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  1. Lots of manufacturer's make units that will fit...

    Lots of manufacturer's make units that will fit that sleeve. GE still makes units that do and sells millions to hotels.

    The sleeve depth may not work with the new units but GE makes an extension...
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    When my wife's sister had kids and we didn't, we...

    When my wife's sister had kids and we didn't, we thought noisy toys for Christmas was funny.

    Now we have kids and hers are teenagers. She's paying us back and we don't think it's as funny as it...
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    Why are you setting up a booth? If it's to...

    Why are you setting up a booth?

    If it's to make sales at the show, your headline, big ad, first thing I see should be what you're selling and why I would buy from you:

    "Save On Cooling Bills...
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    How not to set up a trade show booth

    I spent the day today at a trade show. Took a couple of classes in the morning and spent about an hour in the exhibit hall this afternoon.

    I was amazed again (same thought every year) at how...
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    I disagree that this is a good deal. Mom's a...

    I disagree that this is a good deal. Mom's a grown up and can do whatever she wants with her money but for me, that $800 a month invested looks a lot sweeter than driving a new car. If she's a...
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    Last summer, I was asked to teach a 4 week series...

    Last summer, I was asked to teach a 4 week series of lessons on personal finance for our teenage Sunday school class. It stretched out to most of the summer and the kids were really into it.
    ...
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    If you can afford new, I have no problem with...

    If you can afford new, I have no problem with new. It doesn't work for most people's budgets but it fits in some.

    My personal rule about buying toys is that I can buy whatever I want as long as...
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    The problem with co-signing is that if something...

    The problem with co-signing is that if something unexpected happens (and you know it can because it already has), your family member is on the hook for the loan.

    Don't drag family members into...
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    Best option: eat the amount owed on the fleece...

    Best option: eat the amount owed on the fleece and don't ever let them fleece you again.

    They will happily let you get deeper and deeper in the hole each time you trade in the old on the new. ...
  10. We have a big recycling yard here, giant...

    We have a big recycling yard here, giant shredding machine with cars coming out the discharge in little flakes.

    We take a dump truck load of stuff there every few months for a few hundred bucks. ...
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    If it draws 100 amps at 240V for 3 minutes,...

    If it draws 100 amps at 240V for 3 minutes, that's 1.2KWH for each fire. at $.13 a KWH, that's about 16 cents for each fire.

    I think the fire sirens are a nuisance now that we have other ways to...
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    I'm sure it varies hugely depending on the size...

    I'm sure it varies hugely depending on the size of the facility. I think your price range is about right for southern NJ.
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    I'm a facilities manager. About 1.2MM sq feet of...

    I'm a facilities manager. About 1.2MM sq feet of buildings at 13 sites. 100+ employees under me including custodial, skilled trades, grounds. Roughly $1.3MM in outside contractors. One secretary...
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    I hadn't caught it but I agree with Maxter -...

    I hadn't caught it but I agree with Maxter - something added about your attitude, attendance, all around great guy stuff would be a nice addition.

    As to the format - one of the best and easiest to...
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    It's not about time or volume of work. If...

    It's not about time or volume of work.

    If you're making $10 an hour and you want to make $20, work like you're making $20.

    If being worth more than they pay you isn't working, you may not be...
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    Don't advertise on your truck. That way you...

    Don't advertise on your truck.

    That way you can make less money and you can save your insurance company money in payouts.

    Some would rather advertise, make more money, and let the insurance...
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    Take the kids laptop, sell it if you want. A...

    Take the kids laptop, sell it if you want. A kid needs strong parents who aren't afraid to parent.

    But shooting it? Too much drama for me. Moms are for drama, dads shouldn't be.
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    I once received a summons for failure to appear...

    I once received a summons for failure to appear in court. found out the original summons (I never showed up for) was for a parking ticket (I never got) for parking in a place (I had never been).
    ...
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    I believe the days of sending out resumes and...

    I believe the days of sending out resumes and waiting for the call are over.

    Go see the shop owner with a resume in hand. Dress professionally. Hide your tattoos. Cut your hair.

    Smile,...
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    Nobody knows electric like the Amish.

    Nobody knows electric like the Amish.
  21. I'm not surprised the bullet traveled that far, I...

    I'm not surprised the bullet traveled that far, I am surprised it had enough velocity left to kill someone.
  22. Senators, Congressmen, and Presidents are not...

    Senators, Congressmen, and Presidents are not concerned about criminals having guns. They are afraid of the citizens having guns. An armed citizenry can overthrow, or at least slow down, an evil...
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    I'll always remember Klinger trying to forge...

    I'll always remember Klinger trying to forge Potter's signature while saying it in his best Potter voice as he wrote over and over.

    "Sherrrrrrman Teeeeee Potter"

    And when the tank ran over...
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    If so: you remove the 3 bolts from the face...

    If so:

    you remove the 3 bolts from the face off the sheave and put them into the three empty holes. Tightening these 3 bolts evenly presses the tapered hub out of the sheave and the thing just...
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    I manage the facilities of a large organization. ...

