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  1. #27
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    Interesting

    for those of you who don't or won't work in the rain.

    lets say it's time for spring PM's. its raining. your boss says go do the PM at so and so's. do you say "no it is raining"? what does he say? oh ok, stay home and i will pay you! or maybe, your such a valuable unreplaceable employee i will find other work for you. to hell with the customer, i can't have my guys getting wet.

    i really don't understand how it can be avoided.
    i just don't buy the fact that there are HVAC tech's that don't work in the rain.
    i am calling BS
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    Quote Originally Posted by viceman View Post
    for those of you who don't or won't work in the rain.

    lets say it's time for spring PM's. its raining. your boss says go do the PM at so and so's. do you say "no it is raining"? what does he say? oh ok, stay home and i will pay you! or maybe, your such a valuable unreplaceable employee i will find other work for you. to hell with the customer, i can't have my guys getting wet.

    i really don't understand how it can be avoided.
    i just don't buy the fact that there are HVAC tech's that don't work in the rain.
    i am calling BS
    In Florida is does not rain a lot and when it does, it is also very rare to go days without sunshine. There was a news paper once that would give out a free issue if you could prove that somewhere during the day Florida did not get sunshine. if you wait one,two, three or four hours the rain usually stops, during that four hours there are always plenty of other things to do.

    Vice, if it rained every day Sunshine techs would be more like you I would assume.

    In a place like Seattle I would think when the sun was out it would be a news story in itself.
    If common sense is so common how come so few of us have it!

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    You make a good point, but the climate in Florida is somewhat anomalous to the rest of the country.

    As you stated, you get mostly sunny weather (interspersed, of course, with the occasional hurricane)

    Around here, it isn't uncommon to not see the sun for a couple of days, then go a few days without seeing a cloud, and that, I think, is a more "normal" weather pattern. We had one of the rainiest Aprils on record around these parts. If I didn't work in the rain, I would have had almost a month off without pay.

    Now, would I go changing a compressor in the rain? Not if there is any way to avoid it. I simply explain to the customer the risks and consequences, but if the walk in is down and the ice cream is melting, you had better get your butt up on that roof and get it fixed or the customer is just going to find a new service provider that can afford rain jackets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viceman View Post
    for those of you who don't or won't work in the rain.

    lets say it's time for spring PM's. its raining. your boss says go do the PM at so and so's. do you say "no it is raining"? what does he say? oh ok, stay home and i will pay you! or maybe, your such a valuable unreplaceable employee i will find other work for you. to hell with the customer, i can't have my guys getting wet.

    i really don't understand how it can be avoided.
    i just don't buy the fact that there are HVAC tech's that don't work in the rain.
    i am calling BS
    It depends on how much rain there is. it usually does not rain all day, so Ill wait it out or go home. if its a little drizzle and I wont get soaked, Ill keep going.

    Its MY call not the boss. I really dont care what the boss says, its MY tools and MY safety. If its that important that something needs to be done in the rain, they will pay me to sit and wait till its safe to work.

    Who's going to pay for my tools when they get ****ed up in the rain? Whos going to be at fault when I get shocked troubleshooting something on the roof? ME!

    If you dont look out for your own safety, no one else will.

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    Our boss let's us go home if it's raining and we are supposed to go outside... I like getting paid though so I stay and work. I've done many a new condenser install in the rain and still pulled my vacuum down to 500. Just make sure you have proper rain gear and put something over the unit like those awnings to keep water from getting directly into the unit.

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