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  1. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by enb54 View Post
    Well, I guess the "advanced" HVAC tech can use that kind of knowledge to troubleshoot one of those new up and coming nuclear heating devices...
    Yeah, but it's difficult to find a meter to measure a couple of hundred kiloamps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garya505 View Post
    Yeah, but it's difficult to find a meter to measure a couple of hundred kiloamps!
    The proper shunt will do it, I just don't like the high energy particles that are flying about (they deflect the analog meter movement too much )...

    Am currently researching heat exchanger designs, and those ones in nuclear power plants are catching my eye...

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    I would recommend a Radio Shack Electronics Learning Lab.
    The manuals are well made and teach you the basics with hands on parts. Plus you will make mistakes you have to fix. Later you can have someone else introduce errors for you.
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...uctId=3814337#

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal View Post
    I would recommend a Radio Shack Electronics Learning Lab.
    The manuals are well made and teach you the basics with hands on parts. Plus you will make mistakes you have to fix. Later you can have someone else introduce errors for you.
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...uctId=3814337#

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    Yes, that is also an excellent and inexpensive way to learn about electricity/electronics. They are fairly sophisticated from what I can recall, bought one for a friend's nephew several years ago and it had a set of digital electronics projects/experiments also...

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    sounds fun

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    Google Navy manuals, they have some excellent electricity and electronics manuals and they are free to download.

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    Twilly's skool of lectricity
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4inchCrescent View Post
    Hey guys,

    I get asked frequently by aspiring HVAC technicians and installers where they should go or what they should do to learn about electricity as it relates to HVAC equipment and controls. I've found that most books about wiring and electricity in general are a lot broader than what a beginning HVAC technician would need.

    What would you guys recommend as far as books, science kits, tutorials, interactive CD-Roms etc? How did you learn it?
    We had a thread about this in pro technical.

    Here you go.

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=692771
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    Quote Originally Posted by enb54 View Post
    Well, I guess the "advanced" HVAC tech can use that kind of knowledge to troubleshoot one of those new up and coming nuclear heating devices...
    The Mr. Fusion Reactor needs no troubleshooting, as it has a self diagnostic routine that prevents an overload of the Flux Capacitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilly View Post
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    That must be the one that teaches that electricity is smoke...once it comes out you can't put it back.

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    good info

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    I suggest along with the 'book learning'. Get an easy to use meter (fieldpiece HS 26, HS 35 or HS36) Find some scrap air handlers, condensing units, gaspacks, whatever you can get your hands on. Take the control compartments from these and the wiring diagrams if you can get them. Learn to do resistance readings on each component and learn what they do. Make yourself a 24 volt transformer you can plug in and practice energizing control components. Being familiar with the different devices and what they do really helped me to see 'the big picture' and understand this stuff on a deeper level. Good Luck!








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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal View Post
    That must be the one that teaches that electricity is smoke...once it comes out you can't put it back.
    Each device has a fixed amount of smoke packaged into the device in the factory. US manufacturers could not be economically licensed to handle the smoke installation process by the EPA, so most devices are built and packed with smoke in Pacific Rim nations today.

    And now I must go and pick up my wife, Morgan Fairchild......
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