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I think I can speak for my colleages as well when I say "THE ONLY DUMB QUESTION IS THE ONE YOU DON'T ASK."
While there are many people in this world who seem to contentedly muddle through life doing things their own way, I personally believe the people who post questions on this forum honestly and sincerely hope to do the job right, otherwise they wouldn't waste their time here, they would be off doing it their own way.
It is for the benefit of those who desire to do a job right that I like to come in here and offer my assistance. In turn, I personally feel that if i respond to a post, it is my obligation and duty to point out the correct methods as presently permitted by codes and regulations and offer little hints and tips that may make their projects go a bit easier.
What the reader does with that information is totally up to them, for it is not within my power to inspect or criticize anyones job.
Some have asked my why I do this? Is it ego? Do i receive any compensation? Does it in any way enhance my business? The answer to two of those questions is simply NO. I am very well adjusted and quite content with both my lifestyle and my profession, so I dont require an ego boost, and given that no one reading this forum knows the actual name of my business I dont expect this has much influencs business either.
Do I receive any compensation? Absolutely YES! As a practicing journeyman tradesman it is not only my obligation to do my job in the most professional manner that i can, it is also my obligation to pass my skills on to the next generation for the good of our society in general. Anyone, whether a novice homeowner, experienced DIY'er or practicing tradesman knows the fellings of personal satisfaction as you reflect upon a job done well, but if one really wants to feel a sense of personal pride take on an apprentice, and watch thier skills grow as a result of your tutalage.
On the job my thanks come in the form of a bill paid on time, but in my heart, the true sense of accomplishment comes in the form or the "Thank You's" I receive from people who were able to complete their task with my help.
From time to time the reader will note that we, the tradesmen sometimes take a differing view on a problem. That is not to say that either is wrong, it simply reflects the differenees in codes, techniques, and changes in both architectural styles and climatic conditions from one region to another.
In closing, for those less informed who post the questions, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and for those tradesmen or advanced DIY'er who frequent our forum I thank you for sharing the opportunity to sit here, coffee in hand, and talk shop a bit. r.rinard..Master Plumber
I live in: United States
My zone is: N.E.Ohio
My favorite forum 1 is Plumbing.
My favorite forum 2 is Home Repair.
First registered on October 12, 2003 .