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Old 08-29-2016, 10:00 AM   #11
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Possibly the only thing that saved your AC was the short run of wire and the fact he did use 10 gauge. I think if the run had been long you would have had low voltage. I`ve tried turning on my AC (for experimental purposes only as I knew there would be inadequate juice) on a 20 amp breaker with a 12 wire extension cord and I did not like what I was seeing on the voltmeter. So I just use it for lights etc. and keeping the batt charged.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:02 AM   #12
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I am VERY much into DIY, just to make sure it is done right.


Of late, however, I have discovered that some tasks are best left to paid professionals.


I have done the maintenance and repairs on my cars since I earned my driver's license. Right now my 2003 F-350 is in the hands of a trusted shop getting the other exhaust manifold replaced. I did the first one myself in 2013. It'll be worth the $1,000+ not to crouch on the concrete for 5 or 6 evenings working with a cutting torch and an impact wrench. Then the drilling and installing heli-coils.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:19 AM   #13
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I am VERY much into DIY, just to make sure it is done right.


Of late, however, I have discovered that some tasks are best left to paid professionals.


I have done the maintenance and repairs on my cars since I earned my driver's license. Right now my 2003 F-350 is in the hands of a trusted shop getting the other exhaust manifold replaced. I did the first one myself in 2013. It'll be worth the $1,000+ not to crouch on the concrete for 5 or 6 evenings working with a cutting torch and an impact wrench. Then the drilling and installing heli-coils.
Mike - Just an FYI - I have a 9,000 lb 2 post lift in my garage - We are close enough where if you needed to do some work you would be more than welcome to do it here. I have torches and a welder so almost anything is possible. Beer is alot cheaper than $1,000
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:32 AM   #14
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Mike - Just an FYI - I have a 9,000 lb 2 post lift in my garage - We are close enough where if you needed to do some work you would be more than welcome to do it here. I have torches and a welder so almost anything is possible. Beer is alot cheaper than $1,000
Thanks for the offer!

My lift is rated at 5500, so gotta use the floor jack & safety stands. But the real issue is the 4-5 evenings, laying the beastie up for a week, the pressure to get it done, trying to drill all the steel out of the aluminum heads, etc., ad nausium.

The first one took me two weeks. This second side includes the EGR plumbing. I've been putting it off for three years. It's not that I can't do it, it's that I don't want to do it. And I am willing to pay good money to know how much somebody else is going to suffer and cuss!
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Thanks for the offer!

My lift is rated at 5500, so gotta use the floor jack & safety stands. But the real issue is the 4-5 evenings, laying the beastie up for a week, the pressure to get it done, trying to drill all the steel out of the aluminum heads, etc., ad nausium.

The first one took me two weeks. This second side includes the EGR plumbing. I've been putting it off for three years. It's not that I can't do it, it's that I don't want to do it. And I am willing to pay good money to know how much somebody else is going to suffer and cuss!
Agreed! There are times I send stuff out too - Especially as I get older....
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Agreed! There are times I send stuff out too - Especially as I get older....
Don't mention the evil 'o' word ever again!
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I know little about electricity, and I know what I don't know. So when I had my 50A outlet installed on the side of my garage for the trailer, I had a licensed electrician come out and do it for me. He's a long-time client, and we talked about the work before he came out. He even clarified that it was for an RV, so no confusion about the 240 vs 120 issue. I also tested the outlet with a volt meter before I plugged in to be sure it was wired correctly.

I've been electrocuted before, and do not wish to repeat the experience. For this type of thing, I'll pay the professionals. I love DIY as much as the next guy, but I have NO problems paying for something to be done right.
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This was a licensed electrician that did the original install...he's been doing electrical for 10 or 15 years...he has had medical issues and has been out of work for a year or so but that's no excuse for the work performed.
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