HVACR NewsMagazine December 2017

Arkansas’ First and OnlyHVACRNews Magazine

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For Arkansans

Merry Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my camp, Had just settled down our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. When the little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name. “Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my, head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircles his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly! He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! He spring to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I hear him exclaim, “ere he rove out of sight. “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Clement Moore, December 23, 1823

Table of Contents

Chapter Meeting Schedule

PG 4

Feature Article (DOT - Is Your Truck and Trailer Commercial)

PG 6

Code, Regulation, & Legislation (Supply Plenum Insulation)

PG 12

License Board Hearings (Stackhouse & Morris)

PG 14

Editorial & Opinion (Bonnie & Clyde & Ya’ Gotta Scratch It)

PG 17

Education News

PG 24

ASUMH Signs MOU with Association (24) ASUN Marked Tree Leading the Way in Northeast Arkansas (27) NWACC : Apprenticeships Cause for Celebration (32)

tech News (Richard Clark – Inches of Water Column)

PG 35

State, national, chapter news

PG 12 - 16 PG 38

ACCA Hails Workforce Development Legislation (38) Lennox Survey: Homeowners Are Making the Grade…Energy Efficiency (39)

Products & Services (Consider Ferguson)

PG 42

Premier Dealer Program

PG 44

Rebate Programs & Incentives

PG 47

Recipes, Eateries, Huntin’, Fishin’ & Fun

PG 50


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chapter meetings

Central Chapter 4 th Tuesday

October 24 November 28 February 27 March 27 April 24

6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location: Golden Corral

5001 Warden Rd North Little Rock

Hot Springs Chapter 1 st Thursday 6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location: Smokin’ in Style BBQ 2278 Albert Pike Hot Springs 501/767-9797

October 10 November 14 February 13 March 13 April 10

September 5 October 3 November 7 December 5 January 2 February 6 March 6

Ft. Smith Chapter 1 st Tuesday

5:30 Meal : 6:00 Program Location : Golden Corral 1801 S. Waldron Road Fort Smith 479/484-1040

April 3 May 1

North Central Chapter 4 th Thursday 6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location : Western Sizzlin’ 905 Hwy 62 – 65 North Harrison 870/741-1545

October 26 November 23 February 22 March 22 April 26

chapter meetings

North East Chapter 3 rd Tuesday

October 17 November 21 February 20 March 20 April 17

6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location : Western Sizzlin’ 2405 East Highland Jonesboro 870/ 336 - 4417

North West Chapter 2 nd Thursday

October 12 November 9 February 8

6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location: Western Sizzlin’ 3492 W Sunset Ave Springdale 479/750-3663

March 8 April 12

South Central/ Camden 1 st Thursday 6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location: Ouachita Partners for Economic Development 625 Adams Avenue Camden 870/ 836 - 9354 South West / Texarkana 3 rd Thursday 6:00 Meal : 6:30 Program Location: SW AR Electric Co-op 2904 E. 9 th Street Texarkana 870/772-2743

October 5 November 2 February 1 March 1 April 5

October 19 November 16 February 15 March 15 April 19

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Is Your Truck and Trailer Commercial

3/4T Truck (F250) +

12’ Trailer Tandem Axle Trailer =

Potential GVWR -- ~17,000 lbs

One vehicle company published this information on their F250

Gross vehicle weight rating : 9,950 to 10,000 lbs

~7,000 lbs. GVWR

~10,000 lbs. GVWR

Curb weight : 5,683 to 6,695 lbs

One Association dealer was recently stopped by an Arkansas Highway Policeman for a DOT check. The dealer was totally unaware of the need for DOT compliance on a typical HVAC work truck pulling a trailer. In an interview with the state office of the Highway Police, we found that they are looking for smaller trucks and trailers that are out of compliance. It isn’t just Arkansas because a conversation with a compliance company revealed that it is happening nationwide. To that end, the NewsMagazine will take space in the next few issues getting the word out. It isn’t that complicated once you get summaries of the regulations. First, who does it apply to ? The key is GVWR , Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Please note it is rating -- not actual load when inspected. If the truck or combination of the truck and the trailer with a load as rated is over 10,000 lbs,

Towing capacity : 12,300 to 13,300 lbs

lbs you are almost 7k over. Some 3/4T trucks are 11,000lbs and the truck by itsself is commerical and would have to comply with DOT regulations. While there are differences in intra vers inter state driving, the 10,000 lb limit applies to both.

DOT Regulations GVWR--over 10,000

Less than 26,001

Loaded or Unloaded

Including Trailer

Intra state

There are at least eight categories of rules for intra - state (not going out of state) for vehicles or vehicle and trailer combinations above 10,000 lbs and less than 26,001 lbs.: 1. You are not required to have a DOT number; however, there are some advantages just in case you make a trip out of state. 2. You must undergo a New Entrant Safety Audit. (Takes from 2 – 4 hours.)

…it is rating not actual load when inspected. Hauling air or a load, the rating is the same.

it is considered a commercial vehicle and must comply with DOT regulations as well. A typical 3/4T truck, F250, is rated at about 10,000 and a 12’ tandem axle trailer at about 7,000. At 17,000

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3. DOT Driver Physical –Any driver operating the vehicle must have a DOT approved physical. 4. Driver Qualification File—All drivers must have a driver qualification file. List follows in the next column 5. Emergency Equipment— a. Fire Extinguisher (Must be mounted) b. Bidirectional emergency reflective triangles or 6 fusees or 3 liquid- burning flares 6. Hours-of-Service Driver Logbook— (100 & 150 air mile exemptions may apply) This basically exempts the need for a log book but a 6 months time card record is required to be kept in the office in place of the log book. An explanation of the 100 & 150 air mile exemption follows in this article. 7. Vehicle Inspection Report—The company must maintain an annual vehicle inspection report. 8. All commerical vehicles must pull into weigh stations and safety inspection stations.

escalate depending on number of vehicles. 2. Must have and display a DOT #

Driver Qualification Files


Every motor carrier must maintain a driver qualification file for each driver it employs. The file must include:  Driver’s application for employment  Inquiry to previous employers — driving record for last 3 years;  Annual inquiry and review of driving record;  Annual driver’s certification of violations and annual review;  Driver’s road test and certificate, or the equivalent to the road test;  Medical examiner’s certificate; and  If granted, a waiver of physical disqualification for a person with a loss or impairment of limbs as specified in § 391.49. Refer to § 391.51 for a complete list of required driver qualification file documents. Recommend Binder (Information that should be on every vehicle to give to an officer) US DOT Name & Number if applies Vehicle Registration Vehicle Annual Inspection Trailer Registration Trailer Annual Inspection Driver’s License Driver’s Medical Card Required in Truck Mounted Fire Extinguisher Minimum 3 reflective triangles or 6 fuses or 3 liquid burning flares

DOT Regulations GVWR--over 10,000

Less than 26,001

Loaded or Unloaded

Including Trailer

Inter state

All the regulations for intrastate plus

1. You must pay a Unified Carrier Registration. $76 for 0 – 2 vehicles; $227 for 3 – 5 vehicles; $452 for 6 -20 vehicles. The fee schedules continues to

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➤ The driver operates within a 150 air- mile radius of the normal work reporting location. ➤ The driver returns to the normal work reporting location at the end of each duty tour. ➤ The driver has at least 10 consecutive hours off duty separating each on-duty period. ➤ The driver does not exceed a maximum of 11 hours driving time following 10 consecutive hours off duty. ➤ The driver does not exceed a maximum of 14 hours after coming on duty 5 days a week of any period of 7 consecutive days or after the 16th hour after coming on duty 2 days a week of any period of 7 consecutive days. ➤ The driver does not drive after having been on duty for 60 hours in 7 days or 70 hours in 8 days. ➤ The 7 or 8 day period may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours. ➤ The motor carrier that employs the driver maintains and retains for a period of six months accurate and true time records that show: ■ The total number of hours the driver is on duty each day ■ The time the driver reports for duty each day ■ The time the driver is released from duty each day ■ The total time for the preceding seven days for first-time or intermittent drivers Applicability (395.1) The hours of service rules apply to all motor carriers and drivers, with exceptions found in paragraphs (b) through (o) of 49 CFR section 395.1.

DOT Regulations GVWR--over 26,000 Loaded or Unloaded

Including Trailer

Intra state & Inter state

All regulations for over 10,000 lbs. but less than 26,001 lbs. plus 1. Drivers must have CDL appropriate for the type of vehicle being driven. 2. Must pass a DOT approved drug and alcohol test. 3. Must participate in a random DOT approved drug and alcohol test. 4. Must complete an end of the day vehicle inspection. Exception: Intra state vehicles are not required to pay UCR registration A driver is exempt from maintaining the driver’s daily log requirements of section 395.8 if all the following are true: ➤ The driver operates a property- carrying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) which does not require a CDL for operation. Log Book Exemption Operators of Property-Carrying Commercial Motor Vehicles Not Requiring a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). (395.1(E)(2)) (GVWR of 26,000 lbs. or less) Hours of Service

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Short-haul provision (395.1(e)) 100 Air- Mile Radius Exemption (395.1(e)(1)) A driver is exempt from maintaining the driver’s daily log requirements of 49 CFR section 395.8 if all of the following is true: ➤ The driver operates within a 100 air- mile radius of the normal work reporting location. ➤ The driver returns to the work reporting location and is released from work within 12 consecutive hours. ➤ Each 12 hours on duty are separated by at least 10 consecutive hours of off duty for property carrying drivers or 8 consecutive hours off duty for passenger-carrying drivers. ➤ The driver does not exceed a maximum of 11 hours driving time following 10 consecutive hours off duty for property-carrying drivers, or 10 hours driving time following 8 consecutive hours off duty for passenger-carrying drivers. ➤ The motor carrier that employs the driver maintains and retains for a period of six months accurate and true time records that show: ■ The total number of hours the driver is on duty each day ■ The time the driver reports for duty each day ■ The time the driver is released from duty each day ■ The total time for the preceding seven days for first-time or intermittent drivers 90 Education and Technical Assistance Program Drivers who use the above-described short-haul provision are not eligible to use the 100 air-mile provision in 49 CFR section 395.1(e), sleeper berth provision in 49 CFR

section 395.1(g), or the current 16-hour exception in 49 CFR section 395.1(o).

This information is presented in good faith as being accurate; however, we are not experts. Every HVACR contractor should contact the appropriate authority to confirm regulations.

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Code, Regulation, & Legislation

R-6 Insulation on a

Supply Plenum

following is typical up flow 3 ton air handler. a

How do you insulate a plenum? Most use a custom made metal box (square or rectangle) with 1” internal insulation. The problem is that the most common “R” factor on 1” internal insulation is 4.2. Code in Arkansas requires R-6 per clarifications published by the Arkansas Energy Office relative to 403.2.1 of the 2009 IECC. In fact, many distributors do not carry internal insulation thicker than the 1” and “R” factor of 4.2. So, how is one to comply with code? The easiest and least expensive way is to externally wrap with the same product you are using on round pipe. There are advantages in that there is less resistance in the duct without the internal insulation and there is less likelihood of mold if the system is producing a mist. On the other hand, if you prefer internal insulation, DuctMate makes a polyester product at 1”, 1¼”, 1½”, and 2” thickness with “R” factors of 4.2, 5, 6, and 8 respectively. Internal insulation that complies with the R6 has other problems as well. The biggest may be the effective ID, inside width, of the plenum. The

The cabinet is only 17½ inches wide and the opening for the duct is 16” wide / side to side. Even at only R4 1” internal insulation, you can see the problem. One can offset the connection so the clear internal width dimension is 16” but frequently the plenum is not offset from the connection so the internal dimension is 14 or 16” minus 1” for the insulation on both sides. Increase the insulation to 1 ½ inch to get the full R6 and now the effective opening is only 13”. Even though it is only insulation, the effective width dimension is still reduced by 12.5% to 18.75%. Without an offset, the effective ID reduces from 16 x 10.31 to 14 x 8.31 for 1” R4 internal liner and to 13 x 7.31 for 1½” R6 internal liner. The effective area of the opening as designed by the manufacturer is 165 square inches. With R4.2 1” liner the area drops to 116.375 sq.in. and 95.06 sq.in. with R6 1 ½ “ liner. At a friction rate of 1.12 the system as designed will deliver 1200 cfm. With 1” internal

Code, Regulation, & Legislation

liner without an offset, the area is reduced to 116.375 and the friction rate goes up to about .28 with an ECM fan or the flow drops to 760 with a PLC fan. Bring the internal insulation up to 1½“ to get the R6, the area drops to 95.6 sq.in. and the friction increases to .4 with a ECM fan or the flow drops to 600 with a PLC fan. The question is, does the installer design the plenum so the full space provided by the manufacturer is also the net installed ID. CFM and friction are huge in delivering the correct air flow. Many installers create a much dimensionally larger box; however, it is difficult to seal the bottom of the box and frequently there is no seal. Of course, this is a huge air leak— one that will be turned down by an inspector.

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Hearing Date : October 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Defendant : Leon Stackhouse, 8900 Johnson Road, Mabelvale, AR Initial Inspection Summary: Garland County Health Unit The office received a complaint from Miss Abbott of Malvern. The inspection was completed on June 7, 2017. Several violations were found. Some could have been life threatening if the furnace had been turned on. Violations: 1. Failure to hold a current HVACR license 2. Failure to properly install exhaust vent 3. Failure to install a water level detection device 4. Failure to install a “P” trap as required by manufacturer. 5. Failure to properly secure air filter as required 6. Failure to install new gas flex line as required 7. Failure to install correct size line set Verdict: Mr. Stackhouse was given notice of the hearing but did not attend. The Licensing Board found Mr. Stackhouse guilty of the violations as presented by the inspector and inspector supervisor. The Licensing Board assessed a fine of $1,750.00 in accordance of Arkansas Code Ann. 17-33-303.

Hearing Date : November 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Defendant : Steven Morris, 1050 Deborah Lane, Little Rock, AR 72206 Case Summary: Mr. Morris sold Mr. Parsons of Hensley an evaporator coil that was either used or the existing one and repainted it. The coil was corroded and rusty and had been spray painted. A label with a model number had been taped on the coil. It was mislabeled and an apparent attempt to pass an old coil as a new one. It also did not match the brand or configuration. Mr. Morris also did not have a license but had been a registrant. The card expired in May 2016. Additional Case Summary: Steven Morris serviced a couple mobile units as well as a complete change out for Mr. Reed of Sheridan. The change out was not working properly. Mr. Reed paid Mr. Morris $2,825 cash. Violations: 1. Failure to hold a current HVACR License. 2. Failure to install equipment by the terms of their approval. (Sold used coil as new and attached a fictitious label). 3. Failure to properly install condensate line. 4. Failure to follow National Electrical requirements. (Bypassed electrical disconnect for condenser) 5. Failure to properly install parts per manufacturer’s instructions in relation to the coil, sensing bulb, insulation of the coil, condensate drain, condensate drain trap, damaged liquid line). Verdict: Mr. Morris was given notice of the hearing but did not attend. The Licensing Board found Mr. Morris guilty of the violations as presented by the inspector and inspector supervisor. The Licensing Board assessed a fine of $2,750.00 in accordance of Arkansas Code Ann. 17-33-303.

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to the public imagination. E.R. Milner, a historian, writer, and expert on Bonnie and Clyde and their era, put the duo's enduring appeal to the public, both during the Depression and continuing on through the decades, into historical and cultural perspective. To those people who, as Milner says, "consider themselves outsiders, or oppose the existing system," Bonnie and Clyde represent the ultimate outsiders, revolting against an uncaring system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonni e_and_Clyde By the time Bonnie and Clyde became well known, many had felt that the capitalistic system had been abused by big business and government officials ... Now here were Bonnie and Clyde striking back." Milner, E.R. The Lives and Times of Bonnie and Clyde . Southern Illinois University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-8093-2552-7 . Published 1996. If you were only reading the papers, their exploits seemed exciting, even laudable. They were striking back at society. They were just trying to make a living in a world that had become filled with the unemployed and soup kitchens. “They were to be admired.” Of course, if you were one of the store clerks or gas station owners who were holding on to life and your business by the skin of your teeth, the money Bonnie and Clyde stole may have ended your independence and ability to feed your family. If you were the wife or child of one of the civilians or police officers killed by their gang, you mourned for your

