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    anyone else getting old?

    i spent the last couple weeks dragging cast iron rad's around with 20 somethings. man do i feel old. i get the feeling i am beginning the end of my career. nobody needs a old guy with a sore back. oh woe is me.
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    You should do what I do.

    You just point and say, "let's put that one over there!"

    Then, when they are too slow, I show them up. None of them can believe I am as strong as I am. It's like I'm Clark Kent.
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
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    oh the woe of cast iron rad.... I'm old without dragging them anymore.... we don't do retrofit or new hydronics install. or at least they're not sending me in....
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    I guess the sales guy should have sold them on fin tube!

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    fin tube is not as elegant as old style cast iron....
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    Have tools and gauges, will travel.

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    I'm only going on 34 and I can't imagine making to the age of some of the guys I work with lol. I'm already sore :/
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    I'm just about 50 years now and I've been new construction and service for 15 years, now office for the past 18 months.
    Put on at least 10 pounds and feel week when I do have to carry my bag on emergency service calls.
    I'd do something, but I'm toooo tired. ha ha
    luck dan

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    I traded my service van for a pickup and office keys a couple of years ago, because I just couldn't do it anymore. My brain is still sharp, probably sharper than it ever was, but my body is toast. So now, I do white glove stuff (startups, problematic troubleshooting, engineering fixes.) We still have something to offer, but it isn't lugging cast iron rads all day. I helped the boys wrestle a couple of boilers into the basement of a nursing home last week, I hurt for days.

    Aleve helps. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meplumber View Post
    I traded my service van for a pickup and office keys a couple of years ago, because I just couldn't do it anymore. My brain is still sharp, probably sharper than it ever was, but my body is toast. So now, I do white glove stuff (startups, problematic troubleshooting, engineering fixes.) We still have something to offer, but it isn't lugging cast iron rads all day. I helped the boys wrestle a couple of boilers into the basement of a nursing home last week, I hurt for days.

    Aleve helps. Good luck.
    Time to impart all of your hard earned wisdom on the younger generation. Sounds like a lucky crew of guys.

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    I'm in that place now where I'm always saying to myself, "I wish I knew then what I know now!!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    I'm in that place now where I'm always saying to myself, "I wish I knew then what I know now!!!"
    That's sure the truth! Not that I'm a great example a 26 but I understand.

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    I worked a full day in the office on friday (7-5) then went to a jobsite and a tech and I pulled wire until midnight then I wired up some valves on the roof while he installed controllers. We were done at 4:30 and my 60 yo hands and feet were sore.
    If you can't fix it with JB Weld, Duct Tape, and Ty Wire it has to be replaced.
    No good deed goes unpunished.
    If you want to take off friday to go fishing then make sure you train your helper right.

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