Make Trades Great Again

Make Trades Great Again

Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical & more. Skilled trades construction and service business podcast hosted by two small business owners. Eric Aune and Andy Mickelson are two master plumbers who work in the plumbing and hvac industries. This podcast covers topics like running a small business to being the most professional trades worker on the job. We try to use some humor, we always use real life experiences for our topics and occasionally have a guest host join us. We hope you enjoy an episode and subscribe!

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December 2, 2022 10 min

What about Bob, Andy has an update on the stolen van debacle. 

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Eric recants a problem he recently had with a tool. The guys chat about emerging technology in the tool world. 

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November 29, 2022 18 min

Ever have to tell a client their heating or cooling system need replaced? Sure! But have you done it when it was just three years old? 

The guys bs and talk about the week, how its going and whats coming up. 

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The guys dig deep to compare the true cost of Fuel Oil, Electric, LP and Natural Gas as fuels for heating. 

Thanks to listener Steve for sending in the question: Is it time to get away from fuel oil and move to LP? 

You might be surprised how the fuel costs pencil out.  

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Bonus - Eric and Andy discuss the results of a recent poll about how you like to stub out you water supplies. 

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November 17, 2022 37 min

Eric and Andy talk about pipe benders, machines and Wiha screwdrivers. 

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November 15, 2022 16 min

You gotta hear this crazy story! Andy's van might've been stolen...we're not sure just yet. 

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November 10, 2022 27 min

The guys talk about the many ways to get paid as a contractor. Things have changed over the last handful of years, have you? 

There are like seventy-eleven ways to get paid for your services, how many are you accepting? 

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The guys answer a listeners message about the difficult task of letting an employee go, along with some of the hurdles and issues that come up. 

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November 2, 2022 34 min

Eric and Andy talk about how natural disasters can affect supply chains in the building trades. 

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October 31, 2022 10 min

Andy see his first nipple pack in this week's bonus episode.  Things get dicey but there's a lesson to be learned from one of Eric's recent materials order. 

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October 26, 2022 33 min

HVAC OnlyFans, custy watching, I need to concentrate! 

We polled out IG fam asking if they minded the customer watching while servicing/fixing a problem on site.  The answers where what you'd expect...but wait, there's more! You gotta listen to see who thought what and why Andy thinks you should get to know your NASA rocket scientist client. 

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October 24, 2022 15 min

Eric and Andy answer a listeners question about what goes into the decision of hiring an employee or adding another technician. 

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October 19, 2022 45 min

Nicole Bush Communications manager for AHR 2023 joins the boys to talk about the largest Heating Air Condition and Refrigeration Expo in North America.

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October 17, 2022 19 min

The guys talk tools, new tools, what they're liking lately and whats coming. 

Who does't like some tool talk? We do! 

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October 12, 2022 53 min

Andy, Eric & Chad talk more about pay in the trades, personal accountability and making it thru a recession. As usual things start out rough and barely make it thru to the end without offending someone...thanks for joining us Chad. 

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October 10, 2022 15 min

The boys chat about how they are getting things ready for heating season. 

If you do service work, do season changes effect your vehicle stock? 

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October 5, 2022 38 min

We answer a listeners question regarding an irritated customer. When do you "fire" the customer, what does it take? The guys discuss some of the in's and out's of letting a customer go. 

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The guys get back into the electrification of everything and talk heat pumps. Will they be able to repolace gas furnaces and boilers fully? 

Also, is it slowing down where you're at? 

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Quin writes in asking how we prefer to get started on the job. What do we tackle first, the tough stuff or the low hanging fruit. In either case the project has to get finished but sometimes a clear plan from the start can move things along smoother. 

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