Articles by Mike Murphy

Not Just About Heating in U.P.

November 28, 2011
In a somewhat slightly obscure location along the shores of Little Bay De Noc, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.), this town of approximately 12,000 hardy people like their hockey. According to Charlie Elliott, these people who call themselves Yoopers, also like air conditioning and heating too.


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Murphy's Law: Where Are Those Matches?

November 23, 2011

I wonder why ... I can never find the matches when I want to light the propane grill.


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Executive Summit Fosters Relationships

November 21, 2011
MechanicalXchange is an exclusive, invitation-only executive summit co-sponsored by The NEWS. The 2011 event was attended by more than 100 hand-selected people representing 23 mechanical contracting firms and 24 vendors. The purpose of the event is to bring buyers and sellers together.


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Building Performance Institute Standards - Not

November 14, 2011
Home performance contracting is taking the country by storm. Well, maybe not yet a thunderstorm, but in every meeting of HVAC contractors that I have attended in the last 18 months, at least some mention of measuring systems — testing in and testing out — has been on the agenda.


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Murphy's Law: I Wonder Why...

November 2, 2011

...the biggest job is always the one you never knew about?


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Murphy's Law: Why No Pink Trucks?

October 19, 2011

I know a couple of people associated with the HVACR industry that are fighting breast cancer right now, and I think they might appreciate seeing a pink truck.


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Distributor Serves Customers in a Famous Way

Best Practices from Famous Supply
October 3, 2011
Contractors and manufacturers all said essentially the same thing when asked why they do business with Famous Enterprises — customer service.


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MechanicalXchange Finds Solutions the Old-Fashioned Way

September 26, 2011
Today, approximately 90 top executives are gathering in Park City, Utah for a strategic summit. There, they will meet face-to-face, and they will talk.


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Why Should I Buy Your Product Anyway?

August 22, 2011
Everyone has been challenged (more than once) to prove why their product is better. When customers ask “why?” they really want to know: What’s in it for me?


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HVACR is Hot: Safety is Important

August 1, 2011
Sometimes HVACR is a hot job in the literal sense; evidence the cover story in this issue. Our friends at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) make a particularly consistent and strong statement among their respective memberships - safety is Job One.
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