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  1. #40
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    Not my screw up, but still funny.
    I serviced a printing company. One of the press chillers had a solenoid problem. It would not pump down and shut off. It would keep getting colder and finally go off on freeze protection. I ordered the part and told them it would need to be out of service for several hours. They didn't want to take them time. This was in the winter and the humidity was low. Fast forward a couple of months and a warm front. The humidity goes way up and I get a call to come fix it. Because the water was getting too cold the underside of the press was sweating, and dripping on the prints. They were sticking together when the press stacked them. 20,000 sheets of high quality prints were ruined.

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  3. #41
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    I left the bypass valve open on a mass flow oil transmitter on a 40 Megawatt GE Turbine right before they did the EPA 5 year emission testing.
    End result was a unit that generated 40 megawatts at only 66% of fuel flow for the test results. Looked really efficient.

    Almost had to do a retest which would have cost 8k for the testing company and 17,000 gallons of fuel oil to retest. Thank the Lord the EPA took the letter of explanation and let the testing stand. I was never so happy to see a new permit issued after 5 years.

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  5. #42
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    I was working nights in a building in the medical center in Houston. I replaced a supply water line on a Hoshizaki ice machine. I didn't tighten the compression fitting enough. The line blew off in the middle of the night. The domestic water system kept on pumping all night The ice machine was on the 6th floor. One elevator bank flooded out and there was extensive damage to the 6th floor. Fortunately the floor was being remodeled the next month. The elevator was down for 6 months. There was 4 elevators with one already down for someone running into the back of the elevator shaft in the floor that had parking. It took me along time to get over that incident. The only thing my director and supervisor told me was not to worry about it.

  6. #43
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    New to the trade. Making a u turn, didn't take into account how far my ladder was hanging out the front of the van. Hit a large tree. Tore the ladder rack off, bent the 32 ft aluminum ladder and put huge creases across the roof of the van.

  7. #44
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    Could I start the voting and throw in one vote for hvac69's post? I think it's my favorite so far.

    I think it's a good one because no customers were harmed in the making of his screw-up. It sounds like he pretty much just did it to himself.

    Nice one, hvac69!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by hvac69 View Post
    New to the trade. Making a u turn, didn't take into account how far my ladder was hanging out the front of the van. Hit a large tree. Tore the ladder rack off, bent the 32 ft aluminum ladder and put huge creases across the roof of the van.

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  9. #45
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    Ok so this isn't in the HVAC trade but kinda, sorta.
    I was working as an engineer on a fish processing vessel and we were tied up at the dock. I was watching the processor between seasons. I transferred fuel from one side to the other to keep her trim.
    Well my girlfriend was on the boat and we had gone into town and got some good stuff, and brought it back, and we're having a good time, and I forgot about the fuel transfer until I noticed that we were listing heavy to one side. Oh S##T! So I run topside, start transferring fuel back the other way but the real bad thing was, it flooded over and I don't know how many gallons I pumped in the bay, but there was a few thousand gallons "unaccouted for" . So I got all the pumps running and spraying 4-6" streams of sea water all around the barge, ( this is about 2 in the morning so I'm lucky there).
    Also lucky for me, a big storm came up but the next day the Coast Guard were flying around looking for where this fuel came from. I never heard anything about it. Dang was I lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ammoniadog View Post
    Could I start the voting and throw in one vote for hvac69's post? I think it's my favorite so far.

    I think it's a good one because no customers were harmed in the making of his screw-up. It sounds like he pretty much just did it to himself.

    Nice one, hvac69!!!
    It gets worse, same van no roof rack now, have smaller extension ladder inside and resting on dashboard. Boss sends me to pick up water heater, well, when I loaded the water heater into the van the ladder jumped up and shattered the windshield. Not sure how I managed to keep my job after both of these in less than 2 weeks time. I will never forget that van, 79 metallic green Dodge short wheel base, no AC and someone hacked a radio into the metal dashboard. Awesome boss, left after 6 years only because I was bored with the work they did.

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  12. #47
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    My stories won't be as good as these but...
    1. The typical foot through the ceiling. I was working for an elderly couple who were hoarders, had to navigate the length of the attic around boxes, crates, walkers tvs etc.. you name it it was there. Get to the AH and there is a 50 gallon electric beast of a water heater right in front of the unit, after repairing the issue with the AH (bad motor) lost my balance. It was a) put foot through ceiling (was not a full foot through ceiling but enough) or b) grab onto the high voltage wires going to the water heater....
    I was lucky, they were in the process of remodeling the opposite end of the house and I simply deducted the cost of the ceiling repair from the invoice...basically only charged for the part.

    Turns out this family has been some of my best customers, the old man won't even call another company and has waited for me to get back from vacation for service....
    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things in him that strengthen me.
    Apostle Paul inspired by GOD.

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  14. #48
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    I was at a new modular house to put in the HVAC and I was drilling a hole in the shaft provided to get the line set to the second floor/ attic. I measured it out and took out my 3" hole saw and made a hole. Tried to run the Line set but it wouldn't go, I started looking around on the second floor for the hole and found it right in the middle of the tub! The manufacturer's Rep came out to the site to look at it and figured out the shaft was not lined up properly when they built the house in the factory and gave me a free pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenesisRefrig View Post
    Putting a new walk-in display cooler in a liquor store. Drilling the three-inch hole from outdoor condensing unit to the evap coils inside the cooler. Didn't do enough research when bidding the job... Turns out the liquor store used to be a bank and cooler was located in what used to be the vault.

    That one hole took 8 hours to drill. Brick, wood, concrete, steel, more wood, and finally the cooler. Penetration depth of about 26".
    How did you do it lol



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    Has anyone ever dropped an a/c unit or heat pump.... On jagged, 1 inch gravel?
    "Add an additional $99.95 for political correctness!"

  17. #51
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    Ok my vote is # 1 goes toooooo PHM! (most expensive)
    #2. Richper......very entertaining story!
    #3. Hvac69.....I just really enjoyed it, especially with the additional part about the 2ND ladder!

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  18. #52
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    I cut a hole in the side of an AH for the return air....... couldn't figure out why my superheat was off. Had to order a whole new AH, and redo all the supply I had just built. Boss was not happy!

    Running a line set, and had a helper in the attic. I heard a big "crash", and ran in to find him hanging from the rafter.
    I told him to put his feet down, and he just stood up (very big guy). He was hanging there the whole time it took me to get to him, when he could have simply touched the floor with no problem. It reminded me of someone who thinks they're drowning in 3' of water!
    Lmbo

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