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jaybee Member Posts: 128
HI guys,

Im just wondered if there was anyone outthere that has experience a similar exsperience. I 2 years ago got into bad car accident inwhich I suffered multiple fractures in one of my legs and was given a year to recover.While i was recovering I decided to make a carear change,because i was working a dead end job that i have worked for 15 years and never would have gotten a chance to change because i had a wife and kids to support.So I went to trade school for hvac manage to graduate at the top of my class and now im working in the field for about one month.I really enjoy the work and has found out that i am facinated with the way things work electricly and mechcanicly.Im a person who befor entering this field didnt know what a pipe wrench was.Sometimes it seams a little overwhelming when we (me and my trainer) go to a service call and when he ask me what i think the problem is and I get to it but much, much slower than he.So from time to time you guys are going to see some post of mind that are stupid ,just bear with me guys im just trying to grow!!!!!


  • Terry St.James_2
    Terry St.James_2 Member Posts: 102

    There are no stupid questions,only stupid answers...so the saying goes. I am fairly new here also but have been in the trade for years. We all work in different aspects of the trade. While most here may do houses,my experience is running steam to kettles for various products. Also do alot of work in the garment district. Most here are quite friendly...even though I am in another country and type with an accent.
  • Ed_13
    Ed_13 Member Posts: 164
    New in business

    I would like to expand on that saying a bit.

    Jaybee, there are no stupid question, but there are stupid people who don't care enough to ask questions.

    Ask the questions. It is how you will grow. I think that you will find that this group really welcomes anyone who is new in the trade, and honestly likes to help.

    You'll do just fine. You took the first big step. You want to ask the questions. In this trade you will leave the people who don't ask questions in the dust. NEVER stop learning. Good luck and best wishes.

    Edward A. (Ed) Carey

    (over 30 years in HVAC field)
  • Floyd_5
    Floyd_5 Member Posts: 418
    Started in '88....

    needed a job....
    told the guy, Hey, I don't know much, but I'm good with my hands, I can read, so I can learn......

    Less than a year later I'm going out to figger the stuff out that was stumping the rest of the guys.

    Get your hands and eyes on everything that you can....read it till it makes sense.....
    Ask everyone and anyone who will listen, about anything and everything that you can think of......
    After a while you'll soon be able to sort the good from the bad.
  • ed wallace
    ed wallace Member Posts: 1,613

    hey i got into the heating trade after working 9 yrs for ma bell repairing telephones only heating systems i had seen was 1 oil burner and a hot water heater gas fired you will do ok always ask questions always try to learn

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  • Jim Bennett
    Jim Bennett Member Posts: 607

    This is a great place to learn! There is a fantastic amount of information here. Read all the Tech Tips, Get some books, and most of all post some questions! There is literally a World of experience here waiting to answer!

    One very important things I have learned about troubleshooting: Not to make quick assessments, many times I have made my mind up what the problem must be before arriving. I would then waste time ignoring the real problem while trying to prove myself right. Look and listen to the system AND the people who live with it. They can give you important clues to help your diagnosis. I learned this here!

    If you find something that you are having a hard time figuring out, bring it here! Someone has had a similar experience. By posting it here, we all learn.

    Good luck,
    Jim Bennett
  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
    I have to agree

    This is a great trade. It challenges, and rewards and sometimes beats on your brain. Time is your allie. With curiosity and a drive for quality you will become all that you can be. I began in the 70's after attending college to teach elem school. There were no teaching jobs when I came out and landed in this trade because I had been a helper in the Summers while in college. It was all a blessing since I love what I'm doing and have eventually gotten pretty good at it. This site is a wonderful resource. Don't be a stranger, and don't be shy. WW

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  • Boiler Guy
    Boiler Guy Member Posts: 585
    Look, Listen, Ask

    and LEARN. Everyday is a brand new learning experience. My father always said "if you pay attention, you WILL learn something EVERY DAY. There are NO STUPID QUESTIONS just STOOOOPID mistakes' cause you didn't ask your "stupid question!" Been twisting pipes for 37 years and still learning. I still take advantage of any oportunity to learn!
  • Kal Row
    Kal Row Member Posts: 1,520
    never be embarrased

    to ask, or to say opps, i made a mistake,
    and never ever stop being a student

    just last week i put a question on the wall, about noise in a pump, which i knew not to have air, and thinking it might be a chattering outlet-flowcheck, and people came back to me with the obvious "maybe it's a solder ball or a peice of tefflon tape", doh!!!, silly me, i should of thought of that, and even if it turns out to be just that, i will swallow my pride and let them know - that's how we all learn

    and keep going to seminars, it never hurts to hear again from someone whon knows what they are talking about, say something, you might already know,

    cant remember now what it was, but at GAMA's IBR course, i took recently, just one of the tons of info imparted, more than paid for the course, you never know
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