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Safety-Related Smartphone Apps

As more and more of us use our iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries to check emails, view websites, and text our kids and friends, many are using smartphone apps for other purposes: weather reports, news, and — safety. So here are 10 great apps that make your smartphone a powerful safety accessory.


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How to Size Your Register Box

It can be confusing when you go to cut in a new diffuser for an HVAC system. What size ceiling box do you use? What size grille do you use? What size should the hole be? How do you connect the sheet metal duct?


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401(k) Plans: They Are All the Same… Right?

One of the biggest misconceptions in the 401(k) world is all plans are created equal. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is this misconception that is hurting plan sponsors and plan participants alike.


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The Importance of Clean, Dry Compressed Air for Air Plasma Cutting

Moisture in a Compressed Air System Will Cause Problems
The life and performance of an air plasma torch’s consumable parts can be affected by a few different factors. This article discusses the effect on consumable parts life and cut quality that can be caused by contaminants in the compressed air supply.


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Leak Detection Tools: What You Know and a Few Things You Don’t

Which Tool Is the Best? There Is No Best.
By this time, on your career path as refrigeration and air conditioning technicians, you should already be aware of all the methods used to find leaks. The choice of tool is totally up to you.


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Why Businesses Need to Engage Consumers Using Social Media

In this ever-changing era of the Internet, social media is becoming more and more vital on every level: from kids with Instagram accounts to the White House and its Twitter account, and everyone in between. It’s becoming more and more important for both emerging and established companies to have a social media presence.


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Six Tips to Ensure Your Sale Is the Start of Something Big

Your New Customer Is a Potential Asset for the Future
A customer represents not only a sales transaction completed at a point in time but is also a potential asset for the future. You need to work on that asset if you want to make the best of this new opportunity.


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Attaining a Green Building with Good Indoor Air Quality

Green buildings are the new trend in today’s market. One of the most successful ways of getting a better rating for your green building is by maintaining good indoor air quality. 


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How to Stand Out: A Lesson on Practical Intelligence for Contractors

Practical intelligence has to do with your ability to communicate well with many different types of people. This ability, under very specific circumstances, can make all the difference when presented opportunities in life.


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Select Ductless for Energy Efficiency and IAQ

For residential contractors, ductless may be difficult to sell homeowners on the benefits when looking at the price tag. When proposing a mini-split system, you the contractor must consider first what ductless provides and how it will save consumers in the long run.


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