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Unread 12-12-2006, 03:15 PM   #1
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Just starting out-looking for more experience

Hi all,
My name is Pete and I just came across this forum. I have been doing tile work on my own for the past year, mostly tile repair, sealing, regrouting, tile & grout cleaning and I would like to move into tile installation. I have some tile installation experience, mostly showers and baths (ceramic)), but I would like to get more experience in floors, custom work, natural stone. Can anyone comment on the CTEF courses? Would it be beneficial to me ? Or would OJT work best ?
Is anyone looking for helpers and/or apprentices in Colorado Springs?

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Unread 12-12-2006, 08:26 PM   #2
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Yes CTEF would benificial to you along with on the job training. CTEF would especially give you some basic background to tile, history of tile and dispel some tile myths that you have heard or seen.

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Unread 12-12-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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Gobis is a good ole bird.
You sure about that Pat???

he didnt look like no Bird to me let me tell ya.....

CTEF would be a fantastic place for you to get a jumpstart if you can afford it.
If you have nobody to Train you than you cant afford NOT TOO!!

Youve been doing showers??? Shower Pans too??

Where did you get training for this??
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Unread 12-12-2006, 08:45 PM   #4
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Pete, Welcome to the board. I went to CTEF in 2001 and I can tell you that it has paid me back $$$$$$ if not more.

OJT? Well if you need a kidney transplant and the doctor was getting his skills perfected form OJT then good luck. LOL

Look, you said you want to know how and CTEF will deliver. And just think about the CALL BACKS that YOU will get because you did not know how to do it right.

David G. might be along soon to tell you more, as he was the one who taught me at CTEF not so long ago.

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Unread 12-12-2006, 09:23 PM   #5
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Welcome, Pete.

I think you should do both. Find you someone really good to work with for a while and take some courses at the CTEF, too. Get it all.

Hangin' around here can't hurt, either. We learn lots just participating in the Q&A hereabouts. Lotsa talent in all parts of the trade available to you, so don't be afraid to axe.

Gobis is "a good ole bird?" Well, OK. Maybe. A big'un for sure.

My opinion; worth price charged.

Oh, and don't buy nothin' from flatfloor.

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