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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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Taking Care of Business: Hot Attics Equal More Sales

July 7, 2008
If what I heard from HVAC contractors is true, then sending techs and installers into hot attics makes a lot of good business sense, in spite of the inherent health problems associated with hot attics.
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Murphy's Law: HVAC for The Ages

July 7, 2008
Back in the 1950s this business was all about comfort. We didn’t know anything about saving money. Comfort was all there was.
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Taking Care of Business: More Price Shoppers Than Ever Before

June 30, 2008
I hate to admit it, but I am becoming a cheapskate. Becoming? I’ve actually had the cheapskate gene for a long time.
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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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Taking Care of Business: Who Moved My QWERTY?

June 26, 2008
Just when I thought I had mastered the art of change, something else has happened. Instead of moving my cheese, someone rearranged my keyboard.
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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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Murphy's Law: Bad HVAC Experiences

June 23, 2008
Unfortunately, every one of us has at least one story we can tell about a bad experience we’ve had with a contractor. When it gets right down to it, a lot of people just don’t trust contractors.
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Murphy's Law: Efficiency Game Tough to Play, But It's Coming

June 18, 2008
A pickup truck (Ford F-150) dropped off the list as the No. 1 vehicle of choice of Americans for the first time in decades as more fuel-efficient vehicles are in greater demand.
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I Think... It's Déjà vu All Over Again

June 16, 2008
Remember what our industry went through to change over to 13 SEER equipment? Thank goodness it’s behind us. But wait, we are only 18 months away from another potential industry headache in the form of the new refrigerant mandates.
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