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    This is good to know. I think I may have found...

    This is good to know. I think I may have found myself a job as a priject manager in the HVAC field I think the boss wants me to handle some of his customer relations and admin task while I go to...
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    If she lives in the NYC area there is a good...

    If she lives in the NYC area there is a good opportunity in the county trade schools NY and NJ. Avoud Lincoln Tech like the plauge.
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    Don't use a gun

    Good point above. I don't carry a gun anymore. I am a little too aggeressive to carry a gun among my countrymen. I can fight with just about anything I get my hands on. I once broke a huge guys...
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    When I fix something it stays fixed.

    When I fix something it stays fixed.
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    Yea. We did that cutting hay in Texas. I would...

    Yea. We did that cutting hay in Texas. I would start as soon as I could see well enought to stay out of the ditch. Flex duct makes it easier too. I love sheet metal, but it gets heavy and...
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    That is great. I am hoping the fact that I have...

    That is great. I am hoping the fact that I have a degree already and a tremendous amount of management experience I can get a hook up from one of the professors. That would be ideal. Although I...
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    Man that is awesome information. I work hard to...

    Man that is awesome information. I work hard to learn about everything I do. I load my own ammunition, tune my bows, repair and build on my home, wentt to school to learn solid law principales,...
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    I grew up in 100+ degree weather and learned to...

    I grew up in 100+ degree weather and learned to adapt. I ventelate confined spaces if I have to work in them. Fans and portable aircon makes all the difference in the world when you have to spend a...
  9. Absolutely! My dad is petroleum engineer and he...

    Absolutely! My dad is petroleum engineer and he always said it takes five years to become profitable in any field. Minimum! I think that is reasonable and sound thinking. The idea that no one can...
  10. Sorry everybody about all the long post. I type...

    Sorry everybody about all the long post. I type really fast so I tend to say a lot.
  11. Thanks man. That is information I can build on. ...

    Thanks man. That is information I can build on. I think too that some guys are unrealistic in their expectations of the early portion of their career. The thing is get into something you can build...
  12. Yep. dod that for 20 years in another field for...

    Yep. dod that for 20 years in another field for someone else. Plan on doing it again for me.
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    I get it now. I do like the hotdogs in Chicago. ...

    I get it now. I do like the hotdogs in Chicago. I just always felt like I was under water there. Way too flat for me. I like the east coast. I like the UP if I have to be in the mid-west. Good...
  14. I never said anything about screwing anyone over....

    I never said anything about screwing anyone over. I just think there is a lot of "hey you can't make a living doing this" here, and I don't believe this. Nor do I believe that someone will be...
  15. That's funny. My first job when I was 14 was...

    That's funny. My first job when I was 14 was pawn broking in Longview, Texas. That is actuall a tough business with a steep learning curve. You are essentially a banker.
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    Glad I don't live there. I always hated having...

    Glad I don't live there. I always hated having to go to Chicago. You know that is Indian for "a smelly place"?
  17. Frankly it seems that mediocracy is where the...

    Frankly it seems that mediocracy is where the profit is. If I can make money doing it wrong for 30 years then that works too. I am interested in profit. If that is based in quality that is fine. ...
  18. If this is the case then why do people enter this...

    If this is the case then why do people enter this field rather than becoming an accountant or attorney? It seems like the learning curve in a profession is less than half of what it is to learn to...
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    No actually we have a huge nonunion labor force...

    No actually we have a huge nonunion labor force in New Jersey. This force is made up of nonunion citizens and illegal workers. The local here for HVAC is the steam fitters union NA 475. I would...
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    Are you still looking for hands?

    Are you still looking for hands?
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    Thanks for the sarcastic compliment. However...

    Thanks for the sarcastic compliment. However this comment was completely unhelpful concerning the learning of the HVAC field and running an HVAC business. What I am trying to do is provide honest...
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    I have good skills. Welding plumbing electrical...

    I have good skills. Welding plumbing electrical building ect. I just have no certs or formal training. I need schooling to get certs. That's all. I am autodidactic so I pick things up more...
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    I have four months before school starts. Would...

