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  • #16
    Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

    Till I retire I hope. The boss man is pretty good to me.
    Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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    • #17
      Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

      About 5 years ago I was having upper back pain.
      After a few weeks of X-rays and an MRI they had me see a specialist.
      He told me I had calcium deposits on my upper vertebrae from a minor fracture early in life, also a compressed disk in my lower back.
      He laid out the facts, I could get surgery and be down for months, then there was no guarantee the pain would be gone.
      He also suggested I get into a new line of work.
      The last shop I worked for, I was the most productive guy, bar none.
      I'm not bragging, in fact I worked stupid...just to earn the O.T. when it was available, I was hungry at the time and sick of treading water financially.
      I think it was Neil Young who coined the phrase, "Better to burn out than fade away".
      I'm neither faded or burnt...yet.
      My day will come, until then I just cop an evil smiirk at the days end when the pains are at their strongest and remember that doc telling me to take up a new line of work.

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      • #18
        Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

        Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
        How old (or young) do you plan to be doing plumbing/hvac until your body gives out? What's the oldest person you've seen still doing plumbing as a sole proprieter. Asking because I'll get out of the Navy at 41 and want to know how many good years I have left before I should retire altogether.
        you'll know when i retired, when ebay has a run of ridgid tools for sale and the seller is mrsseatdown

        it's been 26 years full time and 6 years while still in school. still another 20+years. by then propress will be replaced by lasers

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #19
          Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

          I got 27 years in and plan to brag that I've put in 50 . That will put me at 68 ,,, Then I'll go in for an oil change & tune up . I have NO plan of quitting . God ,,, I LOVE working !
          Seen too many good men retire then just wait around to die . We aren't meant to quit . Most folks just are not made of the same metal as we are .

          Train 5 days a week , been doing it for 25+ years ,,, hope that it will prolong strength and flexibility .

          Maybe I'll work till I'm 90 ,,, then drop dead over some customer's toilet in mid wrench swing ! That would be good !!

          Cplumb

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          • #20
            Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

            Originally posted by CPlumb View Post
            I got 27 years in and plan to brag that I've put in 50 . That will put me at 68 ,,, Then I'll go in for an oil change & tune up . I have NO plan of quitting . God ,,, I LOVE working !
            Seen too many good men retire then just wait around to die . We aren't meant to quit . Most folks just are not made of the same metal as we are .

            Train 5 days a week , been doing it for 25+ years ,,, hope that it will prolong strength and flexibility .

            Maybe I'll work till I'm 90 ,,, then drop dead over some customer's toilet in mid wrench swing ! That would be good !!

            Cplumb

            Your a sick, sick man.
            Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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            • #21
              Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

              Come ON !! That would be HILARIOUS !!

              C

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              • #22
                Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

                Originally posted by CPlumb View Post
                I got 27 years in and plan to brag that I've put in 50 . That will put me at 68 ,,, Then I'll go in for an oil change & tune up . I have NO plan of quitting . God ,,, I LOVE working !
                Seen too many good men retire then just wait around to die . We aren't meant to quit . Most folks just are not made of the same metal as we are .

                Train 5 days a week , been doing it for 25+ years ,,, hope that it will prolong strength and flexibility .

                Maybe I'll work till I'm 90 ,,, then drop dead over some customer's toilet in mid wrench swing ! That would be good !!

                Cplumb
                I'm so with you
                This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.

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                • #23
                  Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

                  Originally posted by Tyman View Post
                  Your a sick, sick man.
                  It's all good as long as he has an evil smirk on his face at the time it happens.

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                  • #24
                    Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

                    Originally posted by Plumber_Rick
                    by then propress will be replaced by lasers
                    Teleporta-potty.

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                    • #25
                      Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

                      I am 43, and have been plumbing for 11 years. I plan on retiring at 63, that's when our union let's us go with a full package. Then working 40 hours a month, that's the most you can work and still draw a full pension. I love this ****. It's a sickness, but that's how I roll.

                      Jeff

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                      • #26
                        Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

                        I'm soon to be 44. I'm a whimp compared to you guys...I don't plan on doing this after 50...just too hard on the body. Damn near cut 2 fingers off this year...smashed more than that. Inhaled oodles of hazardous chemicals, gases and fiberglass, etc... over the years. Almost lost my eye recently as well.

                        IMO, life is way too short to continue ruining my body. The money is great as an owner/operator, but it's not that great.

                        I've got other more "cushy" plans in the future. The only plumbing I want to do after age 50 is small repairs around my house.

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                        • #27
                          Re: How long do you plan to be in the trade?

                          Originally posted by Norcal1 View Post
                          I'm soon to be 44. I'm a whimp compared to you guys...I don't plan on doing this after 50...just too hard on the body. Damn near cut 2 fingers off this year...smashed more than that. Inhaled oodles of hazardous chemicals, gases and fiberglass, etc... over the years. Almost lost my eye recently as well.

                          IMO, life is way too short to continue ruining my body. The money is great as an owner/operator, but it's not that great.

                          I've got other more "cushy" plans in the future. The only plumbing I want to do after age 50 is small repairs around my house.
                          I can definitely understand where you're coming from on the above statement.

                          I started a second business to get me into another field bringing in residual income on an ongoing basis so I can lighten my work load in plumbing.

                          I had a 5 grand week this past week but what I put myself through physically...the body can't take these anymore...and I'm at 38.

                          All the jobs I got lined out for after christmas are all jobs I could do when I was 18, not now. Jack hammering out a floor to rework a lead shower drain, 75 gallon pv water heater, two kitchen sink reworks involving that **)#ing granite. I hate them with a passion.

                          I want it where all I do is shower head replacements, 2 handle delta rebuilds, chrome overflow plate cover replacements. That's it.
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