Just Trying to

Make a Living

Bonnie & Clyde Bonnie Elizabeth Parker 1910 – 1934 Clyde Barrow 1909 – 1934

Born to poor Texas families and living through hard times, Bonnie Parker and Clyd Barrow, Bonnie and Clyde as they came to to be known, committed over 100 crimes. While known for their dozen or so bank robberies, they mostly robed small stores and rural gas stations. In their string of crimes, it was reported that they killed up to 13 including 9 police officers. Thousands attended their funerals--over 20,000 for Bonnie with flowers coming from all over the country. Theirs was a romantic tale with readers following the details of their life in the newspaper. Their funerals sold over 500,000 papers in Dallas alone. They were a couple to love, a couple to hate. Through the decades, many cultural historians have analyzed Bonnie's and Clyde's enduring appeal

loved ones in spite of the romantic and exciting tale printed in the next day’s paper. Bonnie and Clyde were criminals. They stole from the helpless and killed some that got in their way. They were not to be lauded, respected, or in any way idolized. So why are we committing space in a HVACR publication to Bonnie & Clyde. Because the public sentiment that surrounds them also surrounds the unlicensed, untrained HVACR contractor today. In a recent hearing of the Arkansas HVACR License Board, an unlicensed contractor was quoted as saying, “I’m just trying to make a living.” Admirable don’t you think? At least he wasn’t taking welfare or expecting the local church to feed his children. Like Bonnie & Clyde, there is a certain mystic to the story. But also like Bonnie & Clyde, you need to hear the story from his customers’ perspective. I’ll not mention his name here because, I hope he will realize that he needs to learn his chosen craft and be honest with his customers. I wouldn’t want this article to haunt him should he become rehabilitated. On one job, our malefactor replaced an evaporator coil with an old corroded rusty coil that he painted to make it look new. Additionally, he taped a label to the coil to further hide the fact that it wasn’t even of the same brand or configuration. We see from this that not only does he need to learn his craft, he needs to have a spiritual and moral awakening.

According to hearing documents, our malefactor had a tremendous opportunity. A local mobile home park had 200 rental units they wanted him to service. He serviced a couple and replaced one entire unit. It never worked correctly. On the day the state inspector viewed the installation, the mobile home inside was 84 degrees. Did I mention that he was paid with cash and never returned to fix the unit or units? Like Bonnie and Clyde, he never returned to restore those he took advantage of. Now you can say that the store owner or gas station owner that Bonnie and Clyde robbed had plenty of money and they deserved being robbed. Maybe that is one opinion. What about our present day Clyde that takes cash to repair or install an air conditioner or furnace but never makes it right? Every month at least one of these guys is called before the Licensing Board. The story is always the same. They installed a system that did not meet the manufacturer’s instructions, many times leaving it in a condition that risks the health and safety of the residents. They can’t or won’t make the repair and don’t even have the courage to show up for their hearing before the board. Yet these are the folks that say with fake piety and fake sincerity, “I was just trying to make a living.” Why fake piety? Because they all brag that “No one is going to them what to do.” Why fake sincerity? Because every one of them could have a job in a HVACR company with a bright future and support their family honestly. They

could learn their craft, take a business class and enter the trade as a contactor with only two years experience and passing an open book test. Their pleading of “trying to earn a living” is so fake as to be disgusting. If they really cared about earning a living for their family, they would take that job with the local HVACR company and wait till they know their craft before presenting themselves to the public as a respectable business. There is nothing respectable about taking money to do a job that you don’t know how to do. There is nothing respectable about taking money from folks with limited means and not being able to complete the job. These malefactors are charlatans filled with greed and ignorance. They are so ignorant of business that they think their employer is “getting rich taking advantage of the customer by charging too much.” They actually believe that they can do jobs for less and still make a killing. That is the issue. They are willing to risk the lives of their customers so they can make “big dollars” and be their own boss. They install gas furnaces without the proper combustion air or ventilation air and risk poisoning the family with carbon monoxide. While not that many people actually die from carbon monoxide, many have flue like systems that are actually brought on by excessive levels of carbon monoxide and, yes, some do die. These malefactors install air conditioning improperly and cause mold and mildew that can be

