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Old 07-25-2020, 08:01 PM   #21
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Hahahaha.
On the good side, today at work I found a never used, 20 year old, Gardner Bender 3/4" shoe in a metal dumpster. One of our local work shops cleaned house this week. They tossed all kinds of good and new stuff. I told the younger guys and they all went running for it..

One mans junk is another's treasure.
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Old 07-25-2020, 08:09 PM   #22
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On the good side, today at work I found a never used, 20 year old, Gardner Bender 3/4" shoe in a metal dumpster. One of our local work shops cleaned house this week. They tossed all kinds of good and new stuff. I told the younger guys and they all went running for it..

One mans junk is another's treasure.

Damn good find !!
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You more than likely can make me look like a beginner when it comes to running pipe, and I am a journeyman. I am in michigan also. I never had to run much pipe in my years, so I am sure you are already better at it than me. But I have had to run tons of wire and terminate it. It will come with time, and you will grow more confident the more you do it.
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You more than likely can make me look like a beginner when it comes to running pipe, and I am a journeyman. I am in michigan also. I never had to run much pipe in my years, so I am sure you are already better at it than me. But I have had to run tons of wire and terminate it. It will come with time, and you will grow more confident the more you do it.
Thanks, Jarry !

It's been on my mind all weekend. Literally can't wait to take that test again. Am **fueled to do better.

Can't wait to go to work tomorrow too lol.
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Thanks, Jarry !

It's been on my mind all weekend. Literally can't wait to take that test again. Am **fueled to do better.

Can't wait to go to work tomorrow too lol.

I used to feel like that when I knew I needed a divorce!
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I used to feel like that when I knew I needed a divorce!
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No joking, been married 4x.......
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No joking, been married 4x.......
ugh, you poor bastard! I am on numer 2, 18 years in,so far so good!
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Not good enough to qualify for my annual major goof but...
Got extension on lift stuck, no reason I can see. Goes out can't bring it more than half back in. Get PO'd yank harder. I discover a pint of anti-seize will not survive a 20' fall after launch, only good was that it was only a 1/4 full. I still think of it being full and an audience assembled.
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You said you've not got much experience wiring. Well there ya go. Our trade is half and half education and experience.

If you've been tested on something you've not got the proper experience with then your apprenticeship program is failing you, you are not failing the program.

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Not good enough to qualify for my annual major goof but...
Got extension on lift stuck, no reason I can see. Goes out can't bring it more than half back in. Get PO'd yank harder. I discover a pint of anti-seize will not survive a 20' fall after launch, only good was that it was only a 1/4 full. I still think of it being full and an audience assembled.
Went up an extension ladder one day years ago.
The legs kicked out on me and down it began to slide.
The faster it went, the quicker i climbed. Didn’t matter that I had no were to go when I reached the top...
I road that puppy down that wall..

All the older guys stood there laughing their ass off at me.
I’m glad I’m the old guy now.
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Hope you passed. But this part is up to you, make sure you are well rounded and let your employer know this. Most employers will keep you in an area you are good at and move you on. So be the best and try to move on. Also as someone else said learn control circuits and troubleshooting and you will be top of the crew.
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I left sumpin out. The other guy who is the most respected man on the job is the old guy who can bend pretzels out of 4" rigid using only a folding tape , and a pencil behind his ear, and an apprentice to load the machine and handle the lifting . I used to have a guy like that working for me. His name was Ken **** Sr. Out of one of the Seattle Locals. I bet he is passed by now, I haven't seen him in thirty years. He was over sixty when I hired him on. Wore no toolbags, just a pencil and a folding tape, always in Coveralls. His pipe bending skill with large size emt and rigid conduit was legendary.
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I left sumpin out. The other guy who is the most respected man on the job is the old guy who can bend pretzels out of 4" rigid using only a folding tape , and a pencil behind his ear, and an apprentice to load the machine and handle the lifting . I used to have a guy like that working for me. His name went was Ken **** Sr. Out of one of the Seattle Locals. I bet he is passed by now, I haven't seen him in thirty years. He was over sixty when I hired him on. Wore no toolbags, just a pencil and a folding tape, always in Coveralls. His pipe bending skill with large size emt and rigid conduit was legendary.
Sounds like Ken R. When I started out. He wore them coveralls and the boss gave him a new folding ruler each Christmas. He’s the reason I still walk around with a wooden folding ruler.
He retired 25+ years ago and passed 20 years ago. Great guy who could see the bends and numbers as soon as he walked in the room. Taught me a lot.
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This has turned into a GREAT thread with many great replies. I really value and appreciate every single one of you. And I mean that. Am not tryin' to kiss ass. AND ... I'm taking notes as well. I really want to be in the " best of the best " in this trade.

With that being said, passed my hands on the 2nd time And not 100 % sure what got into me this time around, but breezed through it (with a couple mistakes versus many, the last time)

On to 3rd Year now, with even more fire in the belly.

Thanks for the support, Brothers. Means a lot.
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