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  • The "Self-Cleaning" Kitchen?

    My favorite season is here: Holiday Cooking Season! Many residents will begin to ponder recipes that go along with their various family gatherings and functions. This is a fantastic time of year to suggest to residents they use the self-clean function in the oven to be ready for holiday baking. The way that a Self-Cleaning oven works is a mystery to many residents. More than a few times I’ve...
  • A Kit Culture

    If we were to compare the amount of work that a maintenance technician today is required to do at an apartment community, and compare that to 5 years ago; what would the comparison look like? The most common question I’m asked by community managers is “How long should it take my technician to do <insert task here>.” My scripted answer is not to give an answer. My answer instead is to ask...
  • New EPA Regulations for Handling HFC's

    The Environmental Protection Agency has updated the regulations that govern purchasing and handling refrigerant. This change can affect the way that we provide service to our residents during the hot summer months. Many of the changes expand the scope of the rules beyond ozone protection and include substances that are known to produce climate change.  This includes regulating Hydrofluorocarbon’s...
  • What Should I Do Differently?

    A simple question from a student in a pool class turned into a fantastic discussion recently. The question that opened up the potentially view changing realization was: “My pool inspector is coming tomorrow, what should I do differently?” Not being familiar with local swimming pool code and operations I opened the question up to the class at large. The responses were wide ranging and potentially...

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