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    Cool...though it doesn't make that big a difference like you said, it's really the solder itself that makes or breaks it.
    Also...HOW did you get yer G/F to help you?!?!
    I'd like to know...geesh would be nice if I could get the mrs to help me!!
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    My g/f dose not work. She keeps up with what I have in stock and doing all of my paper work. Well her job is to keep me working. She is trying to get me to quit my night job and do plumbing full time and to start doing more repair work.

    Currently I mostly work on the weekends on new construction. I have 2GCís that keep me going. The one thing that the GCís love is that I do most of my work on the weekends; so I can come in and get out with out being in the way. The only thing that kills me is if the HVAC is already installed (this has happened one time on me). The power cables running all over the place is not bad. The crew that dose there houses will not wire the bathrooms and part of the kitchens until Iím done with my ruff in.

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    Do what I did...line up as much work as you can for your vacation....see how it works out...also see if you can line up more future work.
    I went on "vacation" a few years ago...put in my 2 weeks notice when I came back and have been going ever since.
    I NEVER took work from the company I worked for...just started getting more and more calls..to the point that there wasn't enough time weekends/nights to keep up.
    Made DAM sure I had a sizeable nest-egg first though.
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    Grumpy,

    It's funny that you bring this up. My buddy and I were having this conversation not long ago. Before I started flipping houses I dreamed of one day semi-retiring from my day job and just flip a house a year to keep money in my pockets and maintain a reasonable life style. The problem I see is health insurance.

    How do you break away on your own, doing dangerous work, and afford health insurance. My buddy pays nearly $15k for his family.

    I really don't have dreams of retiring early any more.

    Your thoughts?

    Tom

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    My real job is working at an auto plant. My biggest thing is health insurance. If I could get heath insurance for a decent cost I would quit my job and just do plumbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by statjunk
    Grumpy,

    It's funny that you bring this up. My buddy and I were having this conversation not long ago. Before I started flipping houses I dreamed of one day semi-retiring from my day job and just flip a house a year to keep money in my pockets and maintain a reasonable life style. The problem I see is health insurance.

    How do you break away on your own, doing dangerous work, and afford health insurance. My buddy pays nearly $15k for his family.

    I really don't have dreams of retiring early any more.

    Your thoughts?

    Tom
    The mrs carries mine through her job.
    However...topic has come up about me covering it, with her at home to do paper stuff that I hate and answer calls....ranges for a couple at anywhere from $400-$500 if I recall..last I checked was about a year ago.
    I use it twice a year and thats only been when I go in for a checkup.
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    Traditional health insurance is a rip off for guys like grumpy and myself. Go to the Dr, once maybe twice a year and don't take a bunch of non generic prescriptions.

    You would be amazed at how the prices for stuff starts dropping when you tell a Dr. that you are paying out of an H.S.A. or Cash.

    A Health Savings Account is basically a way for you to save money for your health care tax free, and bank that money for future use. You have a catastrophic coverage policy that would cover things like major surgery or a heart attack or something, but the rest comes out of your pocket via the H.S.A. I love it, and it keeps me from financing all the rest of the sickly people who go to the Dr. once a week.

    You can research HSA's online, and they are available from most all the major players. They will warn you against them of course, because they make less money off of one, than a traditional policy.
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    Iím bipolar and ADHD. Both of my daily meds are $150 a month each and my anxiety med is $100 for 60. Sometimes my anxiety meds last a month and sometimes 2 months.

    I have to see my shrink every 30 to 40 days witch would be $150.

    This is why I need the insurance.


    Back to the flux.

    I did use the Nokorode all night and it worked fine. I could not use the one type of solder with it but, it was one of the brands that I donít like (the trash owns it now).

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    Many years ago I had to make a solder joint out in the boonies. I hadn't planned to do it, so I did not have any solder with me. I used the tinning flux to make the joint. Back in those days, the manufacturers advertised that you could make the joint just using the flux and therefore save time to compensate for the higher cost of the flux. Every issue of the trade magazines had a cartoon strip where the "hero" would show up with his 95/5 solder/flux, (they didn't call it tinning flux), and save the day for a bozo who was spending too much time making joints with flux and solder.

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    I had to solder a 1/2 inch elbow that had 'popped' loose from freezing, after returning from a long trip. I was not in the mood for any plumbing work, and my little tub of Solder Seal brand flux was nowhere to be found. I finally found an old container of it, and set to work. Damn joint just didn't want to go back together, and my sleep-deprived brain was beginning to hurt. Finally got 'er done, and got my shower and sleep.

    Next morning, I discovered the very-faded label on the tub of 'flux' read ~ "Milwaukee rotary hammer gearcase grease"

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    Hmm I wonder why it did not want to pull in the flux.

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    An advisor said many years ago, that if you want to go into business for yourself, you have to cut the safety cord of your other job and depend on your ability to make a go of it. That is what I did after 22 years of running other peoples companyies and telling my wife that "I would never go into business for myself". As James Bond said, "Never say never."

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    I do want to go into business for my self but I donít want to rush it. Right now we live off my full time job and everything I make on the plumbing stuff is going into the bank and annuities. The way Iím looking at it once we have what I make in a year + a years worth of health insurance then I will do plumbing full time.

    I do think we have one on the way right now but she hasnít told me. Iím thinking were still in the 5 or 6 week. This will put me off till at least when it pops out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wet_Boots
    I had to solder a 1/2 inch elbow that had 'popped' loose from freezing, after returning from a long trip. I was not in the mood for any plumbing work, and my little tub of Solder Seal brand flux was nowhere to be found. I finally found an old container of it, and set to work. Damn joint just didn't want to go back together, and my sleep-deprived brain was beginning to hurt. Finally got 'er done, and got my shower and sleep.

    Next morning, I discovered the very-faded label on the tub of 'flux' read ~ "Milwaukee rotary hammer gearcase grease"

    Thanks...laughed so hard the mrs came in asking "what the hells wrong?"..I mean "snorting" laughing.
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