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  1. #1
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    Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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    what age did you guys start HVAC?

    Was wondering what age you guys started out doing hvac and how hard and long it took to climb the ladder?

  2. #2
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    I started as a young black man in West Virginia at the ripe age of 3 and one half.....man was I oppressed.

    Then I moved to Michigan and got free everything...life is goood!


    Yo!
    " Kill a Commie for Mommy! "

    - Colonel David Hackworth (1930-2005), Korean War Vet

  3. #3
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    I started when I was 18,Working on the wardens A/C!

  4. #4
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    Started in the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school

    It is a long hard road, but I can honestly say that you get out of it what you put into it.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2005
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    Cincinnati, Oh
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    17 years old. Worked for a father/son company as the sons apprentice, roughing in houses. Company disband when I was 18.
    Month later, started with my current company.
    25 in august.
    Lead installer.
    "Better tell the sandman to stay away, because we're gonna be workin on this one all night."

    "Dude, you need more than 2 wires to a condenser to run a 2 stage heatpump."

    "Just get it done son."

    Dad adjusted

  6. #6
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    Aug 2009
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    Been in it 7 years and have finally made it where I want! LOVE what I do and make a lot more than most of my friends that have $70,000 in student loan debt. Great choice if you're willing to put in the effort.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2012
    Location
    Alabama
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    Entered trade school at 19. Worked 28 years for K-12 school system. There wasn't a ladder. We were scum of the earth, just above janitorial staff, unless the central office A/C unit was down, then we were considered gods! (until it was repaired, then back to scum).
    II Chronicles 7:14 Galatians 2:20 Ephesians 2:8-9

  8. #8
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    Dec 2002
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    Toledo, Ohio, United States
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    Twilly was 6
    No Heat No Cool You need Action Fast

  9. #9
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    Toronto
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilly View Post
    Twilly was 6
    What did Twilly do at 6?

  10. #10
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    Apr 2012
    Location
    Jackson, MS
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    I was 19 when I got outta school spent 1 of the worst summers of my life in an attic wrapping duct in an attic in Mississippi. Took me 7 yrs to get over it b4 I got on with a commercial cooking equip Svc company moved from that to hvac and refrigeration 20 year ride wouldn't trade it unless the money was big.

  11. #11
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    Apr 2012
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    Texas
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    I got my first lesson when my dad caught me messing with the thermostat heat anticipator.

  12. #12
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    Jan 2007
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    Texas
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    I was 22. I fell into it. When I took the job I was under the impression the the company just went around installing window units in mobile homes. Boy was I surprised on the first day when I found myself running flex duct for a package unit under an old mobile home set about two feet off the ground!

  13. #13
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    Location
    Boise, ID
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    I was 15. Gramps, rest his sole, taught me how to charge my first car AC system.
    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what will never be. (Thomas Jefferson 1816)

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