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The Power of the Employee

Charles-Bursey

Many owners and managers are still asking the age-old question, “Where can I find good HVAC employees?” I hear it frequently. Owners and managers today go to great lengths to attract employees, using advertisements in several types of media, including radio, newspapers and trade magazines. I recently spotted a 4-foot x 6-foot help wanted ad for A/C technicians posted on ...

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Cool Factor

shane sweet june 2015 at Ray Murray show

A few months ago I heard of a gent from California who was doing some interesting things with old propane tanks. I Googled him, and the images of propane tank creations on his website blew me away. So I called him.   His name is Colin Selig. I explained my connection to the propane industry and we spoke for some time. ...

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Health Issues & Domestic Hot Water

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by George Lanthier*   The production of domestic hot water is an important issue in controlling the spread of disease in humans and animals. DHW is essential today in residential, commercial and industrial applications, not only in the preparation of foodstuffs, but also as a key element of most local, state and national health codes. In this article we will ...

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Summertime campaign season blues

Keith Reid

For those of us living in northern climates it’s hard to believe that the summer fun is already more than half over. But, a short summer and a long winter tends to pay the bills in the heating industry, so there’s not much room to complain. Looking through the energy-related bills being pushed in Washington, it’s also apparent that we ...

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Northeast Propane Show

shane sweet june 2015 at Ray Murray show

By Shane Sweet In August the Northeast Propane Show (NPA) will again come to its home at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Mass.   The dates are August 10 and 11. I have been saying for years that if you throw a rock in any direction during the spring and summer months you will hit a least one trade show.  If ...

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New Potential Business

Charles-Bursey

By Charlie Bursey Over the past 8-10 years, many of the established full service oil company owners have diversified into new areas of business, such as A/C, water conditioning and LP gas filling stations etc. From what I hear these opportunities have worked well and have added much needed revenue for many operations. I also continue to hear about how ...

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Solar Panel Power

Charles-Bursey

By Charlie Bursey Solar power for those of you who may not know, is the energy taken from the sun and converted to electrical energy. The solar panels are semi-conductors that we often see on the roof tops that absorb the radiation from the sun which in turn releases electrons that are converted to electricity. Solar energy can also be ...

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Flue Pipe Design

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by George Lanthier*   This taken from our book “Advanced Residential Oilburners” and applies to powerburners both gas and oil and most other “fan-assisted” applications. The figure numbering sequence is to maintain our Copyright. Good vents and flue pipes should be of the proper size and design. They must also be properly assembled, secured, and in pressure applications be made ...

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A Few Tricks

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by George Lanthier This is an article about a few tricks that just might come in handy for you sometime. The first one features my fictional buddies, Bruce and Bubba in an older adventure that is still very much current in content. Bubba is on what was supposed to have been the last call of the day when he comes ...

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With Friends Like This…

Keith Reid

Keith Reid At the bottom of every press release issued by the American Petroleum Institute is the following statement: API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. That is technically true. And API has been useful at various ...

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