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  • Allie Hard Hat

    5 steps to operating a construction trade business

    Operating a business isn’t easy and if it was, everyone would be doing it. We select, crazy few who chose to operate a construction business need to have a few processes and systems in place to ensure success. I’ve outlined the most important five steps …

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  • Clay

    5 reasons why you need to attend AHR Expo

    I suspect you have been seeing many magazine articles, ads, emails and other messaging that emphasizes why it is so valuable for contractors to attend the 2015 AHR Expo. In fact, Mechanical Hub recently published an article stating, “I can give you thousands of reasons …

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  • Allie Hard Hat

    Avoiding contractor complaints

    Contractors serve Customers. Customers vary from residential homeowners to industrial locations or mobile homes to government contracts. Contractors need to be able to communicate with a bevy of personality and customer types. Even the strongest and most experienced Contractor can still encounter Customer complaints. Below …

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  • Cash In Hand

    5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Small Business Cash Flow

    Operating your business, paying the bills, bringing in new work and keeping employees happy are everyday labors of love for the small business owners. But admittedly all of these tasks are affected by cash on hand; sometimes there’s plenty of it, and other times…well, there’s …

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  • Allie Hard Hat

    5 Myths About the Skilled Trades BUSTED

    There’s a good deal of smack talk about the trades. I’m here to set the story straight and bust some myths about contractors and skilled trades. “The Skilled Trades are for Dummies.” Actually, the trades require a varied skill set. Tradespeople usually possess a keen …

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  • John Mesenbrink

    5 things I learned at AHR NYC

    Getting some time to decompress and recap an event-filled week at AHR, here are some things that I came away with from the show and its surroundings: 1. People who attended that show in particular are a tough bunch of SOBs. When I landed on …

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  • John Mesenbrink

    For the love of this industry

    Honestly, there are really too many things to list here, but coming up on 10 years in the plumbing and HVACR industry, certain things just stand out for me, some tongue-in-cheek. Here are five that I recall fairly clearly: • Urinal Salutations — So a group of …

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    Prevent Frozen Pipes With These Tips

    The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for frozen or burst pipes. As freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, it expands and can block the line. This blockage can create excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure …

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    Aune’s 5 Reads

    I started writing for CONTRACTOR Magazine back in March of this year after making the move from another trade publication to work with the likes of such industry leaders as Bob Mader, Dave Yates, John Mesenbrink, Mark Eatherton and others. Since day one as a …

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    Moving Forward: 5 indicators that could signal an upswing in the hydronics market

    The love/hate relationship that exists between the economy and the hydronics industry has not exactly been a marriage made in heaven over the past few years. Recent travails with the economy have put the hydronics market in a holding pattern, yet positive indicators suggest the …

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