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    A good T&B can get rid of problems often blamed...

    A good T&B can get rid of problems often blamed on T'stats or the occupants or what might enter a tech's head. A building has to start right. People in T&B have heard all the stories about how a...
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    I like to go to the resale shops. Not the well...

    I like to go to the resale shops. Not the well known but the independent ones looking for Native American stuff. Strange but many here are as ignorant of the values of this stuff as people that live...
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    Interesting is how to evaluate the worth of a...

    Interesting is how to evaluate the worth of a business. My wife in an accountant and is working on that type of project right now.
    A divorce. Business values can get complicated and is a CPA...
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    PHM, you seem like a handy guy. What are your...

    PHM, you seem like a handy guy. What are your retirement plans? Maybe clock repair?
    I saw a doc awhile back saying clock repair is be a dying craft. If people can't get their clocks fixed they will...
  5. Poll: I loaned a flow hood to a contractor once...Once!...

    I loaned a flow hood to a contractor once...Once! It came back damaged. The guys didn't know the obvious about the care an instrument needs. It was treated like employees treat much of what they...
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    I think duct leak tests are more about an...

    I think duct leak tests are more about an incentive to do ducts right. Ducts leaking within the envelope is probably not as serious but many systems are in crawls and attics. It's a bit like the ol'...
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    NO, no, no. Ya got it all wrong... Reading...

    NO, no, no. Ya got it all wrong... Reading comprehension can be helped by enrolling in an adult reading classes. It's not as hopeless as some might have told you.
    You also can read a sentience...
  8. Only thing I can suggest is about getting tested...

    Only thing I can suggest is about getting tested for your allergies. I did that once and like I mentioned dogs and certain weeds. I wasn't willing to give up my cats and dogs so like might be said...
  9. Welcome Woodstock. My home for many years...

    Welcome Woodstock. My home for many years (S.Jefferson) and maybe a perfect town to live in.
    First I have little experience with HRV's so I'll leave that to the more gifted. I do know with most...
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    Understand I have very sensitive instincts, am...

    Understand I have very sensitive instincts, am lactose intolerant and have abandonment issues. Please be gentile during offensive responsive remarks.
    I require special treatment.
  11. Thread: #AnHVACRFamily

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    I'm also a spelunker. ( cave exploring but not in...

    I'm also a spelunker. ( cave exploring but not in awhile.) I once had three generations in a cave, alabaster cave, at the same time. Myself, daughter, granddaughter. Does that count?:)

    I hired my...
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    I got curious about this and realized this is one...

    I got curious about this and realized this is one of those questions that get a lot of hip shooting theory. Me too. So, in my quest for perfection ( or just to practice typing) I did find Fluke's...
  13. What you describe is why many people won't do...

    What you describe is why many people won't do well in a business that hires people. It takes a certain ability to accept risk. If an owner is too cautious about trusting employees they will use too...
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    If the controls are straight DC then I'm puzzled...

    If the controls are straight DC then I'm puzzled about the problem.
    It would seem there is more surface area on a stranded wire. I wouldn't think skin effect would be an issue with DC.
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    Reading the posts does anyone know what...

    Reading the posts does anyone know what frequencies these mini's use for comm? If it's high it could explain the wire choice.
    Requiring non-shielded might be about how often shielded wire in...
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    I'd just add that the higher the frequency the...

    I'd just add that the higher the frequency the closer to the surface the power runs. I have no idea if this has any use for us though as we deal with very low frequencies.
    Another guess is if a...
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    But don't y'all that suggest reading this or that...

    But don't y'all that suggest reading this or that would have a much better chance of understanding with a background in the physical sciences to start.
    Sure you might well understand now but how...
  18. [QUOTE=valdelocc;25981953] As far as the...

    As far as the rusty van ( truck in my case) don't despise the day of small beginnings. It can be a start but, to understand a management concept " Money is made in management." That is group think at...
  19. I'm aware about how our privacy is compromised....

    I'm aware about how our privacy is compromised. The courts will some day have to decide if these violations of our privacy are Constitutional. In my astute legal mind it would seem that if I'm...
  20. Having cameras watching is probably not really...

    Having cameras watching is probably not really spying in the usual sense but it is being intrusive. A company really needs to look at how it impacts productivity.
    I know many will forget a camera...
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    Take a class in hvac at a community college so...

    Take a class in hvac at a community college so what you read will be more like filling in the blanks rather than like some foreign language.
    Then don't stop there. Classes in chemistry, physics,...
  22. Spying is disturbing to most everyone. It's...

    Spying is disturbing to most everyone. It's tremendously short sighted by employers. It builds mistrust and accomplishes little. Most employees might expect a camera in the stock room but balk at...
  23. Spying is disturbing to most everyone. It's...

    Spying is disturbing to most everyone. It's tremendously short sighted by employers. It builds mistrust and accomplishes little. Most employees might expect a camera in the stock room but balk at...
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    From a customer's perspective: Don't nickle and...

    From a customer's perspective:
    Don't nickle and dime me with chicken $hit charges.
    Don't charge me for tools & inventory I'd normally expect you to have on a service call.
    Don't bother coming over...
  25. The maintenance man probably ID' the problem but...

