The second to last pages hit home for me. I was being brought up and taught by these parts replacers. We had one great technician at our company who I could rely on to help me out when I need it. He was the researcher and I was the searcher. He retired after almost 40 years with the company a few years ago. I no longer had anyone to rely on. I remembered going to Dan's seminars and decided to check out his books.
WHAT A LIFE CHANGING DECISION. My house is now overflowing with books. Of all subjects. These books have answered so many questions that the people I worked with could not. If there is something you don't know, just pick up a book.
I've improved immensely as a service technician, but more importantly my ambition has grown and my mind has opened to so many more things.
I work for a commercial company. I've actually never done residential work before. They call us "burner technicians". Which is misleading because we work on so much more than burners. On the commercial side, finding people who know the systems, as well as the burners, is a pain. And it seems that no one wants to learn it either. I new NOTHING about systems at all until these books. Especially steam. And no one I worked with knew them either.
I am thankful that I did not end up a parts changer. Thank you Dan and Erin, as well as all the other great authors here, and all the great wallies of whom I've also learned a ton.
Cheers to learning.
Never stop learning.