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Last Post on July 21, 2014
@ June 20, 2012 5:21 PM in Replacing Propane Cu PipingMark, compression fittings are not allowed on LP. Flare only on soft copper.
I agree. Tell the delivery company about it and they will fix it. If it is at the tank piping, they will should take care of it.
@ June 20, 2012 5:17 PM in recovery bottlesNever ever mix refrigerants in a cylinder. We keep 1- 50# for 22. 1- 50# for 410. 1-30# for odd refrigerants (usually small systems for process refrigeration) these get turned in pretty quickly. If it is a burnout, we also turn that cylinder in soon too. My chiller techs keep several 50's on their vans. They deal with R-407 quite a bit on mid 2000's air cooled McQuay chillers.
@ June 16, 2012 9:29 PM in digital vacuum gauge and nitrogen regulatorNitrogen regulators are all the same in my opinion. I would invest in a flow meter for nitrogen to use when purging while brazing.
As for vacuum gauge, I have a JB 22. It works, but then again, I don't do as much hands on as I used to. Most of my guys are moving to the BlueVac. This thing is the bomb. The key to vacuum is the hoses. Don't pull a vacuum through your manifold. And always use vacuum rated hoses.
@ June 8, 2012 9:35 PM in trane tracker systemI concur on the fault 4 being comm loss. I have no idea what fault 31 is.
@ June 7, 2012 8:48 PM in Low Temp Baseboard PipingThe outputs are only slightly better than regular high output baseboard. You can get 560/530 out of Petite 9 at 150 F. The Smith stuff is somewhat better, but still not enough to justify the cost in my opinion.
The problem is that it is still convection. In order to create convection, you have to produce a high enough Delta to cause the air to move.
Just one dude's opinion.
@ June 5, 2012 8:40 PM in Sweat and body heatTechman, I did the HVAC in a fitness center a few years ago. I will see if I still have that information in the archives (pile of s**t in the back of the shop).
I seem to remember an ASHRAE number of like 950 BTU/h/person in exercise rooms. But don't quote me on that. I don't remember the humidity increase, but it was on the specs.
Maybe I can find it in the morning.
@ May 31, 2012 8:39 PM in Mismatching coilsUp here in Maine, we frequently put a larger evap coil on a smaller condenser. On the coast, most of my customers are on the immediate coast, we have little to no cooling load. What we do is basically drop the interior humidity to a comfortable level and simply keep the indoor temp below 74 deg with Outside Design Temp at 84 deg.
For instance, a 4 ton evap coil on a 3 ton condenser causes longer run times. Thereby increasing the air contact time with the coil. As long as the airflow is set for the smaller condenser then you are ok. So you would set the fan in the 4 ton evap to flow at a 3 ton equivalent CFM.
@ May 30, 2012 8:37 PM in Refrigerant thread sealantI misread what you were looking for. Hate it when that happens.
@ May 29, 2012 7:16 PM in Refrigerant thread sealantI don't use any special additive and have had no problems. A little refrig oil on the threads of the flare fitting and lock it down. It works. The threads on a flare aren't the sealing surface. The face of the flare is. The threads provide the resistance to separation.
@ May 29, 2012 6:27 PM in Gas Pipe SizingWhile most people can do whatever they want to their own home with proper permits, gas work is typically not one of them. In most jurisdictions, the gas provider will require that any interior work be performed by a licensed and insured contractor. Why? To shift liability should there be a problem. I would say that your situation was the exception and not the rule.
@ May 25, 2012 3:58 PM in RS-44We have recently done two replacements using Forane's R-427A. Temperature Glide is almost identical. Pressures are identical to 22. We decided to change the compressor oil to be safe. Took out Mineral Oil, went back with POE because I was concerned about oil return. Will check the oil in a month to look for carry over.
I am paying special attention to these two to see how it works. I will keep you posted.
I wish someone would just pick something and lets stick with it. I don't care what it is, just pick something. In a couple of years we are all going to be carrying around 10 different refrigerants to cover all the drop in replacements that we all tried.
Just my $.02.
@ May 18, 2012 8:40 PM in boiler gas pressureThat CB has a gas train on it that per CSD-1 has regulators on it with high and low gas pressure switches among other devices. The owners compliant would lead me to believe that the regulator to the main burner is malfunctioning. Is the pilot affected as well?
There are of specific safety devices on large appliances. If you are not familiar with them, you could wind up another statistic. Seek some help if you are unsure.
@ May 17, 2012 9:20 PM in Heat Load for greenhouses.While Mark's method is the more scientific approach, the greenhouse people usually have a heating package geared for the horticultural intent.
They are usually done for Seasonal, Local, Tropical, etc... That drives the design temp and humidity. Tropical greenhouses are normally designed for 84 F year around indoor temp. Seasonals are 72 F shoulder and 60 F winter indoor temp.
Greenhouses are the only buildings that I do a radiation only survey on for boiler replacements and even new installations. Because the greenhouse folks always spec the radiation amounts.
@ May 6, 2012 9:59 AM in Why Is the US Always LastDitto. I was told late summer 2013.
@ May 5, 2012 8:06 AM in bad txv?I read the OP and immediately thought Air Flow.
Way too many technicians think refrigerant first. I tell my guys to always look at the whole system. But start with the basics, is there enough airflow to facilitate change of state in evaporator? The kinds of problems described in the OP could easily be caused by a clogged filter, a slipping belt on a belt drive system, an undercurrent situation causing the evap fan to spin too slowly.
The morale of the story is don't always assume that the problem is with the refrigerant cycle.
@ May 5, 2012 7:59 AM in Why Is the US Always LastChris, if you talk to any of the European executives, they will admit privately that the North American approval process is a significant deterrent to bringing new products over. I had that very same conversation with an executive of one of the companies last month.
The UL/CSA approval process, while necessary, creates a lot of product overhead with redesign and modification. It frankly gets expensive. When you factor that cost into the package, then the very small amount of the American and Canadian market that Hydronics occupies, makes it less attractive.
I will try and find the article that I read in one of the Trade Business magazines recently. It had the breakdown in percentages of US households and heating method. Hydronic was small and shrinking. With the advancements in heat pump technology and the simplicity of dual fuel (gas/heat pump) systems, hydronics is behind.
By the way, we will see this gadget very, very soon. Or something very similar.
@ May 3, 2012 8:57 PM in Computer programs to run your business ?Unless you are running 50 employees, it doesn't make sense. We use it to integrate Accounting, Project Management, and Service Management for 70 employees.
It works very well, but is very pricey.
@ April 28, 2012 7:06 PM in Where to Go to Get Rare Fittings in BaltimoreWe have a supply source up here like that. Completely unchanged since the 60's. If it is old and you need it you can probably find it there. It might be covered in 3" of dust, but it is there.
What will we do when these places are gone?
@ April 27, 2012 4:40 PM in Leak Sealers?These things have come and gone. I won't say that I have never seen them used effectively, but always for a short time until a replacement could be acquired. To the best of my knowledge, use of these leak stops will void any remaining manufacturer's warranty.
@ April 22, 2012 4:10 PM in best high eff. gas boiler/ hot water heaterMike, I personally think that Viessmann is the best boiler on the market. It isn't the cheapest but is competitive. Their support and factory training are phenomenal.
What part of the country are you in?