That's funny stuff, blueman, and I understand what drove you to write
it. Careful who you trash, though. It's not like that for an entire
trade. In fact, I'd venture to say that most aren't like that, but
that's not based on much more than a hunch. People on newsgroups like
to know a lot of things and also like to be right when the other guy is
wrong. You can read though some of the flame wars to see that. In
fact, it's why I post when I do - it's just fun being the expert
People in newsgroups, however, aren't a good sampling of the population
at large. My wife wanted a digital programmable thermostat to replace
the original one on her heat pump at her business. Replacing a
thermostat is something I've done a million times -- couple low voltage
wires and a few screws. No fuss no muss.
The next day when the HVAC guy came out to replace the inverter(?) I
blew by crossing two hot wires; he couldn't have been nicer about it.
"Happens all the time," he explained. "They should print warnings -
you had no way to know. Next time, just call us first before altering
the system. I can tell you what to watch out for over the phone." He
worked quickly, only charged a modest fee above the cost of the part
($80 for the visit or something like that), and was on his way. The
encounter left me feeling a bit better as I walked around putting the
space heaters away.
You are absolutely right -- My sarcasm is really only aimed at the bad
apples who seem to disproportionately hang out in alt.hvac. I have
nothing against any fine professional of any trade. In fact, I'm sure
given our old house that I pay more than my fair share of service
bills; however, I do like to fix the small and relatively simple
things myself, saving my service dollars for the bigger jobs that I
cannot or do not want to do myself. However, in the alt.hvac reality
that seems to be some type of heinous crime :)
Cross post to alt.hvac removed.
Please don't start a flame war between AHR and the flex duct boys in
alt.hvac by crossposting to this NG. The unwritten rule has been that
they don't piss in our sandbox and we don't piss in their's. It's a
given that alt.hvac is _the_ asshole of Usenet. If you have a beef
with _them_, stop posting about it in AHR and take it to their
worthless NG. If you want a good laugh, though, check out the posts in
alt.hvac for last June, 2006 when they pissed off the wrong
"homemoaner." I don't have anything good to say about them other than
I do respect the fact that they don't come over here and stir things up.
Would love to ook up the June 2006 post if it is funny.
Any link or keywords to search on -- there are something like 20K
posts archived in Google for June 2006 -- most seem to be spam (or
maybe that is what you mean by pissing off the wrong homeowner)...
Yep, 27,299 posts to be exact. Sorry, I forgot that the NG was
rendered useless for awhile and it's almost impossible to sort it all
out. The "group polution" thread might be a good place to start:
Really you need to learn how to follow a thread.
I never had an HVAC technician perform a task that pissed me
off. Personally, in real life, I have had pretty decent experiences.
These "light bulb" jokes are aimed only at the boorish misfits who
inhabit alt.hvac and seem to have nothing better to do than attack any
well-intentioned homeowner who happens to post in "their" newsgroup.
I think you will find that each of the items is a near exact quote
from what one of the regulars posted in response to a question I asked
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