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Unread 07-06-2020, 04:13 PM   #1
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I'm Retired From The Tile Business

Brad back from the dead here. I logged for the first time in I don't know how long and saw I had a couple of PM's for tile jobs. I apologize to those folks for not responding.

I actually folded my operation back at the beginning of the year and am actually an apprentice plumber right now, albeit just for one year. I have to put in my year in that so I can test and get the required licenses for inspecting and repairing backflow prevention devices.

As some of you know, I've been looking for a ticket out of the tile biz for several years now. A friend of mine has a business that specializes in all things backflow. After doing some ride alongs with him, it seemed like it'll be a good fit for me. It's much easier on the body, less headaches, less hours and better money. After not touching a piece of tile for 7 months, I'd be a liar if I said I missed it too!

All that said, this site was a great resource for me over the years in terms of folks in the biz I've gotten to know, the knowledge gained and jobs I've landed. A big tip of my hat to JB, CX and company.
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Unread 07-06-2020, 06:02 PM   #2
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Hope it works out well for you, Brad.
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Unread 07-06-2020, 07:18 PM   #3
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Brad!

That sounds like a plan. Is there any chance that you can use the licenses for inspecting for any of the the local jurisdictions, as well?
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Unread 07-06-2020, 10:24 PM   #4
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Congratulations, Brad. I hope you enjoy your new job until you're ready to retire. Tile work is definitely tough on the back and knees, and for sure is a young man's game.
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Unread 07-07-2020, 05:18 AM   #5
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Best of luck to you on your journey forward. Quite wise of you to move on before it breaks you down to the point of no return. Plumbing and Electrical have always had a sweet taste in my daydreams; seems it’s the right fit and timing for your change in career. Congrats Brad, you’ll be successful in what you do! Happy Trails
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Unread 07-07-2020, 07:28 AM   #6
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If I had to do it over it would be Plumbing & Heating/HVAC. My plumber friends who own businesses are doing quite well. You made the right move.
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Yes, there's definitely a higher hourly wage for plumbing. Which is why after doing so much plumbing on my bathroom reno jobs, I now do plumbing as well (www.lesliesplumbing.com). So at this point I am a general contractor and also a plumbing contractor. The problem I find with plumbing is that people price shop like nobody's business. If you don't answer your phone immediately, you lose the opportunity. With this whole covid thing, I have been happy that I still do everything else in addition to plumbing. I hope things work out well for you and try to learn as much as you can about the field of plumbing in general so you could expand your services (if you choose to.) Congratulations!
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Unread 07-08-2020, 06:36 AM   #8
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With my plumber friends basic plumbing jobs are price shopped. That is the smaller part of their business. The HVAC part is where they outshine the competition. The complexity of a well designed system is mind blowing. With todays tight houses you cant believe what's entailed in design. Smart move getting your plumbing license.
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Hasta la vista, Brad. Hope it all works out for you.
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Congrats Brad! Sounds like a good plan. Best to you as you tackle the plumbing biz!
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I hope you do well, Brad! Plumbers can make some money. The guy that I used to use ended up just doing service work before he retired. He'd drive around in his van and do 2-3 calls per day and make a minimum with each call.
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