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Electrical Safety

May 27, 2005
You use electricity every day of your life, so it is easy to take it for granted. Yet electricity is a major cause of injury on the job. This article provides tips on how to work on electrical equipment safely, avoid accidents, and avoid damage to equipment.
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Business Development: Many Contractors Still Don't Get It

May 27, 2005
According to FMI, a significant percentage of contractors still do not generate the strategic results they hope for from their business development planning. Simply put, they are missing key steps of the process.
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Noncontact Temperature Measurements Using IR Thermometers

May 27, 2005
Infrared (IR) thermometers make it safe to take surface temperature measurements of items like rotating, hard-to-reach, electrically live, or dangerously hot targets. For preventive maintenance tasks, they cut measurement time to almost zero with the ability to take a surface temperature reading in less than one second.
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Pentagon Activates Solar A/C, Heating, Lighting, Power System

May 14, 2005
The solar heating, air conditioning, power, and lighting system installed at the guard station of the Pentagon Heating and Refrigeration Plant is one of the most advanced solar energy systems in the U.S. Despite its modest appearance, the system incorporates 12 advanced features.
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Selling Commercial Service Agreements - Part 3

May 14, 2005
This is the third of a four-part series on selling commercial service agreements. This series is designed as a complete A-Z on how to sell and organize for commercial service agreements. This article covers profitable pricing strategies to win the business.
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Btu Buddy 26: Checking A Heat Pump With Dirty Indoor Coil

May 13, 2005
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob examines a heat pump system and finds the airflow is low. He discovers that the problem is a dirty coil.
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Profiting With Modern Digital Gauges

April 30, 2005
As an owner-operator, my tools are essential to my work; they can be either a solid contributor or a cause of headaches. On a typical workday, my digital analyzer saves me work time, callbacks, and helps me keep my customers happy.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 15: Picking A Service Manager, And More

April 30, 2005
I grew my company to six techs and hired a service manager from another company. We've been battling for months. He acts like I work for him. Finally, he quit today and I'm relieved and afraid. What should I do?
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Avoiding TXV Trauma

April 30, 2005
To ensure maximum TXV performance, here are some tips on bulb mounting/location, brazing, valve orientation, external equalizer use, superheat adjustment, and troubleshooting.
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UA President Addresses MCAA Conference

April 27, 2005
The text here was excerpted from a speech given by Bill Hite, recently elected general president of the United Association (UA). The speech was delivered at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) national convention.
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