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  1. #859
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    Jul 2012
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    Rutherford,NJ
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    It's a whole different world. OMG!!! It's not even just commercial ductwork. I'm a service guy. It's been an extreme shock to the system attics and crawl spaces holy cow!! I'm not a small person either getting into attics wow I have a whole new respect for residential hvac contractors. But I am learning a lot so I can't complain too much those hundred degree days in an attic are brutal

  2. #860
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    North-Central Ohio
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    Hello fellow techs,

    Been a gearhead since about... well... birth. Fixed (or at least tried to fix) just about anything mechanical or electronic ever since. Except for spending my last 2 years of high school in our local trade school (electronics), I have had no other training except the school of hard knocks. I started a business in 1987 repairing soft-serve machines and that led to reach-ins, walk-ins, etc..

    In 2001 I incorporated as "Cool Tech, LLC" and started to work for a lot of well known corporate restaurant chains. I was struggling because I had way to many customers and no competent techs. In 2007 my oldest son left his job to come to work with me. I was pleasantly shocked at how fast he picked up everything.

    Now that I finally have a good tech on board, we picked up some supermarket accounts. For years now I have wanted to get back into supermarket systems, but without at least one other good tech, I knew it was impossible, or at least a really bad idea. I had been filling his head with wild stories about how interesting and challenging supermarkets are and now he is realizing it!

    This year my son and I are going to be teaching the adult HVACR classes at our local career center and I am hoping that we can pick up some more future techs. Yes the economy stinks and the gov'mt is stealing (read taxes) too much of my profits, but I'd rather die than quit building my business.
    Wish me luck.

    PS - to you future wanna-be techs, commercial refrig. CAN pay very well, depending on the company. My son (and not because he's my son - but a very good tech) makes more than you think. just FYI

  3. #861
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    Jul 2012
    Location
    Nampa, ID
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    Yo

    I started in this trade in 2004 at Bellingham Technical College where I got my Associates in Applied Science. From there I worked all over western Washington doing everything from new commercial installs, to commercial service, to residential installs, to residential service.

    I worked for a large company for (they got red M's on there truck, but two have that, so it'll keep you guessing) almost six years before I decided to pack up the family and try it out here in Boise helping my father-in-law start-up his new business (who also part-owned the previous company I worked for in Washington). Actually, kind of a funny story, because I don't think he every imagined what would happen that day he first brought me in for an interview and decided to hire me. What can I say, I had a thing for dispatchers and the owner decided to make his daughter one. Long story short, I married her and now am working for father once again out here.

    Once I was out here my father-in-law and me had been working on getting a job with Micron Technologies (the family business would always be there and would survive without me), because it was a great HVAC R opportunity. For those of you who don't know (I didn't), Micron is the second biggest producer of computer memory in the world. Since February I've had the opportunity to be a permanent contractor in the refrigeration department for Micron Technologies.

    Crazy place to work. Everything from centrifugals to air cooled screws to Edwards 40/80 chillers to things that you have never seen (or me).

    Anyways, I'll probably be here a lot surfing the sites wide base of knowledge for help or posting about stuff that maybe nobody else has seen.

  4. #862
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    Mar 2012
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    Hello to all, I have been in the HVAC field right at 2 years. I became EPA certified and thought I knew what I was doing but had know idea. I have been reading several post here and am now trying to get my pro membership. I have especially enjoyed the tools forum. I find life is easier with the right tool for the job and have learned a ton about the digital gauges in the tool forum. I have since purchased the ak 900 and the blu vac. Can't believe I waited so long to do so. Thanks in advance.

  5. #863
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    Jul 2012
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    canada
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    Would like to say hello

    Hi,

    I'm brand new to this site!

    I finished tech school about 9 years ago. It is was about 50/50 books to hands on, so I feel quite fortunate compared to some schools I have heard about.

    We learned, in depth, building systems-mainly refrigeration, electrical, boilers, and ventilation.

    I went on to become a refrigeration engineer and power engineer. I worked in health care, maintaining the boilers and chillers for a local hospital. I did that for a few years before moving to an insurance company to do the same thing. The job was great, but I wanted to expand my horizons. I started taking insurance classes and building code classes and eventually I became a licensed building inspector. I inspected buildings for years until I decided to start my own air conditioning business.

    It has been great! I would love to network, share ideas, and troubleshoot amongst people with a similar passion for refrigeration!

    Howdy! My name is Boh.

  6. #864
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    I have found this site to be perfect for all types of hvac knowledge. Someone here has probably tried it or knows someone who has. It is fantastic.

    Howdy to you Boh.

    My name is Mike.

  7. #865
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    May 2011
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    Bladensburg, OH
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    Hey Cool Tech,
    I'm a little over an hour south of you (if you are where I think you are). I have my universal certificate and was just inducted into Local 42. I am attending school and it is through Gatlin, is the course you teach through them as well?

    Nice to meet a local!

    Roy

  8. #866
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    Hello, I worked 3 months residential and now I currently working graveyard at a casino. I mainly.vacuum vents and get chance to trouble shoot and fix things,but I have hard time figuring out some of low temp problems. I work with guy that been there.18 yrs as Hvac tech but doesnt even know how hook up guages. He leaves before.first shift guys get to work so I got explain everything and I get the heat. No one helps me, so I am asking for ur guys help to be better than these guys a master. The.casino is great place for experiance deal with various unit big chillers to lowtemp. I did not know that I am expected to be master straight out of school. Believe me I want to be a master

  9. #867
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    What casino?

    What casino? AC? Vegas? Where?

    PHM
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    Quote Originally Posted by temper13 View Post
    Hello, I worked 3 months residential and now I currently working graveyard at a casino. I mainly.vacuum vents and get chance to trouble shoot and fix things,but I have hard time figuring out some of low temp problems. I work with guy that been there.18 yrs as Hvac tech but doesnt even know how hook up guages. He leaves before.first shift guys get to work so I got explain everything and I get the heat. No one helps me, so I am asking for ur guys help to be better than these guys a master. The.casino is great place for experiance deal with various unit big chillers to lowtemp. I did not know that I am expected to be master straight out of school. Believe me I want to be a master
    PHM
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    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

  10. #868
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    Im here in AZ, dont or cant say name of casino. Just could use some advise/help to better improve my skills

  11. #869
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    I'm loaded with advice

    I'll tell you as soon as they will let me. Otherwise I get yelled at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by temper13 View Post
    Im here in AZ, dont or cant say name of casino. Just could use some advise/help to better improve my skills
    PHM
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    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

  12. #870
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    Man is it hot. Sometimes I wish I had an air conditioned suit to wear up in the attic. I have a fan that I plug in but when it is blowing 120 degree air at me it feels like it is not helping much. They did not teach me about this part of the job in school.

  13. #871
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    I put a white Cool/R roof one my house

    I put a white Cool/R roof on my house.

    Now on a 100+ degree day my attic is less than 80.

    Maybe you should switch to selling metal roofing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backfire1 View Post
    Man is it hot. Sometimes I wish I had an air conditioned suit to wear up in the attic. I have a fan that I plug in but when it is blowing 120 degree air at me it feels like it is not helping much. They did not teach me about this part of the job in school.
    PHM
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    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

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