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    Best option would be DO NOT EVER install a high...

    Best option would be DO NOT EVER install a high efficient furnace in an attic. Seriously. Get that thing out of there, unless you live in a place where the attic never gets to below freezing.
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    Just got done watching "The Joker" movie...

    Just got done watching "The Joker" movie yesterday. I thought it was a pretty bad movie, as far as Batman movies go. Not a whole lot of action, and it was mostly just a long depressing movie that...
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    Are those belt drive compressors? I didn't know...

    Are those belt drive compressors? I didn't know belt drive compressors were actually still used anywhere anymore. About what year are they from?

    Did the system have a lead-lag system before,...
  4. Hmm What the h... [are you talking about]? ...

    Hmm What the h... [are you talking about]?

    ..is there -question someplace???[!!]
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    I had to think about this one, but I'm pretty...

    I had to think about this one, but I'm pretty sure a radiator is technically a water cooler. Maybe you could call it a "heater water cooler". Oh hell, I give up. Call it whatever the eff you want.
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    A few months ago a guy lost his marbles and went...

    A few months ago a guy lost his marbles and went off on a bunch of us for using the word "Freon". I think he might have gotten banned over it. In my opinion, using the correct term is important,...
  7. Thread: Dunkirk

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    Just a few little nit-picks... -Not enough...

    Just a few little nit-picks...

    -Not enough pipe supports, especially on the gas line.
    -No dirt leg before the gas regulators and/or boilers.
    -Relief valves can't be replaced without cutting the...
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    I heard that the room where they're made is...

    I heard that the room where they're made is pressurized with 78% nitrogen all of the time, so that's how they do it. By the way, have you ever noticed how it smells like tacos when you take out...
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    I despise twist ties. When I was 19 I was thrown...

    I despise twist ties. When I was 19 I was thrown in jail for driving like an idiot and getting pulled over too many times. While in jail I got signed up for their work program or whatever it's...
  10. Thread: one drive??

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    It's Microsoft's cloud storage that they are...

    It's Microsoft's cloud storage that they are trying to get you to sign up for. I don't know off hand, but pretty sure there's a way to get Microsoft to quit bugging you about it.
  11. I believe most have a plug or a knockout in the...

    I believe most have a plug or a knockout in the damper blade that you're supposed to remove if you have a standing pilot.

    Whoops, looks like my post was 2 minutes too late. RLJM beat me to it. ...
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    Sounds to me like either your TXV's powerhead is...

    Sounds to me like either your TXV's powerhead is bad (or wrong), or your superheat thermometer is out of calibration.
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    I'm thinking the word "cast iron" might be a clue...

    I'm thinking the word "cast iron" might be a clue that this thing isn't direct vented. Is there such a thing as a cast iron direct vented boiler? I believe most are natural draft with a vent hood. ...
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    How about instead of asking the SAME question...

    How about instead of asking the SAME question over and over and then getting mad at the well thought out responses to your question, you try asking a different question? Perhaps something like... ...
  15. I'll give you a hint... If you (or better yet,...

    I'll give you a hint...

    If you (or better yet, someone who understands electricity) would like to isolate the nest (and/or a separate transformer) from the furnace's control board, then NONE of...
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    Some thermostats have a fan "on" setting, as well...

    Some thermostats have a fan "on" setting, as well as a "circulate" setting. Fan "on" will be high speed, while "circulate" will be a lower speed. Also, sometimes the "circulate" setting will turn...
  17. Some low water cut outs are made just for steam,...

    Some low water cut outs are made just for steam, some just for water, some are approved to work with both. Either way, the wiring is about the same with either type, and should be easy for someone...
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    I believe California passed a code a few years...

    I believe California passed a code a few years ago that requires emergency back up power for any new building that has an elevator. Does this mean no more natural gas to power the emergency...
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    Fracking is good because it gets natural gas and...

    Fracking is good because it gets natural gas and oil out of the ground. Natural gas and oil are both toxic substances that you don't want down there. You're actually helping the environment by...
  20. -Get yerself a wireless thermostat (Honeywell...

    -Get yerself a wireless thermostat (Honeywell Redlink) and a wireless sensor.
    -Wire up your new thermostat in the same location as the current one.
    -Mount wireless sensor downstairs wherever you...
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    No, most systems do not come with a start...

    No, most systems do not come with a start capacitor. I don't think they ever did, except for maybe the top of the line units. You can not add a "booster cap" on top of an existing start capacitor. ...
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    What kind of problems? I agree that an OEM start...

    What kind of problems? I agree that an OEM start relay and capacitor specifically matched to the compressor is always best, but in my mind, a universal hard start kit is still better than no hard...
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    What? I think this is the first time I've heard...

    What? I think this is the first time I've heard this opinion. As far as hard start kits go, I thought Kickstart was top shelf stuff. They are at least better than the Supco and other brands that...
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    For someone who claims to be educated, your grasp...

    For someone who claims to be educated, your grasp of the written English language does not seem to be very good. For example, what do you mean by "Isn't starter cap basically supposed to be "the...
  25. Wow, that is alot of money. I was thinking a...

    Wow, that is alot of money. I was thinking a couple of gallons of diesel for the back hoe that's already on site, and maybe whatever it might cost for the plastic tubing.

