Articles by Mike Murphy

Murphy's Law: Partnership Needs a Renaissance

August 31, 2009
Partnership is an overused and sometimes empty word - but it may be time to revisit the concept. Decades ago, partnership was touted as the earth-shaking, innovative method for unbelievable success. But, skepticism ran high after a few years of some one-sided partnerships.
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Murphy's Law: Regionalize Me

August 24, 2009
Every part of North America has particular needs for HVACR and The NEWS realizes that our magazine should cater to those particular needs. Now you can find region specific news that is of special interest to you.
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Murphy's Law: Carbon Sequestration Folly

August 18, 2009
While watching a DVD with my daughter entitled “Envy” starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black, I suddenly began to wonder where the carbon dioxide emissions would go if buried in underground rock formations.
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Murphy's Law: A/C Is Important to Consumers

August 10, 2009
According to the Bureau of Census Characteristics of New Housing Report, 89 percent of all new homes constructed in the United States have air conditioning.
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Economic Stimulus Program Slow to Impact Construction Industry

August 10, 2009
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America released an analysis of the federal stimulus program’s initial impact on construction hiring and spending practices during a national media conference call. Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO, said, “The stimulus is clearly working, it just isn’t working fast enough for many construction workers in many communities.”
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Murphy's Law: HVAC Gun for Hire

July 30, 2009
I received this letter from a guy who received a letter from a guy who can’t find a job in the HVAC industry. Call me stupid, but I’m betting somebody wants to hire this guy. Let’s find him a job.
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Murphy's Law: Superheat and Subcooling Important

July 27, 2009
Look out; a technical incompetent is on the loose. Yes, this could be referring to me attempting to explain the importance of measuring superheat and subcooling, or it could be referring to a technician who just strapped on a set of gauges with nary a clue.
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AHRI Coil Action Poses Problems

July 20, 2009
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced on July 2 a decision to delist mix-match coil-blower combinations, effective July 15, that exceed 6 percent of a system manufacturers’ highest sales volume tested (HSVT) combinations. This left many distributors and contractors wondering about inventory issues and how to support previously quoted system ratings.
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Murphy's Law: Twittering Out

July 14, 2009
My recent experiment with Twitter.com is almost down to its last tweet. Here is a sample from my latest follower: “I'm a shy girl that is looking for a guy to be intimate with me and LOYAL to only me. Please no cheaters. Patti.”
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Murphy's Law: Find the R in ROI

July 13, 2009
The concept of return on investment (ROI) is fairly simple: everyone wants something back from their investment. The complication begins when you question the customer as to how they measure ROI. Is the return measured in dollars, or design, or bragging rights? It is different for everyone.
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