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Trades, Builders, Sparks, Plumbers, Roofers, Scaffolders

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by johnola, 16 Aug 2019.

  1. johnola

    johnola Pascal Chimbonda

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    Afte a year rebuilding my house I just want to say..

    Pretty much everyone has come in and done a sterling job.

    If I had my time again I would not hesitate but do an apprenticeship to work in construction instead of going to uni and working in an office. My dad was a bricklayer and didn’t want me working on sites.

    But it’s proper work, with proper hard working, skilled, honest and talented people.

    I was dreading it to be honest. But it turned out to be a bit of a revelation.

    Anyway, respect to all you guys who do this sort of work in our bricky climate.
     
  2. Rorschach

    Rorschach Willie Hall

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    When the brick goes down in a few years these are the skills that will matter. Not the flimflam jobs most of us do.
     
  3. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Steffen Freund

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    I started in the trades and ended up in an office.

    Been in my current role near 20 years. Still miss jumping in the van early in the morning.

    Its incredibly satisfying work, has to be said.
     
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  4. Rorschach

    Rorschach Willie Hall

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    Similar story (sort of). After uni I went into IT for about 16 years. Climbed the corporate ladder fairly quickly, but decided I had enough when I looked at my calender one week and had 40 hour long meetings scheduled back to back for the entire week. Went into carpentry/construction then for about 6-7 years and learned a lot, and then moved into consultancy in the domestic energy sector for a while. I'm back in IT now but am building my own house at the weekends. It is slow but I can build it exactly how I want, and it is also massively satisfying knowing you are building your own house.

    I was having a good chat with my aunt there about her kids, and how they fudged around in college switching courses for years. They hadn't a clue what they wanted to do and cost her a fortune. Never finished anything. She suggested that it might be better to let kids into the workforce for a few years, make some money, maybe learn a trade and then go to college later in life when they know what they want to do. I think it is good advice and might go that way with my own kids.

    There are a whole load of jobs that will disappear with automation or be washed away by climate change. The trades will always be important though.
     
  5. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Dean Richards

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    Definitely this.
     
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  6. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Dean Richards

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    Similar to me. 12 years out of the trades and i do miss the camaraderie, challenges, problem solving, and plain old pride in what you create. BUT its hard graft and full of bricky dust and chemicals. i see some 60 year old spreads or brickies and they're shot and have little choice but keep on churning it out. That the reason i got out of it, didn't want to grind myself down and physically ruin myself, i still retain the skills though.

    That said...The office chair is literally a killer...sitting 8 hours a day could be worse than the building site? Physically and mentally. As in everything, there is a balance and somehow you 've got to mix it up (and some jobs do that for you).

    Currently in my spare hours project managing (and sh.it is it taking up a lot of my time) the extension and full renovation of our current home (and 'doing bits' myself as well, i have the skills:)) The Regs have moved on a bit so some nightime reading of Part B, Part L etc etc is great fun:(
     
  7. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Steffen Freund

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    Ive rarely known pride in a job well done in an office like I used to every week in the building trades - and I wasnt even building my own place at the time!

    I absolutely loved being able to look at something and think that it wasnt even there before I started, or how I had ripped out the old and installed new and now the place looks immeasurably better etc.

    I ended up in development work, mostly VBA and SQL, and later SAS, and its the only thing thats come close to the same feeling.

    Unsurprisingly because you start with a blank canvas and build something...

    My eldest is half way through her GCSEs, and so is beginning to look at college options. Unsurprisingly she doesnt have a plan in life, she doesnt know what she wants to do etc - and shes 15 so why would she?

    I put it to her, much to the Mrs annoyance, that she seriously consider apprenticing. And I stand by it.

    To my mind, she can spend another 2 years at college wasting her time, and then hit the workforce at 18 with not a clue and not a skill, or she can spend 2 years learning a trade and hit the workforce at 18 with an advantage.

    Took a while for the logic of that to sink in with the Mrs, she was very much pre programmed to expect college simply because thats what people do.


    The primary reason I never went back. Im nearly 40, been out of the game a good while, and still have my health (mostly, as you say below).

    Mate of mine, a year older, his shoulder is shot, chronic neck problems and lower back issues. My dad was the same. So was his dad. So was just about every guy I ever saw working. Its unforgiving and can ruin you physically.

    The other thing was regular money, sick pay, holiday pay, had a young family and needed the security.

    Id be lying if I said I didnt miss it though. Have a mate who is a scaffolder, am looking to get a bit of weekend work with him - pretty much for the nostalgia to be honest.


    Not joking, by mid afternoon my ass hurts. Its like I dont have enough of a backside to cushion properly or something :eek:

    I need to manage my posture carefully and make sure I get up and move around. Ended up starting at the gym a while back which has helped massively, otherwise I could be running into a different set of issues than if I had stayed building...
     
  8. Rorschach

    Rorschach Willie Hall

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    Maybe you should get an office job ;)
     
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  9. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Steffen Freund

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    I know I set my self up for that...
     
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  10. Kandi1977

    Kandi1977 Cecil Poynton

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    I'm rebuilding the bathroom. The plumber is a fudging hot brick babe! I mean properly model type hot! Only time I've actually wanted to see the plumbers crack :D. No luck so far though...
    But she's doing a sterling job.
     
  11. P.D.

    P.D. Milija Aleksic

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    Maybe she can do my bathroom after.
     
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  12. Rorschach

    Rorschach Willie Hall

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    Some joke about laying pipe comes to mind but...meh.
     
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    NoLimits01 Espen Baardsen

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    Ooh, has she lagged your pipe sir.
     
  14. Seedy Ron

    Seedy Ron Simon Davies

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    This'll be the Roomba all over again, Kandi hasn't even got a bathroom.
     
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  15. galeforce

    galeforce Vivian Woodward

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    Stoproosters.uk

    Well played
     
  16. Danishfurniturelover

    Danishfurniturelover Cecil Poynton

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    Loved my time on the building sites, was hard on my back which is why i got out and started a Locksmith Franchise which was amazing and was doing property up on the side.

    You know it is great learning trades you get a sense of satisfaction seeing a tangible end result. Always felt trades people were for years given an unfair reputation.
     
  17. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Dean Richards

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
  18. Kandi1977

    Kandi1977 Cecil Poynton

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    OK.... Most of it is kind of inaccessible, but I'll see if I can get some pictures of the plumbing. Weird request though, I must say. Copper fetish perhaps?
     
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  19. nayenezgani

    nayenezgani Dean Austin

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    About as believable as your roomba horse brick.
     
  20. SteveAWOL

    SteveAWOL Nick Barmby

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    Can’t beat a bit of EyeHandy

     

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