Life always has its ups and downs.  For the plumber its the hot chick saying hello on the strip followed by finding out she says hello for money.  It is Las Vegas after all.   For the environmentalist its about seeing all the new studies about PCBs in caulk (all that caulk plumbers and AC men used for years to seal cracks and joints to keep your home comfortable) only to find out once again EPA science lags behind its imagination.  For the record, PCBs were used in caulk until the late 1970’s but as with dioxins in clay pigeons (if your an environmental scientist you’ll understand this) that toxic chemicals that are not bioavailable or not really toxic.

I was think of other chemicals too we use to paint HVAC equipment to prevent corrosion.  There was an interesting article discussing corrosion of metals being significant for HVAC equipment that is difficult to do routine maintenance.  Have you ever noticed your outdoor air conditioning equipment with rust stains.  In the old days, we used paint with lead to protect our HVAC equipment, a guy at Ideal Service told me; since they are good at keeping their air conditioning equipment in good condition, I believe him.    I was talking with another guy at Silverfox who told me about the tin in paint they used on Navy ships.   This got into all sorts of exotic metals such as titanium, tantalum, and zirconium to prevent corrosion of heat exchangers for their air conditioning equipment.   I think Silverfox has some of the best professionals in the HVAC repair business.   The people they have really understand the engineering behind air conditioning for extreme conditions.

So all this brings me back to where I was a couple weeks ago about environmentally friendly refrigerants.   All that freon we used for so many years in air conditioning equipment has created a long-term environmental problem.  But I have faith that the scientists and engineers out there will continue to make air conditioning more environmentally friendly.  I have a lot of thoughts about this and what can be done and some of these ideas are what I tinker with at night.

I also want to write about all the corrosion resistant elements of heat pumps when they are used for heating swimming pools.  The summers in Las Vegas are hot enough that heaters are not needed but the engineering improvements with time are interesting.

Speaking of Summer, I know everybody in Las Vegas will soon be calling their friendly neighborhood air conditioning repair person.   I don’t like to recommend the competition but I am retiring soon, so I need to send the work to the younger AC repair men and women.   I was thinking of ordering some skirts for the repair-women if I can hire one.   For some reason, I only have guys and I’m still old-fashioned and cannot imagine using pants as an AC uniform for a lady.

Number One Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, 2314 Western Ave, Las Vegas, NV  89102.   Phone: (702) 472-8050.   Email: info@numberonelv.com

Number One is good for AC because they are big and can usually work in small jobs quickly.  They also have good service and well qualified technicians.  They also do plumbing.

Silver Fox Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Heating.   2636 Westwood Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  Phone: (702) 472-8777.    Email: info@silverfoxlasvegas.com

Silver Fox Air Conditioning, Plumbing is good for repair jobs.  They like fixing problems.   They also have an attractive secretary who speaks with a heavy accent.  But even she likes to talk about air conditioning.   I think she has a night job nearby and is trying to make AC Repair her new career.   They are pretty clean-cut honest group that knows what they are doing.  They tend to focus on a few jobs at a time.

Ideal Services has one the prettiest webpages I’ve seen.   You can see they have about 20 young lads working there — all well trained and eager to make their way in the air conditioning field.   I think this guy tries to help disadvantage youth get a career and I like that about them.   I would say they will do you right for air conditioning repairs and the price will be fair.   I know they do plumbing too.

Las Vegas AC – Las Vegas Air Conditioning.  3324 S Highland Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  Phone:   (702) 518-9148.  Email:   Paul@Lasvegas.AC or Info@Lasvegas.AC

My motto is to call me last.   I like the most difficult problems and tend to charge less for the opportunity to work on them.   I will solve those problems that nobody else can.   I will tell you though that if the job is routine I will most likely refer the job to one of my friends.   I love giving air conditioning repair estimates and advice.  I live in the Las Vegas community and am always happy to make new friends.

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The world as we know it is full of symmetry.  There is symmetry on every distance scale and every time scale.   Most of the symmetry is circular.   History teaches us that.   Countries rise and fall.   Everyday life teaches us that too.  A husband being nagged about looking at the map will drive in a circle.  And whatever happens will happen again.   The underlying reasons for this are beyond our control or ability to understand.  Philosophers get famous for thinking of plausible explanations for the way things work.  But in the end we are faced with the reality that we are simply not meant to understand everything.

So we are given cues in nature.  The cycle of the sun rising and setting for when to sleep.  The cycle of the seasons for when to do work.   The cycle of activities set in motion by the nagging wife.

We have lived in the US through ups and downs in the Economy.  And Economists are always able to explain the science of why we had an up or down cycle with 100% accuracy– after the fact– and after they had a chance to change their models or prior statements.   Do you know that roughly 50% of economists predicted the last recession and roughly 50% predict any major economic event before it happens?  In other words, after studying complex mathematics and social systems and sometimes even getting a Noble Prize for their work, Economist predictions are as accurate as flipping a coin.  I hate to say it but the US probably should start flipping coins because its cheaper than hiring consulting economists–some of whom cannot even understand Turbotax– for example, Tim Geitner, Secretary of the US Treasury.

