases. In Maine, a listed liner is only required when flue gas temps at the inlet would...
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    Excellent post ZenMaster. Brought back a lot of...

    Excellent post ZenMaster. Brought back a lot of memories.

    My first service vehicle was a 1981 F350 with a utility bed. We were doing 90% industrial work back then and that ole truck would haul...
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    I carry a Wave and have no complaints. I also...

    I carry a Wave and have no complaints. I also have an original Leatherman, before they named the models. It is older than most of the members of this forum and still works great. I've sent it back...
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    I didn't read it as belittling. As a guy that...

    I didn't read it as belittling. As a guy that signs checks to pay for things like General Liability, Worker's comp, and Performance Bonds, I think about those things everyday. They are real issues....
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    I've been on the heavy commercial and industrial...

    I've been on the heavy commercial and industrial side of our trade for 30 years and I only know/use about 4 or 5 signals. And we use cranes several times a month. My advice is to let the riggers do...
  17. Yes it is necessary and there are other things...

    Yes it is necessary and there are other things that must be replaced as well. Your technician would know exactly what is required for the swap out.
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    PVE oil was developed by Idemitsu which is a...

    PVE oil was developed by Idemitsu which is a Daikin company. The biggest difference is that it non-hydrolytic. So Daikin designed their compressors around it.

    As far as I know....There is only...
  19. What you are describing is fairly common in the...

    What you are describing is fairly common in the heavy commercial world. Some companies only provide installation services. Now we are talking about large scale installs....hospitals, schools,...
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    That is a very good point Snupy. We had the...

    That is a very good point Snupy. We had the reverse happen over the Thanksgiving weekend. The forecast was for sunny and 40* with light and variable winds (which is down right balmy for late...
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    I get a laugh out of the news reports when you...

    I get a laugh out of the news reports when you boys get a "big" storm. We've only had one snow day from work in the last 3 decades and that was only due to DOT closing the state roads to commercial...
  22. Thread: what is it

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    What gives? Is this some kind of 20 Questions...

    What gives? Is this some kind of 20 Questions game?

    I thought you were having a problem and wanted some help, not just getting your post count up.
  23. Thread: what is it

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    I can't tell enough from your picture and the...

    I can't tell enough from your picture and the movie thing didn't work. Any more information?
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    Why would you risk the liability? Even a small...

    Why would you risk the liability? Even a small boom truck can perform that lift and you won't have OSHA or your insurance company on your back or in your wallet.

    My $0.02 worth.
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    I know them well. The boilers are staged on...

    I know them well. The boilers are staged on supply water temp target, so the second boiler may not need to run based on load. So there was a thermostat demand, which is coming from their BAS and...
  26. Thread: Quitting dip

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    Good luck man. I've been chewing/dipping for...

    Good luck man. I've been chewing/dipping for over 30 years and haven't had any luck quitting. The longest that I've lasted was 18 weeks, then had a really, bad day at work. At that time it was dip...
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    What were they using to control the twin boilers?...

    What were they using to control the twin boilers? A Tekmar 262 or something similar?
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    Yeah, we are still servicing probably 95% oil...

    Yeah, we are still servicing probably 95% oil accounts. With the ModCons available in larger sizes now, we are seeing more going to LP in facilities under 5 MBtu, but all our larger facilities are...
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    True on the comparison. We only run into PF's in...

    True on the comparison. We only run into PF's in schools and a federal government jobs. Natural gas is rare up here, so most of our industrial facilities are running #2 or #5. Weishaupt and Riello...
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    I never had a slipped linkage problem with a...

    I never had a slipped linkage problem with a Gordon Piatt because those big cams weren't prone to binding like those silly linkage arms are. Just like on CB's, the connection to the mod motors are...
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    I'm not a PF fan either. The linkage is prone to...

