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    Our business is good. We are getting new...

    Our business is good. We are getting new customers every day. We have one competitor that is winding things down because of age and health....who is sending stuff our way.

    Why? Because we still...
  2. "Skill" is the key. We have plenty of "bodies" in...

    "Skill" is the key. We have plenty of "bodies" in the trade, but a dearth of skill.

    If you are truly skilled, you will always have work. Buying some tools and taking a 9 month course at a tech...
  3. It's been my experience and observation...that...

    It's been my experience and observation...that the guys who truly succeed at this trade, are guys for whom the trade is also a "hobby" as much as it is a "trade" or "profession".

    The guys who...
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    :whistle:
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    If you look hard enough, you may find a company...

    If you look hard enough, you may find a company that can use you.

    There is a local company, pretty much all construction and commercial remodel. They just did a big job not too far from my shop....
  6. Sage advice. The more you can do, the more you...

    Sage advice. The more you can do, the more you will be in demand. If you're a resi installer/helper, you have significant competition. If you're a good tech that can do commercial HVAC and reefer,...
  7. Yawn :munching: Back in the 80's, we maintained...

    Yawn :munching: Back in the 80's, we maintained Turbo Ice Makers that made 80 tons per day with 200 hp screw compressors. Even converted them from factory water defrost to hot gas...a design they...
  8. So sad...but so true. We stress high competency...

    So sad...but so true. We stress high competency service....makes it hard to hire and retain.
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    Good point. You could well wind up a Plant...

    Good point. You could well wind up a Plant Maintenance Technician, and do quite well for yourself.

    :cheers:
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    You might also look into companies that are heavy...

    You might also look into companies that are heavy into new construction, and/or commercial remodel. No customer/people issues there for the employer to worry about....just other tradesmen. They need...
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    Hard to say, which is the bigger issue....time or...

    Hard to say, which is the bigger issue....time or distance. I grew up 30 miles from downtown Chicago, and it's well over an hour to make that trek....Here, I can make a town 30 miles away in 25...
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    :yes:

    :yes:
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    Paul, next time you look at an old Rheem heat...

    Paul, next time you look at an old Rheem heat pump indoor coil, you might notice a "chunk of copper" about 1-3/8 inches in diameter along the side of the coil. That is one type of compensator. Newer...
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    Exactly !! :yes: It makes my skin crawl, when...

    Exactly !! :yes:

    It makes my skin crawl, when someone claims that you can't "properly" charge a heat pump system in the winter....

    If you can't charge a heat pump in the winter, how do you...
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    Not at all. Some guys go to work in a job, and...

    Not at all.

    Some guys go to work in a job, and thirst to learn everything possible about the place they work....others show up, and do what they have to do to get paid, not caring what the company...
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    Grow your own?

    Grow your own?
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    But, is every "experienced technician"...

    But, is every "experienced technician" technically competent? Or, have large numbers of them made a career of "getting by", changing parts and guessing based on prior experience?

    There is a huge...
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    I knew that I could count on you to make this...

    I knew that I could count on you to make this personal....:cheers:
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    The hardest thing to do....

    is to teach or train an "experienced technician".

    Why?

    Because to accept said training or teaching, they must first accept or admit that they don't know something....which is too hard on their...
  20. While my heart agrees with you, my head has me...

    While my heart agrees with you, my head has me going to a class on Friday on how to use my iPad for sales presentations....
  21. There is obviously a balance to be acheived. On...

    There is obviously a balance to be acheived. On one extreme, you can have a high powered, but incompetent "sell, sell, sell" crew....or you can be the best tech on the planet, work out of your house,...
  22. :cheers:

    :cheers:
  23. That's certainly true in the reefer world, but in...

    That's certainly true in the reefer world, but in places like Texas, HVAC IS seasonal, and I don't care who you are or HOW you run your business....that's the way it is.

    If you're working 40 in...
  24. Who said anything about selling stuff? It can...

    Who said anything about selling stuff? It can simply be a matter of efficient work practices and technical competence. A guy that can mow down 6 calls a day is certainly worth more than a guy who...
  25. What's wrong with being paid by performance, as...

    What's wrong with being paid by performance, as opposed to being paid by the hour? Performance pay benefits employer and employee. Hourly benefits employee, and can easily screw the employer AND the...
  26. A lot of it has to do with motivation. A real...

    A lot of it has to do with motivation. A real go-getter may welcome the opportunity to work in a performance-based shop....whereas a less motivated person may prefer the straight hourly gig.

