Articles by Mark Skaer

Skaer-Tactics: Airing the Hot, Cold Regarding <I>Time's</I> Klein

July 14, 2008
In his July 7 commentary, Time’s columnist Joe Klein encouraged Americans to “Kill your air conditioner. Solving the energy crisis requires sacrifice. For the good of the country, we should be sweating.”
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Skaer-Tactics: We Must Tell of Our Needs to the Press

July 8, 2008
Let’s all write Arik Hesseldahl, a writer for BusinessWeek.com, and inform him how much the HVACR industry needs employees. We all have to get the attention of the national and local press in order to spread the word of this industry’s labor needs.
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A Duct Cleaner's Nightmare

July 7, 2008
If you think the federal tax code is complex, try figuring out what is and what is not allowed when it comes to cleaning ductwork. It is making even the most competent and experienced in the field shake their heads. Making things more complicated is the fact that regulations are, for the most part, different in each state.
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How Does a Building Turn Gold? Let's Count the LEED Credits

June 30, 2008
While the Bick Group is proud of having invested time and money into its underfloor air distribution (UAD) system, its headquarters has a lot of other top-notch, thinking-outside-the-box features going for it. After all, it did not get its LEED Gold certification by sticking to traditional ways.
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Skaer-Tactics: Floods and Fires: Are They Affecting Your Business?

June 26, 2008
For now, I’d like to know if any HVACR contracting businesses are being affected by the flooding in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and elsewhere - and the same due to the fires in Southern California.
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Skaer-Tactics: Big Brown? Nope, My Money is on Andrew Klein

June 23, 2008
Skills USA National Conference and competition is this week in Kansas City. Based on the information I have, the student to beat in the HVACR division is Andrew Klein.
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Best News for Contractors May be the Summer Weather

June 23, 2008
The South and West are expected to see a hot summer for 2008, but the Midwest and East could have below normal temperatures for the months of June through August. Of course, the trouble with weather forecasting is, as one pundit put it, “that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.”
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AHRI Prepared to Challenge Albuquerque's Energy Code

June 23, 2008
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is preparing to seek a possible injunction in federal court against the city of Albuquerque, N.M., if its council and mayor continue to stick with the city’s new Energy Conservation Code and High Performance Building Ordinance, set to become effective July 1.
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Skaer Tactics: With Pressing Need for Techs, Let's Get This Show on the Air

June 23, 2008
OK, maybe we're getting somewhere. Since last I wrote, more than a few contractors have written or called to back up my idea in regard to getting a weekly HVACR-related program on television. In my opinion, this is a strong way to connect the young to this industry. And, we do have to connect with the young. Otherwise, this industry is going to be in trouble.
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Skaer-Tactics: McCain or Obama? Let's Start the Debate

June 12, 2008
John McCain or Barrack Obama? Those are the choices. Who are you voting for in the next presidential election and why?
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