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#52875 06/09/05 11:44 PM
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Hello everyone! I just started my apprenticeship this week and I am very green. Never worked electrical at all until this week, but I am really liking it so far. The problem is that my feet/calves are killing me from going up and down the ladder so much. I know this is part of the trade and to be expected, but does anyone have any tips or tricks to soothe the pain and swelling until my body adapts to the new routine? Thanks!

#52876 06/09/05 11:52 PM
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It's just because you're new at it, once you're used to it your feet and calves will be fine. Give it a month or so.

#52877 06/09/05 11:53 PM
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Oh and a couple beers helps the pain

#52878 06/10/05 01:32 AM
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I stiffer sole should help with ladders. I notice when I'm doing ladder work around the house. That's because I usually put on my running shoes instead of my work boots. [Linked Image]

If possible, try not to wear a heavy toolbelt when on ladders. Just put the few tools you need in your overalls' pockets.

#52879 06/10/05 02:44 AM
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Do you stretch before a work out, try it before work. It's done wonders for my back!

Good shoes.

Lighten your load, over packed bags are people who like pain.

Time won't heal all wounds, but a good massage might help.

Even if all else doesnt fail, BigB's advice is good, might I suggest a fine Belgian beer, Chimay Red. http://www.chimay.be/


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#52880 06/10/05 02:08 PM
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I will second the footwear comment. 99% of foot problems are caused where the rubber meets the road.

BTW be very careful about shoving tools in your pocket, particularly screwdrivers and other pointy stuff. If you fall they can become weapons, poking holes in your body where holes don't belong. The company I used to work for had a strict rule about never carrying tools in your pocket.


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#52881 06/10/05 02:27 PM
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Think your feet hurt now?

Wait after 20yrs, then your legs hurt, then comes the back, fingers stop working, brain gets fried........

Oh the joys of being a electricain....


Dnk.......

#52882 06/10/05 02:57 PM
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Next week you will be pulling wire and your back and shoulders will hurt so much you'll forget about your feet. Wait till you get to put in your first 100 receptacles. I have had more guys find out what they are in for doing simple little jobs than anything else. Electrical work is a life time of pain in some area of the body. Take care of your back and stay physicaly fit as possible.

#52883 06/10/05 04:56 PM
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Welcome to the trade ! Please feel free to post your questions here. We always enjoy a new fresh topic.
Be very careful about tools in your pockets. Screwdriver into the kidney is no fun.
Buy the best boots you can !!
I always wear Redwings. Expensive but they last and are comfortable.
Like the others said these pains will pass and other pains will come.

#52884 06/10/05 05:18 PM
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And the scars. Got a beauty on my left foot from being nailed to the floor in 1967 by a morse taper chuck that fell out of a radial drill, c/w 5/16" jobbers' drill bit.
Alan


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