    The...
  27. You're making an apples and oranges comparison....

    You're making an apples and oranges comparison. The cost of living in PA is vastly different than in TX.
  28. It doesn't matter if your fixing air...

    It doesn't matter if your fixing air conditioners, or flipping burgers....there will always be a push to get the job done as quickly as possible. That's reality. :yes:
  29. Any job that pays anything is going to come with...

    Any job that pays anything is going to come with some form of stress...be it mental, or physical. Looking at the "benifit" package, I see no mention of vacation or holiday pay. The 50% of insurance...
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    Micromanaged / Micromanaging ....

    One of the more recent buzzwords in the workplace is "micromanaging" or some derivative thereof.

    What constitutes "micromanaging" an employee?

    What does not?

    :gah:
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    Best: Getting back two Alberson's stores on T&M...

    Best: Getting back two Alberson's stores on T&M that I had lost to contracts in '03.

    Worst: After busting our humps for 7 months getting them back in shape, Albertson's went back to contracts on...
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    Dad started doing this when I was ten, and I'm 52...

    Dad started doing this when I was ten, and I'm 52 now. We are both self-taught for the most part....I had never heard the term "flat" used to describe a system out of refrigerant until about 2 years...
  33. I won't miss those Bryant compressors one...

    I won't miss those Bryant compressors one bit.....:censored:
  34. Amen, brother !! :cheers: My local Heil...

    Amen, brother !! :cheers:

    My local Heil distributor is also a "stocking Copeland distributor"....I've witnessed multiple occasions, where a "dealer" had a bad compressor in warranty, and they had...
  35. The copper is too thin....the price we pay for...

    The copper is too thin....the price we pay for "efficiency".....
  36. Nordyne seems to have focused on old appliance...

    Nordyne seems to have focused on old appliance brand names, that the AARP crowd easily recognizes. They may be smarter than we think. :cheers:
  37. One of the primary advantages of all-aluminum...

    One of the primary advantages of all-aluminum coils, is that you get rid of the "dissimilar metals" issue.

    Think about it. Where do most coils leak?

    At the tube sheet.....:angel:

    Modern...
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    Supermarket Low-Temp rack losing 150# of R-22 a...

    Supermarket Low-Temp rack losing 150# of R-22 a week.

    Searched high and low...pulled cases, crawled every foot of pipe in the ceiling, you name it.....Called a friend in Fort Worth....he promises...
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    Gee, Paw....:)

    Gee, Paw....:)
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    Which just slays me to the nth degree...They seek...

    Which just slays me to the nth degree...They seek the shelter and security of their union jobs to feed their familes....while undermining the the same shelter and security of others by running side...
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    Which is really just beyond the pale when you...

    Which is really just beyond the pale when you think about it.....
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    Funny how union people like to point their...

    Funny how union people like to point their fingers at Wal-Mart as some sort of lighting rod for "what's wrong with America"......Yet, millions of Americans "voice their support" with their purses and...
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    Ask the Hostess employees how that worked out for...

    Ask the Hostess employees how that worked out for them. :bump:
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    Perhaps your photo should be directed at the...

    Perhaps your photo should be directed at the folks who suggest doing cash jobs and hiding the loot.

    Nothing that I suggested is illegal, immoral, or fattening :)
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    A previous participant claimed that I wasn't...

    A previous participant claimed that I wasn't bringing anything but negativity to the conversation ;)

    Nothing directed at you personally....
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    All kidding aside....invest in copper tubing. It...

    All kidding aside....invest in copper tubing. It won't raise eyebrows, and it will inflate rapidly when the inflation hits....which it will, it's just a matter of when.

    From a business standpoint,...
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    Yup....back when Dad was in electronics, he did a...

    Yup....back when Dad was in electronics, he did a trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago....a teamster had to back the truck to the dock....a dockworker had to unload the truck and take the booth...
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    I haven't missed the point at all. I fully...

    I haven't missed the point at all. I fully understand business and how it works.

    It's easy to ridicule what top executives make, when you don't understand their jobs.

    It's easy to look at a...
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    And, your idea of "positive" action is tax...

    And, your idea of "positive" action is tax evasion? Interesting. :whistle:
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    The "solution" to your scenario is...

    The "solution" to your scenario is simple.....Start a business....build it up to the point that you can afford vacations, RVs, and other toys....When you accomplish that, instead of buying those...
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