But in any case, we don’t need to flip a coin to understand that summer is coming and that means more work for us in air conditioning in Las Vegas.   This will be my last summer of work but I think its going to be a big bang.    I have noticed that President Obama has a lot of unspent stimulus money.   I have no doubt that Obama is planning on strategically injecting that money into the economy in preparation for the next election.  If you looked at the recent unemployment results, we are now at 8.3%.   Mark my words, Obama is very close to his objective — less than %7.8 unemployment.   Why 7.8?  So he can make a claim that things have gotten better.  If you recall, unemployment was 7.8% when Obama took office.

I expect this summer to be one the busiest in the last several years because of planned government stimulus.   While the money should be spent now, I have no doubt that is politically advantageous to spend money in away that creates the impression of an economy roaring back.   It seems unfair that our quality of life is affect by political ambitions and things will get better when it is good for those in power.   I don’t see how the economy will improve, but I have absolute confidence that Obama will artificially inflate the economy this summer to win an election.   An improved economy means work for air conditioning repair people and work companies making air conditioning equipment.   If things go right, I’ll retire this summer with one of the busiest summers ever.  All this because of my unwavering belief that Obama has the “fix” in to win the next election.  Also because I started my Las Vegas Air Conditioning website — and it seems to be popular.  I get more calls than I ever expected–which is none.  I wish I had gotten into the internet stuff years ago and mostly did it to find a retirement hobby and be able to converse with nephews and nieces.  (I’m even digging into Facebook, but they sure do invade your privacy.  I don’t know if Facebook is worse than the greedy banks that have sold your private information for years or if they are just more effective at information gathering.   I was surprised to find out that Microsoft is more respectful of my privacy than Facebook.)

But back to cycles–I don’t have faith that Obama is actually fixing the economy for the long term and will somehow reduce the severity of the up and down cycles that cause average Americans hardship.  Has Obama accomplished anything since he’s been in office that matters to the average person?  I know he’s been taking taking on more of a leadership role in the last few months, but he’s been a Jimmy Carter for the last two years.  I think we are for in one hell of a economic fall in 2013.   Even if Mitt Romney wins, I never really considered Romney that different from Obama.

Who know’s maybe I’ll have to learn Chinese because we may entering the Age of China again–again because of my belief in cycles in everything.   (If I remember correctly, somewhere around 3000 years ago, China was one of the leading countries on earth.)  I believe this as much as I believe a wife has 4 week nag and headache cycle.

 

What do they all have in common?  Another true story about air conditioning.

Probably if you think back to sesame street, you’ll remember what do these things have in common.  Its a thinking exercise for children.   Well lawyers and mold have the most in common, but all three intersected for me in the waiting area of the las vegas airport a few days ago.

Two lawyers were pompously talking the lawyer talk of trying to look smarter than the other on a wide range of topics.  Then the housing market and all the foreclosures came up.  One of the guys said to the other, he made a bundle because he could get a foreclosure and it was always easy to find mold.  He went on to say that it was easy to prove faulty ventilation or air conditioning was the cause of mold in homes.  Proudly, he then explained it was easy to sue air conditioning or HVAC contractors for a bundle.  As I understood it, the slimy attorney (I know a pleonasm) had figured out a way to profit off the homeowner going into foreclosure, the bank holding the foreclosed loan, and still screw the air conditioning guy who worked on the house before the foreclosure happened.   All this in the las vegas airport.   The other lawyer was impressed.   I think humane humans (a non-tautology as I discovered after thinking lawyers versus human to be reminded that humans are not always humane) would be disgusted.    Disclaimer note- I believe the lawyers were both from California.  Lawyers in Nevada are more respectable -and I say this proudly- no legal trickery just bribes.

So now I know why I pay so much for insurance to do my job.   Has anybody ever looked to see if attorneys cross-bred with blood-sucking mosquitoes sometime after arriving in California during the 1890s.

Would it be green to recycle attorney heads as road bumps or would it be silly because people would drive in circles to go back get the missed bumps–thus causing traffic jams instead of merely slowing traffic down?

All that ranting aside, mold is a serious problem in some homes.  Especially in the southeast and houston.   It is bad and EPA says-and I agree with EPA in this case- mold can cause a wide range of illnesses.  Luckily in the dry las vegas area, dust is more of a problem.   I hate to admit when EPA may be partly right about the PM standards and that Herman Cain fellow cited as a reason to get rid of EPA (before his naugty side was reveled)…he said EPA even wants to regulate dust.   Well do a google or bing search on mold if you see mold in your house.  It is harmful.  Hopefully you’ll remember the moral of the story… being a rich and articulate pizza maker does mean you understand science–so ignore Herman Cain when it comes to EPA.