How Old Are You Guys?

Discussion in 'Flooring Potpourri' started by mcbrides, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Incognito

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

    Something went wrong for them to call for an inspection. So there's two confounding variables at play. First off you're rarely, if ever going to run into the best installers because they've cut those problems off at the pass---before the floor blows up. Secondly, those guys you're now trying to deal with are going to be on the defensive, professionally and psychologically. So it's to be expected to some degree that you deal with some really awful knuckheads with really awful attitudes above and beyond a representative sampling of a bunch of knuckleheads.
  2. Incognito

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

    Glad to hear your knees and back are in good shape, mine too. Curious how your joints and tendons are handling things. That's where I'm starting to feel it. Being in the union means for the most part you don't chose your jobs. So there can be a lot of repetitive motion issues when the shop sticks you on the same sort of work constantly. I'm feeling a lot of shoulder, elbow and wrist pain during the busy seasons.

    Do you TRY to mix it up------carpet, wood, ceramic, wallcoverings and whatnot to avoid such abuse or do you also kind of have to absorb whatever work comes your way?
  3. Roland Thompson

    Roland Thompson Charter Member Senior Member

    So far I still get out and play some softball,basketball and football. best of all can still get down and give horsey back rides to the grand kids. I change around on what flooring I do. But did more carpet then anything else for most of my years.
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  4. Incognito

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

    Sounds like you've got some good genetics on top of the healthy lifestyle. I've also got mostly good genes working for me. Now I'm going to have to get a better lifestyle. The pool at our new house is a big help. It feels great to be stretching, twisting and exercising without stress to the joints and tendons. Floating around with a beer doesn't have the same healthy impact sorry to say. I'm doing more of the swimming and less of the floating. I try to get 30-45 minutes every day. Not hard to do when it's 102 degrees outside. I'm about to dive in now!
  5. Elmer Fudd

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

    I keep two things in mind..........................
    "You can't fix stupid" and "You will never win an argument with a moron!"

    Just keep livin' the dream one day at a time!
  6. Timothy1988

    Timothy1988 In me the tiger sniffs the rose.

    29! who seems to be the youngest here LOL
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  7. Incognito

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

    You can get on a plane and fly away. I'm stuck with those guys! I'm learning about cutting back on the arguments an trying to fix stupid. I'm getting tired of pounding my head against the wall.
  8. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    50 years old...
    But I don't feel a day over 49 1/2
  9. Elmer Fudd

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

    Sweet deal, Huh?
  10. Floor Boss

    Floor Boss Flooring Professional and Mgr. I Support TFP

    I'm 57, started when I was 27. My knees and back improve immensely when I quit playing softball and took up Ice Hockey the young age of 39!
    Here in the SF/Oakland Bay area, we currently have the distinction of SF being the #1 highest rent in the WORLD!
    Economic Recovery is BS as one person already said. Very few of my installers are able to afford apprentices. Our prices have been stagnant, even gimped over the last 20 years with supplies, tools, vehicles and gas going up up up! Even my immigrant installers don't want their children to enter our trade. They bring them to work during the summer to dissuade them and encourage them going to school to be something else.
    Thanks to places like Wallymart for belittling real labor....... I digress....
    Another real problem in my region is the influx of Foreign Money and Cultures that historically look down upon laborers.
    When these techno geek $150K per people can figure out how to use their computers to build a road, a house or any other physical trade.
    Then there are the true millennials who have been brainwashed since grade K, that college will get you $1M more income in your lifetime. So anyone with a brain thinks manual labor is below them, which duplicates our 'New American's' belief structure.
    I had a great education and a scholarship to UC Berkeley that I didn't act upon. (no regrets, did other cool things and got my AA later in life) And the reality is, our jobs require a high degree of math, a high degree of technical skills, as much 'Critical Thinking' as any college course would try to teach, and a high degree of communication skills.
    In other words, you all are SMART! We have just opted to use our smarts to ACTUALLY CREATE useful environments for others.
    It's a shame that this philosophy is not (has not been) promoted in our education system, nor respected on a wage/effort level.
    Anywho.... I'm searching for ways to turn this around for my company, but it's going to rough when competing with 'Free Labor' at the big boxes.
    But it HAS to change and I will keep trying and will always be proud of what I do!


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  11. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    48, hurting in many ways. The heat and humidity slowed me down this summer, I'd say I worked 6 days a month for past 3 months. Nice having time off to prevent further damage.

    So all the tools to make life easier do not matter as you still take on more to wear point. Still looking for various ways to lessen fatigue, as Incog says shoulder, elbow,hand are continually strained. Knee operations seem to cross all fields.
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  12. Hanover Fist

    Hanover Fist Pro Member

    50 here, but in the best shape of my life. I would kick my 18 year old ass up and down the street - that guy was a loudmouth punk anyway. Now I'm just a loudmouth old man!

    I use the gym at my office a couple times a week, and make it a goal to kayak 10 or more miles every weekend. I also have preserved myself with a combination of coffee and craft beer, daily. Tastes better than formaldehyde...
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  13. UncleCliffie

    UncleCliffie Charter Member

    I think I may be the senior citizen on this board. Got into the biz in August of 1964. I gave it up in 2009 after I fell off my roof on Halloween eve. Hang around here to try to keep up with the flooring times. I turn 80 on the 24th of November.
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  14. richardy

    richardy Pro Member

    I'm 57 started out of school when i was 17, have done nothing else but flooring. And yes the young do not want to work .My helper is 66
  15. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With Elbows Senior Member Published

    57 years man show. Helpers don't help.
  16. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I agree Nate and they want to be paid as well :)
  17. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    1959 produced lots of floor-heads o_O........ should've been born in
    60, but was preemie, that explains everything:rolleyes:.......57 !!
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  18. JCW355

    JCW355 Pro Member

    Be 52 later this month
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