Gee, Michael.... Would you like to post a resume, too? I'm happy that you've
accomplished so much, and pleased to hear that there are people in this
country that still have a thirst for knowledge. Folks willing to take the
time to actually learn something, instead of taking the easy way out, are
becoming rare these days.
Now, like a lot of tradesmen, I also have credentials outside my area. I
hold a CS degree from Purdue University, a Class A CDL license, a private
pilots license, numerous certifications in fabrication and construction...
etc... etc. My kids area also well-adjusted and straight A students, and are
working hard toward driving my wife and I CRAZY as they grow through their
I apologize if I under-estimated your knowledge and skill in this area....
but as a consequence of the Usenet medium, I cannot deduce what they might
be from my monitor here. When you ask questions like "How do I test a
circuit breaker?" it lead me to believe you were in way over your head.
You seem to have the opinion that tradesmen and professionals alike have
some 'secret' societies where we all meet and decide whether to dole out our
precious knowledge to the masses. This is not the case at all. The knowledge
is all available .... if you're willing to put in the effort to learn.
Public and University libraries, trade schools and numerous other facilities
are dedicated to providing you with the knowledge you seek... but you have
to be willing to put the time in.
Tradesmen and professionals make their living by selling their hard-earned
knowledge and experience, just as you make you your living sharing what you
know. Unlike computer networks, however, appliances and machinery inside
your home or in industry have the demonstrated capability of killing people
when not installed or serviced correctly. Just as doctors can make fatal
errors, and lawyers can ruin peoples lives if mistakes are made.... there
are severe consequences to decisions made in trade and professional fields.
Funny... as I've gotten older I've come to respect all professionals and
tradesmen (and gals) a lot more... as I've continued to learn that there is
so much I don't know. The HVAC folks here, and the plumbers, and fitters,
and machinist(s), and controls people, and virtually everyone who comes here
knows more about their respective fields than I do... but I continue to
learn through books, and studies, and schooling. There is no easy way to
accumulate all the knowledge you seek, but it can be accomplished in time...
if you're willing to expend the effort.
There are no quick-Usenet-fixes for most problems that involve complex
troubleshooting and where the consequences of a screw-up are life
threatening. I cannot, in good conscious, tell you that a circuit breaker is
bad (because they rarely are if not years old), or that you should try this,
that, or the other thing. I cannot see what kind of dangers might be lurking
So I gave you the best possible advice I could given the circumstances. Tell
your friends to have a licensed electrician look at the whole system as soon
as possible before they even bother paying a HVAC guy to come out and waste