best advice for new plumber?
I am starting a job, working for a plumber. I really dont know what I am doing. I know that I will learn on the job. But what is your advice for someone who is just starting out in the profession?
what do you think is the most important thing I should know? What are some things to know that are hard to pick up on by watching it be done?
I know this post sounds pretty general, but any reply would be nice.
Welcome to the Trade! It's not just a job!
One thing I would suggest is not necessarily learning how to do something but instead know why its done that way. Once you understand why you'll know how! It's a much more valuable lesson and it stays with you much longer then a mechanical technique.
You will definitely need to get into a tech school as Jimbo said. Most states have night classes so you work in the day and at night its off to school. What state are you in we may be able to point you in the right direction?
There are a lot of different directions to go in this trade. It is a good idea to get a well rounded education. I believe that there are a lot of plumbers that have done almost nothing but new residential work their whole career that in the next few years are going to have a hard time as they try to transition into commercial and service work. They will be a fish out of water in many cases. Try to get a well rounded education and even in tough times you will find an area where you can make a good living. Nobody does it all! But, the more that you can hold your head above water in the better off you will be.
There are some good forums out on the web. This is one of the best! Read the postings and understand the answers. There is a good inexpensive education to be had right there. You will learn code differences across the country, and see how many different ways there are to handle a given problem. Some will be right and some will be wrong and you'll see the debate!
Always remember, It's not how... It's why!
Welcome to the trade! Work hard and learn, It's worth it!
Be a Sponge! Soak in everything from everybody & pick what you consider the best way!
It's funny because you can't be a good service plumber without knowing how it was built. That means you just look and know how it was probably built before you even open a wall or ceiling to look.
And a good service plumber will know the things that construction plumbers do that create problems down the line, and avoid doing those things when doing new construction.
So it pays to know both sides.
Being well rounded will keep you from being a smockman!
listen to the older plumbers
you will find that if just watch , READ and listen you will do ok...
stay away from all the losers that run their mouths all
day long , and whine and cry for a cigarette break,
and want you to go drinking or doing other
vile things after work.. ..dont listen to their sad stories
and dont loan them money either
dont listen to any of the "beer talk" or "tall tale plumbing stories" ...
usually thats all fabricated ...in an attempt to "impress you".and
snow you under..
absorb what you can by just reading books you can
get your hand on.....JUST READ STUFF....just pick up a book
or a magazine and go over it fur fun...
MAKE THAT AN EVERY DAY HABIT..
just like in life...
90% of the poeple you wil meet are all just
"smoke and mirrors" and the other 10% might be genuine.
its just your job to figure out "who is real" in the big game
It is much wiser just to ask a question when you dont know,
than try to bullshit your way through something and mess up..
Remember..If you just read stuff every day.....you will sharpen your mind
and you will rise above all the idiot morons around you very quickly...
This reading you do does not all have to all be about plumbing either
Read anything..... quantum mechanics... medicine, whatever..
just feed your brain....
Plumbing can become a very mind numbing job if you dont challenge yourself
Driveing around all day in a service truck with a moron helper that
never finished grade school can be very , very challengeing.
( I do that every other day )
Your brain has to be excercised every day too .....or it will rot, and you will
end up on the end of a sewer machine for 25 years....
trust me , you really dont want that...
doing plumbing work can be a great job,
but try to look at this job like a stepping stone to something better....
see your future......be...be.....become your future..........