Articles by Mark Skaer

The Industry 10 Years From Now

October 20, 2008
Who knows what the HVAC environment will be like for contractors 10 years from now? It’s a good question, but one that the New Horizons Foundation (NHF) believes it has a handle on. In its study, “The HVAC and Sheet Metal Industry Futures Study: Industry Trends and Drivers Shaping Alternative Futures,” NHF paints a different picture for contractors than the market of today.
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Skaer-Tactics: Local RETA Chapter Does the Right Thing

October 20, 2008
A few weeks ago, I was happy to report that Grainger had expanded its technical education scholarship program. I’d now like to point out a positive gesture from the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA).
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Skaer-Tactics: I'm Still Feeling the Pain

October 15, 2008
More than a month ago I noted here Meier Supply Co.’s attempt to help its employees lose weight. I am happy to report that the HVACR wholesale distributor’s eight-week “Biggest Loser” contest concluded recently.
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Skaer Tactics: Get Familiar With the Acronym: BIM

October 13, 2008
Among the predictions in a New Horizons Foundation (NHF) study, one area I believe it is right on target is its stance on Building Information Modeling (BIM). According to the study, by 2018 BIM will have become standard operating procedure on virtually all mid-size to large projects, plus will invade the residential sector. Believe it.
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Duct Tape Improvements Help HVAC Contractors

October 13, 2008
To borrow the slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes, duct tape has come a long way, baby. Perhaps best known by those outside the HVACR industry as the versatile stalwart of any handyman’s tool kit, duct tape has evolved to meet the demands. Updated codes and improved standards have helped push for tape improvements.
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Skaer-Tactics: A Few Answers to the Initial $6 Million Questions

October 8, 2008
Since posting a first batch of questions on this blog September 1, I have been receiving more and more interesting comments, as well as answers, from readers.
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Skaer-Tactics: More Questions to Ponder ...

September 29, 2008
As promised earlier, here are a few more 6 Million Dollar questions for your consideration, for which I do not have answers.
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Skaer-Tactics: Grainger Steps up to the Tech Shortage Plate

September 15, 2008
For the rest of this year, I am going to make a concerted effort, via this blog, to bring some positive news regarding this industry. In truth, I do not have to dig deep.
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Skaer Tactics: Lead the Business and the Successor

September 8, 2008
When it comes to leading a football team, the head coach needs to be on the sidelines. The same can be said of an owner of a contracting business. He - or she - needs to lead the company. Not from afar, either. He needs to be on the front line, if need be, supplying the encouragement, needed guidance, and/or answering all questions from employees.
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Striving for Super Efficiency

September 8, 2008
Long ago, the industry determined that the combination of copper tubing and aluminum fins provided the most efficient transfer of thermal heat in condenser coils. Manufacturers of residential units are not necessarily on that same page - or that line of thinking - today. Most manufacturers, if not all, are revising, have revised, or continue to revise outdoor coil construction to increase efficiency.
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