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Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:18:44 PM »
If you want the job done right the first time and can do it yourself don't hire someone else to do it for you.
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 11:39:47 PM »
I carry a collection of different color hiLighters.    When looking at a confusing schematic,     You can use the different colors to isolate different circuits (motor,  heat circuit,  etc)   to make it easier to repair.    Draw out the individual circuits in different colors and then it will be easier to troubleshoot appliance.   
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013, 11:59:15 PM »
Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2013, 12:31:20 AM »
Do NOT check for gas leaks with a lighter if you value your eyebrows at all. ;D
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2013, 04:55:57 PM »
Do NOT check for gas leaks with a lighter if you value your eyebrows at all. ;D

Sounds like you speak from experiance. ;)

Don't ask me how I know, but I have also found it helpful to turn a range burner on as you turn the gas off.
That way any gas left in the lines can burn off after the gas is shut off. Just in case you would slip with your wrench when disconnecting the gas line causing a spark and ignite what gas is left in the line, not that it has ever happen to me or anything.  :P

Don't know what' worse. The looks of burnt eyebrows or the smell of burnt eyebrows, lol...

Sure is embarrassing though, or so I hear, lol...  :embarassed:
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013, 08:49:31 PM »
When removing or installing the electric house wires.. always Tap the red/black /white naked copper to the ground wire .. before touching them. I do this even after I use a non-contact voltage detector.. always  good to double check..


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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013, 09:05:35 PM »
Never sneak up behind a electrician that is checking wires for voltage and clap your hands unless you want a good laugh. :D
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2013, 10:12:32 PM »
Be specific when asking customers questions. I asked a customer with a water dispenser issue if thefridge made ice. He said yes.
I got there and the icemaker was not making ice. Isaid,"i thought this made ice".
He proceeds to pull out some ice cube trays with ice in them and says,"it does!"
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2013, 03:13:59 PM »
Keep wax on your truck..It will stay cleaner longer and you can just spray it off most of them time..  I also use ICE liquid by Turtle wax in spray bottle ..if you have to wait for a customer just take out a soft towel and wipe the truck down with the spray most time it can be done in 10 minutes.
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2013, 08:22:10 PM »
    • Smell your boards... Yes it is a way to find that whirlpool Burnt resistor or that Dacor toasted Triac. the nose knows
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    Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
    « Reply #10 on: September 14, 2013, 03:29:26 PM »
    Never sneak up behind a electrician that is checking wires for voltage and clap your hands unless you want a good laugh. :D
    these always worked for me !  :rofl:
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    Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
    « Reply #11 on: September 15, 2013, 11:36:50 AM »
    On a more serious note: some manufacturers will put model/serial number tags where you can't read them properly. I just stick my cell phone in there & take a picture.

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    Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
    « Reply #12 on: September 15, 2013, 12:22:23 PM »
    I carry a small mirror to read the maytag model and serial #s     are behind the controls.. 
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    Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
    « Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 02:50:49 AM »
    When shutting of a piercing valve or saddle valve on a refrigerator or insta hot water feed line,  loosen the packing nut first.    This will prevent you from twisting off the stem if the valve hasn't been used in a number of years.     If stem still tight,   then I shut off main water supply to whole house to avoid replacing valve. 
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    Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
    « Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 03:22:38 AM »
    Wedgeman,  Love this one I don't now how many time I twisted off stems before I learned loosen the packing nut first.. and the opposite work to if can't get the valve to shut off all the way tighten the packing nut...
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