Cold Jobs: Keeping Us Warm

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 02/12 2014 07:07PM

Updated 02/12 2014 07:09PM

ALTOONA - What do you do in the winter on a really cold day when your furnace breaks? The people you call show up to work and on the coldest of days, that means a lot of time in the elements.
Adam Dibert knew he was in for a long day when he saw temperatures well below the freezing mark.
“Cold. Extremely cold. Dress in layers and try and keep warm,” Dibert says..
Dibert has been a technician for McCarl's Preferred Services for 10 years and the day we stopped by was one of the toughest yet.
“A lot of units are being overworked and problems that you wouldn't normally see on a regular basis. They tend to come up when you're running units hard to keep warm,” Dibert says.
Cold days are also the busiest days for places like McCarl’s, and the job can take them anywhere, including the roof.
“It's definitely good for business. I mean we're busy. When we're on call it's never-ending,” Dibert says.
Every now and then Adam gets called to fix a furnace or other equipment inside, but most of the time the colder it gets outside, the longer he's out there.
And after 10 years on the job, Adam has developed a pretty simple approach to dealing with the conditions.
“It's very tough. You just work until you get cold and then find some place to thaw out,” Dibert says.

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