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Skaer-Tactics: He is Soon Out in the Real World

May 5, 2008
It seems like just yesterday I presented my boss with a story idea: Why not follow an HVACR student on his way to an associate’s degree? Is it tough? What are some of the obstacles, if any?
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I Think... There Is No Excuse for Being Uneducated

April 28, 2008
Do you want to improve your HVACR business? As a technician, do you want to advance in your company and/or learn new skills? If the answer is yes, the help you need is just a few clicks away.
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Skaer-Tactics: Let's Turn Recruiting Focus to TV

April 28, 2008
This industry is going about reaching today’s youth in the wrong way. Since the average child watches 1,680 minutes of TV per week, let’s set our focus on getting exposure on the “boob tube.”
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Murphy's Law: Manufacturers Need a Tune-up

April 25, 2008
Sure, the manufacturers can say that there were big bucks being thrown around to nationally advertise oil changes quite a few years ago. Some of your own national consumer campaigns might be better focused on something that every contracting company can sink its teeth into.
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Skaer-Tactics: Underfloor Air Distribution Systems: Good or Bad?

April 22, 2008
I was recently invited to take a tour of the headquarters of a firm in St. Louis that provides solutions for mission critical facilities throughout the United States. This firm was proud of its new office surroundings.
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Taking Care of Business: How Many Ways Can ‘Air' Be In a Name?

April 21, 2008
How do I “air” thee? Let me count the ways. On second thought, I won’t, especially when used in the name of an HVACR business.
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Taking Care of Business: The Short List for Preventing Callbacks

April 15, 2008
Callbacks. Just the word sends shudders up the spines of business owners who pride themselves on quality work and experienced workmanship. Yet despite all of the best training and experience, there are bound to be callbacks.
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Murphy's Law: We Need More Partnerships in HVACR

April 14, 2008
Contractors should take advantage of partnerships within associations and networks to forward their collective interests and to create more business opportunities.
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Skaer-Tactics: He May Live There, but Isa Is No Turkey

April 14, 2008
After meeting Kadir Isa, I’ll never call anyone a “turkey” (in a negative way) anymore. Isa, an HVACR training specialist from Istanbul, Turkey, attended the recent HVACR & Plumbing Instructor Workshop.
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I Think... I Believe the Climate Change Hysteria is Real

April 7, 2008
If Congress is hell bent on saving Mother Earth in the next decade then why not do something to replace all the inefficient HVAC systems in the 50-plus million existing homes in the United States.
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