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    Huffing Freon.lol.

    I went to a call today Customer wanted me to check the freon levels on his system.When i got to the job he had told me that he was going to work this morning,and saw a homeless man passed out next to the condenser with a paperbag in his hands and the caps off the unit.He called the cops and they got him, he could hardly talk,but i never had a call like that,im just in shock of how stupid people can be. anyone else run into this before?lol........

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    Quote Originally Posted by jweig20 View Post
    I went to a call today Customer wanted me to check the freon levels on his system.When i got to the job he had told me that he was going to work this morning,and saw a homeless man passed out next to the condenser with a paperbag in his hands and the caps off the unit.He called the cops and they got him, he could hardly talk,but i never had a call like that,im just in shock of how stupid people can be. anyone else run into this before?lol........

    You bet its not that uncommon. There are locking covers for the access valves available threw many wholesalers.
    A good friend of mine ( Steve Braley) developed them five or six years ago.
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    I have heard of people doing it but to have a customer see someone passed out by the condenser,that was crazy.I know they got the locking caps.but if they want it bad enough they will get it....

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    In supermarkets with leak detectors, we occasionally get what amounts to a phantom alarm. Big spike in level without an evident leak.

    Never proven it, but suspect employees huffing.

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    some crazy people out there wow.

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    My friend ( at the time he was a TM for Carrier/Bryant in Southern Calif.serving Palm Springs/ Palm Desert )developed the safety caps because of a large amount of leakey systems where no leaks could be found. Guess what they weren't leaking.
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    huffing refrigerant is nothing new.....


    went to a vocational high school over 30 yrs ago and there was always a dumb @ss passing out from it.


    could not get it through their thick skulls that holding their breath would give the same result.........

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    good friends son died from it 20yrs ago....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jweig20 View Post
    I went to a call today Customer wanted me to check the freon levels on his system.When i got to the job he had told me that he was going to work this morning,and saw a homeless man passed out next to the condenser with a paperbag in his hands and the caps off the unit.He called the cops and they got him, he could hardly talk,but i never had a call like that,im just in shock of how stupid people can be. anyone else run into this before?lol........
    I hope the EPA fines him for discharging freon without a license

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    It's kinda like the banks having there pens chained down and the vault wide open, now we need to take the safety caps off the prescription meds and put safety caps on all the spray paint and condenser units, Refigerators, freezers......

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    I huff it daily. The propellant in asthma inhalers is refrigerant look on the label dichlorodifluoromethane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttwheat View Post
    I huff it daily. The propellant in asthma inhalers is refrigerant look on the label dichlorodifluoromethane.
    It is being phased out at the end of 2008 and will be replaced with a more eco-friendly (and more expensive) propellant. I use Albuterol as needed.

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    Well if they want a real thrill they should try huffin the refrigerant after it has passed through a flame. Might be the last one they have. Of course this does not include the medical use of refrigerant.

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