I have an outside compressor that I want to move. The electric is no problem
but I am not sure about the plumbing part. Can I shut these off somehow and
move it? I figure there must be freon or whatever in it so wanted to check
before I went at it. Thanks.
Unless you are willing to invest in at least a kilobuck worth of
specialized tools, including a vacuum pump, gauges, recovery tank etc.,
plus obtain a license to permit you to legally mess with freon, you
better hire out that part of the job to an HVAC professional.
Things ain't like they were 40 years ago, when you could legally do your
own automobile and home air conditioning work with little more than a
set af gages and a tank of freon. Even places like Sears sold home AC
equipment with precharged lengths of tubing to anyone with the ability
to pay for it.
Well, you still can do your own automotive AC work as long as it's
R134A, but most people are just wasting refrigerant.
I have 1 can of R12 that I bought at an auto parts store for $1. Sure
miss those days..
On 2 Jan 2007 16:28:41 -0800, "The Reverend Natural Light"
Ah the days when it was freon that was going to destroy the planet.
Don't hear that much today, they have a new villian.
I imagine in 10 years we will be hearing that hydrogen is the new
destroyer of planets and that the proliferation of solar collectors is
trapping heat that was supposed to be reflected back into space or
absorbed by plants.
The human world mostly runs via fossil fuels. Switching to alternatives is
a HUGE undertaking and, at this time, NOBODY knows what the best paths are.
We, perhaps, have outlived our time on this orbiting lump around old Sol. I
mean to say that we have possibly damaged the ecosystem beyond our ability
to repair it.
We have lured by the concept that science and technology will provide the
answers. Not this time, in my humble opinion.
Necessary Doom? No, there is always hope; but given the current stance of
world leaders we are indeed in deep doo-doo.
Better that we should be attacked by Klingons, and thus be forced to
Of course the very definition of "opinon" is "A belief or conclusion held
with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof."
Energy abundance, for sure, has given us a greater standard of living,
greater life expectancy, less effort, and more material rewards. Whether
this same energy abundance will be our undoing - via global cooling/warming
(whatever's in vogue this year), pollution, wealth disparity, terrible
balance of payments, or other doomlets - is unproven and problematic. I'll
take certainity over conjecture any time.
On Thu, 4 Jan 2007 17:58:31 -0500, "Charles Schuler"
I don't know if you are right or not, but I can give a couple
analogies to your position. Things you hear about all the time. A
man 5 foot 8 smokes all his life and gets fat too, 300 pounds. Then
at age 68 he has a heart attack and finally cuts out smoking and goes
on a diet. He looses 1 pound a week, consistently, which is pretty
good most would say. But at the end of the year, he's still going to
be 250 pounds, and his lungs will still be clogged by most of the 50+
years of smoking. In 10 to 20 years the risk caused by earlier
smoking will be down to near-zero, and in 3 years total his weight
will be down to 150, what it should be. But will he live those 3
years or will he have a second heart attack in 1, 3, 6 months?
Will the people of the world stop hurting the world before a lot of
people die? Probably not. The 3 major limits on poplulation have
been famine, disease, and war. We have 5 pretty good decades,
comparitively, especially from the US pov, but we are not free of any
of those things. Will anything kill all of us? I don't see that
coming any time soon. That's why I'm saving wood and nails, so that
after the big catastophe, I'll still have enough supplies to do my
home repair projects. I figure all the stores will be closed, or they
will be out of stock because all the trucks have stopped running.
Another thing worth mentioning here is the sad state of asking
questions in the news. They had an oil exective in a short interview
and asked him if he was concerned about global warming. He said,
Absolutely, very concerned. But the reporter didn't see the out the
guy was relying on. The oil guy never said he thought oil and
gasoline usage had anything to do with global warning. If the
reporter had pinned him down, he would have said, "Global warming is a
natural phenomenon. I am very concerned about it, but there is
nothing the oil companies have done to make it worse, and nothing we
can do to make it better."
Same thing when they asked that line of cigarette company executives,
in a Congressional committee hearing, Do you believe that cigarette
smoking causes cancer? They all said No. Supposedly a big victory
for the anti-cigarette people becasue they had trapped these guys and
could now punish them. But only in rare cases can one prove that
someone doesn't believe what he said he believes. They never asked
what evidence there was that smoking was neutral with regard to lung
cancer, only what they believed. Even if yesterday one had said,
"It's a shame how much cancer our cigarettes cause" today he could
change his mind.
Exactly. According to Eric Hoffer in "The True Believer," people join mass
movements because their lives are otherwise meaningless. While a mass
movement can exist without a god, it MUST have a devil - without something
to hate, the mass movement will wither and die.
I often wonder if the outside unit is intentionally installed right
next to the patio or deck or balcony. How about putting it behind the
garage or some other place where I don't have to listen to it all the
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