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I have seen a lot of "feats of strength" and participated, some people are amazingly gifted. I know a man that traveled just to walk around a goat pen with the real *sp* Housafelt stone. He isn't a tradesman so doesn't really apply here.
I have a few friends who are sheetrockers and they have an awesome grip. I'd put them right up at or near the top of the list.
But between the two I think the Plumber. Maybe not as much of a difference today as 20+ years ago. Caulking lead joints, pulling on a pair of 24s all day, hacksaw (then) vice using a portaband (today), digging. Those are just some of the things I can think of right off. How many of you have cut soil pipe with a hammer and chisel?
I don't know it the pex crowd stand up to those old timers, but same would go for electricians of the same era, their work is not as easy as one might think, at least in the industrial and commercial arena. You running rigid conduit most times, and pulling long lengths of wire and cable from A to B. I remember my electrician friends on the various jobs. They didn't look any less tired than we (fitters and welders) did at the end of a day.
nothing worse then that dreaded dead fish handshake.
Agree. I have a friend whose handshake is like that. Cold and limp like a dead fish. I have even commented on it to him but he still gives his hand in the same manner, no life in it at all. Its weird, other than that he is a likable guy.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
Definitely Plumbers over Electricians. There is no comparison with this one. Now you will have to bring the Round-up down-unde to see whether Aussie Plumbers are as strong as you guys............................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahhaaahhaaahahahahaha