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Old 09-22-2010, 11:19 AM   #16
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I'm starting to think the VCR Repair degree I earned last month was a waste of money...

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I'm starting to think the VCR Repair degree I earned last month was a waste of money...
I may have snorted water out of my nose when i read this.
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not sure about you guys but construction is not a sector i would want to be in. around my area there are literally hundreds of skilled workers trying to find work doing anything. in fact i hired a good rocker who taped and finished an entire house for $350. he was delighted to get the money. not sure what the rest of the country is like but there are a few states with major housing problems and many with a flat market. i would seriously be looking to branch out if i was a builder.
It’s getting pretty cutthroat out there with out a doubt.

The only difference for me is instead my business feeding 10 families now it’s only feeding 1 , mine and my part time helper.

As far as “not” being in construction and looking for other things to do, no way, for me anyway. I love what I do. In many cases my job is making peoples project dreams come true. That’s cool stuff IMO.

Went through this in the late 80's through the early 90's, it sucked then and it sucks now but it will come back. When it does I’ll be looking forward to all the fun that 8-10 employees bring.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:15 PM   #19
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Some economists are predicting it will take 10 years to get near where it was.
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Some economists are predicting it will take 10 years to get near where it was.
Yep and that's pretty damn scary. I started jockeying for a position in my old company last year. If it works out, it will result in notable pay raise and be in bridge work, which will be a growing sector for years to come. I hope it works out, but who knows what will happen. Construction is a lousy, miserable business to be in these days. All you can do is try to see where the trends are and follow them or get into something entirely different.
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I thought when new carpet sales bottomed out that people would be getting their old carpet repaired and restretched. But it never happened. That quit, too.
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I need to get mine restretched. Actually I need to pull it up and screw down the subfloor. The creaking that I hear, I assume is coming from the subfloor and the joist slipping against each other. Would you agree and do you think I will have any problems with laying it back down and restretching it after pulling it up?
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Rule # 1: CNBC is good for news. Predictions ... not so much.

Rule # 2: Reuters is much better.

Rule # 3: What Buffett says .... goes!

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68M2TZ20100923
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I thought when new carpet sales bottomed out that people would be getting their old carpet repaired and restretched. But it never happened. That quit, too.
cleaning hasn't been half bad. i own one of the local carpet cleaning outfits and i'm doing at least 3-5 jobs a week at .20-.35 cents a square foot.

it could be better but for the moment it's livable and gives me a lot of free time to hike, bike, kayak....well maybe not kayak so much now that it's getting cold.

the bonus is that not many people want to drop 20k on a truck mount or try to launch a business in this economy. i will admit a lot of my repeat business is all commercial

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