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A Day in the Life of an HVAC Technician

We begin the day by heading to our first service call at a residential home located in Newark Delaware. The- technician going to this HVAC service call recently received his master HVAC technician certification and license to work. He graduated from the Air Conditioner’s Contractor Apprenticeship Program. Both his professional training and his on the job experience has helped him to become confident in any work that he performs,especially with what he may be facing on his first service call of the day.

The day usually is structured with a set schedule that comes from the main office or dispatch. But according to the technician,the schedule can change if emergency heating repair or emergency air conditioning repair jobs come up. This happens more frequently in the dead of winter or the peak of summer.

Finally,we arrive at our first call,bright and early in the morning by 7am. That’s the earliest that we could make it out to our customer in need of heating repair. Apparently,their forced air heating system has been blowing cold air over the weekend. And now,since we are in the dead of winter and in the middle of a sub zero degree weather system,a functional heating system is extremely important and needed. Anyway,we arrive with our fully stocked truck ready to work with the customer and provide the best possible heating repair solution we can come up with.

Time to get to work. With our tools,the customer leads us to the basement where the main heating system or furnace is located. Before we get into the nitty gritty,lets start with the basics. What exactly is an HVAC Technician? HVAC technicians work on heating,ventilation,cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings big and small. They have several different tasks that they handle. Before they start they test the heating or cooling system functionality to determine what needs to be repaired and from there they start their work.

Once their work is completed on this residential home,they succeed in getting the furnace to blow hot air again and getting the homeowner warmed up again. Next stop… back at the shop. We return to the shop to pick up some badly needed supplies. It’s important to keep the truck stocked up with the tools,spare parts and other supplies anticipated for the next service call. This helps to save time and cut down on overall repair costs. Plus we don’t want to leave the customer waiting too long to get back up and running.

Ultimately,HVAC technicians need to be highly skilled and prepared in order to carry out any and all repairs that come their way during a typical schedule day. If you are looking to get into a trade for work,this is a great time. The construction industry is in dire need of skilled workers. It’s expected to grow twice as fast as any other industry and will face an estimated shortage of 1.6 million workers by the year 2022. Becoming an HVAC technician can be an excellent choice as good ones with the training and expertise are in high demand. -is often hiring. If you look around you may be able to find a company that will help to pay for your training and help you get closer to completing your certifications.

Carpet Fitters Nottingham Measuring Stairs

Some staircases we have fitted carpets in Nottingham have steps designed to turn corners these are known as winding stairs or simply ‘Winders’

and there are several important things to take into account when measuring them. When finding the width of a winding stair,always measure at the widest point.

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This can feel odd as often your tape measure won’t be perfectly parallel to the edge of the step,as you can see here,but doing this will ensure that you have enough carpet to cover the whole area. Similarly,when measuring the depth and riser,measure starting from where the step is deepest. Unlike ordinary stairs,winders can be very different shapes as in our demonstration,so it’s important to measure each one separately. Another thing to bear in mind when measuring the depth and riser is that your tape measure should be at a right angle to the edge of the step.

This is important as the carpet needs to be fitted with the pile also at a right angle to this edge. This can be difficult to picture so there’s an example on floor-covering services Nottingham’s website. If the carpet is put against the wall the pile will be skewed when it goes over the step. But when the carpet is it is in line with the edge of the stair the pile runs smoothly ensuring that it looks correct and lasts longer. We used a striped carpet to make this clear,however it will be noticeable even on plain carpets. So,to recap,make sure to cover the farthest possible distance both in width and depth. This is easy to see on an ordinary stair but can be more tricky with a winder. Ensure when taking the depth measurement that your tape measure is perpendicular to the edge of the step. Now we can see how the carpet will be aligned with each step.

Once you’ve worked out how much carpet you’ll need for the individual winder steps,you can add it to the total from the ordinary stairs. You can find out how to calculate the amount of carpet you’ll need on our previous blog post,’How to Measure Stairs’. .

Or call Nottingham Carpets for a free quote

 

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