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Determining Airflow Using A Voltmeter And Ammeter

July 9, 2004
Measuring airflow can be difficult and time consuming, but it can be useful to troubleshooters. An easy method of measuring the airflow through a system that uses electric heaters is provided here.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 5: Looking To Change, And More

July 9, 2004
I have had four trucks in the past, but I am running solo now. I now question whether management is even possible for me or was there just a particular set of problems I was not able to overcome?
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Providing More Precise System Charging

June 25, 2004
A new refrigerant charging device (patent pending) has been developed to supply a simplified method of providing more precise system charging. It is intended to give technicians an easy and more accurate way to charge. This article details the invention.
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Create A Culture Of Accountability

June 25, 2004
Many people think accountability only crops up when something goes wrong. A more positive approach to accountability can do more to achieve outstanding results than all the finger pointing and blaming in the world.
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Btu Buddy 15: Quickly Cooling A Hot Hermetic Compressor

June 25, 2004
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob encounters a hot hermetic compressor and learns how to troubleshoot and diagnose the system problem.
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The Disastrous Effects Of Deferring Maintenance

June 12, 2004
Attempting to force maintenance spending into specific lumps of time that do not meet the needs of our machines creates the need to defer maintenance. Maintenance budgets fail because budgeting authorities do not understand the disastrous consequences of deferring maintenance.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 4: Tongue-Tied, And More

June 12, 2004
I hate public speaking but with an ever-expanding company I feel I must learn to talk to the company as a whole. Standing up in front of the entire company with every eye on me is unnerving. Do you have any suggestions?
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GPS Saves On Capturing And Tracking Job Costs

June 12, 2004
When you have a large contracting company, keeping close control of job time and costs can provide substantial savings and help increase profitability. That was the goal when this contractor looked into the use of a global positioning system (GPS) application.
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Distribution Software Provides Real-Time Benefits

May 28, 2004
Providing the most efficient link between contractor customer and its distribution operation was the goal. Even for those customers who were "technologically challenged," this distributor wanted to develop a simple computerized system that would provide immediate pricing updates and easier ordering.
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Using Smart Tools In HVACR

May 28, 2004
There are lots of useful tools for electrical work. To this day, we really can't tell that much about the refrigeration circuit. Here's a tool to help solve refrigeration circuit problems.
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