sickening to those with allergies and asthma—especially the young and elderly. What is even worse than these malefactors? Those that champion their cause of conducting business without proper training and licensing. They rail against licensing and present their case that we could increase jobs by the thousands if only we would eliminate so called “unnecessary licensing.” Their pious, sanctimonious presentations are only exceeded by their ignorance of the trades they seek to deregulate. They defend the need of doctors, dentist, and relators to be licensed but stand against the so called “restraint of trade and protectionism” of which they accuse the trades; i.e., HVACR, electrical, and plumbing. The HVACR industry vigorously defends our actions. We welcome competition if it is technically competent. We stand unabashedly against those whose ignorance of our trade causes them to defend those that put consumers at risk though their lack of training. We have our walls of shame filled with pictures that demonstrate the unconscionable installations that put Arkansans at risk. We have pictures of those installations where the gas company had to red tag and disconnect the gas to the home because of the risk to the health of the family living in the house. No, sir. These unlicensed, untrained malefactors are not just “good ole boys” “tying to earn a living.” They, like Bonnie and Clyde,

rob the innocent and trusting by taking large upfront payments and not completing the job. They put families at risk by creating unhealthy living environments. No, to those that ignorantly defend these insincere, greedy, untrained, wanna’- be entrepreneurs. I will not be moved by false piety. Doing the right thing by your customer and your family, and yourself deserves recognition. Taking advantage, whether by ignorance or design, does not deserve defending. The HVACR Bonnie and Clyde do not deserve respect. They need to Get a Job-- Learn their Craft--Then enter the HVACR business. You’ll find it welcoming. You’ll find it rewarding and you will take pride in what you do and the service you render. So, do not try to fool anyone with the false piety of, “I am just trying to make a living.” At least Bonnie and Clyde were admitted criminals.

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Wall of Shame Dangers Lurking in Homes

Decking charred from

Disconnected furnace vent

furnace exhaust

Dead bird in furnace. Chimney cap was not installed

The installer used a paint can as a connector.

Water heater could not vent due to bad common vent design

they would. Many in our industry are now at the age they’d like to retire but don’t know how. They want to sell but can’t find a buyer, have a retirement that consists of Social Security and whatever they can get out of the old trucks and building they own, and have no idea of how the business will continue after they are gone. It’s OK! They’re glad they “scratched that itch” but it didn’t feel quite like they thought it would. I recently heard of a contractor that did not want to send their guys through apprenticeship training because he thought they would leave him as soon as the apprentice became a journeyman. Here is my point, if a man has an itch, he’s gonna’ scratch it whether you like it or not. That is life. Besides, the HVACR industry has almost no barrier to becoming a licensed dealer / contractor. Work for someone two years doing anything, pass an open book test, and pay the fee. Yesterday I couldn’t spell HVACR and today I are one. It is a disgrace but it was all we could get through the legislature in 1991. So here is the deal, failure to educate your techs is the biggest failure a contractor can make. While they are with you, they aren’t nearly as profitable untrained as they are if they were trained. Not providing education is like saying, “I want my guys to be dumb. They’ll stay with Yesterday I couldn’t spell HVACR and today I are one.

Sometimes you just have to scratch it. Almost every contractor started out as a tech, installer, metal bender, salesman, something. But they just couldn’t be satisfied until they “scratched that itch” to be in business for themselves. The reason? A couple stand out— “Wanted to be their own boss.” Now that is funny. The business owner has more bosses than anyone else. He can’t take off when he wants, is last on the list to get a paycheck, listens to every crazy excuse and lie in the books as to why employees can’t come to work, and puts up with customers always looking for something for nothing. “Wanted to get rich.” Look around. A few, very few, have done exceedingly good. You can name them and we’re all proud for them. It is the American Dream. But like I said, look around. Most of the contractors do OK but don’t make the money they thought 1. Wanted to be their own boss. 2. Wanted to get rich.

