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Old 08-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #61
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5 years old, springtime thaw happening. I remember something that amazed, watching tiny channels of water in the street ice flow and melt into larger ones. Some disappearing into the ice and re-appearing as large flows. It was all too cool to me and definitely held some magical meaning. Same approx. age built my bedroom alarm system "box" that was wired to micro switches on our front door so I knew when parents came home. I also incorporated both the telephone lines. (Ours and gramma's down stairs) into it. While trying to connect it one Saturday afternoon, I got hit with ring voltage so many times I cried. Learned to respect that hidden monster right there. (Probably best training I had!) Mom could not stop me from repairing our broken outlets after that. Rest is history
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:05 AM   #62
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Started running wire and setting boxes with my Dad when I was 11, but didn't really think about it as a career until I was 19.
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5 years old, springtime thaw happening. I remember something that amazed, watching tiny channels of water in the street ice flow and melt into larger ones. Some disappearing into the ice and re-appearing as large flows. It was all too cool to me and definitely held some magical meaning. Same approx. age built my bedroom alarm system "box" that was wired to micro switches on our front door so I knew when parents came home. I also incorporated both the telephone lines. (Ours and gramma's down stairs) into it. While trying to connect it one Saturday afternoon, I got hit with ring voltage so many times I cried. Learned to respect that hidden monster right there. (Probably best training I had!) Mom could not stop me from repairing our broken outlets after that. Rest is history

Ring voltage hurts like a b*tch!!!
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People call me Mazza just because they are uncomfortable with my last name.

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I'm 53 and just getting started.
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I started as summer help in 96&97 went full time in 98 just days after high school graduation.
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People call me Mazza just because they are uncomfortable with my last name.

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Old 08-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #67
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Took electric shop in high school ,the rest is history..
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2 weeks before my 20th b-day which was 2 weeks after hurricane Hugo hit.
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Started full time right before I turned 22. But do remember my dad having me snake wires under the house around 8-9.
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How is that even pronounced.
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How is that even pronounced.
Sound it out buddy.
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started just before i turned 21, have been around construction all my life because of my old man, chose this trade because of our close family friend who is an EC, never looked back...i love it.
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I do not remember this but my older sisters tell me I took apart a receptacle under our kitchen table. I had to be less than 5


At about 5 or 6 I put my 120 volt Erector set motor in my kiddie pool to make it have a filter like I had seen a friends real pool have.



No GFCIs of course so the motor kept running like a champ.

My sister got blasted.


No more than 7 or 8 I drove two nails into lumber, stretched a thin wire between them, cut a zip cord extension up, tied one wire to each nail and plugged it in to a kitchen outlet. My mom and another sister were sitting there, sparks flew, circuit blew I got in trouble.

I had seen show on TV about how lamps worked and I was trying to make my own.

I have pretty much always been an electrical hack.
...you invented the knob and tube system?
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I didn't read any of this but ..

I was one of those little kids on the job that shouldn't have been there. Real little too 5 or 6 maybe, not that I was working that young but I was there, don't really know exactly when my responsibilities started. I know I could bend pipe pretty well by the time I was 10 or so, and I remember teaching new guys to thread pipe by the time I was in 4th or 5th grade. Sometimes I find myself knowing how to do things but not knowing how I know if that makes any sense. Now at 38 tho I look back and all I look back on is work. My son will come to work a few times a year but usually the "favor jobs" for friends / family. I want him to have plenty of time being a kid. He just started football, shoots his gun or bow every weekend, we ride dirtbikes at least once every 2 weeks or so, he plays video games when he can get it in. To me that stuff is more important than learning how to twist wires or bend pipe. But he and his sisters are probably the only ones that consider me #1 dad so YMMV.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #77
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I started helping my Dad at about 10 or 11 doing residential. At the age of 12 Dad would drop me off to work on my own and he would go to another job.

My Dad's little company ( he and I) was way under funded and didn't make it. It was however, a great learning experience that enabled me to go on to work for other companies on a lot of diverse commercial and industrial projects. I certainly have never become rich, but I will always be grateful to my Dad for enabling me to have a profession to where I could make a living.

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