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How flow rate affects heat output

When “thinking mathematically,” most people think in proportions.
April 22, 2014

German water.


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Are you running a business or a hobby?

As you can imagine, this question can ruffle some feathers.
April 22, 2014

It’s only a business when you make money at it.


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How heating systems began

I was having a conversation the other day with Mr. Ara Marcus Daniels.
April 22, 2014

We were talking about early heating systems, Ara and I. I had questions and he had answers. When you want to know stuff about how things began, it pays to ask someone who has been dead for a while. Guys like that were there at the start and saw most of it for themselves.


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Plumbing vs. process piping

One part is regulated by the plumbing code; the other is regulated by engineering design.
April 22, 2014

Know where the separation line is ó donít get stuck paying higher fees.


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Hydronic radiant ceiling cooling for smaller buildings.

Removing limitations on radiant heating systems.
March 17, 2014

Well-designed and properly installed hydronic radiant heating systems have earned a deserved reputation for superior comfort. Even so, many people hesitate on using these systems because they can’t just push a button on their thermostat to change the system from heating to cooling.


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Create effective customer newsletters

A syndicated newsletter with some customization will save you time.
March 17, 2014

Are you one of those contractors who believes if you service a customer once and do a great job, he’ll remember you forever? I wish it was true. Instead, studies show 55% of the customers you lose leave you because you paid them no attention.


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High pressure goes to low pressure. Always.

Inflation.
March 17, 2014

I stopped at the gas station the other day because one of my car’s tires looked a bit low. They charge us for air here on the Isle of Long. When I was a young man, it was free.


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Technicians are your brand

Effective communication is the backbone of great customer service.
March 17, 2014

Every contractor understands the importance of having a strong, easily recognizable brand. Companies that develop exceptional brands outperform companies with a mediocre brand every day, regardless of their field.


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2014: Off to a running start

Construction, manufacturing jobs on the rise.
March 17, 2014

Two simultaneous revelations right after the first of the year have magnified our predictions of industrial manufacturing and construction expansion, as the first quarter of 2014 gets off and running.


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Designing a walk-in shower

Door, curtain or naked.
March 17, 2014

A little more than 25 years ago, I promised my wife an addition to our house. When we bought this house, we loved it. However, the master bedroom was nothing spectacular.


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In the March issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, read about the 'living in place' movement and learn how to make your space stylish and comfortable. PM catches up with MCAA president Chuck Fell and spoke with him about his goals for the year. Also in this issue, see the top products of 2013, see who is the March Truck of the Month, and read the latest Tool Tips.
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