    I have four months before school starts. Would love to go to Maine and give you a hand.
  24. I am as interested in the challenge of running an...

    I am as interested in the challenge of running an HVAC business as I am in the science and technology. This is why I have no desire or interest in spending a "career" working for someone else.
    I...
  25. Timebuilder. Practicality would rule out waiting...

    Timebuilder. Practicality would rule out waiting till 70 to start a business. I believe I can do it in seven years. I am creating a sound business model based upon education and experience in...
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    OK.

    OK.
  27. Exactly. I won't waste my time on low-end jobs. ...

    Exactly. I won't waste my time on low-end jobs. I don't know what the requirements are for HVAC installation are in NJ. Most things here are tightly regulated and you have to be qualified to do...
  28. Thanks for the info. Hopefully I will get to...

    Thanks for the info. Hopefully I will get to hire several union guys. I would love to get in the union myself and then start my own company and hire my fellow members.
  29. I have a business owner question. I am very pro...

    I have a business owner question. I am very pro union, but wonder if it would be possible to hire a union member to work at an independent shop. I kind of believe a shop owner could come out ahead...
  30. I would love for someone who has been around a...

    I would love for someone who has been around a while talk about how to do something rather than talking about why not to do something. Not starting a business really isn't an option for me. That is...
  31. In that case I will have to create a company from...

    In that case I will have to create a company from the ground up. That is what I plan to do is pass my company on.
  32. I wanted to tell the young guys that one of the...

    I wanted to tell the young guys that one of the best places for HVAC is the Navy. Ships are huge ventelation systems for the most part. The really big ships we have today and even a small firgate...
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    A Tale of Two Wars

    A Tale of Two Wars:
    I wish the HVAC industry would do more to convince the public of the importance of ventilation to good health.
    I served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and the HVAC...
  34. I can't really see being in a business and not...

    I can't really see being in a business and not treating customers as well as I can. If I have to die as the go-to-guy I will live with that. I have a 3 year old son who can take some of the slack...
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    I have this contractor who did my kitchen and is...

    I have this contractor who did my kitchen and is getting ready to rebuild a big protion of my house destroyed in Sandy (NJ here). This guy is 76 and is going strong. He is a GC, but does most of...
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    If you are going to carry a side arm carry...

    If you are going to carry a side arm carry something small that you don't mind having in you trousers all the time. I was in the "business" for a long time and have carried all sorts of sidearms. ...
  37. Here is quetion for the old guy. Do you believe...

    Here is quetion for the old guy. Do you believe that after gaining seven years of good experience can a person make a viable living in this business in the NYC area?
  38. No sir. No intent of becomng an expert in ten...

    No sir. No intent of becomng an expert in ten months. Really what my wife and I would like to do is buy out a guy when he would like to retire and keep his business running. I would work for lower...
  39. Pretty much I am in a situation where I need to...

    Pretty much I am in a situation where I need to learn a trade and can afford to make small coin for a while. I retired from a government job early because i had to travel too much and I have little...
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    I am getting ready to go to trade school at the...

    I am getting ready to go to trade school at the county Vo-Tech school here in New Jersey. I already have a BA and was working on my MBA. I decided to go to trade school because I wanted some...
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    Oh and buy a lot of guns and keep them locked in...

    Oh and buy a lot of guns and keep them locked in a big safe and you will be fine on every occasion.
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    What about HVAC systems that gas the whole school...

    What about HVAC systems that gas the whole school with Haylon or Nitros or some other gas that would be a lot safer thatn a bullet. Someone will pointout that there are dangers associated with gas,...
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    I keep asking the same sort of questions. Really...

    I keep asking the same sort of questions. Really how much will I have the opportunity to learn? I want to be able to do complete system design, installation, troubleshooting and repair. I want to...
  44. What Should a Good HVAC School Teach

    I just entered the HVAC program at Union County Vocational and Technical School in Scotch Plains, NJ. The course cost a bit over five-thousand dollars which is about twenty-thousand less than...
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