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Jeff Lawrence

Jeff Lawrence

Joined on November 14, 2005

Last Post on September 22, 2008

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@ September 22, 2008 7:56 AM in What's that copper worth?

will spray paint copper ( where they still use it ) in the new houses. One morning, the builder came in and found the copper gone. He called the plumber, who's office started calling the local scrap yards. "Yes, someone just brought in some copper with pink and purple spray paint on it. He's still here." The plumbing company called the local cops who went directly to the scrap yard. The perp was lead away wearing a new set of matching bracelets. This isn't always the way, but the person that told me the story said 2 or 3 people in line left as soon as the cops handcuffed the other guy.

You don't need opinions

@ September 14, 2008 9:40 AM in Building a chimney ?mortar between flue tiles?

You need to follow the codes. Period. As Bob Harper said, in absence of local codes, you need to follow the NFPA 211. Easy, huh?

Rotten eggs

@ September 10, 2008 6:40 AM in Legionella ???

Usually means sulfur. The dissolved minerals in the water are coming out because they are stagnant and sulfur is one of the ones that is real odorous. I'm not saying there may or may not be a Legionella bloom or not, but as I recall, Legionella won't have a smell. I would have the water tested and check the anode rod.

Like Robert

@ September 8, 2008 6:53 PM in Recalling 9/11

I heard that a small plane had hit the first tower. I mentioned to a lady that was out walking her dog as I was getting some info out of the van for a customer. They had a radio playing in the basement we were working in. As soon as the second plane hit, most of us started packing up. I hurried outside to call my wife and tell her to go home. She was working in a tall building northwest of Atlanta and I didn't think it was safe. I stopped by my daughter's elementary school that day to ask if there was anything I could do. They hadn't let any kids know but a few parents had gotten their children early. My son's middle school also didn't let the students know. My second cousin was supposed to be on the second plane that hit the tower. She was sleeping on her Dad's couch in Ohio with her phone off. Her Mom fussed her out when Mom found out Kim traded and didn't Mom know. The wife of a customer was supposed to be in a meeting in a conference room where the plane struck the Pentagon. A co-worker stopped her to ask questions and she was late. Hug your kids.....

Natural gas

@ August 24, 2008 9:26 PM in Boiler cleaning

Or propane?

Hate to bust your bubble

@ August 20, 2008 4:40 PM in Southern Man

But it was the REPUBLIC of Georgia, not the state of Georgia. They dare not invade us down here.

Thanks.

@ August 18, 2008 8:10 AM in Clamp on

I am looking for a rental unit. I have this one job that the engineer is convinced that the loops (he specified) aren't enough.

Flow meter?

@ August 17, 2008 5:30 PM in Clamp on

I'm trying to get into some geo-thermal work and need to find a clamp-on flow meter. Any suggestions? Thanks.

We'll

@ August 17, 2008 3:19 PM in Prayers needed!

be thinking about Alan and his daughter. Southern Man

Loser pays

@ August 17, 2008 3:17 PM in Uponor Tool Depot

If the court system set in place a loser pays system, a lot of these law suits wouldn't occur. Also, I have to wonder about a person that hides behind a no-name/false name.

AND

@ August 10, 2008 11:59 AM in How do I know if I have a steam boiler or a hot water boiler?

There are many 'flavors' of steam, so if you can get any pictures of any strange looking things in your basement, we may be able to tell you a little more about it.

Yeah, Starch

@ August 10, 2008 11:55 AM in Now is the time to buy American

but we'll still need ditch diggers.

Not recommended

@ August 7, 2008 4:24 PM in Polaris radiant- potable

Check out this thread.

If there's one

@ August 5, 2008 8:02 AM in Pin Hole Leak in Trane Aluminum Condenser Coil

Others are soon to develop, from my experience. I've tried a version of the ALSolder500, but either do to misapplication or something, it didn't hold long. It did get the customer through the season (less than 5 weeks) and we replaced the system in early spring the next year. By no means is this the final word.

PBR has made a real comeback

@ August 5, 2008 7:53 AM in The Return Of Schlitz

I tried some in college. I was wondering how they carbonated paint remover. Fast forward 20 plus years and it's back and tastes good again. Local taverns are serving it, mostly in cans but a few have it on tap. Yuengling is making it's way South.

