Please do not include your e-mail address in your posts or signature file. There are automatic programs called "bots" that will tear through all of our posts if there are e-mail addresses. They gather them for the spammers, but, like the spammers, they have no consideration and can overload our server making it unavailable to legitimate users. Posting Spam or contact information in your signature file is also prohibited. Email addresses are not allowed in any form on the site except in the Job Forum and for Moderators, Committee Members and paid site sponsors. Contact info and e-mail addresses may be posted in your Bio/Profile area only.
The Private Messaging is a relatively new feature added here, although I have never seen a "regular" or new member that had this feature available to them, I cannot see where says anything about a membership requirement here on the FAQ http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/faq.php?faq..._vb_pm_explain