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Articles by Mark Skaer

Skaer-Tactics: NEWS Hotline Number Is 618-239-0288

We are always happy to hear from you. While the best way to reach any editor is by e-mail, we realize that not all have access to the Internet or are e-mail savvy. It’s why we introduce our new hotline number: 618-239-0288.
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Skaer-Tactics: Calling All Contractors From the West

The NEWS plans to produce a series concerning how the economic conditions today are affecting the contracting world.
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Skaer Tactics: In Year of the Ox, Be Prepared for Bull-Headed Customers

According to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Earth Ox begins Jan. 26. Ironically, that is the first day of the 2009 AHR Expo. I know of more than a few contractors who said they were debating on going to the expo because they had to cut back somewhere. It may be that kind of year for one and all. This year may be as slow as an ox.
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Skaer-Tactics: HVACR Hope on the Obama Horizon

Just in case you did not hear the obvious, President-elect Barack Obama declared that the national economy was “bad and getting worse” as he began crisis talks this week with congressional leaders on emergency action.
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Skaer-Tactics: Don't Want to Know What's Next

As an Illinois resident, I know that thanks to a one stellar Rod Blagojevich, it’s been embarrassing living in the Land of Lincoln.
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Training, Education Offerings on an Upswing

Over the past two years, contractor associations have been slowly but surely beefing up their respective training and education offerings - so much so that one industry insider referred to the increased interest as the “Education Explosion.” The NEWS surveyed some of the top associations to find out what they’re doing.
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Skaer-Tactics: Will Green Prevail in Down Economy?

According to a national survey, America’s current financial slowdown could threaten to put the push for green on the back burner.
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Skaer-Tactics: Contractors Pushing for State License

The HVACR Illinois State Association (HISA) was formed earlier this year to bring all the independent HVACR contractors in Illinois together into a unified presence to advocate for a state licensure law.
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Smart Products for Smart Contractors

There is a definite trend in the HVACR industry toward smarter, more sophisticated products. Just examine some of the smart products manufacturers have been - and keep - producing. Here is a showcase of a few of the smart pieces of equipment that are now available in the industry.
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Skaer-Tactics: What am I Missing Here?

Earlier this year, I wrote an editorial proposing that the third day of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Exposition be open to the general public, media, and students. But the idea was voted down.
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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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