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Category Archive for: ‘Guest Blog’

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    Got Biomass?

    In a never ending quest for alternative energy sources, perhaps it is time to consider biomass.  I recently attended the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo. (www.nebiomassheat.com) It was hosted at the Convention Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  It was a beautiful facility in a quaint, old …

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  • Eric Aune9

    When Did We Become Artists?

    Hydronic heating systems in general are intimidating to look at.  Now I’m not saying when you, the professional, enter a mechanical room that you are intimidated but, put yourself in the shoes of the end user.  The immensely intelligent Robert Bean [healthyheating.com], says it nicely when …

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    LEED + Green = Lean. Not quite.

    Recently, my company, JC Cannistraro, embarked on the latest and greatest thing in construction, called “LEAN.” Now I heard of LEED, in which my biggest contribution seemed to be using products that are very recyclable. Then I was introduced to “Green.” Was this the next …

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  • Eric Aune8

    Show Me The MONEY!

    A couple years ago I had the opportunity to provide service for a customer in the Twin Cities.  The customer had motivation to replace his old hot water boiler through a low interest loan program offered to Minnesota residents, at the time, who were candidates …

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  • John Mesenbrink

    Support the Industry: Go to local trade shows

    There are some really great high-profile shows that, as contractors, you might want to check out— AHR, Greenbuild, ISH Frankfurt — again, all great shows. But do you have the time and money as a plumbing, heating and mechanical contractor to go to all of …

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    Gruesse aus Deutschland

    Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany, where I had the pleasure to walk one of the largest plumbing and heating shows in the world — ISH Messe Frankfurt. A late-season snowstorm kept opening day attendance relatively low, but it was actually nice for attendees, as the aisles …

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  • Eric Aune7

    Why Are You Trying To Outsmart Your Client?

    There are a lot of contractors who write a blog as a way to communicate information to their customers; many of which do a wonderful job at relaying their knowledge on a sometimes complex subject in a way that is easily understood by the nonprofessional. …

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    Gas Pressure Testing Always a fine choice

    Anyone seen a recent Sam Adams commercial?   The memorable catch phrase is that Sam Adam’s Beer is, “Always a Fine Choice”. Knowing that we are in lean times, putting ink on the deposit slip at the end of the week is harder and harder to …

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  • Ron G

    How are you venting? PVC Flues Are They Safe?

    A few years ago I was asked to inspect the mechanical systems in some university housing units at a university in the Midwest. The school had hundreds of apartments in numerous buildings that had combination water heater/heating hot water units that provided heating hot water …

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  • Handrahan

    Rising Above Your Competitors

    Geothermal heating and cooling has always been somewhat of a niche market or a specialty if you will.  Why is that?  How come every HVAC or mechanical contractor will install an air-to-air heat pump but not a water-to-air heat pump?  Heck most of us have …

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