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Adventures in Construction: Trends From the Trenches

October 13, 2008
As a group, 42% of you indicated residential construction activity has decreased or decreased significantly in your markets during 2008. Every subset of our panel showed double-digit declines in 2008.
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Skaer-Tactics: A Few Answers to the Initial $6 Million Questions

October 8, 2008
Since posting a first batch of questions on this blog September 1, I have been receiving more and more interesting comments, as well as answers, from readers.
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Adventures in Construction: Trends From The Trenches

October 7, 2008
In just a few months we’ve gone from feast to famine… from too much business to “where is the business?”…from fat and happy to hungry and stunned.
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Powell's Ponderings: Passing of a Friend

October 7, 2008
I learned of the passing this past summer of Nils-Einar Wahlgren, a senior writer at VVS Forum, a trade magazine in Sweden.
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Taking Care of Business: You Can Layaway Merchandise, Why Not HVAC?

October 6, 2008
If you have ever used a layaway plan to purchase merchandise, raise your hand. Buying via layaway remains a viable option for many consumers. How about layaway for HVAC?
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Murphy's Law: My Economic Stimulus Plan

October 3, 2008
Instead of giving $700 billion to the Wall Street community, I have two options in mind. Plan A: Give $1 million to each of the nearly 330 million citizens in the United States of America.
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Taking Care of Business: Being the ‘Best Contractor' Has Its Perks

October 2, 2008
For the past winners of The NEWS’ “Best Contractor to Work For” contest there has been a good share of positive results. To them, winning recognition as a top HVACR contractor is much more than their name in print, a plaque for the office, and some local PR from the media.
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Murphy's Law: Economy Breeds Innovation

September 29, 2008
In the last few weeks I have noticed more new products in the offing than we usually see come through The NEWS desk.
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Skaer-Tactics: More Questions to Ponder ...

September 29, 2008
As promised earlier, here are a few more 6 Million Dollar questions for your consideration, for which I do not have answers.
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Powell's Ponderings: 13 SEER and R-22

September 26, 2008
My now almost two-year-old home has already been glorified in a story when I wrote a column about it some time ago as having a 13 SEER air conditioner running on R-22.
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