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    I had an 85 year old man with a heat pump. He...

    I had an 85 year old man with a heat pump.
    He would end up with the fan "on" and then stuck on emg heat.

    His was a mechanical with levers on the top.
    I drove nails into the paneling so the fan...
  2. In the "old" days most install manuals did tell...

    In the "old" days most install manuals did tell you where to set the heat anticipator in the tstat. Sometimes on the label inside the furnace or even on the gas valve.

    This was the amperage draw...
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    Some HW SV replacements came with a little 4"...

    Some HW SV replacements came with a little 4" extension cable as the originals were too short and required the "matchstick" jam to hold them in place.
    Sounds real hi tech huh?
  4. So after reviewing all the input, my conclusion...

    So after reviewing all the input, my conclusion is that my HVACR 134A would be fine in my car systems....mechanic gets XX per pound here...5-6 times my cost.

    But he has a lot invested in AC...
  5. So is it the consensus that 134A HVACR would work...

    So is it the consensus that 134A HVACR would work fine in Auto use,.....
    but the reverse is not recommended?
    The HVACR gas would have less containments and if oil is needed for auto use it can be...
  6. 134A HVACR versus 134A Automotive.....Difference??

    Is there a difference between what the Auto people use and the type I have??

    Some additive in the Auto type??
  7. Thread: Checking amps

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    Many years ago, Amprobe was the standard clamp on...

    Many years ago, Amprobe was the standard clamp on meter. It was an analog meter.
    Part of their kit included a multiplier ladder block that had 3 windows for testing small current draw. Good at the...
  8. Also....... 9 PM hurts? As a small department we...

    Also....... 9 PM hurts?
    As a small department we have gone out at 3 AM, freezing weather, You stay warm only because the water has frozen on your bunker gear and although you can hardly walk, the...
  9. That is a great attitude adjustment within 24...

    That is a great attitude adjustment within 24 hours.

    Having walked thru quite a few house fires as a firefighter it is just devastating, even without any injuries.
    The loss of everything someone...
  10. If I had left that leak there, I would have done...

    If I had left that leak there, I would have done the repair at any time of day and not clocked in on the company time. But still document that the repair was made.
    Just eat the time...
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    Mini split remote tstats have too much stuff on...

    Mini split remote tstats have too much stuff on them.
    And each brand may have different ones for each model.

    Trying to explain one to a 82 year old to just switch from heat to cool and back...
  12. Thread: Tube delays..

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    I would guess that is a time delay control....

    I would guess that is a time delay control.
    Looks like bimetallic switch with heater applied.
    Yes, if in a vacuum the contacts would last a long time....pilot duty only.

    HW had a flame guard...
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    Also, the fact that the closely fitting ball made...

    Also, the fact that the closely fitting ball made it down to the furnace confirmed that the piping had good slope with no tight turns. I use 2 45's to make a 90 for less resistance.
    So I...
  14. Depends upon if you want to get into the...

    Depends upon if you want to get into the replacement work in addition to service.
    You are the first one there and have the opportunity to take care of the change out.
    Your paid for service call...
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    When this first was posted, I was going to say...

    When this first was posted, I was going to say "sidewall discharge....garden hose lying there....bored mischievous children......."
    So maybe pressure washing or lawn sprinkler.
    They would overwhelm...
  16. If it worked fine before, why the parts changing?

    If it worked fine before, why the parts changing?
  17. I left the 1/8" manifold plug out after testing...

    I left the 1/8" manifold plug out after testing pressure.
    You know it right away as this was Propane, I was squatting right in front of the burners.
    Sunburn and shave in one second.

    I bubble...
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    I agree with all of the above. I find his...

    I agree with all of the above.
    I find his website of Heatinghelp.com most helpful, especially for smaller steam systems.
    Great speaker and writer.
    Books are practical without being too techy. I...
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    I too scrap out and save control wiring from...

    I too scrap out and save control wiring from units. Most have at least one good usable factory crimp on them.
    I have a 2' and 1' length of 1" PVC in a tool box drawer.
    The wires are stuck in the...
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    I had 30 days leave in 1970 before going...

    I had 30 days leave in 1970 before going overseas. I decided to add some wiring in my mother's basement.
    I borrowed a 1/2" Sioux drill, AKA known as arm busters with double side handles, all steel...
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    In about 10 years or so is there any problem with...

    In about 10 years or so is there any problem with that buried trap?
    I have read here that others implied they had no problems.
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    Bdserv, do you have a trap on that drain? It...

    Bdserv, do you have a trap on that drain?

    It looks like a negative pressure zone to me.
  23. I was at a farmhouse for some other issue, as...

    I was at a farmhouse for some other issue, as leaving, the furnace on the back porch lit off.
    It sounded like a small jet engine. The tenant said that the furnace was just changed, the installer...
  24. Scoobie's posting does explain why everything...

    Scoobie's posting does explain why everything should be bonded to the system's grounding electrode conductor. Without each AH, AC, or furnace properly grounded/bonded that shock could have come from...
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    Mine has dual tanks. Switch over valves of this...

    Mine has dual tanks. Switch over valves of this vintage had problems.
    I am now just down to 1 tank because of that.
    Later change over systems did not have the complexity of the 80's.

