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  1. #27
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    Working in lightning is not a safe or smart thing to do. I have a lot of respect for electricity and try to avoid becoming a part of the shortest path to ground!

  2. #28
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    I follow the sports rule.... If I hear thunder/see lightning, I stop work until 30 minutes after the last clap/flash. And If thats gonna take too long, I'll just reschedule. Our customers are pretty understanding of the weather and what we can/can't do.

  3. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hvac216 View Post
    So who does it or doesn't do it. This time of year is mostly maintenance and clean and checks. Not no cooling calls.
    Same rule that you use on a golf course.

    First indication of lightning, either light or sound of thunder, get inside.
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

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  4. #30
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    I worked in the rain most of yesterday. Rain jacket and rain bibs go a long way, didn't get my clothes wet. Wait until you know what tools you need and then only bring them and try to cover your bag. This is why I like digi cools, just use your finger like a windshield wiper : ).

    You have to make some judgement calls, if you need access to the electrical compartment and you have a driving sideways rain that will blow right into then don't open the panel.

    I don't like going home on work days, especially when I worked till dark 2 days this week, no way I was missing 8 hours of overtime over some rain + the hour I added yesterday working over.

  5. #31
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    Just to keep this on track, the question is not "who works in the rain."

    It is "Working in thunderstorms."
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

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  6. #32
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    I will work in a light rain but when the lightning and heavy rain starts I'm off the roof period. I will wait about thirty minutes in the van or peek at the radar to see if it will pass soon. If not I radio the shop and they find me some inside work to do.

  7. #33
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    Just call me a CANDY BUTT. I don't work in a heavy rain much less a thunder storm. It just is not worth the risk.
    Certified,qualified and can do it cause were used to it.

  8. #34
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    I work in rain, storms, package on roof ill open the door to the unit and set it on the top with it hanging over the edge and crawl under it to use it as a cover. if its a simple fix ill do it but if its gonna take some time forget it. also depends on the situation, if its a 80 year old couple and their only source of heat with storms in the forcast ill put on my big-boy undies and get it done. ice and snow is where i draw the line, lightning here in cali is much different then in like Oklahoma, here it rarely feels scary, there i was terrified to just walk outside, no way in hell I would work in one of those lighting storms.

  9. #35
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    Just made me think of an a/c unit I worked on in thunderstorm. The lady held an umbrella while I got her going 'one more time' for about the tenth time. Next thing I know she has a family friend doing a new furnace and a/c installation.

  10. #36
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    Another great reason for PVE oil.
    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Separates the pro's from the hacks...

    Seriously... There is a difference between summer humidity and just before/after rain. Take a RH meter with you and check from time to time... it surprised me.

    I live in a high (not excessive) humidity summer climate... There are procedures I take to avoid contaminating POE. I was in a Copeland Scroll class recently... the instructor said once POE is saturated with moisture... it is ruined... NO AMOUNT of vacuuming will dry it out... BTW: Saturation point of POE is 100 PPM. Guy said the only solution is to change the oil... which is a mess on a resi unit.

    Cleanliness... including keeping the system closed as much as reasonably possible to avoid moisture, is good practice IMO.

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