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  • PREACH!!!! It's not just about the fact that a technician know's how to fix something (Important)... It's how that knowledge is perceived by the resident. If that resident will call a tech to come into their home again can directly affect renewal rat
    komento 65 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'Excessive noise or not?' in the forum.
    Let a "Maintenance Guy" throw a possible wrench in the works. (A slightly different viewpoint).

    Has there been an evaluation made for construction or repairs? Many older buildings were built with a sub floor system in mind that included carpet pad and carpet. This means that when we update to hard...
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    kunena.post 92 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'Structure of a Maintenance Department' in the forum.
    I love this thought process as there are a myriad of possibilities.

    One possible consideration in this process is setting up and promoting an official line of succession. This means that new maintenance personnel starting out must go through the "turn-tech" position and the culture of the...
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    kunena.post 259 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'New Property Manager' in the forum.
    Having been in the position of being the existing maintenance department when transitioning to a new Property Manager, here are a couple of things to consider:

    - Keep what works: Habits had been formed with the outgoing PM that may or may not work with your style or personality. These habits are...
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    kunena.post 261 days ago
  • You are exactly correct Kandi... I think we agree that if we offer impersonal communication (meaning that my eyeballs are not looking at your eyeballs when the request is given, or I can't hear your voice to infer tone or meaning) as a means for re
    komento 310 days ago
  • WOW, 10 years... that's almost unheard of nowadays...

    Salary rates seem to be a difficult number to pin down, especially for a position that arguably is one of the most important on site, and especially for an employee that has shown loyalty for that long. If he is an independent contractor, with...
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    kunena.post 332 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'Insuite washer/dryer cleaning' in the forum.
    In my experience, during the turn process maintenance will cycle both washer and dryer to ensure correct operation and verify cleanliness in a basic fashion. This verification entails the simple "looks good" and "sniff" test.

    A change might need to be made to the above process if you are using a...
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    kunena.post 351 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'HVAC service decision tree' in the forum.
    The only version I've run across of this type of info was in the book "Modern AC and Refrigeration" (Goodheart-Willcox publishing; 20th ed). Appendix B has a pretty good basic trouble shooting chart.

    Since very few Apartment Tech's have that book, I teach troubleshooting based upon this statement:...
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    kunena.post 370 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'MO99' in the forum.
    Happy afternoon David,

    You are correct in the method of determining proper amount is specific to the system design:

    ---Superheat is used for fixed orifice metering device systems
    ---Subcool charging is used for systems that have a variable metering device (TXV or TEV)
    ---Weigh in charging is the...
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    kunena.post 376 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'MO99' in the forum.
    The charging adapter I have is sold through various suppliers and is called an "Insta Charge" fitting. Essentially it's a metering device that is threaded (1/4inch flair) to fit between the manifold and low side hose in line to allow the refrigerant to change state. Alternatively it can be installed...
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    kunena.post 386 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes thanks user 'vicki.sharp@thesharpsolution.net' in the forum message ' Scheduling work order and unit turnover for maintenance staff'.
    kunena.thankyou 429 days ago
  • Brent Williams wrote:
    As a side note, it's funny you quoted Mike Tyson because we scheduled a post for Monday relating to an upcoming webinar using that same quote! What a coincidence.

    Great minds think...
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    kunena.post 432 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes added a new comment in You Deserve a Break Today!
    If I can add on to your timely reminder, Maintenance Technicians need turn off the radio,or shut off the phone and put down the caulking gun during this time of day as much as the office staff. I've found (and am also guilty) that maintenance technic
    komento 433 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes thanks user 'jfrey' in the forum message ' Scheduling work order and unit turnover for maintenance staff'.
    kunena.thankyou 433 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes thanks user 'koster_j' in the forum message ' Looking for a "Team Player?"'.
    kunena.thankyou 458 days ago
  • Brilliant comments about having vendor partners, not just vendor providers. When I needed a contractor to do any work that was a little out of the ordinary I did everything in my ability to be available to be a "gopher" for the job. I wasn't just in
    komento 467 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'Best Practices' in the forum.
    Happy Holiday's Kurt,

    Welcome to the wonderful world of writing for Maintenance! I've been writing various maintenance related articles for one publication or another over the past decade. A couple of tips I would pass along for any topic that you pick to write about are:

    - Tailor the topic to...
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    kunena.post 485 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'It's in the bag, man!' in the forum.
    I really like this idea with two minor changes... If I was interviewing in this method, I'd ask the experienced candidate a specific service request (replace a three way switch, or drop a garbage disposal for example). This way if the technician is as organized as Perry infers he is and has a bag...
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    kunena.post 485 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes thanks user 'JohnMcK' in the forum message ' Looking for a "Team Player?"'.
    kunena.thankyou 485 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'What's up with the work orders?' in the forum.
    Loving this topic!!!

    I'm nodding my head with every comment. In my past, worked on properties and handled service requests in a variety of fashions. From no S.R. documentation to being required to write an encyclopedia for each need and repair. In my opinion the service request is best handled...
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    kunena.post 513 days ago
  • Paul Rhodes replied to the topic 'Where do you find good maintenance techs?' in the forum.
    Trying to find a technician that is already skilled can be a challenge. If the property is looking, don't hang your requirements on only 1 skill or qualification and be ready to be a little flexible. Here are some possible suggestions I've seen work in my travels:
    • Consider the pay scale offered....

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    kunena.post 609 days ago