me if they are dumb.” Now how does that sound. You got it. Some might say that, if their employees are in classes with other apprentices, they will talk and may decide they’d rather work for someone else. Let’s look at that. You know they already talk at the supply house and in their personal lives. Maybe we should focus on what we can do to build loyalty instead of trying to build an impossible isolation cocoon. Guys frequently leave one company for another for a 50 cent or $1 raise. That is one great advantage of the apprenticeship program. A man doesn’t have to leave you to get a raise. The apprenticeship program has built in earned raises so there is no advantage to leaving you. Now what he does after the three year apprenticeship program is up to you. That is where you have to ask yourself, “Why would someone stay with me?” “Why would they want to work anywhere else?” If you can answer that, you don’t have to worry about an apprenticeship being a path to loosing employees. One thing is sure, the apprenticeship program is more likely to keep them for the three years of the apprenticeship program. One of my friends has a sign in his office that says, “Some say, if I train my employees, they might leave me. Ask yourself, what if you don’t train them and they stay?” And, my friend remember this, if they have the itch, they are going to scratch it.

Get Trained Before You See This Arkansas Highway Police / Arkansas DOT is serious about commercial vehicles obeying the law. The law is new to most HVACR contractors but ignorance is no excuse. Fines are steep. The Association will be sponsoring training sessions in the spring to help you abide by the regulations. Road compliance is easy as long as you know the rules; however, the office paperwork is a bear. Watch for the training in your area. It can save you $$ thousands $$.  If you own a ¾ ton truck and pull a tandem axel trailer, you are a commercial vehicle and must comply.  If you own a 1 ton truck, you are a commercial vehicle and must comply.  If you own any vehicle with a (1) GVWR over 10,000 lbs and (2) travel out of state, you are a commercial vehicle and must have a DOT number and must comply.

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Pictured (left to right) are Janel Cotter, Director of Workforce Education at ASUMH; Tom Hunt, Executive Director of ARHVACRA; Dr. Robin Myers, Chancellor of ASUMH; and Karen Heslep, Dean of the School of Business and Technology

skills via hands-on training, combined with laboratory and classroom experience teaching the student sheet metal fabrication; principles of residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilation; troubleshooting, blueprint reading, and safety. The Arkansas HVACR Association serves and represented Arkansas HVACR contractors and is sponsor to the Department of Labor approved Arkansas HVACR Association Apprenticeship Program, 2017-AR- 68770 which is governed by the Arkansas HVACR Association Apprenticeship Sponsor Board. Both organizations agreed to work together to provide technical training and work opportunities within the letter of U. S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship 2017-AR- 68770, or program. In the memorandum, ASUMH agreed to provide classroom and

ASU Mountain Home Signs Agreement with Arkansas HVACR Association University- Mountain Home (ASUMH) signed a memorandum of understanding with Arkansas HVACR Association for an apprenticeship training program on Thursday, October 26. The agreement was signed by ASUMH Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers and Tom Hunt, the executive director of ARHVACRA – the Arkansas Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Association. ASUMH prepares students with entry and advanced-level marketable Apprenticeship Program Arkansas State

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laboratory space, equipment, and instruction consistent to achieve the goals and skill proficiencies set forth in the apprenticeship training document which shall be determined by the Board with consultation and agreement of the local Association Chapter Apprenticeship Committee. Student tuition and fees for classes will be consistent with ASUMH policies and shall be collected in a manner consistent with ASUMH policy. ASUMH also will provide ASU Mountain Home Signs Agreement with Arkansas HVACR Association assessment of the apprentice based on the Skill Sets determined by the Board and the Committee. Apprentices shall progress through the apprenticeship program based on their successful completion and demonstrable competency of the skill sets. The ARHVACRA will establish a HVACR Association Apprenticeship Board to oversee the statewide administration of Apprenticeship Program, 2017-AR-68770. The

Board shall consist of contractors, apprentices, and educators as determined by the Executive Board of the Association. The Board will determine a list of core competencies which the local committee shall make available to ASUMH. In addition, the Board will conduct focus groups of local contractors who may add to the list of competencies which have been determined. The Board will enlist local contractors to participate in the program with their employees. Local high schools, career centers, secondary counselors, secondary student and parents will be informed as to the career opportunities available in the HVACR industry and be provided access to the Program. For information on this and other workforce programs at ASUMH, contact Janel Cotter at (870) 508- 6133 .

