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  • Do Ya Ever

    when you are out driving around, maybe on the weekend with the wife and you go by houses that you did work in, and remember the job and the things you did? I live in what they call a tri city area which is pretty big but over the years I have worked all over the state and into Maine, Mass, and VT as well. I don't consider myself to be particularly old but I have been plumbing for about 36 years now so it occurred to me the other day that there are a crap load of houses and businesses I have done work in or for over the years.
    I think for me that that is one of the reasons I love my trade so much, because I remember a lot of those jobs and it's nice to know that you have left some small bit of yourself and your skills and talents in so many places. Sure has sitting in some cubicle selling time shares seem like a really crappy job.
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  • #2
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    Absolutely I do that!

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    • #3
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      I don't so much with houses i've worked in.

      I don't on purpose, but houses/places that I went to with the fire department sometimes stick out.

      It's kinda cool to drive by a place that you helped extinguish and see that it's a house that someone lives in again.

      Certain places on the road that once had been a disaster, back to normal, but still a vivid memory.

      I notice it alot more since i've left the department.

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      • #4
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        I try to avoid thinking about past jobs as a courtesy to my customers. Let me explain what I mean. Every time I think about a past job and wonder how things are going, my phone rings and its them with a plumbing problem. So me thinking about past jobs just puts in the jinx. Then I jinx the job even more thinking "Ah I was there I know how things are the job will be easy .. 1 2 3" Which we all know once you think a job is going to be a piece of cake, you just jinxed it to be one of the hardest jobs ever.

        So I avoid thinking of past jobs as I drive around town and such.
        Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
        A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
        Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
        Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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        • #5
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          My personal favorite is rolling up to a house, knowing exactly where the cleanout(s) are, taking a look in one and seeing water, being already setting up or set up and about to start jetting by the time the HO has noticed that I've arrived and come out to see me and explain the problem, watching their dubious look turn to amazement that they called the psychic guy when it's popped a few minutes later, and never explaining to them that I did it 3 years ago for the last owner.
          This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.

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          • #6
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            I like to right My name in there walls
            I to find if i think of someone to much they will have a plumbing problem the next day
            My wife doesn't care less about my plumb stories i tell her but she dont listen like she should
            Last edited by DELCASE; 07-15-2010, 07:33 PM.

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            • #7
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              having done new construction for 15 years, there are many, many jobs that come to mind as joey and i drive around. even some very prominent hotels that i've been back to for parties.

              but the one job i feel that will stand out for hundreds of years was actually a small job in the theme of things. just 2 drinking fountains and a 3'' medium pressure gas system to supply 6 eternal flames to remember the holocaust. the monument is at a public park and was done with money raised by the developer, contractors and community.

              the day it was opened/ dedicated, there were dignitaries from around the world present.

              like i said, although the job was very small in terms of plumbing, it was very large in terms of a project to remember.

              http://www.publicartinla.com/sculptu...holocaust.html

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
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                Living in a small town, with a population of 2500, it happens to me everyday. Whats really strange is the when I get a call from a house that I rented years ago, I've been to five houses that I used to live in.
                The Other Rick

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                • #9
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                  I did a little (2 years) residential and light commercial work early on, and I remember the places we worked sure. Out of those the one that I remember best was one where we were installing AC in this store on the Boardwalk in AC (that's Atlantic City for those not from the area). We went down in the basement looking for a route to run a drain line. We had to move a mountain of boxes of merchandise as they used the basement for storage. So I am grabbing boxes and handing them to Ron and low and behold I uncover a motorcycle. When we got it dug out it turns out to be a Harley Davidson (in name only) 1976 SX-250 in decent shape (this was in 1979). The SX-350 was a Italian dirt bike imported by HD(AMF) which they stuck the HD name on.

                  Anyway, I go upstairs and ask the manager what the story was on the bike. He says it is his and that its been down there since last Spring. He had bought it to ride to work and dumped it on day on the way in during a rain shower. Turns out it was his first bike and he had little riding experience. So I ask him if he wants to sell it and he says yes. I offered him $400 (which as about all I had in my savings account back then). We haggle and agree on $450, so the next day I bring the money and we loaded it up in the van amongst all our tools. Ron was pissed because we had to work around the thing the rest of the day, but when he dropped me off that evening he helped me get it off loaded and we looked it over. There was only some minor cosmetic damage to the front fender and the gear shift was bent which we were able to correct. The handlebars were bent some but I bought new bars the next day. In a couple minutes I had fresh gas in it and it was sputtering to life. At the time I did not own a car. I had owned cars in the past but I had to sell mine a few months before needing the money. That left me with no car and Ron was picking me up each day to get to/from work.

                  So now I had some cheap transportation which I desperately needed so I could stop being a burden on all my friends. And I thank them for their help back then. It was a rough time for me in many ways.

                  But there are many industrial and commercial facilities I worked on that I feel will be a longer lasting memorial to my skills in the craft. Many casino-hotels, electric power generating facilities, refineries and chemical plants, etc. On some of those I put in thousands of hours a year before it was over. And even though I was one of a couple thousand other worker bees, it is as satisfying as plumbing up a bath by yourself or what ever service work you care to remember.

                  When I drive over the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and look over at the powerhouse that sits alongside the bridge I see some of my handiwork, a pair of 6" vents lines from a NG metering station that run 100' up the side of the building to the roof. Or I drive down Pacific Ave. in AC and look up at the top of one of the hotel towers and remember the day John and I were out on the ledge 24 stories up cleaning out roof drains, or any of the other countless jobs I worked on I am proud to have been part of the building of America even though in the overall scheme of things my part was minuscule. It still feels good and as Rick said you don't get that feeling sitting in a cube pushing paper which is what I do now about half the time. I can tell you it's nowhere near as satisfying as being out there turning wrenches.
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                  • #10
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                    I too have a lot of memories of jobs. We did a lot of wineries and high tech buildings in Ca. I think the year or so I spent at Sears Point Raceway would stick out as a monument when you think of all the exposed work we did and can see today.

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                    • #11
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                      Yes, particularly my fathers place on the Mississippi, my parting comment "there, next time you take a crap, you can think of me"

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