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Unread 02-14-2006, 05:55 PM   #1
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Question for the old timers

Just wondering how you old timers stay focused. All of the old timers I've met in this trade (with the exception of one) at one point used to do really good work, but get burnt out and let their work slide pretty bad. I don't want to get to this point so I was wondering what helps you stay focused and enjoying you job, and still putting out quality work.
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Unread 02-14-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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Not being an "old timer," my first inclination was to ignore this post.

My work has always made me money. There have been numerous times when things got tedious that I would dwell upon that aspect of the trade. On your knees plunking down miles of floor tile, figure out what each tile is worth profit wise.
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LMAO. Sometimes I do the same thing John.. You get so burnt out, then your on your knees praying to the flooring gods, that it will end soon. Then you look down, and start counting $$ everytime you plunk one down...
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Yeah what's old?
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On your knees plunking down miles of floor tile, figure out what each tile is worth profit wise.
I'm glad I'm not the only that thinks like that
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I remember my dad telling me that probably 25 years ago. " Every time I plop one down, I make 2.75". Of course, I was smart enough to tell him, "not yet dad, it ain't grouted yet and your grouter don't work for free".
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I remember my dad telling me that probably 25 years ago. " Every time I plop one down, I make 2.75".

Sad thing is..... that $2.75 hasn't raised with inflation....Let's see $2.75 with 25 years inflation is...hmmmm....$3.25????

What was the cost of a stamp or a gallon of gasoline 25 years ago???
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All i ever heard the old timers say was "Looks good from Long Beach" "Why.... Back in my day...I could "
yeah sure ya could
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Unread 02-14-2006, 07:43 PM   #9
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When you do get to be an old timer, it takes you longer to stand up, giving you more time to stay focused on the floor.
It also helps if you enjoy what you are doing.
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Jack, you're starting to sound a little disrespectful of your elders. You're right, though. It's mostly BS.

Seriously, though, when I came to Texas all floor tiles were still 8x8s, and I laid my floors out in two-foot grids -- 9 tiles to a grid. Now y'all know that 8x8s are a lot easier to lay than the large format tiles we have nowadays. A little lippage could be easily hidden back then. Anyway, I got a buck twenty-five a foot when I first arrived (working for someone else), and even without grout I could count a dollar per grid. Good money back then.
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