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Paul Fredricks

Paul Fredricks

Joined on March 22, 2006

Last Post on April 10, 2014

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@ September 18, 2006 12:39 PM in Trouble with an indirect

I hope you or Amtrol figures out what happened and lets us know. Glad all is back on track.

@ September 15, 2006 12:52 PM in Work not inspected or permitted.

A few years ago a previous company I worked for had a small college as a customer. When we took over the account we found problems with the original installation of the gas boilers. We told the head of maintenance of the problems and came up with a solution. They did nothing. I sent them a letter stating the problems, solutions, and that if they did nothing there was a real possibility of injury or death. They still did nothing. Sure enough, one year later 2 kids went to the hospital with CO poisoning. We were sued, as were the original installer, engineer, a previous service company, the equipment manufacturer and the distributor. Because I documented the problems we were able to walk away unscathed. The problems have since been repaired.

@ September 15, 2006 11:02 AM in Work not inspected or permitted.

A good question. As the last person/company working on the unit you will be liable for future problems. In a perfect world it would all go back on the original installer. In todays world anyone who touches a system can be sued. What you need to do is cover your but. Explain to the customer that the unit does not meet code, that it needs to be brought up to code and inspected, and that you can get the system running, but all that needs to be taken care of. Then write all that down and have them sign it to authorize any work you do. Then have them sign it to show that you did the work. Bottom line, inspection or not. Up to code or not. You work on it, you can be liable for almost anything. If a customer has a unit installed, not inspected, and the contractor disappears, does that mean that no one else can ever touch the system again? In my mind, give em heat and document everything.

@ September 14, 2006 3:31 PM in Sad story

This is truely sad. Our thoughts go out to your great niece. The link you gave did not work. Is this the right one? http://www.examiner.com/a-250435~Services_held_for_Cheyenne_soldier_killed_in_Iraq.html

@ September 13, 2006 3:49 PM in Advice for the New Students

Think I'll put that on my son's door.

@ September 12, 2006 9:51 AM in Advice for the New Students

One other thing. One of my teachers 25 years ago said to me, "There is no good reason you can give me for doing a bad job". Do it right the first time.

@ September 12, 2006 9:35 AM in Advice for the New Students

When you are on the clock, WORK! I tell my son all the time, work hard, play hard. Enjoy yourself on your time off, but when it comes to work, bust your but. I have always lived this. And don't keep blowing your own horn, your work and dedication will do that for you. Another thing I've learned is to never be afraid to try something. Don't be afraid to take something apart in order to fix it. It's easy to get that "Deer in the headlights" look when you see something new, but for the most part the concepts are all the same. Take a step back and think for a minute, then dive in. Given that, don't be afraid to ask for help. The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. Be an ambassador for your company. Always say please and thank you, be polite and helpful when dealing with customers. And above all, be safe!

@ September 12, 2006 9:24 AM in 1962 Lennox belt driven

I used to call them sewing machines. What a pain. At a boy, Dave

@ September 11, 2006 2:46 PM in I finally figured it out.... (ME)

They just told me they had technical problems today, but are almost done fixing them. Amazing how addicted to this site we are.

@ September 11, 2006 2:42 PM in I finally figured it out.... (ME)

slow to load seems to be mostly what I'm running into. Must be a Host problem. Last time I had a problem I called the Host company and they fixed it. I'll drop them a line.

@ September 11, 2006 12:49 PM in I finally figured it out.... (ME)

you mean the slow loading of the pages?

@ September 5, 2006 4:11 PM in Bill and Alex's excellent drop header...

The first picture does look kind of all over the place. Must just be the camera angle. The others look much better.

@ August 30, 2006 7:29 AM in Question for the wood experts here

We redid the porch on our 1928 Bungalow about 12 years ago. The decking was T&G straight grain Douglas Fir, about 2.5 to 3" wide. We replaced it with the same and it still looks great. This 9x12 porch is open on 3 sides and gets lots of weather, but the flooring has held like a rock. I only stained the top and it sits 2' above the dirt.

@ August 29, 2006 8:44 AM in Off Topic---------ZAPPA does Zappa

You know I still love that song!

@ August 29, 2006 8:42 AM in Pipes bang when zone valve closes

You might also check that the zone valves are installed the right way. There should be an arrow on them showing the direction of flow. I have found in the past that were installed backwards.

@ August 29, 2006 8:11 AM in Off Topic---------ZAPPA does Zappa

I know mine does. Anyone near Bethel CT on Sept 9th should check us out at the Bethel Town Picnic. We are a 60's tribute band called The WayBack Machine. Proceeds from the picnic goes to the Scotty Fund, a local charity helping kids and their families affected by cancer. They helped us out a lot during my wifes recent breast cancer treatments.

@ August 28, 2006 3:58 PM in Off Topic---------ZAPPA does Zappa

Just when I was thinkin this place was "cool", this happens. I checked out the Zappa tickets for the Chevy, but best seats were pretty far back and I hate those seats. He's also playing at the theater at Madison square on holloween. That would be cool!

@ August 28, 2006 7:33 AM in cleaning coil

The last commercial company I worked for used pressure washers. If you get to close you can make a mess. When done correctly they do an amazing job at clearing out those center loaded coils. On residential equipment it may be over kill and may damage the fins more easily.

@ August 11, 2006 10:03 AM in Family Feud

Good eye. Could be British or Austrailian

Agreed

@ August 9, 2006 7:14 AM in Steam

We are up to speed and will only do this job the right way. Hopefully the home owner will think that's a good idea. Thanks everyone for your input.

@ August 8, 2006 11:45 AM in Steam

That was going be my first suggestion, but I know how people selling houses would rather not spend money. I think he has a buyer too, so he probably wants to do the least.

Steam piping

@ August 8, 2006 11:22 AM in Steam

Check out the pictures below. This unit has obviously been running for many years with no Hartford Loop, no equalizer and a copper supply. The owner is trying to sell the house and the inspector spotted the problem. He will need to have the asbestos removed and have the header repiped. I've got 27 1/2" from the water line to the bottom of the existing header. What you see there is 2 mains coming off the header going to one end of the house, then there is a 90 and the header/main runs off into the rest of the house. I'm thinking I'll need a drop header in order to get the height I need. I know it will take a lot of piping work to get the return reworked. Any other ideas?
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