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#1 posted 01-31-2013 09:43 PM

I have to agree with Jim this time.

I worked for an electrical contractor and got my Journeymans ticket. I could go anywhere and ask just about any wage I wanted.
I also hated it, but for me it was a means to an end. More on that in a bit.
I also worked as a framing carpenter, a finish carpenter and in a couple of cabinet shops.
I eventually got a license as a general contractor and did well and I could actually do the work that I would have had to pay an electrician to do.
I also had a plumbing ticket as a helper and I was legal to do plumbing work as long as it was signed off on by a licensed plumber.
This saved me and a lot of customers a lot of money because I was able to do legal simple installations while the contracted plumber did the heavy important work.

I worked in the shop with my dad and grand dad who were both master craftsmen cabinet makers. Back then I wasn’t interested in that type of work because I am somewhat OCD and also a lot ADHD.

Here is the bottom line:
A bit of advise from my dad that I’ll pass on to you, take it or leave it…....
Learn everything you can about every trade you can, even if you hate it. That way when the pickings get slim you can always find a well paying job in another skill.

Now as I get closer to 60 years old, and still feel a lt younger than I am, but am unable to do those things fast enough to make it economically reasonable to hire me any more, I am falling back on the fine wood working, re-learning the stuff dad and Grand pa tried to teach me back in the middle of the last century.

Your dad only wants the best for you. I don’t blame him, I just don’t agree with his methodology.
I believe that any time you have a chance to learn something, you should, prejudiced against the skill or not.

Print these posts out and show them to your dad, if you can prove your case, who knows, he may soften up a bit.

We’re pullin’ for ya, keep you stick on the ice!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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