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The Under-Management Epidemic

November 23, 2005
Ongoing management research indicates that too many of those in leadership positions - at all levels - are disengaged from their direct reports on a day-to-day basis. Too many leaders, managers, and supervisors are failing to lead, manage, and supervise.
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Btu Buddy 32: Carbon Monoxide Problem With Gas Furnace

November 23, 2005
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob goes on a call where a carbon monoxide detector alarm is sounding off. He finds that a fireplace is contributing to the problem.
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Ladder Safety Tips

November 23, 2005
Ladders are such common everyday tools that many workers take them for granted. The two principal causes of ladder-related injuries are using the wrong ladder for the job and misusing or abusing climbing equipment.
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Servicing Gas Appliances – Part 2

November 11, 2005
This article is part two of a three-part series on inspecting and servicing gas appliances. It covers thermostats/zone sensors, filters, the blower compartment, wiring, and the burner compartment.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 21: Business Fundamentals, And More

November 11, 2005
What are the business skills that an owner must master? I'm strong technically and I'm pretty good at selling stuff but my staff's performance is hit-and-miss in both these areas. What am I missing?
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Filters And Air Contamination In A Building

November 11, 2005
A properly functioning air filter system provides cleaner and safer air to building occupants. It also makes the HVAC system operate more efficiently and extends equipment life. This article provides details on air filter systems.
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Competing In Mature Industries

October 31, 2005
Mature industries are characterized by an excess supply of competition too willing to discount and eroding margins, profits, and returns. The best way to compete is to provide niche or customized solutions rather than compete on price.
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Servicing Gas Appliances – Part 1

October 28, 2005
This article is part one of a three-part series on inspecting and servicing gas appliances. This part covers infiltration air and the ventilation air test, equipment efficiency, venting, and the three-part testing procedure for checking a heat exchanger.
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Thermal Energy Storage: Looking Back 15 Years

October 28, 2005
Thermal energy storage is an energy conservation tool as well as an environmentally friendly and economically attractive alternative to new electric generation capacity. The installation highlighted in this article provides more information about its benefits.
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Btu Buddy 31: A Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air

October 14, 2005
In this edition of the Btu Buddy series, Bob goes on a call where the customer is complaining about their heat pump blowing cold air. Bob explains the differences between a heat pump and furnace, and makes a couple adjustments to the system.
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