Besides those basic business things you cite the comparision as that you
both are installing & servicing mechanical things that are generally part
of a building's infrastructure. Plumbing, electric, and HVAC. Although of
these three plumbing and HVAC are more closely comparable because they are
more apt to need maintenance on an ongoing basis while an electrician's
skills are more likely to be invoked for making changes or new construction
with repairs to a lesser degree.
Don't forget that all three trades have homoaners who think the work of all
three trades is simple and that the homoaner can do the work as good as the
tradesman and not get ripped off.
Look at alt.home.repair: Nearly all the questions are from homoaners who
are too cheap to get a pro to do the job.
Tell me how EPA recovery/reclaim/tracking has affected your bottom line,
and how much you've had to shell out for DOT tanks and disposal. Or how
the trade is getting more complicated every day by electronics and
changing refrigerants, lubricants, and certifications.
Remember what was said on this group a number of years ago.
How do you tell a plumber from an HVACman? Put both up to their necks
in a tankful of shit, then throw a rock at them. The one who ducks is
Try getting charged for grease/waste recovery and disposal.
I will tell you that although elctronics hasn't hit us too hard yet; I
will tell you that the price of a water heater has risen between 30
-60% over the past 5 years based on fuel efficiency requirements; not
to mention the constant mods that are mad to preven people from blowing
themselves up when they spray paint their camaro next to the water
Copper alone has risen by 25% in the last 6 months.
Look folks, I didn't want to make this a contest as to who has the
harder and/or more technical job.
I just wanted to know how your job flow is doing this quarter.
Its busy as its been before. The weathers been odd, so its had slow
points..but bottom dollar its up.
It was good enough I took Friday-today off...went skeet shooting and fishin
on Friday, and headed to the coast friday night...got back today..been
Hey Matt: My 5-year old house has a sewerage backflow valve in the basement
right where the main sewer goes out the foundation footer. Is there any
maintenance that needs to be done to this backflow valve?
(My house is on the highest elevation lot in the city [no shit]. If I get a
backflow in my sewer lines, then this world has a whole lot of other
problems that are much bigger than my sewer.)
No, no maintenance is needed, provided they used quality materials.
Also, there are several different types of sewage backflow devices;
some with a 'flap', somewith what looks like a ping pong ball.... etc.
I'd bet you have nothing to worry about.
Noon, there is a lot more to plumbing than the three things you
mentioned. You'd never make it as a plumber-- you forgot "Hot on the
left, Cold on the right" and the most important part of the master
test-- getting a dip of snuff without using your fingers.
Sometimes even if it's green .....
How about 'if it's in a large porcelain container that's too
large to fit in the fridge, don't eat it' ?
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