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Old 09-03-2019, 09:09 PM   #31
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Twice today I was told plumbers are hard to come by...

The first woman who said that, I asked her what was the meaning behind it and she had no answer. Why say that then????

The second elderly woman was looking for a service plumber. She called a company she knew but they mostly do new houses so yeah they weren't available. She called another plumber in a far away village and he too was too busy. It's unknown if he's a legit company I highly doubt it.

So she went on the net and found me on the top of the page and visited the website. I got the job because my site stated I serviced her town and I could go the same day.


So again there's no shortage of plumbers, she called companies who don't do service, that's all.

the shortage is more for the employer looking for qualified people to be plumbers, ask around the union companies or larger plumbing companies looking for good employees and you will find your answer..
the customers will get " someone" the company sends todo work..whether they know squat is a different story and im sure the supervisors or owners will BS the customer of why their idiot employee couldnt fix the problem and they will send the super best mechanic plumber for their one in a lifetime plumbing problem..
many companies cant get good employees , so anyone with a pulse they will hire and send out and hold their breath they may be able to fix or hack the problem to collect a check..
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:21 PM   #32
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the shortage is more for the employer looking for qualified people to be plumbers, ask around the union companies or larger plumbing companies looking for good employees and you will find your answer..
I would disagree with this quote. In our area anyway, a good Union plumber is not what they were looking for. They were looking for the champion who could pipe so fast and cut as many corners he could so the money was rolling in by the bucket load. To hell with the code.

In my area a good union plumber who would do stuff to code and have zero leaks would be laid off first. I was one of them and many times too. I was fast but not as fast as their brown noses who would skip hangers, no vents, back slopped etc.

To them a good plumber would be a guy working overtime and not getting paid for it, supplying his own electric tools, step ladders etc. This is what they are searching for.
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I would disagree with this quote. In our area anyway, a good Union plumber is not what they were looking for. They were looking for the champion who could pipe so fast and cut as many corners he could so the money was rolling in by the bucket load. To hell with the code.

In my area a good union plumber who would do stuff to code and have zero leaks would be laid off first. I was one of them and many times too. I was fast but not as fast as their brown noses who would skip hangers, no vents, back slopped etc.

To them a good plumber would be a guy working overtime and not getting paid for it, supplying his own electric tools, step ladders etc. This is what they are searching for.

hack companies hire hack workers..quality companies hire good help..im sure there are plenty of hack companies here, but the companies looking for good employees have a hard time finding them..
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In my opinion, the shortage seems to be the cheap hack plumber that is willing to work for next to nothing.


I haven't been real busy lately, but I have heard about a few who are, for example, got a call last week from a customer who was referred to me by another plumber. She said he was too busy and couldn't be out there for a couple weeks. She needed the stuff fixed sooner than that, but after hearing what my prices were - his were about 1/3 of mine - she must have decided she could wait.
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In my opinion, the shortage seems to be the cheap hack plumber that is willing to work for next to nothing.


I haven't been real busy lately, but I have heard about a few who are, for example, got a call last week from a customer who was referred to me by another plumber. She said he was too busy and couldn't be out there for a couple weeks. She needed the stuff fixed sooner than that, but after hearing what my prices were - his were about 1/3 of mine - she must have decided she could wait.
This is when I say to myself whatever and 30 minutes later I get a call out for someone else who want's it now and since it's now dinner time he doesn't mind paying the evening rate. Ha!
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Great when that happens, and that's the way it should be, you don't go work for the customer looking for the low rate so you can work for a customer willing to pay the right rate.
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There is a shortage of good qualified plumbers in Texas. You can throw a rock and hit a ****ty plumber but it takes time to find well qualified people who aren't crazy or on drugs.
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There is a shortage of good qualified plumbers in Texas. You can throw a rock and hit a ****ty plumber but it takes time to find well qualified people who aren't crazy or on drugs.



We have it easy here, the ****ty ones just work for or have worked for roto rooter so those who want a good plumber just ask where they have worked before.








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As a kid and someone asks “what do you want to be when you grow up”? Nobody is saying they want to be a plumber. I didn’t seek it out, plumbing found me. Once you start doing it you realize how fun of a career it is and how much much money you can make doing it. We just have to do a better job recruiting and telling the younger generation that the college arts degree isn’t going to get you a good paying job or you’re going to be working in a boring cubicle your whole life.
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