As odd as it sounds, I'm replacing the compressor in a window shaker.
Find out that mapp gas isn't hot enough to flow silvabraze with 1%
silver. Ah, well. Cheap stuff. Finally after carbonizing the heck out
of the tubing. I got out my acetylene torch with the air turbo tip.
That did the job. Made the copper glow, and the stick braze flow.
Someday I'll have to buy another pack of the 15% silver stuff. That
flowed a lot better with mapp. The Johnstone catalog says it's the
same melting point, but that's not my experience.
Pawn shops are full of them. I've seen all sorts of HVAC tools in
them. I bought my last leak detector at a pawn shop. They didn't
know what it was. Some years ago, I paid $40 for a 3M fiber optic
power level meter in perfect condition. It was current production
at the time and priced a $1050.00 at the supply house.
I've done that kind of thing. About 30 years ago, I bought that
acetylene torch that I've been using for brazing. Paid entire $15 for
it, but I was still in high school then. That was real money, back
You know, I'm not sure if we have any pawn shops, near me. I should
check. With any luck, I'll stop in, and come out to find my tires and
engine missing. As to the power meter, I hope you talked em down a few
bucks. Otherwise they know it was too cheap.
$ 500.00 should cover it, and another 250 and you can have best quality
it should last you for rest of your life and believe me it is worth
every dollar of it, I use cheapest sill-fos I can get, silver and stay-brite
and never came across job that I had problem with even with 31/8" lines.
but then I have been certified by US Navy on brazing!
Hey Chris I am sailing my company everything goes $50k and it is all yours
how is that for bargain 40 years of field work is getting to me.
He could answer phone call questions. My last boss is always willing
to chat about things.
I had a cooler driving me nuts a couple weeks ago. Leer ice
merchandiser. When I got there, it would be fine. Nice and cold. The
store owner and also my contact at the company both told me the ice
was melting. But it wasn't happening when I was there. Behaved like
the condensor was dirty. But, I'd cleaned it with compressed air,
water, coil cleaner, etc. Finally, I tried something else, and then
think I've figured out the problem.
I've spent about four decades since college building my knowledge
base and I don't think I could even remember enough of it to write
it all down. I have no children (that I know of) to pass it on to
so I'll just have to share it with my friends. 8-)
It would be great if you learned to read, too.
My very first week in HVAC, as a new helper, my first request
of the boss was 'Can you advance me the money for some books ( Modern
AC by Turnquist, Man J & D, Copeland Bluebook set, etc etc ) so I can
be studying this at home ? I can't afford them right now, but I'll
pay for them over a few weeks or months if you let me get started
To this day, 25 + years later, they are on the shelf within
arm's reach behind me ( with many MANY others on various topics, be it
HVAC or programming etc etc ), dog-eared but fully serviceable.
Try it some time. It's called by various names, like 'work',
and 'effort', and 'learning', and 'being responsible for yourself',
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