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This one is potentially dangerous for HOME OWNERS & some "contractors"...
If you need to remove an old stubborn drain from a tub, then heat it up with a torch, lift lip of drain, then knock it around with a flat-head screwdriver.
The torch works well for old threaded brass fittings too! *caution*
 

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I would say, never drop a box of nails while running barefoot.

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Dead threads come alive. I didn’t learn any of my worthwhile tricks from reading or word of mouth. I learned watching/helping seasoned trades people & studying conclusions myself. I figure they are well worth keeping to myself. Call it what you will but mine came way to hard to just spit out.

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I thought that way for a couple of years, until I decided what I'd gained from here due to people sharing made it worthwhile.

My little acrylic fortifier trick cost me $350, but only because the guy was a union plasterer who was my friend. He wouldn't even show his brother in law any of that, and he wouldn't do it for less than scale for anyone.

Long dead now, it could have died with him if he hadn't shown someone.

I don't make a penny less if I pass it on.
 

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Dead threads come alive. I didn’t learn any of my worthwhile tricks from reading or word of mouth. I learned watching/helping seasoned trades people & studying conclusions myself. I figure they are well worth keeping to myself. Call it what you will but mine came way to hard to just spit out.

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I have been successful and profitable in large part due to searching this site, gleaning wisdom from it, and posting pertinent questions.

It has helped me to succeed as a businessman and as a tradesman.

6 years ago, I had zero business experience, only general trade experience and knowledge, and zero customer service experience, unless you count parent teacher conferences.

I have benefited much more than I have contributed. It is a huge advantage to benefit from the wealth of knowledge of others willing to share.

You say you learned from watching and helping others. That is what happens here.

Except here, you have experienced tradesmen from a variety of trades offering multiple perspectives leading to the best conclusions. Keeping each other in check and offering insights not often shared by differing trades.

Best practices, informed by data, and peer-reviewed, if you will. It simply doesn’t get better than that.

It is not limited to whatever you pick up from Bob the roofer, who has “always done it this way.” Certainly you know that doing something for decades doesn’t automatically mean doing it right.


I’m not sure the handful of tricks you keep to yourself are unique to you or proprietary. They are most likely common practices that have been described here, Improved upon, and been used by others for decades.

I imagine you could find some of your closely held tricks in this very thread. But I would bet the house you could pick up a few tricks by reading it.

If you can expand your skill set or improve your safety or speed, that can equate into more money in your pocket.


If this site has made me money, I don’t mind giving back. $100 for $10,000 is the least I can do.


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Except here, you have experienced tradesmen from a variety of trades offering multiple perspectives leading to the best conclusions. Keeping each other in check and offering insights not often shared by differing trades
I was brought up through the trades by my grandfather who was well versed foundation to roof but we didn’t do mechanicals for obvious reasons. I consider myself well versed from finishing slabs to hot tar on flat roofs both resi & commercial. I’ve seen nothing on the trick threads I haven’t practiced or didn’t know. For me most are common knowledge & learned hands on. The business end for me came with more time as it did for you. As for sharing don’t get me wrong I’m all for it, on the other hand theres too many things to mention that’s learned hands on. Point being the important tricks come with hands on learning, not just something worthwhile I can just spit out. We all learn different & are all put together different. Maybe part of it was being brought up with some real hard arse carps & respect for the trades. So my best way to express my tricks would be having a hand there to teach hands on. But there’s always going to be people searching the net for quick & easy.

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I was brought up through the trades by my grandfather who was well versed foundation to roof but we didn’t do mechanicals for obvious reasons.
Maybe I'm dense, but what obvious reasons? Licensing? I'm fortunate enough to live in a state that has little of that, so I pretty much do A to Z plus some. If there's something I haven't done, or done much of, I do my homework instead of hacking it. That's where a site like this shines.

And multi-skill helps dispel the image of us as dumb hammer-swingers.
 

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license being #1. He for what ever reason believed the mechanical guys did that & that only. He taught us we were taking food off their table if we did their work. As you know loyalty was huge back then. If a fixture had to be taken down & put back up for a patch, that was sparky’s job period. Like you Tin I’m a to z & darn proud of it. Would go nuts other wise. But if ol Pop was still around my sites I wouldn’t dare touch a fixture.

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No disrespect to Pop, but good business is about putting money in your own pocket vs someone else's. I get the loyalty thing, but since I've never hired a plumber or electrician, that's pretty much a moot point for me.

There is a place for specialists; they're generally more efficient than generalists. I can see hiring one for a big job I'd be slow at, just to git 'er done if nothing else. But I don't play in that stadium.
 

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No disrespect to Pop, but good business is about putting money in your own pocket vs someone else's.
Agreed. I’m sure Pop made something off the top but surely left a bunch on the work bench. Yea if it’s too big for us to handle subs are called on. PEX sure has made life easier in the plumbing field though. A far cry from anything before it.
Mike
 
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