Doesnt end in a 5 or a zero

@ August 2, 2008 9:02 PM in Not a milestone birthday

I have a birthday coming up. The Bride asked what I wanted for my birthday. Lets see: I have Wall friends. I have camping friends. I have neighborhood friends. I have personal friends. Tools? Id need an 18 wheeler if I had any more tools (but I will take more!). The elder offspring got 3 As and one B on the spring semester college report card. The junior offspring is a senior at her school and a member of the BETA club. The drought is still in force, but were having to give away home grown foods. The bills are paid, the help is paid, the salary is paid. The Bride gets more and more beautiful every year. What else is there?

I was the third one out

@ August 1, 2008 8:06 AM in ARRRGH!!!!!!!!!

First guy 'added Freon,' submitted his bill and left. Second guy waved his sniffer around and said it was a leaking evap coil. Me? I looked the system over and didn't get any tools out. Felt the air flow over the condenser fan and checked to see how dirty the blower wheel was. I told the homeowner (an industrial electrician) that the evap coil was plugged up. He said one word, the first part of the word was "Bull." Got my tools out and took the covers off the evap coil. He looked at me and apologized. Just about the nastiest coil I've seen in a long time. Brushed it with a wire brush and a fin comb and sprayed some no-rinse coil cleaner on it. Buttoned it back up and turned it on. Wife calls down from upstairs. The vents are really blowing now, what did you do? Couple of points. 18 year old cooling system and I didn't want to pump it down and do the coil the right way, pulling it and cleaning it. I was afraid the compressor wouldn't re-start. I don't care much for the no-rinse aerosol spray cleaners, but they do some good. Finally, the homeowner said he'd pull the blower and clean it Saturday morning. He told me that he'd be calling me in the fall to replace the entire system. I love calls like that. And Starch? Been there, done that. At least we'll be able to hide our own Easter Eggs one day....

@ July 30, 2008 6:54 PM in OT-Any Tomato Growers?

Must be a big garden....

Around here

@ July 29, 2008 8:07 AM in refrigerant reclaimation.

Most supply houses that sell refrigerants can at least tell you who can take the refrigerants back. One local place used to charge $5.00 per drum, up to 50 pound capacity. They stopped at the first of this year and a lot of people, including me, started raising a fuss because we paid for the m to take the old R22 prior to that. There's no one around here that I know about that will purchase recovered R22. The gent that used to haul off my scrap started charging me if there was any refrigerant in the system. I haul my own scrap now.

I have a customer

@ July 29, 2008 7:40 AM in OT-Any Tomato Growers?

That has these. The only place in her yard that gets consistent sunlight is her driveway, so she thought she'd try them. She's not doing too bad. As it says near the bottom of the link, 'maters need a lot of water to produce fruit. Mine at the house are too heavy for the cages I got so I'm going to have to build better ones for next year.

????

@ July 29, 2008 7:05 AM in How's your staycation?

We choose not to participate in the current 'economic woes.' That being said, our 'long trip' was done during spring break in March, before fuel prices did what they're doing now. We still take our 7MPG camper out, much like before. We camp about once a month, usually with friends, sometimes not. Because the summer is my busy season, we always stay close to home and go to local state parks and Corps of Engineer parks on the local lakes. It's my way of 'turning it off and getting away from the home office and the (gasp) internet. We're actually going out 3 weekends in a row in August, which kinda makes up for not going out in July because of a family issue. I'm still building my new office in the basement, complete with a radiant floor and all the other bells and whistles. I'm still, as time permits, setting up my new mod-con boiler and indirect water heater. Gas prices are putting a crunch on the joy-riding and going out to dinner, as we're only going out once a week either with friends or just us. It used to be about 2 times a week with a delivery order (pizza or Chinese) one other time. I'm doing a bit more yard work, as the landscaping changes are finally starting to take hold. The yard work is being done in the mornings, usually Saturday because of the heat that's finally returned. Life's good.

Interesting.

@ July 17, 2008 7:03 AM in These Times Are Tough

I was speaking to my neighbor the other day and he mentioned to me about some local stores closing. I responded that a lot of people thought the economic times were tough. His response? (You're gonna love it) "Oh yeah, I've heard about that on the radio. I choose not to participate in these alleged tough times." He meant it, too. AND, he's following through, about to buy a new car and getting a good bit of work done to his house.
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