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60 Years & Counting

This year, many of you may have had the opportunity to take part in the Oil and Energy Service Professionals Convention and Trade Show, held in what is often referred to as Chocolate Town USA, or Hershey, Pa

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BUCKING TRENDS

In a departure from literally decades of ritual, the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) in June held its bi-annual energy exposition not at the Hynes Exhibition Hall in Boston, but at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachu

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Who Listens?

Over the years, I have talked with several technicians, service managers and company decision makers pertaining to heating product issues. Most of their comments are ‘No one listens.” Well, I guess it’s time for me to express my own thoughts on this subject.   Several years ago when I was still working with my wrenches, I had the opportunity to ...

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The Good, Better and Best

Over the years, many of you may have heard these words made popular by a company called Sears. The concept was to have something that would meet everyone’s needs from the color to the price. Today, this same concept remains in place and adds to the high profitability of the company. I have also met with several owners and sales ...

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Oceans of Data

Recently, I found my way to a businessinsider.com piece relating to ‘mechanistic” theory of the world, and the article states in part that ‘we are afloat on a hidden ocean of equations.”    It brought to mind the visualizations from the movie The Matrix, with ones and zeroes behind the scenes ostensibly making the Matrix work, but the scientist in ...

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Hanging Up That New Boiler

                                  Most all of you by now have heard or read about the wall-hung condensing boilers that seem to be appearing in every trade magazine. As I look back on my career, I like many of you, never thought that I would ever imagine seeing a boiler hanging on a wall. However, several years ago when I traveled to Europe, ...

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Capricious

  In early February, I engaged in a discussion with a friend who happens to be a medical professional and during the course of discussing weather, degree days and road conditions, he said:   ‘Life is capricious.”   The context of the discussion was along the lines of how unpredictable life can be, particularly from a health standpoint, and that control ...

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Obama shifting on fossil fuels ‘ or not?

  As President Obama’s second term gets underway, he has nominated a new EPA director and a new Secretary of Energy. Steve Bennett looked into the nominees and how the industry is reacting to the news (see the article on page 24). Obviously, there are some political considerations behind any public comments, but I have to admit the industry leaders ...

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Hydronic System Protection

Over the years, I'm sure that many of you have been called by a customer to inform you they are going to sunny Florida or somewhere warm for the winter and asked for your expert advice on protecting their home's heating system

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Defending the Oil Nozzle

Over the years, I have purchased and, like most of the readers, have replaced my fair share of nozzles. I have even represented a nozzle manufacturer for a stint

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