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Skaer-Tactics: Local RETA Chapter Does the Right Thing

A few weeks ago, I was happy to report that Grainger had expanded its technical education scholarship program. I’d now like to point out a positive gesture from the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA).
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Taking Care of Business: Sorting the Sock Drawer, Er, Inventory

The other day I opened up my sock drawer and saw several orphan socks. But it got me thinking: Do you have time to sort socks, er, sort your inventory?
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Adventures in Construction: That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

I just returned from Atlanta where a gas shortage is creating havoc. At one point, I became mired in a line of cars when I simply attempted to turn into my hotel parking lot.
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Taking Care of Business: Life (and Death) Can Be a Distraction

Two events recently happened that reinforced my belief that my job, my profession, and the trade I serve are just secondary plateaus in life. There is one thing that is more important - and that is life itself.
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Skaer-Tactics: I'm Still Feeling the Pain

More than a month ago I noted here Meier Supply Co.’s attempt to help its employees lose weight. I am happy to report that the HVACR wholesale distributor’s eight-week “Biggest Loser” contest concluded recently.
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Powell's Ponderings: All This for HVAC?

The hike to the Purdue University campus usually was pretty routine during the recent four-day compressor and refrigeration-air conditioning conferences. But one day there was quite a fuss.
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Murphy's Law: Get Out the Vote

You may be one of the many undecided voters, like me, who may actually swing this election. If, this week, you are still undecided, here is an idea you might like to try.
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Adventures in Construction: Trends From the Trenches

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

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

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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