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The only advice I give an apprentice is:
Be good with your math skills. The plumbing trade has a whole lot of numbers in it, and if you are not good with numbers,
this trade will be a hard one to navigate. Knowing your formulas for pipe sizing, calculating volume and GPM flow rates are just a small part of the math you will be expected to know. If you work for yourself, making any money on a job will depend on your math skills----- I have seen a lot of solo acts go broke because they could not do the math right, overcharged and didn't get the job, or did not charge enough and ended up making $15 profit on the job.

BE GOOD WITH YOUR NUMBERS
 

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Ask questions, ask questions, and ask questions. Also, watch videos from reputable guys. I love watching Steve Lav on YT. Can learn a lot!

Know the truck you’re working out of more than the guy you’re set with. Know where everything is. Ask what parts are what.


Don’t get on your phone.
 

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Assume you're always being watched/listened to/recorded when you're in a customer's home.
 

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Ask questions, Take initiative, leave your phone on silent, clean as you go, and No such thing as " on time". You're either early, or your late.
 

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I go above and beyond at work and away from work for the company a lot. They do a lot for me. I live right around the corner so I don’t have any commute issues to worry about. I could never relate to nor understand being an hourly employee and there be an expectation to be 15-20 mins early.
Most companies don’t mind if you clocking in early as long as you’re working.

Or the owners I’ve been around don’t mind it. They just don’t want you being late or clocking in then standing around shooting the ****.
 

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Apprenticeship Day 8: Overwhelming amounts of new information but I'm hanging (I hope). Really enjoying the work but man do I feel awkward handling some/most of the tools. I am sure with time it will feel natural.
 

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Apprenticeship Day 8: Overwhelming amounts of new information but I'm hanging (I hope). Really enjoying the work but man do I feel awkward handling some/most of the tools. I am sure with time it will feel natural.
Just remember that for a good hwile no one expects you to know anything. They just expect you to listen well, follow orders, and most importantly ask questions when you don't know. Don't struggle in ignorance because you feel embarrassed.
 
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keep up your appearance, brush your teeth every morning, wash your face, clean shaven or kept facial hair, comb your hair and wear clean cloths.
I’ve had to tell grown men to go home and take a shower, brush your TOOTH and put on some clean clothes without holes and without anything printed on the shirt unless it’s trade related.

And wear clean shoes.
 
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