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With close to a million+ homes froze up in Texas I have heard they are
paying high prices for plumbers to re-locate down there to help repair this disaster....

if I were a lowly apprentice in my teens or early 20s living in Indiana working for peanuts,
and they needed grunts to come down there for really big money---it might interest me..

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Has anyone heard what companies are paying for plumbers to assist them ??
 

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Probably be a pretty sweet job when spring comes, plenty of sunshine. The question is, how any apprentices to a journeyman does texas law allow?

How many of these guys will be thrown in a van on their own without the proper licenses? Then a year from now when there are failures, and there will be at least some, the court cases will be interesting.
 

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Probably be a pretty sweet job when spring comes, plenty of sunshine. The question is, how any apprentices to a journeyman does texas law allow?

How many of these guys will be thrown in a van on their own without the proper licenses? Then a year from now when there are failures, and there will be at least some, the court cases will be interesting.

I honestly dont think they give a damn at this point...
lots of corners are gonna have to be cut and
lots of sharkbites are probably going get used to get all those pex
homes back up and running again///
 

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I always wonder how they make out with rebuilding after big natural distasters. I hear of big projects being held up here because of lack of trades manpower in normal circumstances. How the hell do they do it when rebuilding from the California wildfires? Shouldn't they be begging for guys to go to Puerto Rico? Why do I never hear about offers like that? We can drive in any state with a license from 1. Why wouldn't they at least make temporary approval for a licensee from any state to go to one of these disaster areas and work to help rebuild?
 

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The question is, how any apprentices to a journeyman does texas law allow?
I'm not a master, so don't quote me on this, but I believe there isn't a limit. Just a "must be under the direct supervision of" clause.

How many of these guys will be thrown in a van on their own without the proper licenses?
We were already at that point before the freeze. The 'Rona has held up testing and so there are hundreds of guys with apprentice cards in a truck by themselves. Add in companies that give you 6 weeks of training and then you're in a van, and it's a bad situation all around.

Apprentice pay here isn't bad if you have a good attitude, show up, and at least know which way the wrench turns.
 

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I always wonder how they make out with rebuilding after big natural distasters. I hear of big projects being held up here because of lack of trades manpower in normal circumstances. How the hell do they do it when rebuilding from the California wildfires? Shouldn't they be begging for guys to go to Puerto Rico? Why do I never hear about offers like that? We can drive in any state with a license from 1. Why wouldn't they at least make temporary approval for a licensee from any state to go to one of these disaster areas and work to help rebuild?
I think if they were to allow for tradesmen to temporarily work outside of their jurisdiction it would be for volunteer work only to assist in the rebuilding efforts, not for financial gain. The local unions would freak out if their state was being flooded with outsiders, therefore this would never happen.
 

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I always wonder how they make out with rebuilding after big natural distasters. I hear of big projects being held up here because of lack of trades manpower in normal circumstances. How the hell do they do it when rebuilding from the California wildfires? Shouldn't they be begging for guys to go to Puerto Rico? Why do I never hear about offers like that? We can drive in any state with a license from 1. Why wouldn't they at least make temporary approval for a licensee from any state to go to one of these disaster areas and work to help rebuild?
Hacks, GCs, tile guys, diy, out of province/state people all rush in to get plumbing done. Local plumbers don't get much more work out of if because all the illegals get the job. When we had river floods 2 years ago I can't say for certain but I would say 75% GC doing all the work themselves without hiring the trades like plumbers. Out of those GCs most of them came from out of province working illegally. I didn't even get one job out of it and I was registered for this special situation.

I only got 2 people wanting free estimates and one guy threw a fit and mouthed off he was going to sue just because I told him my estimate wasn't free and his belief was it was illegal to be compensated for work.

I should warn those who think they will make a killing but in fact it is highly likely you will regret it. Most people who got flooded never paid the contractors to rebuild and fix their houses. When it flooded again 2 years later only the idiots who didn't get burned the first time thought they would make money. It was even worse.
 

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My wrenches turn both ways on a daily basis. Does that mean I’m doing it wrong?
Also don’t want to get into a conversation about “flying the ***” and get myself “Richard Bulled”
I heard Richard is gone now and also got banned over on Terry Loves site...
they had a nasty time over there with him.... terry thinks he was off his meds....

I saw something on the news a few days ago from down in Texas where the plumbing commission is giving
out temporary liscs to come from out of state to help clean up the mess
 

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Why wouldn't they at least make temporary approval for a licensee from any state to go to one of these disaster areas and work to help rebuild?
It will involve WORK to organize and make it happen. The government prefers to express a fake sincerity instead.
Returning to the topic, Texas would not turn into plumbing Klondike in my opinion.
Has anyone heard what companies are paying for plumbers to assist them ??
I doubt somebody will mass relocate people from other states.
 

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With close to a million+ homes froze up in Texas I have heard they are
paying high prices for plumbers to re-locate down there to help repair this disaster....

if I were a lowly apprentice in my teens or early 20s living in Indiana working for peanuts,
and they needed grunts to come down there for really big money---it might interest me..

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Has anyone heard what companies are paying for plumbers to assist them ??
well joe and the hoe want to make 11 million illegals citizens..guess where they will be working..taking American jobs away...
 

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I'm not a master, so don't quote me on this, but I believe there isn't a limit. Just a "must be under the direct supervision of" clause.



We were already at that point before the freeze. The 'Rona has held up testing and so there are hundreds of guys with apprentice cards in a truck by themselves. Add in companies that give you 6 weeks of training and then you're in a van, and it's a bad situation all around.

Apprentice pay here isn't bad if you have a good attitude, show up, and at least know which way the wrench turns.
correct..I can have 1000 guys plus working for me under my masters license...as long as they are MY employee, my license covers the work..
 

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I know someone in town that is looking into this whole thing and we talked for a while tonight....
He has relatives in houston and can stay with them so he was thinking of driving down his truck
and equipment to see what transpires.... He has a buddy taking down some generators in a truck
who will be there before he arrives....
I told him he would probably be wiser to fly down first with his basic tools along with him and
check out the whole landscape first before taking his truck down and getting it stolen by mexicans..
.. 😄 :ROFLMAO: 😆

We talked about issues like how much people will be willing to pay
and how long he was willing to let his business here in town sit idle...

I don think that they could pay me enough.
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so the people of texas have no clue what a main water valve is to shut the house water off?????..and what about a generator for the home??? I bet they all have 75 inch tvs..but no one wants to prep for emergencies untill its too late..then everyone cries about it...and guess what..after this freeze..ill bet 95% dont change one dam thing and it will happen again..and they will cry about it again...
the whole east coast got slammed by super storm sandy and there was no electric in areas for weeks, supermarkets ,stores and homes were under water, so it wasnt even if electric came back on you would have a place to shop or live and we survived..and it was winter time too..freezing temps ontop of being flooded out...I dont recall much if any help from texas....???
 
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