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Old 08-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #31
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Its not that front wheel drive cars have head gasket problems, it that 95% of passenger cars are front wheel drive.
As a teen I had a Dodge K-car something or another and my mother had the same thing but in wagon form. Both of those things blew head gaskets.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:52 AM   #32
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There is a reason that there are very few if any K-cars on the road now, but you still see toyotas from the same time period.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:47 PM   #33
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I replaced this leaking coil yesterday..






And so I got to use that scale for the first time. Condenser says 134 ounces which equates to 8 and a third pounds of R-22. Granted that is for the allotted 15' of lineset and this system had about 40' so it took just over 10 lbs. It was nice to know I definitely had at the very least the minimum required amount to begin with.


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There is a reason that there are very few if any K-cars on the road now, but you still see toyotas from the same time period.
Ha! There weren't very many of those Dodge Aries K-cars that made it more than five years.

My brother up in Austin wrecked his brand new Ford Focus (he hit a mattress on a freeway that had just fallen off ahead of him) and so he bought a '99 Camry that had 99k miles on it. I told him that amount of mileage on that car means it's brand new.
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I have a 99 camry that serves as my commuter car (100 miles round trip daily). Little 4 cyl auto and it gets 35.8 mpg continuously. Great lil tin can. 166k (I think) and counting.

That equipment is awesome...makes the a/c equipment we use at work (automotive) look like complete junk. Totally different refrigerant/application, I know, but still...congrats, sir.
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I have a 99 camry that serves as my commuter car (100 miles round trip daily). Little 4 cyl auto and it gets 35.8 mpg continuously. Great lil tin can. 166k (I think) and counting.

That equipment is awesome...makes the a/c equipment we use at work (automotive) look like complete junk. Totally different refrigerant/application, I know, but still...congrats, sir.

Thanks. Slowly I'm collecting all the right tools and learning how to use them. There are so, so friggin' many of them for this trade one needs a warehouse.

Thanks, it is exciting using them for the first time.
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I need to come to Texas and go van shopping. You got a great deal on both of those.
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Keeping them organized has to be a challenge, too, I bet. I have that problem even as a DIYer with fewer tools. I have auto tools in the garage. Inside I have bicycle tools, plumbing tools and supplies, a little electrical stuff, and my HVAC tools. Trying to keep things findable is the big thing. Nothing worse than knowing you have the tool but just can't find it. Has to be worse for you guys on the clock.

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I need to come to Texas and go van shopping. You got a great deal on both of those.

I paid $4500 for the full size van. I have it for sale for $5300 outside the shop.
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Keeping them organized has to be a challenge, too, I bet. I have that problem even as a DIYer with fewer tools.
*** Me too! I had forgotten just how many tools & supplies I had. Now
that we're moving I have to look at all of it with a critical eye.

There's
* car repair tools
* house repair tools
* welding stuff
* the lathe and mill
* the electronics stuff
* the HVAC stuff
* the bits and pieces of old PCs
* more electronics stuff
* Yet more electronics stuff.
* and really - will I ever build anything again with vacuum tubes?

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Well, Jerry, since you're moving into a new place you have another chance to do it right. Hope you have a decent amount of unfinished space for a proper workshop. That is what I lack in my townhouse. They made 'em completely finished space so all I can get away with is a "lite" workshop inside mostly for bicycles. No welding or major wood work gonna happen there. And not enough space to properly separate and store tools and supplies. And running a Cat IV vent for a new furnace is a mofo. Such is life.....

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*** Me too! I had forgotten just how many tools & supplies I had. Now
that we're moving I have to look at all of it with a critical eye.

There's
* car repair tools
* house repair tools
* welding stuff
* the lathe and mill
* the electronics stuff
* the HVAC stuff
* the bits and pieces of old PCs
* more electronics stuff
* Yet more electronics stuff.
* and really - will I ever build anything again with vacuum tubes?

- JerryK
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I just hang out here because for some reason I find it interesting so I have to ask this. What caused all that oxidation on tha A coil in the above pic ? Is tha normal after a lot of years, or was it in a corrosive enviornment ??
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Well, Jerry, since you're moving into a new place you have another chance to do it right. Hope you have a decent amount of unfinished space for a proper workshop. That is what I lack in my townhouse. They made 'em completely finished space so all I can get away with is a "lite" workshop
*** The garage is completely finished space. Sheetrocked and painted, with epoxy floor paint. It's a three-car garage with two cars tandem on the left and one car on the right as you enter. It has an extra-high garage door ( 8 feet ).

I do NOT plan to baby it. I have *plans* for this garage. Am already thinking about garage organizer systems and workbenches. Might repaint it glossy white ( right now it's satin or maybe even flat white ). Glossy finishes wash better.

I might also get it insulated before really moving in. Plan to spend a lot of time in that garage. Will investigate garage HVAC in the fullness of time. I suspect that the existing house HVAC ( 2 2.5ton split units )
is oversized for the house, and that there is enough capacity to handle the garage also. But that can wait for a load calculation.

There is no 220V in this garage. I need 220 for the compressor. Also for the TIG welder and the MIG welder. The closest source of 220 is the A/C condensers, which are on the other side of the garage wall. I'll be
investigating the wire sizes and equipment requirements to see if there's any extra ampacity to tap off.

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There is no 220V in this garage. I need 220 for the compressor. Also for the TIG welder and the MIG welder. The closest source of 220 is the A/C condensers, which are on the other side of the garage wall. I'll be
investigating the wire sizes and equipment requirements to see if there's any extra ampacity to tap off.

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or if you have extra breaker space in your panel.
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or if you have extra breaker space in your panel.
*** Actually, this occurred to me after doing the post. The panel is pretty full. Luckily, IIRC the breakers are all full height. The panel is actually on the outside of the garage wall!

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