Fey http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6649/more en Tax auditor is your friend http://contractormag.com/fey/tax-auditor-your-friend <div class="node-body article-body">“Surprise – I’m from the IRS and I’m taking you to jail,” he says as handcuffs jingle from his belt. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/tax-auditor-your-friend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/tax-auditor-your-friend#comments Fey Silver Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:46:00 +0000 432681 at http://contractormag.com A plumber’s life in the South Pole http://contractormag.com/fey/plumber-s-life-south-pole <div class="field-byline"> with Tom Soltis </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a plumber at South Pole, Antarctica? Now you can find out!</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/plumber-s-life-south-pole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/plumber-s-life-south-pole#comments Fey Plumbing Silver Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:34:00 +0000 421821 at http://contractormag.com <p>Master Plumber Tom Soltis on a sunny day at the South Pole.</p> Starting up a boiler can be just like landing a plane http://contractormag.com/fey/starting-boiler-can-be-just-landing-plane <div class="node-body article-body">Even though I’d never been in anything like this situation before, the sick feeling was familiar. It was like trying to get a boiler to start up!</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/starting-boiler-can-be-just-landing-plane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/starting-boiler-can-be-just-landing-plane#comments Fey Silver Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:26:00 +0000 413131 at http://contractormag.com Jello wrestling in Antarctica: A culture clash http://contractormag.com/fey/jello-wrestling-antarctica-culture-clash <div class="node-body article-body">Here’s a story about jello and knowledge of right and wrong in Antarctica — and in America.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/jello-wrestling-antarctica-culture-clash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/jello-wrestling-antarctica-culture-clash#comments Fey Silver Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:52:00 +0000 410091 at http://contractormag.com Are contractors just like creatures of habit? http://contractormag.com/fey/are-contractors-just-creatures-habit <div class="field-deck"> Birdman and Mt. Poop </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I want to advise readers that this article came about thanks to CONTRACTOR’s plumbing and heating nightmares photo galleries. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/are-contractors-just-creatures-habit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/are-contractors-just-creatures-habit#comments Fey Silver Thu, 21 May 2015 20:16:00 +0000 408641 at http://contractormag.com Boiler troubleshooting and kidnappings http://contractormag.com/fey/boiler-troubleshooting-and-kidnappings <div class="node-body article-body">The last time I had a boiler startup from hell — all human error as usual, not the boiler’s fault — I was reminded of an adventure I had a couple years ago when I thought I was being abducted to China. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/boiler-troubleshooting-and-kidnappings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/boiler-troubleshooting-and-kidnappings#comments Fey Silver Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:58:00 +0000 405571 at http://contractormag.com The kid in all of us contractors http://contractormag.com/fey/kid-all-us-contractors <div class="node-body article-body">Instead of trying to be serious and intellectual, staring at Power Point presentations and Excel spreadsheets, contractors learn best by playing with things. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/kid-all-us-contractors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/kid-all-us-contractors#comments Fey Silver Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:40:00 +0000 403741 at http://contractormag.com Marijuana: The benefits and challenges facing contractors, employees http://contractormag.com/fey/marijuana-benefits-and-challenges-facing-contractors-employees <div class="field-deck"> Drug testing, safety and liability are main concerns </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Scott Blashaw is service manager at Builders Heating in Denver, Colo. Blashaw knows that things have changed. Ironically, management tolerance of recreational marijuana use among employees is stricter. With legalization, the chances of being tested at Builders Heating are greater than before.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/marijuana-benefits-and-challenges-facing-contractors-employees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/marijuana-benefits-and-challenges-facing-contractors-employees#comments Best Practices Business Development Fey Silver Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:08:00 +0000 30661 at http://contractormag.com Plumbing and hydronics contractors, do you got a meter? http://contractormag.com/fey/plumbing-and-hydronics-contractors-do-you-got-meter <div class="node-body article-body">“Ask your heating supplier for a simple digital meter with volts AC voltage and continuity and that’s all you need,” I said. “Ignore everything except for AC voltage setting. On the meter there will be a letter “V,” for voltage. And it’ll probably have either the letters ‘AC’ beside it or a squiggle above it. Either way, that’s for alternating current. If there are two V’s, pick the one with the squiggle above it. Or instead of that, if there’s a V-A-C, you know, like the first three letters of ‘vacation,’ pick that setting.” </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/plumbing-and-hydronics-contractors-do-you-got-meter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/plumbing-and-hydronics-contractors-do-you-got-meter#comments Fey Silver Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:08:00 +0000 29461 at http://contractormag.com Anticipation and cycle rate http://contractormag.com/fey/anticipation-and-cycle-rate <div class="node-body article-body"><p> In the world of heating controls, do you know what an anticipator is? Most of us have heard the word. Few of us know what it does or how to set it. Do you know what cycle rate is? Of course you do &mdash; that&rsquo;s how many times an hour the heat can come on. Happy surprise, they&rsquo;re really about the same thing &mdash; keeping the temperature constant and &ldquo;comfortable.&rdquo; Ah, yes, this again. We&rsquo;re all in the comfort business.</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/fey/anticipation-and-cycle-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/fey/anticipation-and-cycle-rate#comments Fey Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:04:00 +0000 25501 at http://contractormag.com