Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'The Jackhammers Are Coming!'

July 26, 2017
At Stony End Home for the Aged, a new air-handling unit won’t heat. All Facilities Manager Thatcher “Thatch” McGowan can figure is there is a leak in the cast-in-concrete ductwork. Jackhammers are on the way. Can Johnny keep them at bay?

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Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'Compounding the Problem'

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Ebert’s Law and Engineering Content

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In film reviews and his Movie Answer Man column, critic Roger Ebert would remind readers of Ebert’s Law, which states: “A movie is not about what it is about. It is about how ...
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Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'Plugging a Government Leak'

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There is a leak at the highest reaches of the Montana state government—the kind not associated with a loose-lipped staffer, but, rather, a safety relief valve on a 40-year-old...