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Murphy's Law: World's Funniest HVAC Video

February 9, 2009
There is a lot of misinformation floating around about the R-22 transition. Go to www.achrnews.com/countdownto2010 to watch a funny video. It may not be ready for prime time TV on “The World’s Funniest Videos” but what you hear might shock you.
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Powell's Ponderings: Weather Guesses

February 8, 2009
One aspect of living somewhat near the Chicago metro area is that I am sometimes asked what the weather might be when someone or some events are coming this way.
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Murphy's Law: Stimulus Packages

February 2, 2009
A proposal is drifting through Washington, D.C., that would increase the amount of tax credits for high-efficiency appliances, i.e., air conditioners and furnaces, from $500 to $1,500.
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Powell's Ponderings: Regulations, Regulations Everywhere

January 29, 2009
Any time we complain about government regulations, just remember: We are not alone. Brian Baker of Custom Vac Ltd., an HVAC contracting company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, passed along a news item from the London Telegraph.
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Taking Care of Business: Outsmarted By My T-Stat

January 26, 2009
I can’t even program a TiVo, so it should come as no surprise that I don’t understand the concept of a programmable thermostat.
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Skaer-Tactics: For Those Who Can, Teach HVACR?

January 26, 2009
Everyone in the industry is greatly aware of the technician shortage. However, few realize there is also a shortage of persons to teach HVACR classes at our nation’s schools.
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Murphy's Law: Expo Time Again

January 26, 2009
I love going to Chicago for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). Lots of new product, but the weather is always gorgeous this time of year, even though it can be a bit balmy by Lake Michigan.
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Taking Care of Business: Read the Fine Print

January 22, 2009
The other day I was planning to book an airline ticket using my Northwest Airlines Award miles. I hadn’t used them in a few years so I wasn’t aware of any new changes to award travel.
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Are Obama Fans Too Optimistic?

January 21, 2009
Regardless of where you fall in the political spectrum, you are likely looking forward to a change in Washington. If you are a business owner or manager, you are especially excited by the prospects of a new cadre of leaders generating optimism among consumers.
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Powell's Ponderings: Global Warming In Music

January 19, 2009
To escape all the environmental and government regulation issues I’ve been writing about, my wife and I went to a classical music concert. The main piece of music was a Beethoven symphony; however, the opening work was called “Global Warming.”
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