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  1. #1
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    Tampa Florida
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    First off let me say that I'm fifty-three and came up in the trade the hard way, I started working at the age of ten with my uncle in a Ammonia plant.
    Never left the trade, stuck with it thru the good and bad, seventy-three was the worst times I remember during the oil embargo.
    During that time we rarely worked thirty hour week's and did not get paided for waiting in line for gas in the service truck's, thats when the light flashed in my head.

    This July will be thirty year's that I have been in business in cental Florida, its a small family owned.
    Mostly niche jobs, lots lab work, industrial stuff and occasional a/c job for good a customer.
    I rarely charge by the hour for my service work, mostly just do the job and send a bill, can't remember the last time someone complained.

    Yesterday I was working on a optical process chiller in a lab changing a heat exchanger, anyway a large a/c company was also there Installing a new a/c unit in the lab.
    I have never heard so many disgruntled people in all my life, they all worked against one another cussing and yelling, I finished my job and left.

    I have one more thing to say, you can make a very handsome living in this trade and you need to enjoy it to be successful.


    Jim


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    Welcome Jim.....you're not the oldest here I'll be 55 in April and there's a few barnacles that have me beat.Always been afraid of ammonia. You don't get many whiffs of that stuff and it's lights out time.
    How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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    Originally posted by ozone drone
    Welcome Jim.....you're not the oldest here I'll be 55 in April and there's a few barnacles that have me beat.Always been afraid of ammonia. You don't get many whiffs of that stuff and it's lights out time.
    Thanks ozone, it wasn't the ammonia that drove me away it was the dam shrimp smell on warm day's.

  4. #4
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    Welcome, you're for sure not that old. I think Bennie helped invent ice?

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    I'm 52, been doing this about as long as most guys, and you are right about some of the new guys, really unhappy, they think the world owes them a living or something.
    I always heard that ammonia affected the ability to.......nevermind.......
    Hey cockroach, don't bug me!

    www.AskTheDiceman.com

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    www.Pennwood-HVAC.Com

    Bring Em Home....

  6. #6
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    Howdy,,,,i`m 63 & served dessert at the last supper.

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    Welcome. I'm older than you too. I used to work at the stagecoach repair company.

  8. #8
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    Originally posted by bigbird
    Howdy,,,,i`m 63 & served dessert at the last supper.
    I was going to say. I'm 60 and I thought that bigbird, the poultry processor,(chicken choaker from California) was older than me.

    I served my apprenticeship under Willis Carrier.

    [Edited by benncool on 02-28-2005 at 08:55 AM]

  9. #9
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    jimp
    Welcome, I'm 58 and have been in one phase or another of this business for 35 years. Great bunch of guys here and some very inspiring conversation!!

  10. #10
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    Aw, I feel like a spring chicken, amongst you guys.

    I'm on the young side of 50.

    Welcome.

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    Next we'll all start tallking about our medical problems and recent operations. Won't that be fun.
    Hey cockroach, don't bug me!

    www.AskTheDiceman.com

    www.TheColdConspiracy.com

    www.Pennwood-HVAC.Com

    Bring Em Home....

  12. #12
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    And your ream job that you enjoyed so much.

  13. #13
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    Shawnee, OK
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    All Beat So Far

    I'm 66 and still doing service calls but not as many
    per day. I'm a contractor and had my lic. 34 yrs.
    Fuzzy

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