Combined Experience of Flooring Professionals at TFP

Discussion in 'Spotlight on Flooring Professionalism' started by Tandy Reeves, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    We'll be at 3,000 years before you know it!! :)

  2. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With toes I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Or 300 decades! 30 CENTURIES! no telling what that is in dog-years.
  3. Dave Garden

    Dave Garden CFI and Proud

    Since installers years are like dog years the response I give is the same one when someone asks me how long I have been married. 4.....ever!
  4. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Somewhat like my response......2......many.
  5. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Does your wife know???
  6. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    The great thing about being married for any length of time is being able to "steal" your spouses retorts....;)
  7. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    As much as I sometimes hate being married for a long time, I also do love it! It gives me the ability to be a PITA and get away with it!! And vice versa!

  8. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    My dog is now equal to 84 years old, and she still gets spunky when some gals at the groomers or the vet office pay attention to her. Silly girl, she puts herself out and then sleeps for a whole day afterwards!

  9. CWEflooring

    CWEflooring Pro Member

    20 years now from leaving school at 17 to were i am now however and im not sure it counts ? i did use to go to work with my dad most weekends and school holidays from 7 years old upwards fetching tools tidieying up scrap pieces of flooring to then advancing to putting door trims in and fittng underlay/pad I guess i was destined to end up in the installation side of flooring .
  10. jmhahira

    jmhahira Pro Member

    OK folks, 46 years here, since 1969
  11. UncleCliffie

    UncleCliffie Charter Member

    Just to raise the bar a bit.; in 1947 my folks took over the operation of an old rag rug loom, and the then 10 year old Uncle Cliffie took over the job of shooting the shuttle back and forth on an unheated front porch of the old farm house in rural Crawford County Iowa.
    That would have been 68 years ago. Who knew that would be the start of a long career in the crazy business we all here share.
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  12. JCW355

    JCW355 Pro Member

    25 years
  13. Jeff Short

    Jeff Short Veteran Flooring Retailer

    22 for me.
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  14. Tracykroeker

    Tracykroeker Absolutely Floored

    17 years and a female in the trade.
    A bit unusual in Canada for women
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  15. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    I took advantage of this reply to a different topic and copied it here to revive this one. As you can see, we have other females working this business, some even from Canada. The industry is better for it.
  16. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    What type of flooring do you install? We used to haver a gal installer here from Canada. She hasn't posted in a while but I know she still does it as I'm on FB with her.


  17. StraightFloorward

    StraightFloorward Pro Member

    "I am a flooring expert" eh? I get to thinking that way every so often. Then I inevitably run into someone who's been at it +30 years and my big head deflates.

    Around six years here. Seems like it's a dying field on the installation and retail sides.
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  18. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    :welcome: @StraightFloorward I had 35 years sales and installation experience when I had to retire, but when I first found other flooring professionals online in the 90s, I was surprised at the amount of knowledge and wisdom I could find in my peers. Even more surprising is that I was able to learn from pros who had significantly less time in the business. And the knowledge I have gained from my fellow pros since retirement and since I started this site 12+ years ago has been tremendous.
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  19. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Started my 53 year this week and by no means no expert. It changes to fast to become an expert.


  20. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Gotta disagree with you, Daris. You ARE an expert. What makes you an expert more than anything else is your ability to successfully train others in complicated skills AND having the willingness to continue learning your skills. I've only known you for about 20 of your 53 year career and all during that time you have done exactly that. You're an expert, yep. :yesss:
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