Considering getting into the flooring trade (long post!)

Discussion in 'Flooring Potpourri' started by DownInGeorgia, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    That’s straight up, not that you couldn’t divert in the company and be a great asset doing some other portion of it. Flooring industry is diverse, I like to have the base knowledge firm so I can interpret BS when I smell it.
     
  2. DownInGeorgia

    DownInGeorgia Considering the Business

    Absolutely. I wouldn't want to do anything else until I had a decent grasp of how the products are installed, methods used, etc.
     
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  3. DownInGeorgia

    DownInGeorgia Considering the Business

    Not meaning to revive an old post but I wanted to let you all know that I took the job at the family owned business I mentioned. I'll be doing sales and I have hopes to eventually do some installing so I know how products are applied.

    Thanks again for all the good advice here!
     
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  4. Hey, thanks for the update and wish you well!!!!
     
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  5. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Better position. Lots to learn, keep us posted,
     
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  6. DownInGeorgia

    DownInGeorgia Considering the Business

    Definitely will do!
     
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  7. Red

    Red Canadian Redneck Charter Member

    I haven't posted here in a very long time. Sales is how I got started in the biz back in the early 80's, it gives you a good general knowledge of the products used to do the job. I managed to eek out a decent living for over 30 years installing tile and stone but due to 3 strokes in Aug 2013 my tile career had to come to an end. I concur with some of the other posters in this thread that you will get used to being sore most of the time, I'm still sore and I haven't layed a tile in almost 5 years now. I found that after a while I just went into robot mode and learned to ignore the pain at work. As a matter of fact I worked the day after my strokes and it wasn't til I got home after work having my usual cold beers that my wife looked at me and said what's wrong with your face, I told her nothing, I feel fine. 911 was called and I ended up going to the hospital in the city for a CT scan and a 4 day stay there. I'm grateful to still be above ground but I do still miss working, pain and all. It was a trade that I took great pride in after a job well done and left behind many a happy customer, some of which I still see here and there. There are many worse jobs to go into and I'd do it again if I had the choice. Good luck young man, I made it til I was 53 hopefully you'll do a hell of a lot better. ;)
     
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  8. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    Oh my goodness Red, my knees, back, elbows, hands, shoulders............and whatnot hurt just reading your post. I'm still trucking at 57 but not sure how much longer I'll make it. I have good days and bad days but like you------there's some constant pain that doesn't go away.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you find time to share some of your flooring stories. You must have some good ones in addition to the trade knowledge you can give to the next generation or some poor SOB who thinks they're going to DIY.
     
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  9. Red

    Red Canadian Redneck Charter Member

    Ha ha, my shoulders and elbows are still ok, my wrists on the other hand though. If I was still working I would have had to have both done for carpal tunnel. Knees were toast in my first 5 years. ;) A high pain thresh hold and beer will get you through a lot of pain LOL. After 30+years in the trenches you'd think I'd have a lot of stories but not much stands out as being overly interesting.
     
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