I started replacing outlets, switches and light fixtures at 12 yrs old at a apartment complex. My friends dad who was the super taught me carpentry and plumbing. I learned electricity by reading books including time life diy stuff, taking stuff apart and putting it back together. By 13 i bought a 1/2" bender and started practicing bends. I installed my first conduit run that year in the basement to feed my Tyco racetrack. By 15 i was installing Nema heads and doing sidework for my friends parent and school faculty. I installed a new 150 amp service that yr. a licensed ec covered it and promised me full-time employment once i graduared high school. At 16 i nearly died in a three car accident that left me hospitalized for 3 mos. and recovering for the following 6 months. By 17 i was a full-time helper for a company always giving the mechanics advice they would follow. I have electrons flowing through my veins, it's a shame wall street stripped all the money out of my trade, I love the work, hate the business.