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I started doing electrical work at the age of 14 working summers, holidays and weekends with my dad in NYC where I made a whopping $1/hr. The education I got there was incredibly helpful to me in my future work. I learned every possible way to get a wire from one place to the other without destroying the walls. My father was a great teacher and showed me how to have a healthy respect for electricity in spite of the fact that he often tested with his fingers.

At 17 years old I left for college and got a BA in psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I worked as a psychotherapeutic technician, in a home for emotionally disturbed children, for a few years and then realized I really missed the physical labor that went along with electrical work.

I got a job in Woodstock, NY for an electrical contractor for a few years doing light commercial work mostly at the Kingston, NY IBM plant. In 1978 I moved to Chapel Hill, NC where I currently resides. I worked for a few years with a local electrical contractor till I got my license in 1980 when I started Alwon Electric. My company has an emphasis on custom residential work doing some homes over $5 million . I am also the current vice-president and past president of the local chapter of the NC Association of Electrical Contractors.

I have always enjoyed teaching and getting involved in activities that were not for pay. I worked on many habitat homes in the area, was president of the middle school PTA. I also was cub master and pack leader for a local cub scout organization which I helped organize from the start. I still volunteer my time and labor for local non profits such as the schools and other groups. I have led many field trips for the local chapter of the Audubon Society and went on overnight field trips when my children were in middle school.


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I started doing electrical work at the age of 14 working summers, holidays and weekends with my dad in NYC where I made a whopping $1/hr. The education I got there was incredibly helpful to me in my future work. I learned every possible way to get a wire from one place to the other without destroying the walls. My father was a great teacher and showed me how to have a healthy respect for electricity in spite of the fact that he often tested with his fingers.

At 17 years old I left for college and got a BA in psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I worked as a psychotherapeutic technician, in a home for emotionally disturbed children, for a few years and then realized I really missed the physical labor that went along with electrical work.

I got a job in Woodstock, NY for an electrical contractor for a few years doing light commercial work mostly at the Kingston, NY IBM plant. In 1978 I moved to Chapel Hill, NC where I currently resides. I worked for a few years with a local electrical contractor till I got my license in 1980 when I started Alwon Electric. My company has an emphasis on custom residential work doing some homes over $5 million . I am also the current vice-president and past president of the local chapter of the NC Association of Electrical Contractors.

I have always enjoyed teaching and getting involved in activities that were not for pay. I worked on many habitat homes in the area, was president of the middle school PTA. I also was cub master and pack leader for a local cub scout organization which I helped organize from the start. I still volunteer my time and labor for local non profits such as the schools and other groups. I have led many field trips for the local chapter of the Audubon Society and went on overnight field trips when my children were in middle school.


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Hey a Buck an hour was big bucks back then:rolleyes::laughing:

My father was a great teacher and showed me how to have a healthy respect for electricity in spite of the fact that he often tested with his fingers.
The first electrician I worked for in 1974 would touch live lugs with his fingers and shake his leg to make it look like he was really getting it good, then he would laugh and say try it out kid! I would say "maybe later my mother is calling":laughing:
 

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I thought you would look like jim morrison I don't know why.
I enjoy the pictures of your garden but I wish you would try that "Captain Jack's bug juice"
I recommend for you. Lol

if I ever start wiring houses again I know who to contact for the tip of the day.
 

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Congrats and well deserved Denny. :thumbup:

You seem to have great patience and always go the distance with the apprentices that stumble in here with those repetitive 'chinese water torture' electrical questions

Ya can't buy that!


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You have more hair in your avatar, chrome dome!!:laughing:
Congrats. Well deserved!:thumbsup:
 

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I thought you would look like jim morrison I don't know why.
I enjoy the pictures of your garden but I wish you would try that "Captain Jack's bug juice"
I recommend for you. Lol

if I ever start wiring houses again I know who to contact for the tip of the day.
That's funny, people's avatars have the same effect as radio personality voices. I am always surprised when I see a picture of someone that I hear on the radio. Not in a bad way at all, just pictured them different. I also thought Dennis looked like jim morrison. Lol
 

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Yanno this is a great thing ET is doing here. I've been in threads 10 pages long with guys throwing ascii A bombs over the validity of green ground screws or wire nut brands.;)

But at the end of the day, we're really all cut from the same cloth , tradesmen, family providers , good hard workin' folk who've earned their keep

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Hey a Buck an hour was big bucks back then:rolleyes::laughing:



The first electrician I worked for in 1974 would touch live lugs with his fingers and shake his leg to make it look like he was really getting it good, then he would laugh and say try it out kid! I would say "maybe later my mother is calling":laughing:
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we must be long lost brothers I started working at the electric motor shop in 1974 about 2 weeks after I graduated high school my girlfriend then found me the job.
 

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what about the bug juice you going to ever try itthe nursery man that I listen to on the radio swears by it close to be organic
I may try it next year as I forgot about it. We had such a good garden this year. My grapes are about ready and the figs are just starting to get ripe.

I bet I gave away over 1200 cherry tomatoes this year. We are still getting the larger tomatoes but they are slowly dying. Time to start the fall garden soon
 
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I wanted to add this story after reading Brian's story about getting fired.

Well I never got fired but I moved to NC in 1978 and worked for a local electrician. I found out he didn't have a license but was working under his dad's license. When it was time to take the exam he asked me to take it also-- I said what for? He eventually convinced me to take it and the result were a bit comical. I passed and he failed.

Meanwhile all the builders who were using this guy kept pushing me to go on my own. They said the only reason they were using my boss was because of me.

I final broke loose. My first job was with a builder whom I still work for and they have given me a tremendous amount of work.

I remember my first job for them working on the weekend before my months notice was up. I used a small corded drill that would barely drill thru the studs. I had nothing for tools except my hand tools. They let me use their tools till I got going. Of course before I left the other job I had bought an old step van for $600 and some drills and bits.
 
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