    The maintenance man probably ID' the problem but doesn't know how to fix it or want to fix it. Building maintenance can be very good or non-existent or somewhere in between.
    I have addressed this...
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    I'd have thought you would have built your own by...

    I'd have thought you would have built your own by now.
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    When you wrote "Standard GE Refrigerator with top...

    When you wrote "Standard GE Refrigerator with top door freezer." I only read to the top part and in my mind I saw an ol' sulfur dioxide refrigerator with the top condenser. I thought maybe it was me...
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    I understand the need to recover all costs. I...

    I understand the need to recover all costs. I just believe there is a way to do it w/o appearing like your nick picking. If your bean counter determines that these extras are say $5 per call I think...
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    I'll just make suggestions under the coat. Cotton...

    I'll just make suggestions under the coat. Cotton in summer, wool in winter. Sounds simple but that's where it starts.
    I do know that if under the coat isn't taken care of you still won't be as...
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    I've seen this before. Nick picking charges that...

    I've seen this before. Nick picking charges that drive customers to the competition. A customer has a fair expectation that when they hire a hvac company, that the tech would come with a reasonable...
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    "A gram in time saves nine" Brave New World

    "A gram in time saves nine" Brave New World
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    Blower doors for when the roller doors are open...

    Blower doors for when the roller doors are open can save $$ I've been led to believe. The roller doors are probably the largest loss.
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    Just a tad unfair. None of us have worked on...

    Just a tad unfair. None of us have worked on everything we run into. I have been asked for numbers for work I've never done but that doesn't mean I'm not capable of finding out how to do it. Like my...
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    I don't see roll up doors in my Man N but it's...

    I don't see roll up doors in my Man N but it's got some time on it. I might contact the manufacture to see if they have a number.
  35. Thread: Steam Heat

    by hvacker
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    When I was a kid, the heat was controlled by...

    When I was a kid, the heat was controlled by opening and closing a window.
    There are better ways though. I used the hot radiator to melt my sister's crayons.
    I just remembered. A white painted...
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    Yes, the potato method. If you didn't have a...

    Yes, the potato method. If you didn't have a mercury condenser you found an alternative. I don't know how dangerous mercury is. We've been told but I used to play with it when I was a kid. Making...
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    Yes, the potato method. If you didn't have a...

    Yes, the potato method. If you didn't have a mercury condenser you found an alternative. I don't know how dangerous mercury is. We've been told but I used to play with it when I was a kid. Making...
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    I remember a painter loudly complaining "They...

    I remember a painter loudly complaining "They haven't made any good paint since they took the lead out!"
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    Still is. The concentration is not as high as it...

    Still is. The concentration is not as high as it is scary though.
    When gold was separated with mercury (still is with small scale individuals) it was said miners could wring mercury from their...
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    System effect occurs in all duct systems, how...

    System effect occurs in all duct systems, how much is the difference and what's acceptable and what to do if SE is excessive enough where it won't perform to what's needed.
    The most interesting...
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    I know a lot of the stuff that's effective is not...

    I know a lot of the stuff that's effective is not welcome by the customer. Especially if it has any smell. Some can be very paranoid.
    I once gave the guys some kerosene. There were bearings on some...
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    Fans are tested in labs w/o inlet restrictions...

    Fans are tested in labs w/o inlet restrictions and have little to do with field conditions. But they are useful if the tech knows their limitations.
    They are the fastest test and require the...
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    They will fail again if the failure mode isn't...

    They will fail again if the failure mode isn't identified. I would probably try to get Carrier involved.
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    I lived in Ill for a long time. When I was there...

    I lived in Ill for a long time. When I was there the plumbers were the only trade that required a State license. I don't know if it still that way. Curious that a State would demand plumbers get...
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    Not saying things like this don't happen but...

    Not saying things like this don't happen but vinegar does come in plastic bottles. I know there are many different plastics but I wouldn't be wary of using it in pumps. Citric acid might do the same...
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    Not really off topic Frosty. The minerals...

    Not really off topic Frosty. The minerals deposited in a coffee maker are some of the same and most common found in most waters. They give the taste to water and without them, water will be flat...
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    Ammonia mixed with bleach will release the...

    Ammonia mixed with bleach will release the chlorine in the bleach to chlorine gas. The water mixed with bleach jumps to the ammonia where it's more stable. That's why they are separated in the store....
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    Vinegar will dissolve calcium deposits if that's...

    Vinegar will dissolve calcium deposits if that's what's being left behind. Try a bit. It's acetic acid. It should foam if the deposit is calcium. If not strong enough some HCL (hydrochloric acid)...
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    There is another alternative. It's a process used...

    There is another alternative. It's a process used to cote the inside of the pipes. It's sometimes used when pipes get pin holes. It's expensive but might be cheaper than the damaged walls etc have...
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    I'm confused..... To me a pulley is something you...

    I'm confused..... To me a pulley is something you pull on and a sheave is what you get stuck with by your cell mate (actually probably shiv but easily mistaken).

    The point is that many words, in...
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