    I'm not a PF fan either. The linkage is prone to failure in poor boiler room climates in my experience. We had a 3+ MBtu PF slip the linkage mid winter last year on a Saturday night. 28 GPH trying...
  32. Thread: Daikin VRV

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    Yes you need a BACnet interface, but it is an...

    Yes you need a BACnet interface, but it is an easy add when spec'd. We are in the middle of a 60 ton installation with 37 indoor units (6 condensers ranging from 8 ton to 12 ton.) Most are ducted,...
  33. Thread: Really??

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    My thoughts exactly. You have to work pretty...

    My thoughts exactly. You have to work pretty hard to be that stupid.
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    I got mine when I went to their training center. ...

    I got mine when I went to their training center. Don't think I've ever seen them anywhere else. Maybe check with your rep?
  35. Wow. That is one heck of a salesman. He would...

    Wow. That is one heck of a salesman. He would get the Golden Boot in the Ass award if he worked for me.
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    Dude, you have the right to refuse to work on...

    Dude, you have the right to refuse to work on crap like that. No service call is worth your life.

    I don't see how you residential guys put up with stuff like this. It is safer to work on most...
  37. Is this heavy oil or #2?

    Is this heavy oil or #2?
  38. Makes you want to bang your head against the wall...

    Makes you want to bang your head against the wall doesn't it.
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    We use Wrightsoft and the Trane Commercial...

    We use Wrightsoft and the Trane Commercial software packages for larger buildings, but I found HVAC-Calc a few years ago. It is simple and easy to use for smaller buildings. I can have an...
  40. I stay out of ARP for a reason, but I saw this...

    I stay out of ARP for a reason, but I saw this thread title and had to jump in. As a former Marine, you went too far this time corny. Joe Dunford has put on the uniform every morning for over 35...
  41. If we have to plug a tube in order to schedule a...

    If we have to plug a tube in order to schedule a longer shutdown (hospital) then we weld it out. I agree with you that if an industrial facility can shutdown long enough for the plug, then they can...
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    Techman, I've seen this a few times when we use...

    Techman, I've seen this a few times when we use our industrial/commercial evac setups on small tonnage equipment. For example, we installed a 2 ton split for a few offices in an industrial...
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    Welcome to the club Fan Curve. My crew is old as...

    Welcome to the club Fan Curve. My crew is old as am I. The biggest asset to your body is a good helper. None of us kneel anymore except to take a few screws off of a panel. If you are working...
  44. That unit should be good for 30-40+ years of...

    That unit should be good for 30-40+ years of service with proper maintenance. Why are they replacing it after 8 years?

    Valdelocc, that doesn't look like a D style to me. More like an oil-sands...
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    Oh man. I am praying for you. I had them 5 or 6...

    Oh man. I am praying for you. I had them 5 or 6 years ago and it was the most painful thing I have ever felt, including cutting off the end of a finger. Mine were on my abdomen as well and it felt...
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    I feel your pain Rider. We do work at a lot of...

    I feel your pain Rider. We do work at a lot of similar bases. T&M for everything. Nothing like wasting 2 hours at security just because someone somewhere typed your middle name wrong or transposed...
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    I have to admit that I might try that on a Sunday...

    I have to admit that I might try that on a Sunday night with a critical cooling application, but would be at the supply house when the doors opened on Monday for the proper fuse. That one has been...
  48. We have a 6 month old lab/husky puppy. He was a...

    We have a 6 month old lab/husky puppy. He was a semi rescue from an older couple that couldn't afford to feed the puppies. When we got him, he was pooping liquid from a weak diet.

    So we tried...
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    I'm not sure. I have a couple of those little...

    I'm not sure. I have a couple of those little JB's that I use when it is really cold outside. We usually have to tent over the area and try to heat it with a salamander if it gets below 10 F. I've...
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    This is a great micron gauge, but Thermistor type...

    This is a great micron gauge, but Thermistor type gauges don't work well in really cold weather. I have one and love it, but forget about using it when the temp is below 25 deg F.
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