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  1. #27301
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    Auto mechanics typically charge little more than half of what refrigeration mechanics charge and they have to invest more in tools, space and operating expenses. Knew a truck mechanic who went into refrigeration at the age of 33 and never looked back. One of the top guys in the shop, too. Real smart cookie.

    A refrigeration mechanic can also pass on skills that are transferable to auto-mechanical systems. Electrical work is a big one. As long as the kid knows what a relay does, how to crimp, how to splice and how to use a mm, (s)he'll never have to bend over for any auto-electrical work. In my case, it's more about the workmanship. I like to splice, solder and then use high shrink ratio adhesive-loaded tubing to make sure all my electrical connections are secure from mechanical stresses and the elements.

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    'Morning Bret and everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Women ruin everything, them and a good time kept me away from any books, but I was the opposite, always turning wrenches. Don't feel bad my last lawnmower I couldn't get running either lol!
    I started with electric motors at 5 and gas at 11.

    Let me tell you a secret: there are a large number of lawn mowers in service out there that were not, IMHO, designed to be repaired. If I recall, this is an engine by Tecumseh, with a strange carb that does not lend itself to tear-down. There is a primer bulb on the side. I own one of these reprobate mowers.

    In order to prime it effectively, I have to turn the mower on its left side (carb down) and hold it for a count of at least 6. Set it back down now. Then, when if fires on the rope pull, it will continue to run. It's a diaphragm carb, and if I knew of a bowl carb that would fit the application, I would have replaced it years ago. To me, it does not make sense to put a $80 carb on a $120 mower!!

    Many years ago, I had to concentrate on small engines because it was the only job I could find when I left radio and the choo choos. They are not difficult, but they have their own quirks.

    1) Is there spark? You can use a tester or a spark plug, grounding the shell on the head. If there is no spark, make sure you don't have a grounded ignition, since this is how most mowers are "turned off," using a grounding switch. Older stuff (20+ years) use breaker points, modern is electronic. Like with cars, the likely suspect is a module.

    2) compression? You have to feel the shaft fighting you on the roipe.

    3) fuel? A shot of starting fluid to the air cleaner can make it act like it wants to start. If it seems to improve, you have no fuel to the cylinder, or too much.

    There are a couple of basic books that any of you can use. Like HVAC it's science, but not rocket science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Ya my wife saved me from a life of poor choices for sure. Your definitely no slouch on the reefer side, and it counts for more because a mechanic is poverty level wages as far as I know. It's better to master one than be half ass at them all.
    Having been a starving mech, I know the problem.

    It is the remnant of the car culture.

    There are any number of young guys who have an interest and at least a minor aptitude for cars. There is a LARGE pool of these kids, so wages offered are low. A chain shop expects to go through a number of these kids in a year, and they regard the wage as a 'training wage." Few if any shops will pay a good wage to a good mech, because the guy that OWNS the shop is the "good mech," and he needs minions, not masters.
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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
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    'Morning Bret and everyone. Not going out this week because I already missed 2 days of work last week and if I missed any more time, the money'd be getting tight.

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    Morning all
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    Hope Everyone had a good easter busy get ready of Relay for Life . Big 24 hour event fund raising event for American Cancer Society.

    Karen and I are on the local Events Planning Committee and have a team again this year "Cancer Crushers". Our booth is sell wood Craft items I made on the Lathe and wooden swords the andy designed.
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    tonight is Lego Mini build so I best get a Nap
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    glad you had a Great week-end Bret ! Hello to all on this Tuesday that feels like Monday ....again....Bret if you take some of the wood shavings from cuttings and put them in a zip lock baggie and put a tag on them that say " Pollock Jig-saw puzzle " they do sell..We did this years ago at a flea market here in Texas awhile back for fundraising and sold them for $1 a bag. Some of the bags had on them Aggie"s jig-saw puzzle so on & so forth. Folks bought them !!! Have fun and naps are required today !!!
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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!
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    'Morning Bret and everyone

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