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May 4, 2017 by Blake

I'll say, right off, that I think HeatSmart is a great program. It's essentially a community-education program, that helps people understand that heat pumps can work well in cold climates and can... Read more

April 26, 2017 by Blake

When I'm out with my family and we go by a jobsite, I slow down if I'm driving.  Everybody rolls their eyes and my son says, "what's wrong THIS time, Dad?"  The answer is usually "So many things... Read more

April 18, 2017 by Blake

It's tax day! Hooray?

I used to get excited about tax refunds, and then I learned they're not really anything to get excited about; if you get a refund, it just means that you overpaid your... Read more

April 12, 2017 by Blake

This week a paying customer was dragged off a flight by cops, for no other reason than "the airline wanted him off."

This is BS. ... Read more

March 19, 2017 by Blake

I don't want to belabor the point, but houses have evolved.

It used to be that houses were uninsulated and air-leaky.  They... Read more

March 13, 2017 by Blake

Pre-Spring is over and Second Winter is upon us.  For a bit there it was glorious.  Do you remember?  It was wet and squishy and muddy and dehumidifiers were kicking on all over the place.  The... Read more

January 6, 2017 by Blake

I was reminded recently of the iron triangle.  I've run a lot of large projects, but even the small ones track the same... Read more

November 22, 2016 by Blake

It's Thanksgiving in a couple of days.  It just snowed and the no-heat calls are going to come rolling in.

If your heating system poops out, call your installer/servicer.  When you purchase... Read more

November 3, 2016 by Blake

When I bought a house in Trumansburg nine years ago, one of the first things I did was cut down a tree.

It was a “street tree,” an old maple with three thick leaders. A “leader” is a thick... Read more

October 6, 2016 by Blake

Went to a conference a few weeks ago.  Less of a "conference" and more of a "gathering," really.  I've been meaning to write this since then, but came back home and got swamped by actual work-work... Read more

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