    I manage the facilities of a large organization. I've hired a hundred contractors for thousands of projects.

    I've had a few that would bad mouth the competition. They might have just been...
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    I was good with the 999 plan until the...

    I was good with the 999 plan until the complicated exemption for the poor was introduced. Now there's complications added - proving that the government can't do anything simply.

    The poor could...
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    To the original OP. Working for the money will...

    To the original OP.

    Working for the money will never get you far because if your heart isn't in it, you won't be good at it and won't make much money.

    Successful people are working at something...
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    At some point, I'd stop funding your "education"...

    At some point, I'd stop funding your "education" too. I understand how hard it is to pick a career. I've had a few myself and I'm still not sure what I "want" to be at 41 years old.

    But...you...
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    Bought a $600 HP 3 years ago. I'm on my 3rd hard...

    Bought a $600 HP 3 years ago. I'm on my 3rd hard drive and the heat sink keeps filling with dust and is completely inaccessible to clean. I've been sticking a piece of tubing through the battery...
  30. In the farm house I grew up in, the grate between...

    In the farm house I grew up in, the grate between floors was probably 2'x2' and depending on gravity is not going to be very efficient.

    In that farm house, we had a wood stove in the kitchen. The...
  31. The most important part of the sales process is...

    The most important part of the sales process is to educate your customer.
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    rubbing alcohol.

    rubbing alcohol.
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    I have a firing story - sort of related. Was...

    I have a firing story - sort of related. Was talking to a co-worker today she told me this:

    She worked in the purchasing dept of a factory that was downsizing. She was unexpectedly "promoted" to...
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    1) have everything ready for him to go right out...

    1) have everything ready for him to go right out the door and never come back. Have his last check in hand or tell him it will be mailed. If he has tools, personal items at work, gather them...
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    I don't know if this is a national problem but in...

    I don't know if this is a national problem but in NJ, eminent domain is used not only for public projects but for private ones like shopping malls. If a town determines that a shopping mall would be...
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    I hate working on cars. Was fun when I was 17....

    I hate working on cars.

    Was fun when I was 17.

    By the time I was 25, I was tired of fixing my old junkers because all I could afford were junkers and couldn't ever afford a mechanic.

    Always...
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    I haven't done service work in a long time but I...

    I haven't done service work in a long time but I have 1 that I remember.

    Did a project for a guy who was just creepy. Can't put my finger on it, he was just odd and very untrusting. He told us...
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    We need more info. How many techs would you be...

    We need more info.

    How many techs would you be managing? residential or commercial? How much work would you oversee in a year in dollars?

    A small residential HVAC business doing $300K in...
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    What's this law supposed to accomplish? Now...

    What's this law supposed to accomplish?

    Now law enforcement knows who is here illegally? A state can't deport people. The federal government says Alabama must educate the kids anyway.

    Seems...
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    I worked in nursing homes for several years. ...

    I worked in nursing homes for several years. Some are great and some are terrible.

    When medicaid came out with the prescriptive payment system in the mid 90's it cut the payout for nursing home...
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    I think I'm low, My gut says 50% electrical. ...

    I think I'm low, My gut says 50% electrical.

    The other 50% is mostly mechanical and a small percentage refrigerant issues.

    Who knew that most refrigerant repair work would have nothing to do...
  42. I can't control your government - international shipping question

    I've got a small internet sales business on the side. About 1/3 of my sales are international. It seems like I'm constantly getting emails from my international customers complaining that their...
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    We had a rash of breakins in my rural...

    We had a rash of breakins in my rural neighborhood a few months ago. I wasn't hit but a lot of neighbors were. I live far enough from town that the police take a long time to respond and one...
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    What would have happened if you were installing...

    What would have happened if you were installing an underground chiller loop. Markout was called, nothing on owner's site plans. You hit a conduit that belongs to the property owner. He didn't...
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    I've had several businesses. Some did well,...

    I've had several businesses. Some did well, some tanked. I learned more from my failures than my successes.

    My big 4

    1. Tradespeople make terrible business people. Its hard to accept that...
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    Most construction contracts say that the...

    Most construction contracts say that the contractor is not responsible for "unforseen conditions". An AC line attached to the underside of the roof deck in a location that can't be accessed is...
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    If they're only making 15% on markup for tires,...

    If they're only making 15% on markup for tires, I'm not sure who's making the money but somebody is. Here's how I know:

    I work for a government entity. I have two options when I purchase...
  48. Not a problem. The second the government stops...

    Not a problem. The second the government stops delivering your payments, somebody from the private sector will step up with a faster, more efficient, easier solution...they way it should have been...
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    My buddy just bought his own shop. $200K for the...

    My buddy just bought his own shop. $200K for the building, another $85K for the equipment. He gets income taxed at 30% because he pays his employer's portion. He also gets to pay the employer's...
  50. Lets close the post office. UPS and Fedex do...

    Lets close the post office. UPS and Fedex do packages cheaper and everything else can be sent by email.

    I don't think I've gotten one piece of mail I needed, that couldn't have been sent...
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