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Old 11-11-2008, 09:57 AM   #1
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Just curious about the mix of talent we have here. How many of you guys are techs working for a company and how many business owners do we have.

Myself, I am a veteran of thirty years and am self employed.

How about you guys.

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Old 11-11-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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I have also been in this business for thirty+ years and own my own business.

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30 plus years.

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30 yrs and gave it up to be a truckdriver over the road with my girlfriend
although after 2 years im asking myself why, gained 40 lbs but im glad i found this site to keep my mind in the trade
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I am a Designer/Sales/ Customer service for a Radiant heating company, with a background in design. Been doing the design part for about 6 years, the sales/cust. support is new to me, but I am enjoying it!
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DIYs I give you your pros.

And before I forget GOD BLESS OUR VETRANS AND ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:37 PM   #7
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I've been around the trade my whole life. I'm one of those annoying bosses kids. I'm going on my fourth year of actually learning the ins and outs of the trade. Were a pretty small company,usually around four guys. My Dad started the company on a whim, and its payed his bills for a long time and now its paying mine. I appreciate all the coments from all you veterans. I love learning about this trade. We dont do a lot of service, so this is were I get some of my training. Hopefully you guys arent leading me astray.
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I've been around the trade my whole life. I'm one of those annoying bosses kids. I'm going on my fourth year of actually learning the ins and outs of the trade. Were a pretty small company,usually around four guys. My Dad started the company on a whim, and its payed his bills for a long time and now its paying mine. I appreciate all the coments from all you veterans. I love learning about this trade. We dont do a lot of service, so this is were I get some of my training. Hopefully you guys arent leading me astray.
HHMMMM i always had to smack my annoying kid upside the head.
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Looks like I'm the low man on the totem poll here, I've only got 14 years in the bis.
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Looks like I'm the low man on the totem poll here, I've only got 14 years in the bis.
Yeah but you got heart! LOL Trustme, you don't want to know what 30 years feels like.

Half the guys I know have to take vicodin just to keep going. Knees, backs neck, carpal tunnel, pinched nerves in the neck, we got it all.

AAhhh..the joys of self employment lol

At least the vicodin helps...~GROOVEY MAN~...oops did i say that?
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lol, You mean the pains only get worse....greeeat
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lollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollol
, You mean the pains only get worse....greeeat

yeah but the doc get more generous...mixed blessing...pop a pill before an install and feel like your twenty again..go home and as soon as you sit down you lock up and feel like your being drawn and quartered..time for another pill.

i don't care who says they can take the pain ...if you are still doing installs and service at fifty something you will be taking something stronger than over the counter meds.
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I am building a new house 2 stories is it best to have 2 0r 1 heatpump
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I am building a new house 2 stories is it best to have 2 0r 1 heatpump
Ok time to go back to work. the mods are paying us big money so we gotta earn it.

I don't do HPs. Who can help Sarah?
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DIY'er for over 50 years. Worked for various construction companies over the years and working with my bro in law in his HVAC business currently.

My dad was an electrical engineer and I made my first Tesla Coil when I was 8. It put out 250,000 volts and made a lot of ozone. (He helped design the landing control systems on the Gemini project and there is stuff that he made in our basement machine shop that is now sitting on the moon.)

Have a business that contracts with landlords and I do a lot of fixing of stuff in both in an emergency mode and in a "fix this when you can" type stuff.

When I am not doing this stuff, I am running people off the road in my ambulance while working part time as a paramedic.

Consultant for alternative energy for several architects and home owners who want to "green" up their house.

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