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As one of the only programs in Northeast Arkansas, and one of the few in the state, Arkansas State University - Newport’s Energy Control Technology program is leading the way in a rapidly growing field. “I believe our program is the best in the state,” says Advanced Instructor of ASUN’s Energy Control Technology program Mark Constant. “We provide a more diverse education to our students. We’re not locked into one thing and it’s one of those things we tell them when they first come

options. Our students have tons of different types of jobs when they

leave here – some are state inspectors. We have people who are local and city inspectors. We have some who run restaurants. It’s amazing. We just try to give them the confidence to do what they want to do when they leave here.” ASUN’s program gives students an evolving skillset and instructs them in four main components: residential heating and air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, basic wiring technology and residential home efficiencies. While enrolled the program, Constant’s students are also given hands on, practical knowledge they can apply to their HVACR careers. “You want your students to be employable when they graduate,” he says. “They can either get a

through the door. We’re going to teach them everything that we can and all we want them to do is take it in as they go through. We give them

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certificate or a degree, but we want our students to be employable and have lifelong skills that are not just for a job, but a career. We want them to learn how to be part of the community which they’re going to serve and it’s one of the things that are part of our goals at ASUN – to serve our communities. We want our students to understand that when they leave here it’s going to be part of their responsibility as well.”

within the industry while they work toward completing their degree.

“I stay in contact with our industry partners and we try to facilitate them being on campus and our students knowing who they are as much as we can,”

says Constant. “A lot of our industry partners are not afraid to call and say I have some part-time work, which is what most of our students are doing. We definitely work with them to find someone, and we’re always welcoming new partners.” The HVACR field is currently on the State of Arkansas demand list. ASUN’s program also qualifies for dislocated workers and veterans. Constant says he currently has one student, a veteran, who hopes to return overseas and work on heat and air conditioning units for the United States Army as an independent contractor once his coursework is complete. “They’re not limited, but some of the background that they have and what they’re going to get here is just

Constant says that in addition to technical knowledge, his students develop their soft skills, particularly in a course called Workplace

Essentials. They’re also taught how to work as a team, giving them knowledge that will assist them in any career path they take, and providing business management skills, woven into the coursework, that will assist them if they choose to own and operate their own HVACR business. The program was designed to allow students to work part-time and many of them, often with the help of Constant and other instructors, are able to obtain and maintain positions

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amazing,” says Constant. “Some students find jobs I didn’t even know there were jobs for, but they do well.” Constant’s students participate in SkillsUSA and have

won several state competitions over the years. He says many former students also return to teach, and because of the program’s reputation, he has had students travel up to two hours to attend classes, and is now seeing second generation students enroll. Additionally, ASUN is currently in the process of implementing an energy conservation program and instructors, like Constant, are given ample opportunities and the means to continue their education to remain at the top of the field. “It’s truly rewarding to get to share with these young people,” says Constant. “I was a student of the program and I enjoy being able to share with others what somebody shared with me.” An investment in knowledge pays the best interest Benjamin Franklin

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approximately 5,000 registered apprentices, according to a National Apprenticeship Week proclamation

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Cause for Celebration (Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, president of NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.)

NorthWest Arkansas Community College, like many organizations across the state, observed National Apprenticeship Week during the week of Nov. 13-19. The designated week offered business, labor and education leaders a chance to express their support for apprenticeships. At NWACC, we support apprenticeships with words — and actions — as we partner with others to provide important workforce training for individuals entering critical skilled trades. An apprenticeship makes good economic sense for both the employer and the apprentice. According to Department of Labor statistics, workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn $300,000 more over a career than their peers who don’t. Another statistic shows for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get approximately $1.50 in ROI. Arkansas has 104 registered apprenticeship programs, involving hundreds of employers and

issued by Governor Asa Hutchinson. NorthWest Arkansas Community College is among those organizations providing registered apprenticeship programs. The college is part of the network that supports apprenticeships in such high- demand fields as HVAC, plumbing, electrical and, more recently, ironworks. We believe NWACC’s work in providing technical training in these trades dovetails with the community college’s mission of empowering lives, inspiring learning and strengthening our community through accessible, affordable, quality education. Apprenticeships also represent a tangible part of the college’s efforts to help address the specific needs of our region. Construction is booming in northwest Arkansas. During the first half of 2017, the number of residential building permits issued rose almost 10 percent over the same period in 2016, according to data in the Skyline Report from the University of Arkansas and Arvest

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