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Murphy's Law: Bad HVAC Experiences

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

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

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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Taking Care of Business: CO Poisoning Kills Sisters, Why?

Ultimately, I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to educate and warn the public about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - through constant bombardment of information as well as new warning devices from manufacturers.
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Skaer-Tactics: McCain or Obama? Let's Start the Debate

John McCain or Barrack Obama? Those are the choices. Who are you voting for in the next presidential election and why?
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Taking Care of Business: Time For the Haves to Help the Have Nots

While it is true that good businesspeople - the haves - should not give away their secrets of success to competitors in the same market, it is not true that these wise people should keep their wisdom from spreading to their peers in the same industry.
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Murphy's Law: Oil That Is, Black Gold, Texas Tea

Don’t you just love Memorial Day? Memorial Day always launches the gas price spiral that continues through Independence Day.
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Skaer-Tactics: Money Available, but no Takers?

I received an e-mail recently from Warren Lupson, director of education for AHRI. Hard to believe, but there is scholarship money to be had, but the foundation cannot even get 10 applicants.
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Taking Care of Business: There Is ALWAYS a Silver Lining

Yeah, some people think there is no such thing as a silver lining. Where in the heck did that phrase come from anyway? Try John Milton’s work “Comus” in 1634. I keep a copy on my coffee table for reference purposes.
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Skaer-Tactics: Sign of the Times Is Material Price Volatility

Material shortages and price escalations plague the construction industry. And it is clear that the price volatility of construction material, such as steel, will be a continuing challenge.
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