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Category Archive for: ‘Guest Blog’

  • Clay

    Take advantage of the educational opportunities at AHR

    I firmly believe that people are never too old to immerse themselves in unfamiliar territory and pick up a new trade. However, to do so successfully requires hard work, discipline, practice and a commitment to life-long learning. Education plays a critical role in succeeding as …

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    2015 defined by efficiency standards

    This past year could be defined as the year of efficiency standards, as regulations on water heaters, pumps, commercial rooftop air conditioners, and split systems—among others—are paving the way toward the 2030 Challenge, where all new buildings, developments, and major renovations shall be carbon-neutral by …

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    Burning the candle at both ends? Hug your kids

    “John, we may have to rethink that ride-along idea after this,” contractor Jason Ridgeway posted to my Facebook timeline after he was involved in a rollover crash coming home late from work one night just before the holidays. Fortunately, Jason is okay and was able …

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    Drop the diamond plate, show us the real savings.

    I received a text from my good friend Andy Mickelson a week or two ago that got me going. Andy and I talk fairly often, mostly about work and the day-to-day happening of self-employment. When my phone made that altogether familiar sound notifying me of …

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  • Dain Hansen

    IAPMO’s view from the Hill, and the industry

    Dain Hansen is vice president of Government Relations, The IAPMO Group. He lends his frequent perspective of Capitol Hill, and the plumbing industry. Here is an edited version of his update from December 11, 2015: Congressional Update This week: The House passed legislation to strengthen …

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    Beer:30 — Top 99 Beers in 99 Cities

    • Inaugural List Names America’s Best Beers in the Best Cities It’s no coincidence that the rise of the craft beer movement has coincided with the revitalization of many of our nation’s downtowns. Breweries have proven to be great draws capable of anchoring a nighttime …

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    Steam boiler skimming

    Skimming a steam boiler is the process of removing any oil from the water volume. If not completed properly, the presence of oil can cause the boiler to surge, as the water’s ability to flash to steam is affected. While US Boiler doesn’t use oil …

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  • Clay

    Technology, trends highlight AHR Orlando

    There’s no denying that modern technology is incredible, but to me, what’s even more incredible is the rate at which even the most innovative technology is advancing. Every year I look forward to seeing what new and upgraded HVACR equipment will be on display at …

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    Chipped cards & the new mobile payment plan

    As your business expands, one important way to build customer loyalty is to be able to readily accept payment from customers via whatever means they prefer to pay. Given how quickly the payments universe is expanding, that may seem like a daunting proposition, but in …

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  • Allie Hard Hat

    A call to action: recruitment of skilled labor to the trades

      Hub Friend Allie Perez gives a unique spin on recruitment of skilled labor in the trades. Check what she has to “say.” Allie Perez is director of operations, Mr. Plumber / Mr. AC, San Antonio (http://www.mrplumbersa.com). Her interesting viewpoints on the trades can be …

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