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Mick Rich Contractors | Solving Complexity With Creativity

An Albuquerque, New Mexico general contractor, Mick Rich Construction specializes in medium scale commercial building projects in all phases of construction: new construction, building renovations, special unique construction, tilt-up construction, and design-build. To serve our clients' needs, we also have a service department for repairs and alterations.

Mick Rich defies trend, looks for out-of-state work

During the recession, New Mexico’s contractors have compressed, while out-of-state firms have expanded into the Land of Enchantment looking for projects. Mick Rich, however, has gone against the grain.

Blog #150 - Gas Radiant Heating Systems

We recently walked a medium-sized warehouse with a regional manager. The first part of the walk through was to reduce the scope of the previous proposal, because he did not have enough funding to achieve what needed to be done.

The second portion of the walk through was to discuss heating system and lighting systems. He was from Southern California, and had little experience with warehouse heaters. He did know that it gets cold in Albuquerque, and that their warehouse personal get cold in the winter. He wanted a price on installing a heating system.

#149 - Maintaining Radiant Heating Systems

Before we address the maintenance of radiant heating systems, we need to define radiant heat. There is more to radiant heat than radiant heated floors.

Radiant heat indirectly heats a space by heating the surfaces in the space. The heating element transmits the heat using infrared heat. The infrared heat is absorbed by the surfaces or objects in the room, or by the space being heated. That is why radiant heaters are used outdoors and in large warehouses.

Maintenance for these systems is minor, because there are few moving parts or parts that can burn out.

Blog #148 – Turn On The Heat

Autumn is upon us. It’s time to think about switching from cooling to heating. For most people, that means moving the thermostat switch from cool to heat. But that’s not all there is to it.

Air Conditioning / Heating Units
Replace your mechanical system's filter every year before use. While replacing the filters, clean out and vacuum the mechanical unit so prevent dust from settling into the heating system plenum just before air enters the furnace. This is a great way to reduce dust from your building interior.

Evaporative Cooler / Furnace Units

Blog #147 Ventilation Systems

Ventilation systems need love too.

Most of us are never aware of exhaust fans. Out of sight, out of mind. But that does not mean they don’t need maintenance.

Blog #146 A Building Mystery

Last week, a structural engineer asked me to accompany him on a review of abuilding with “issues.”

Players
Principal, Maintenance Man, Environmental Expert, Environmental Contractor, Structural Engineer, and I.

I wondered where I fit in this mix. The Principal said that she had heard good things about Mick Rich Contractors, and that she had seen our job site sign on the highway from Farmington.

Everyone shared observations and thoughts, and the meeting ended. I have enjoyed reading PD James and Agatha Christy, and this building had all the characteristics of a good mystery.

Blog #145 Thermostats

The renovation of my home is coming to a close. (My friends and family deny that my home will ever be finished.) One of the last items to replace is the heating and cooling controls. So while watching TV, I have begun researching thermostats.

Blog #144 It’s the plumber... I’ve come to fix your sink

Why are so many plumbers driving around Albuquerque? And why are there so many advertisements for plumbing contractors? Can there be that much work for their services?

Most people have the confidence to take on simple home repairs and remodels, such as repainting a wall or re-caulking a window. But when it comes to plumbing, they are not just hesitant, but fearful. Is the fear unwarranted? Water can cause great damage in a hurry.

Blog #143 - An Update on My Son

On Friday, Pete Williams of Mountain States Cranes called me to ask about opportunities on the neighborhood Walmart store construction that we recently started. He asked me who is the steel erector. I told him, and we talked about "swinging" the mechanical units on the roof. He asked who the mechanical contractor is, and I did not know the answer.

I ended the conversation with, “You should stop by the project and meet with the project manager to discuss who is doing what.”

Pete asked, "Who is the PM?"

I responded, “Jim Rich.”

Blog #142: Quality means different things to different people

We recently completed a project for Casa Angelica. The budget was tight (which is normal), and their need was great. Casa Angelica cares for young residents who are severely physically handicapped, developmentally disabled, and visually impaired. Some residents live at Casa Angelica full time, and some spend only their days there. Our project was to create a small campus setting by upgrading three old portable classrooms.