I've been lurking here for some time now, and I felt it was time to join. Here is a little history on myself. I am 28 years old and I have been in the trade for about eight years. I went to HVACR school at the local vocational school and earned a degree in mechanical technology. I worked for a HVAC contractor for about three years right out of school and I learned quite a bit from the owner. He is an extremely smart man who is a master of the trade, but he was difficult to get along with. While employed at this job I studied for and got my journeyman cards in gas fitting and refrigeration. We did residential and commercial installs and service. I could no longer take the stress of working for this company anymore. I got a job with my current employer in 2001. The company is R & B Commercial Service Inc. We specialize in commercial food equipment and refrigeration. I enjoy this field and I mostly work on the "hot side". I have enjoyed reading this forum and I hope to be able to contribute to the community. There are obviously many members here who take their trade very seriously, as do I. Wow this post got a little long!