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Lessons From the Manager's Boot Camp

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When attendees of Bruce Tulgan's Manager's Boot Camp are asked, "What is the hardest thing, for you, about managing people?", the same issues come up again and again. Here are the major issues and some solutions to these challenges.
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Btu Buddy 39: Burned Transformer Due to Shorted Coil in Relay

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In this edition of the Btu Buddy series, Bob goes on a service call and finds a failed transformer in an electric furnace. He discovers that the heat relay in the system has a shorted coil.
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Keeping Cool With Outdoor Air: Airside Economizers

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This article reviews ASHRAE Standard 90.1's requirements for airside economizers and discusses the underlying design decisions and benefits of effective airside economizer systems.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 28: Organizing Your Growth

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A contractor has been blessed with rapid growth but he finds that his company is straining to keep things under control. What's the first step in managing that growth? An organizational chart.
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Stop Blowing Hot Air

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If you want to keep equipment operating in peak condition, make sure you select the proper replacement fan blade when replacing a worn or damaged one. Proper fan blade selection can sometimes get overlooked.
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Practical Ice Maker Troubleshooting Tips

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Ice maker troubleshooting is easier if you take it one step at a time. In this article the author goes step-by-step through the most common ice maker troubleshooting calls.
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Advantages of Closed Circuit Cooling Towers

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A closed system protects the quality of the process fluid and reduces system maintenance at a slightly higher initial cost. When deciding which system is best for an application, several factors should be considered.
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Traffic: Look Out for Yourself... and Everyone Else

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Accidents are often caused by the other driver. When it comes to vehicle safety, here are some tips on how contractors and techs can avoid being the cause of an accident as well as look out for everyone else on the road.
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How to Define Perfect Service

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Determining what constitutes perfect service can vary with the subjective expectations of customers who often state “I know it when I see it.” To get going in a practical, productive way, this article provides some steps that any business can take.
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The Impact of WEEE and RoHS on the U.S.

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It's been demonstrated many times that after Europe introduces environmental regulation, similar action often occurs in the United States. This article explains WEEE and RoHS, and how they are already impacting the U.S. market.
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