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Old 02-24-2016, 07:10 AM   #41
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Little update:
Things are going really well. Spent the past 2 days putting up drains for a shower room. This is honestly maybe the 3rd or 4th actual drain I have done. So when I looked at the print, I was a little lost . 5 showers in a row, and a WC all on one line coming off.. Then a branch on each side of that for drying stations. I had never seen so many wyes love lined up in a row lol. They were good guys and explained a few things to me. I mostly cut the pieces, hangars etc..

Today going to different job site at Aquity insurance. Very big job. Not sure exactly what type of work. The foreman that called me just said expect everything lol. Then next week or week after I will doing underground work at another site, when the ground thaws a little more. I have never done underground, so pretty excited to learn.

Overall, I'm loving it. Little stressful changing companies, and learning everything from scratch. But awesome experience, I couldn't get at my old employer. I told the guys at the tower, I'll do whatever grunt work you guys want, as long as someone shows, and explains a few things along the way.
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:14 AM   #42
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Little update:
Things are going really well. Spent the past 2 days putting up drains for a shower room. This is honestly maybe the 3rd or 4th actual drain I have done. So when I looked at the print, I was a little lost . 5 showers in a row, and a WC all on one line coming off.. Then a branch on each side of that for drying stations. I had never seen so many wyes love lined up in a row lol. They were good guys and explained a few things to me. I mostly cut the pieces, hangars etc..

Today going to different job site at Aquity insurance. Very big job. Not sure exactly what type of work. The foreman that called me just said expect everything lol. Then next week or week after I will doing underground work at another site, when the ground thaws a little more. I have never done underground, so pretty excited to learn.

Overall, I'm loving it. Little stressful changing companies, and learning everything from scratch. But awesome experience, I couldn't get at my old employer. I told the guys at the tower, I'll do whatever grunt work you guys want, as long as someone shows, and explains a few things along the way.
Hang in there man. Sounds like you're on the path I'm on. I work for a HUGE combo shop, if you can make a name for yourself young, you're golden... The key with big shops is to not let yourself get comfortable just getting by... Big jobs end, and guys get laid off, guys they know get moved, guys who they don't get paper.
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Thanks Flyout. Being a second year apprentice, I'm hoping to stay with this company. Talking to a couple guys and other apprentices, if you go through them as an apprentice, they keep you, and you stay employed. I can see why. A lot of contractors in our union specialize in one area, a lot don't even do plumbing, just process piping, which is what I was doing. Where I am at now they do everything, paper mill shut downs, new construction, remodel, industrial, commercial.. So if you stick with them, you learn it all .
I'm just keeping my head down, and helping with everything I can, asking questions, and showing up on time.
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:17 PM   #44
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most mechanics will be happy to answer any intelligent questions..passing on knowledge is part of the job too...
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:35 PM   #45
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Anything bigger the 4" cast
Ask for a second hand to lift.

I would install 10" by my self and my back hates me for it.
But when your supporting a wife and kids durning a Recession, 200 +feet of 10" a day by your self keeps you employed.
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Wow 10" by yourself.. Sheesh.. I'm doing 8" cast right now for roof drains in a parking garage.. But I have a lift and a journeyman with me.. I could probably do it by myself with the lift, but still would suck.
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i used a lift, but 10" vertical storm/overflow drains are still Harry by yourself...

There was a few projects I had to work of 12' a frame and hang 8" & 10"
Never again
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