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The expected rise in steel prices does not necessarily mean the rise of total costs. In the HVAC industry, one way to offset increased steel prices is to reduce the cost of labor to make ducts and fittings by being more efficient. How do we do this? Machine automation.
I find it hard to believe that very many contractors would decide to check out the online equivalent of a rummage sale if they needed a few parts. But plenty of people with access to ductwork seem to think it’s a good idea.
As I write this, it’s the last day of the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas. While SNIPS editor Michael McConnell is making his way to company booths we may have missed, I’m already back at home in Michigan with some time to reflect on my first visit to an HVAC/sheet metal trade show.
Sheet Metal gauge, or more formally, Manufacturer’s Standard Gage for Sheet Steel, is derived from the United States Standard Gage established by Congress in 1893. (Machinery’s Handbook, 29th Ed., Industrial Press 2012, p.2608)
Ductwork is one of those things that doesn’t get much attention as long as it works and doesn’t leak too much -- until something is suggested by a standards-writing organization that the HVAC construction industry doesn’t uniformly agree with.
I just finished up a story for the February issue on getting young workers — aka millennials — involved in the skilled trades and pursuing areas like HVAC construction and ductwork fabrication, so since it’s only December I have some time to think about what I learned during my research.
In October, we gave a gentle reminder to our sheet metal business readers about the year-end deadline for meeting the requirements to benefit from the Section 179 tax deduction. With December fast approaching, we’d feel guilty if we didn’t issue a reminder again, just in case any of you are running late! There is still sufficient time, in fact, if you don’t delay further.