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Old 04-22-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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I do carpentry primarily, but working for a GC we get a hand in everything every now and again.

I gotta say, once every 3 to 4 months, I love a day of solid painting.

Got to paint the whole exterior of a carriage house today and it was great. No tool belt, no loud noises, no distractions. Turned the jambox to classic rock and zoned out.
Love a good painting vacation.

So what's all of yours 2nd favorite trade?
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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I usually tend to think about the opposite.

My top 5 worst jobs:

1) Roofing. No good day to be a roofer.
2) Plumbing. Why are there so many different fittings???
3) Drywall finishing. Takes a lot of patience.
4) Painting. Especially exterior. Set up, prep work,etc.
5) Concrete. I have never done much, but nobody doing it looks happy.

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I'm with you Easy. Painting would be my choice. I find it artistic, relaxing, there really is not too much thinking/stress involved once you get going.

Except painting the ceilings. Hurts my neck.
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Primarily a carpenter, but don't mind taping mudding drywall. Worked for a painter for awhile doing his carpentry work. He ran out of carpentry work and I ended up swinging a brush instead of a hammer for a few months. Don't mind it too much as long as it's my own mess I'm trying to cover.

I don't mind roofing every once in awhile either. Nice change of pace and mostly mindless work until you get to some of the flashings. I usually do 4 or 5 year, so it's not too bad.

Detest masonry work.....everything is heavy.
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I usually tend to think about the opposite.

My top 5 worst jobs:


5) Concrete. I have never done much, but nobody doing it looks happy.
Warren, you have obviously never seen a 30 man crew of Latinos on a 600 yard pour starting at 2 a.m. Every once in a while when they are really blowing and going, it's all a**holes and elbows, I'm feeding them concrete at 100 yards an hour, somebody starts yelling AY AY AY YEE! All thirty yell back in return. AY AY AY YEE! And everybody starts laughing.

Those guys are happy. Happy to be working.
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I'm an electrician, but I would rather do trim carpentry and framing. Nobody ever stands back and says "Damn that 3 gang switch box looks good."
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I do carpentry primarily, but working for a GC we get a hand in everything every now and again.

I gotta say, once every 3 to 4 months, I love a day of solid painting.

Got to paint the whole exterior of a carriage house today and it was great. No tool belt, no loud noises, no distractions. Turned the jambox to classic rock and zoned out.
Love a good painting vacation.

So what's all of yours 2nd favorite trade?
Funny carpentry is my favorite, maybe we should trade
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Basically a Carpenter and not a Mason, but I really enjoy Cement Repairs, especially with brick and block. I find it very enjoying for some reason, seem to make good time with it and I get paid pretty good for it. ...but only like it in nice weather, lol.

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I love big machines. I would love to try out excavating but it probably won't ever happen.
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Basically a Carpenter and not a Mason, but I really enjoy Cement Repairs, especially with brick and block. I find it very enjoying for some reason, seem to make good time with it and I get paid pretty good for it. ...but only like it in nice weather, lol.

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Hey, I just thought of something else I like about Cement work.

...no RRP!! (as long as it ain't painted)
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That's Easy,

Landscaping!! Playing in the dirt is still a blast!
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Framing is my love, siding is my mistress and trim work is my massage therapist.
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After working for GC's for 35 years, I know just enough about most trades to be dangerous, and I enjoy just about all of it.

Love to run heavy equipment, if I don't have to put fuel in it.

Concrete is great except for the bending over.

Masonry, after scaffold high. ( are you starting to see a pattern here?)

Red Iron if It's all bolted connections, (one thing I never learned how to do is weld. )

Carpentry is my trade. Love to run chair rail.

Roofing, 4/12 already stocked with shingles, underlayment in place, chalk lines snapped.

Plumbing is fun, if it is knee high and above.

Electrical- Like I said I know enough to be dangerous. (and this one can be really dangerous)
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i don't have a single trade, but here are the things i like to do the most:
electrical
painting (spraying)
masonry

least favorite:
plumbing
paint prep
plumbing
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Masonry. Specifically, historical restoration. Good combo of physical work and art.

And welding.
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Except painting the ceilings. Hurts my neck.
Agreed, there has to be a solution somewhere.
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carpenter by trade, so taping is relaxing to me....now building cabinets would be fun to me.

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