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    Why?

    Why do HVAC companies call or use "mechanical" in their names?

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    Why?

    Because it is a mechanical license you must have for install.

    Why are plumbers called plumbers if there is no lead being used anymore?

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    Its because of the licensing and what services the company might provide, such as pumps, hydronics, and so on. Sometimes HVAC doesn't cover a broad enough scope

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    I also think, that even in areas where licensing is weak, good HVAC techs have a well-rounded skill set. Most seem to be strongest in the mechanical aspect. So they, or the company they work for, branch out to include that type of work. Customers prefer to be able to make one call for all their needs. Having the company name include that is sorta like free advertising. And can increase the chances of the customer sending that type of work their way.

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    also, in some areas "mechanical" makes your insurance costs less.
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    I never heard of going down to the City and pulling an "HVAC Permit".
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    we are a mechanical contractor. we do resi hvac, plumbing, electrical, septics, well and water conditioning and so on. these are considered a homes mechanicals. h.v.a.c. is too specific.

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    In Georgia it means that you have both a Conditioned Air Lic (HVAC) and a Plumbing lic.

    If you have both then you are allowed to call yourself a Mechanical Contractor but not if you have only a HVAC or Plumbing lic then you cannot use the word Mechanical Contractor or Mechanical in your name.

    Don't know about other states but that is how it works in GA. If you also have an Electrical lic also then you can call yourself an Mechanical Electrical Contractor. Simple. Thank you, thank you very much
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    My trade name is "TOPP Mechanical Service llc"
    All I have ever worked for was mechanical contractors.
    I figure that (like said) mechanical holds a broader side of the trade than just hvac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desert guy View Post
    I never heard of going down to the City and pulling an "HVAC Permit".
    In our town we have to - for furnaces, boilers, and AC. It includes a single circuit electrical permit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desert guy View Post
    I never heard of going down to the City and pulling an "HVAC Permit".
    My partner went today and got a HVAC permit to install some duct work. In this area, we have plumbing and hvac permits. A mechanical contractor will have to get a permit for each type of service they do on a job. May be only none contractor but several different permits. City gets permit fees from each permit, no bundling.
    Thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danielandersen2 View Post

    Why are plumbers called plumbers if there is no lead being used anymore?
    Because plumb means straight up and down, just like plumbing pipes should run.
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by joemach View Post
    Because plumb means straight up and down, just like plumbing pipes should run.

    No.

    Plumber is one who works in lead from the Latin plumbum chemical symbol Pb

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=plumber

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