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Old 05-28-2019, 10:37 PM   #1
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I am new on here. I'm enjoying reading the posts and getting insights from others. I own a small service plumbing company that I started 25 years ago. I am a master plumber that's pretty good at service and diagnosing. I am also learning new stuff every day. I'm not really sure how to post on here yet.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:19 PM   #2
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Hello, looks like you joined in 2017. This is my standard response when intros are a little short, it may give you ideas.

This one is from me : Write more than one or two lines, elaborate. Are you proud of your trade? Show it! Talk about the jobs you've done, the path you took to get where you're at as a trades person, the amount of time spent in plumbing school(s) or years before you were eligible to take the journeyman exam etc. How you became your own boss etc.
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Welcome, putty or silicone? plumber or technician?
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I am new on here. I'm enjoying reading the posts and getting insights from others. I own a small service plumbing company that I started 25 years ago. I am a master plumber that's pretty good at service and diagnosing. I am also learning new stuff every day. I'm not really sure how to post on here yet.

where are you from? what kind of services do you provide? hobbies or interests? just reply to any thread and you can post, dont be shy and have a thickish skin for the typical blue collar humor....
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:49 AM   #6
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I've plumbed in Texas, California, and Florida. The California and Florida was all service work. I worked for a Master Plumber in California that did service work but also specialized in water softeners and R.O. systems. After working for Ed for a couple of years i went to work for S.O.S. ROOTER in San Diego. I did that for a couple of years and my first wife got homesick so we moved back to Texas. Fast forward a few years and I was going through a divorce and trying to go back to school. The judge reset the hearing for one week and said if I didn't have a job he was throwing me in jail. I came home, got out the phone book, opened to Plumbing and made four phone calls and set up three interviews. I went to the first one and got hired and didn't even go to the rest. It really wasn't a good job but I was still trying to go back to school. They were repiping mobile homes under that polybutlene class action lawsuit. Well I was li ing in a mobile home, so I filed a claim. When the adjuster came out he informed me of what an ******* I was working for. Said he wasn't even allowed in their office...only his wife. Then basically told me that they would be open for a new contractor to start repiping for them. So to make a lo g story short two weeks later I had a handshake deal not even a written contract and was off on my own repiping mobile homes. I was 29 and the year was 1994. At the height of the repipe era we were repiping 15 mobile homes a day all over Texas. That gave usthe cash flow to expand into other areas such as service and new construction. I quickly realized that new construction was a pain in the ass. I liked getting paid everyday when the job was done. Twenty-five years later I am still plumbing. A little slower and a lot stiffer. I still work in the field. A friend of mine told me getting old aint for sissies. I said yep especially if you are a plumber.
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I've plumbed in Texas, California, and Florida. The California and Florida was all service work. I worked for a Master Plumber in California that did service work but also specialized in water softeners and R.O. systems. After working for Ed for a couple of years i went to work for S.O.S. ROOTER in San Diego. I did that for a couple of years and my first wife got homesick so we moved back to Texas. Fast forward a few years and I was going through a divorce and trying to go back to school. The judge reset the hearing for one week and said if I didn't have a job he was throwing me in jail. I came home, got out the phone book, opened to Plumbing and made four phone calls and set up three interviews. I went to the first one and got hired and didn't even go to the rest. It really wasn't a good job but I was still trying to go back to school. They were repiping mobile homes under that polybutlene class action lawsuit. Well I was li ing in a mobile home, so I filed a claim. When the adjuster came out he informed me of what an ******* I was working for. Said he wasn't even allowed in their office...only his wife. Then basically told me that they would be open for a new contractor to start repiping for them. So to make a lo g story short two weeks later I had a handshake deal not even a written contract and was off on my own repiping mobile homes. I was 29 and the year was 1994. At the height of the repipe era we were repiping 15 mobile homes a day all over Texas. That gave usthe cash flow to expand into other areas such as service and new construction. I quickly realized that new construction was a pain in the ass. I liked getting paid everyday when the job was done. Twenty-five years later I am still plumbing. A little slower and a lot stiffer. I still work in the field. A friend of mine told me getting old aint for sissies. I said yep especially if you are a plumber.

nice story, did you ever get back to school? or just get your plumbing license?..I hear you about the aches and pains, I have had several major surgeries putting myself back together, 2 replaced hips,both knees scoped to clean them up, shoulder and hand surgery this past febuary...one last surgery in the future for carpel tunnel on my left hand, but no rush yet...
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Nope, never made it back to school. Married and divorced a second time and now married for the third time with a six year old daughter. I've had two lower back surgeries the second one fusing three vertebrae together. Cortizone shots in my lower back and in both shoulders. But hey it pays the bills.
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Nope, never made it back to school. Married and divorced a second time and now married for the third time with a six year old daughter. I've had two lower back surgeries the second one fusing three vertebrae together. Cortizone shots in my lower back and in both shoulders. But hey it pays the bills.
ha, im married and divorced once and learned my lesson to rent and not buy again...
look into PRP shots for your shoulders if you have stabilized tears, my left shoulder and elbow had tears and the PRP shots healed the tears with no surgery and it also rebuilds wear surfaces in the joints...
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Welcome aboard Boss Hog, great to have you.

We've got pros on here who know about everything from medical gas to fire sprinkler standpipes and just about everything in between. This place has a ton of knowledge for us plumbers.

Where in FLA were you? Just curious since that is where I call home.
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