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    Possibly relocating from SoCal to Tucson AZ thoughts?

    Currently a 1st yr journeyman out of Local 250.
    Left A/c 8 months ago and went to the dark side (refrigeration).

    Fairly happy with current situation, boss treats me well, make plenty OT and work 5-25 min from home everyday.

    Wife dropped a bomb the other week. She’s thinking on moving to Tucson AZ to be part of her niece’s life and 6 month old nephew.

    There’s a lot more to the story but for now I’m just looking to see what job market is like.

    Any input welcome.

    Thanks !
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    There's way more to this story... I'm sure.
    IMO...... Family first. Work second. Everything and everyone else 3rd.
    Good luck!

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    Find out whats required to transfer you book to the Az local.

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    there are really NO union refrigeration shops in this state , there are a couple of refrigeration contractors down there . Old Pueblo , source and i think hussmann may be down there , your not going to like the wage gap if you were a journeyman , or were you a apprentice ?
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    Journeyman. $44/hr on the check at the moment.
    You cannot cheat an honest man. But that doesn't stop people trying!

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    When I was in AZ, property values were quite low, so the disparity in wages was not a big deal.

    Most things we buy across the country are pretty close in price, generally speaking. Except for real estate. So the lower wages should not be as alarming as they sound. But that was decades ago, shouldn't be too difficult to Google some prices for rent.

    Another option is to let her leave, and file for divorce.
    If you were a real tech, you'd solder a relay on that board and call it good to go.

    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

    I use 56% silver on everything except steel.

    Did you really need the " If you were a real tech " ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    Another option is to let her leave, and file for divorce.
    You are a hopeless romantic!
    Hmmmm....smells like numbatwo to me.

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    Do it dude Life's grand out there.

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    Yes. Yes I am.


    Quote Originally Posted by numbawunfela View Post
    You are a hopeless romantic!
    If you were a real tech, you'd solder a relay on that board and call it good to go.

    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

    I use 56% silver on everything except steel.

    Did you really need the " If you were a real tech " ??

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    I live and work in Atlanta,Ga. I went out to visit some friends in Tucson last christmas for 2 weeks.After seeing the scenery,Saguro National park and the desert Museum,both nice places,I was bored to death.The weather was nice(it was winter)50 in the morning 75 in the afternoon. I dont want to be there in the summer!!!Too hot.But hot is good to make money as an HVAC tech.Just saying ,nice place to visit.don't know about living and working there.I guess if you are busy working it doesn't matter,If you want to see a concert ,ball game, its off to Phoenix.I don't think it has what Southern California has.But,maybe you are at a point where you want a quiet place.Any way , good luck with what ever you decide to do.For me ,I grew up around New Jersey and New York.Atlanta is busy enough.

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    In Phoenix Arizona in the middle of summer? Which lasts, what, nine months?

    How about the monsoons, all of that extreme humidity when it is 90*F outside?


    Quote Originally Posted by SophieTel View Post
    Do it dude Life's grand out there.
    If you were a real tech, you'd solder a relay on that board and call it good to go.

    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

    I use 56% silver on everything except steel.

    Did you really need the " If you were a real tech " ??

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    The best places in AZ and New Mexico are the high desert plateaus. Avoids the heat.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gleng View Post
    I live and work in Atlanta,Ga. I went out to visit some friends in Tucson last christmas for 2 weeks.After seeing the scenery,Saguro National park and the desert Museum,both nice places,I was bored to death.The weather was nice(it was winter)50 in the morning 75 in the afternoon. I dont want to be there in the summer!!!Too hot.But hot is good to make money as an HVAC tech.Just saying ,nice place to visit.don't know about living and working there.I guess if you are busy working it doesn't matter,If you want to see a concert ,ball game, its off to Phoenix.I don't think it has what Southern California has.But,maybe you are at a point where you want a quiet place.Any way , good luck with what ever you decide to do.For me ,I grew up around New Jersey and New York.Atlanta is busy enough.
    If you were a real tech, you'd solder a relay on that board and call it good to go.

    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

    I use 56% silver on everything except steel.

    Did you really need the " If you were a real tech " ??

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    There's only 5 or 6 Union Shops in Tucson, all HVAC.
    I was the last Jm for a National Sig that ended up exiting the market.

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