    I would imagine that if...
  26. I always wonder why ground source heat pumps...

    I always wonder why ground source heat pumps never seem to gain any popularity. I admittedly don't know much about them, but it seems like they wouldn't add much extra cost if they were installed...
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    Yes, you will lose variable capacity (if your...

    Yes, you will lose variable capacity (if your furnace has that feature), but that's not an energy saving thing. It's a comfort thing. Modulating gas valves and variable speed fans are good for...
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    If it's only a few feet, leave it alone. The...

    If it's only a few feet, leave it alone. The main job of the insulation is to keep moisture from condensing onto the cold pipe(s) and dripping onto stuff inside of the building where it could create...
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    You can certainly try adjusting the regulator,...

    You can certainly try adjusting the regulator, but I suspect it might be close to being maxed out as it is. You didn't state which regulator you have, but most 2psi regulators come set to max out...
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    I think you mean series, but either way I like...

    I think you mean series, but either way I like the premise. See how many car batteries you need to add before the thing explodes!
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    No matter what the reason for this odd question,...

    No matter what the reason for this odd question, it is an interesting question.

    If it's the type of stat that can run off of batteries, it might even work with 1.5 or 3 VDC between "C" and "R". ...
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    Pecmsg asks a good question. I am curious also. ...

    Pecmsg asks a good question. I am curious also. At best, on a hot day, I'd guess you'd be lucky to cool your glycol down below about 110°. Will your water cooled condensing unit still work with...
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    Also, what is "R-410A certification"? I'm pretty...

    Also, what is "R-410A certification"? I'm pretty sure that's not a real thing, or if it is, it's not actually needed or useful for anything. What you should have if you want to be legal to work...
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    Hold on, let's back up here for a second. You...

    Hold on, let's back up here for a second. You state that you have a "service animal". If this is a true, bonafied, doctor prescribed service animal, then it implies that you have disability of some...
  35. Check valves are common with scroll compressors...

    Check valves are common with scroll compressors to keep things from spinning backwards when they shut off, but there shouldn't be a need with a piston type compressor like that one, since the...
  36. It's some weird valve, designed for something...

    It's some weird valve, designed for something else, that was put there by PHM to make the system work better.
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    The first guy who said it needed 10 lbs was just...

    The first guy who said it needed 10 lbs was just guessing. There is no practical way of knowing how much more REFRIGERANT a system will need that is low on charge. The only way is to keep adding...
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    If you are trying to correct a dangerous...

    If you are trying to correct a dangerous situation, I highly doubt a judge would rule harshly on you. I highly doubt you could get in trouble for opening a window and warning the people to keep the...
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    I agree with dandy. It looks like the guy lost...

    I agree with dandy. It looks like the guy lost his hand crimper and did the best he could with a channel-locks (or maybe he just used his thumb now that I look at it again). Flue pipes aren't meant...
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    If you're really just looking for a band-aid,...

    If you're really just looking for a band-aid, slap an inducer onto the boiler flue. Do this in addition to taking down the plywood and trying to get more make-up air. Something like a Tjurnlund D3...
  41. What? I admittedly don't know anything about...

    What? I admittedly don't know anything about MVAC, but I know that there's no "max desired temp of 60 degrees". Most automotive refrigeration compressors are designed to operate in the winter when...
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    Sure "you're never too old", but getting hired by...

    Sure "you're never too old", but getting hired by somebody in the real world might be tough. I went to tech school with a guy who was around that age. Towards the end of the program we found that...
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    No! The way that a bypass humidifier works is...

    No! The way that a bypass humidifier works is that the air that goes through it is pushed into it from the supply, and sucked out of it from the return. This is the only way that air (and humidity)...
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    This thread's gone off of the rails a little bit,...

    This thread's gone off of the rails a little bit, but now I get what you're saying. When I think of that training center I always think Crystal, not Brooklyn Park. Whatever. I'm a proud 539 boy...
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    Oh, there's lots of pneumatics still out there in...

    Oh, there's lots of pneumatics still out there in lots of old schools and churches and government buildings. It's funny you mention Brooklyn Park since the company I work for takes care of some of...
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    One of these... ...

    One of these...

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9wakNyrf4dE/hqdefault.jpg

    I'm just kidding, kind of. Thought I'd just throw this up here to see how many people actually know what it is. My real vote...
  47. Kind of an odd question. Steam boilers can be...

    Kind of an odd question. Steam boilers can be used for anything from dry-cleaning to generating electricity. My guess would be that for an office building, the steam is probably used for comfort...
  48. Probably because it's a used piece of junk. ...

    Probably because it's a used piece of junk. That's the risk you take when buying used stuff without knowing what you're looking at and/or being able to test the thing before purchase. ...
  49. Well, not really but kind of. They make an...

    Well, not really but kind of.

    They make an adapter to be able to screw an air/acetylene regulator onto a little mc tank. So that might be able to get you out of a jam if you run out of O2 and you...
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    Conduit does not make for very good insulation,...

    Conduit does not make for very good insulation, and insulation does not prevent damage very well. If you were to theoretically use refrigerant hoses you would need to insulate them with INSULATION,...
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