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  1. #27
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    Sorry OP just realized servcon may have been talking to you. Thank God and greyhound I don't have to work on A/C's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnoldbta View Post
    Sorry OP just realized servcon may have been talking to you. Thank God and greyhound I don't have to work on A/C's.
    We do all the hot side cold side and ac along with ice machines and beverage service and Ice cream machines any anything else they can find that breaks. Would live to go back to just air conditioning the rest of this stuff just to stressful

  3. #29
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    1991 we rebuilt a 75000 cfm air handler in a high rise over eight days. stayed on the job from friday night to sunday midnight. went home slept a few and went back until weds night. slept abour five hours and went back until monday. took catnaps and washed up a bit on the job. total hours worked 138 per man, eight men.

  4. #30
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    Several times I did 32hrs straight, that sucks. Never logged my longest week, I'm sure there are some good ones though.

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    When I was working construction our company took on a bar remodel that was part of a popular restaurant. We had exactly one week to complete it. First day worked 12 hours, then 14, then 4-18 hour days. we finished the last day after 10 hours in. Total of 108 hours. When we got our checks it was just cash in the envelope, for straight time, no overtime pay. Then we got a 1099 for the cash at the end of the year.
    "If you've eliminated all other possibilities whatever remains must be the truth."

  6. #32
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    I don't know that I could do 24 hours straight on any job at my age. Last time I did that I was in my thirties, and we consolidated a main plant, shipping and receiving warehouses into one facility. I went in at about 6:30 AM and had a crew of moving company driver/workers and mexicans on propane powered fork trucks going till after eight the next morning. I recall we cracked a few 24 ouncers when finally finished and I went home with the intention of checking email and crashing. I woke up a few hours later with part of the keyboard imprinted on my forehead. Should have never put my head down to rest my eyes.

    Does anyone here close to fifty still do those kind of hours?

    BTW, OP, belated happy off call to you - I'm burning thru the last few hours of mine as I type.

  7. #33
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    I have been considering HVAC as a backup career but you guys are making me think I might have to work too much. Do you have the ability to turn down the work?

  8. #34
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    Yup aI'm 47 and after 26 yrs of service ,I'm in it with my techs every day(4) They put in close to 45 hrs a week .I'm close to 55 hrs with ride time .I love the Morning! quiet and no traffic. I take Sunday and Wednesday off for Office day to help the Secretary straighten out the calls with
    invoices.its amazing to me how I can remember where everyone goes and what they find enough to Bill if they forget to log..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipsters View Post
    I have been considering HVAC as a backup career but you guys are making me think I might have to work too much. Do you have the ability to turn down the work?
    Like any job, it is what you make it. For every tech that works 80 hrs a week, there is a tech that works only 40.

    This career is very up and down though, expect long days and lots of OT in summer and winter, conversely, expect to be going home early quite a bit in the spring and fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by LKJoel View Post
    Like any job, it is what you make it. For every tech that works 80 hrs a week, there is a tech that works only 40.

    This career is very up and down though, expect long days and lots of OT in summer and winter, conversely, expect to be going home early quite a bit in the spring and fall
    Unless its south Florida. We work like mad men all summer and then not so much all winter our summer is April to November and even in the winter I'm doing ac work. I get like 1 no heat call a year as temps rarely go below 75

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalieri85 View Post
    Unless its south Florida. We work like mad men all summer and then not so much all winter our summer is April to November and even in the winter I'm doing ac work. I get like 1 no heat call a year as temps rarely go below 75
    Oh right.

    I keep forgetting, not everybody gets a nice Canadian winter to mix things up a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by LKJoel View Post
    Oh right.

    I keep forgetting, not everybody gets a nice Canadian winter to mix things up a bit
    I used to love summers in Canada had a friend that owned a cabin on the lake in Canada. Sherkston beach if I remember correctly. We where just on the other side of lake erie in buffalo. Used to go fishing in northern Ontario alot too. Plus we could go to the casino at 19

  13. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtinhvac View Post

    Does anyone here close to fifty still do those kind of hours?
    Yup. Anything under 50 hours and I feel like a lazy bum. But I also do refrigeration, commercial food service, so I'm easily pulling 10+ hour days and I'm going to be 50 this year. Few months ago I pulled an 18 hour day, so I still have it in me.

    But I'm lucky. I work for one of the coolest guys out there. I get a decent pay for what I do, and my customers are great. Sure, we get the occasional clunker customer that is a total jackass, but they're usually one and done.

    There's a saying that goes, "find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life". Yeah, those 90+ degree days make me wonder my choice of career, but for the most part I couldn't see myself doing anything else.

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