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    Do you really refer to yourself in the 3rd person...

    Do you really refer to yourself in the 3rd person as 'the master'?
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    Be aware of those PECO stats. Same as the device...

    Be aware of those PECO stats. Same as the device they used to put on your AC. Remember they'll cut the customer off during peak load for up to an hour or more. When it's the stat (not this case)...
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    I assume you don't mean it wouldn't physically...

    I assume you don't mean it wouldn't physically spin if you tried to do it manually.
    Did you check/change the capacitor first?
    When you say 'stat calls for fan', you mean when you took the fan off...
  4. I see 'Peligro' on the sticker. Should be...

    I see 'Peligro' on the sticker. Should be covering the entire unit with that warning, in all languages.
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    Your first contractor is classic laziness. He...

    Your first contractor is classic laziness. He might get lucky. If not your comfort will suffer. The only way I’d buy what he was selling would be if you lived in a development of identical homes...
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    Wait til' 55, doesn’t get better. I’ve been...

    Wait til' 55, doesn’t get better.
    I’ve been using my scrap guy. Set it up. Have him help me carry down the new stuff after he yanks the old stuff.
    Otherwise I just call in some muscle for an hour...
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    It may take a minute to get online here, but...

    It may take a minute to get online here, but contractors have to earn professional status. Even then, they have to be vetted to be allowed to respond to homeowners.

    Funny how you call it a...
  8. It's not a silly question to ask. The main...

    It's not a silly question to ask.
    The main consideration is if you are in a secluded area or it's hard to get service or parts.
    Otherwise, I wouldn't bother. It's usually a pretty standard part...
  9. HVAC techs are considered essential. What region...

    HVAC techs are considered essential. What region are you located?
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    I wouldn’t put much weight to that. It’s...

    I wouldn’t put much weight to that. It’s probably more of a neutral/bonding issue.
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    Only thing that matters is if whatever contractor...

    Only thing that matters is if whatever contractor you pick wants to service all the equipment. If there’s an independent warranty exclusive to one contractor he should continue to honor it, but that...
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    Do what I said in my first post. All with the...

    Do what I said in my first post. All with the multi tool. Cut the plaster first. Then when you cut the lath, if one piece spans the entire hole, cut one side, leave about 3/8”, then cut the other...
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    Yeah they're junk. If you can't afford a...

    Yeah they're junk. If you can't afford a minisplit, take your chances with that or a window shaker.
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    Why would you want to bring in outside hot/humid...

    Why would you want to bring in outside hot/humid air (smell)? How about a minisplit?
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    Yes but you’ll probably have to run more wires...

    Yes but you’ll probably have to run more wires and maybe an isolation relay. Don’t know what kind of equipment you’re trying to control.
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    Multi tool, small shop vac. Save money and buy a...

    Multi tool, small shop vac. Save money and buy a bunch of blades from harbor freight. They’re not going to last long.
    Cut the plaster first with diamond, change to wood blade for wood lath. If...
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    So what's their plan? Are they going to fix...

    So what's their plan? Are they going to fix everything, remove all the mold?
    The flex looks pretty...lol
    The mold should be tested.
    Water drip/rust at the condensate drain is the most concerning.
  18. Using minisplits for heat exclusively is...

    Using minisplits for heat exclusively is possible, but depends on your climate/location. In general, they're kinda ugly and if you have a chopped up layout, you'll have to put many (ugly) indoor...
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    When you do a manual J, unfinished space are...

    When you do a manual J, unfinished space are included as a way to enter data for the calculation, but not really counted, if that makes sense. I'd insulate under all the living space floors, to keep...
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    Can you lower the fan speed?

    Can you lower the fan speed?
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    You can’t block off returns, you may need more. ...

    You can’t block off returns, you may need more. A full commissioning report as mentioned earlier, and measuring TESP, and airflow are the appropriate first steps.
    Any recourse with the home...
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    Is it dirt or mold? Or both? Either way, supply...

    Is it dirt or mold? Or both?
    Either way, supply ducts shouldn’t look like that. Returns will collect dust.
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    They look the same to me. Are the transformers...

    They look the same to me. Are the transformers the same VAs?
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    For me? Yes it’s been fine. Hot spots, missing...

    For me? Yes it’s been fine. Hot spots, missing insulation, circuit breaker/electric panel temps, locating buried radiant loops, checking steam traps, etc
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    What exactly do you want to do with it? My Flir...