    I also had...
  26. My non contact voltage stick has no button. Yes,...

    My non contact voltage stick has no button.
    Yes, I try it on a known hot wire for testing.

    Just running it over your shirt sleeve will tell you if the battery is still good.

    Also lay it along...
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    So after reading all of the above postings, I am...

    So after reading all of the above postings, I am not feeling so bad about my mileage.

    My 1984 Ford E-350 with the 7.5L (460 CID with carburetor...if anyone remembers them) was (over) loaded up to...
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    I do believe that NOS is......... New (but) Old...

    I do believe that NOS is......... New (but) Old Stock.

    Like a lot of things that I have on the shelf after 40 some years......and still trying to get rid of.
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    Sapote, I think I understand you better......I...

    Sapote, I think I understand you better......I see you are from southern CA.

    Sometimes referred to as "The land of fruits and NUTS"

    (apologies to all others from there).
  30. I just looked at the I&O that came with Fujitsu...

    I just looked at the I&O that came with Fujitsu mini's from 2011.

    "Connecting the Pipe".....caution!.....#2 "While welding the pipes, be sure to blow dry nitrogen gas through them."

    All minis...
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    If I understand correctly there is no TXV or EXV...

    If I understand correctly there is no TXV or EXV in the inside units of mini splits.
    It all just copper tubing of the lineset and inside coil.
    So no real danger of overcharging EXV's or pressure...
  32. I have always brazed longer pigtails on the...

    I have always brazed longer pigtails on the inside units, bend as needed once thru the wall.
    Then braze the line set as needed all the way back to the outdoor unit.
    The only flare is at the unit...
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    If I were in the market for work van again, I...

    If I were in the market for work van again, I would contact a small Fire/Rescue Dept.
    They trade ambulances up fairly regularly.
    These are housed inside, good maint. records, usually washed after...
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    One head ache I had was a 2 stage NG furnace. ...

    One head ache I had was a 2 stage NG furnace. Nordyne design is such that it always starts on high fire and then will step down to low fire.
    On first start up hi fire was fine but then step down to...
  35. Thread: Rooftop glop...

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    It's actually alive!! Anyone remember the movie...

    It's actually alive!! Anyone remember the movie "The Blob"......only it's not red.
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    I was in my office with the TV on. Youngest was...

    I was in my office with the TV on. Youngest was just leaving for high school. They must have had a late start that day as we are in CDT zone. So we watched the first hit.
    After it was obvious...
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    I did read a tool tip in P&M for hard brittle...

    I did read a tool tip in P&M for hard brittle PVC.
    The writer said he would put a swab of clear PVC cleaner around the cut area.
    He claimed it would soften the pipe for his hand cutter to work...
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    Is this in a closet, such as an apartment? Is...

    Is this in a closet, such as an apartment?
    Is there a 80% gas furnace without direct connected combustion air in the closet?
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    Working for relatives and friends often gets you...

    Working for relatives and friends often gets you to this situation.
    They trust you to do the install (maybe at a discount) but do not trust you to pick the correct equipment.

    Been there...done...
  40. Thread: Work boots

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    For the first 30 years, Red Wing seemed the only...

    For the first 30 years, Red Wing seemed the only boot for me.
    Would last almost 2 years, 6 days a week with no attention, even original laces.
    Great support, steel toe and shanks.

    The last 10...
  41. Nest??

    Nest??
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    Because of extra building wall thickness, most of...

    Because of extra building wall thickness, most of the Mini's I have installed, the location of the flare nuts on the wall unit fall right where they need to be bent.

    I cut off the flares and braze...
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    I had this problem on a counterflow gas furnace...

    I had this problem on a counterflow gas furnace in a mobile home AC.
    They have a basement and noticed water dripping out of the ductwork.

    (Imagine how may MH do not have basements but wet supply...
  44. What was the current draw on the compressor?

    What was the current draw on the compressor?
  45. Thread: Itís ridiculous

    by RLJN
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    I guess I was very lucky to get a CR22 Copelaweld...

    I guess I was very lucky to get a CR22 Copelaweld compressor, the date code is June of 2020. Shipped to me 8/4/20.
  46. Thread: 1 Man business

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    We have several contractor/carpenter crews around...

    We have several contractor/carpenter crews around here.
    They have crews of 3-4 guys. Each person is self-employed. There is one lead carpenter on the job.
    One crew of 3 has the two more...
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    Did you say the valve cores/caps were leaky? ...

    Did you say the valve cores/caps were leaky?

    If so, those would not have come into play for pressure or vacuum testing as you would have had hoses attached during those tests?

    I would secure...
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    IMO, if you convinced the manufacturer it was a...

    IMO, if you convinced the manufacturer it was a warranty issue, the most they might do is to send new quick connect fittings.
    Someone would have to pay for the labor to change them. I certainly...
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    I traveled in that country for 6 months in the...

    I traveled in that country for 6 months in the mid 70's.

    These are the "Pros".......this is a good as it gets.

    A different standard of workmanship. They are just happy to have electricity and...
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    Any opinions here about needing a Kickstart on a...

    Any opinions here about needing a Kickstart on a new scroll compressor on small AC system??

    If dual cap wired wrong then comp windings could over heat.....or run backwards??
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