    What exactly do you want to do with it? My Flir TG-165 does fine for my needs...
  26. You have a service provider do it. First have...

    You have a service provider do it.
    First have him check your airflow and TESP. Then he can lower the fan speed and check to make sure you are getting the proper airflow across your coil. If you're...
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    Step one...turn off power. Step 2, call a...

    Step one...turn off power.
    Step 2, call a professional, or the next thing that blows may cost you a lot of money.
    Professionals use a meter or a resetable fuse and their meter instead of buyin and...
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    If you don’t know what it is you shouldn’t take...

    If you don’t know what it is you shouldn’t take it off. It’s wrong, it needs to be cut out and installed properly with the proper components.
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    Any measurements made, TESP, airflow, etc.?

    Any measurements made, TESP, airflow, etc.?
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    What does your HVAC 'guy' suggest. You said he's...

    What does your HVAC 'guy' suggest. You said he's been out 5 times.
  31. Send him a check...

    Send him a check...
  32. Permanently fix the window closed.

    Permanently fix the window closed.
  33. Make a soffit (or 2).

    Make a soffit (or 2).
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    There was probably nothing wrong with the...

    There was probably nothing wrong with the thermostat. Could be the wiring, or even a control or component.
    You're going to need a service provider, especially if you need a PM for the upcoming AC...
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    Fortunately, as mentioned above, all my new work...

    Fortunately, as mentioned above, all my new work is referral, and usually new work is referred when someone has a problem they couldn't get resolved with another company. So I know that going in....
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    I wouldn’t let the hack off the hook yet. And I...

    I wouldn’t let the hack off the hook yet. And I wonder if the inspector plans on doing anything about the first contractor.
    Unfortunately fixing a disaster is usually more costly than the original...
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    Yeah I looked it up after I posted. Could be...

    Yeah I looked it up after I posted. Could be devastating to the honeybees, and they can multiple sting, and the stinger goes thru beekeeping gear. Nice, right?
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    If you're on the roof, bee keeping gear, and base...

    If you're on the roof, bee keeping gear, and base jumping gear, plus tools. Run...jump, get tools later lol.

    Where have they been spotted? How fast do they multiply.
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    Depending on the layout & climate, maybe mini...

    Depending on the layout & climate, maybe mini splits are in your future.
  40. Full Manual J plus an evaluation of your current...

    Full Manual J plus an evaluation of your current ductwork would tell you what you need and what works.
    I wouldn’t put too much emphasis in shade from trees. Trees die, or get cut down/knocked down.
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    Yes. Designing ductwork (changing/modifying) is...

    Yes. Designing ductwork (changing/modifying) is a skill that relies on proper information to make a proper design.
    It may work, it may not.
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    It blows, seems like no matter how diligent, we...

    It blows, seems like no matter how diligent, we all get hit. I was told years ago by a police officer to scribe with an engraver, your drivers' license number onto your tools. Easier for police to...
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    What eats toads? Get a snake. Wonder what...

    What eats toads? Get a snake.
    Wonder what they do in Florida with all the little geckos?
  44. You need a proper design, based off a proper heat...

    You need a proper design, based off a proper heat loss. That heat loss should consider all new envelope improvements-doors, windows, insulation, etc.
    Ideal is all radiant for heat, adding AC w/heat...
  45. Make him follow the contract you both agreed upon.

    Make him follow the contract you both agreed upon.
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    If you're in Pittsburgh, where's the oil tank?...

    If you're in Pittsburgh, where's the oil tank? Ideally it should be in the crawlspace, or in a protected shelter if it has to go outside. And the oil tank should be treated to prevent any moisture...
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    Put this in your google search bar...

    Put this in your google search bar
    https://www.google.com/search?q=ductulator&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#sbfbu=1&pi=ductulator
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    Doesn’t look to water tight to me. Seems like...

    Doesn’t look to water tight to me. Seems like you’re up on the roof every year re-gooping
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    What kind of metal roof-standing seam,...

    What kind of metal roof-standing seam, corrugated? What type of metal?
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    You could point a thermal imaging camera at it...

    You could point a thermal imaging camera at it and know once and for all.
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    One time when eating in my favorite bagel place (not a customer) the owner was complaining that his thermostat never...
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