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#13075 - 08/24/02 10:16 PM If you had your choice  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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What type of work do you prefer and why?

New? Remodel? Service/Repair? Commercial? Residential? etc. etc.

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#13076 - 08/24/02 10:34 PM Re: If you had your choice  
Fred  Offline
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Straughn, IN 47387
Commercial and industrial. Because I love the artwork involved in pipe bending and the circuit planning and layout.

#13077 - 08/25/02 08:29 AM Re: If you had your choice  
pauluk  Offline
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Norfolk, England
I definitely prefer new work, not that I get a lot of that. It beats crawling through rat-infested dirty attics trying to sort out someone else's attempts at wiring, dealing with crumbling old brickwork, etc.

I like my electronics work at the bench as well, of course. Not so energetic, zero traveling time & expenses, and all the comforts of home. [Linked Image]

#13078 - 08/25/02 08:47 AM Re: If you had your choice  
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Posts: 2,708
Anaheim, CA. USA
Definitely Commercial projects!!!
Such a diverse variety of stuff involved within the Commercial sector.

To take it a bit further, New Construction and T.I. type projects in "Shells" would be my top choice, but the challenges faced with Remodels or existing T.I. stuff can be enjoyable sometimes!

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#13079 - 08/25/02 10:46 AM Re: If you had your choice  
jlhmaint  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 202
Fredericktown, OH, U.S.A
since i am an industrial electrical maintenance man, i would have to say all of the electrical troubleshooting and PLC troubleshooting. but i would like to get a side job with a residential so i can learn more code and do it on the side later in my life.

#13080 - 08/25/02 11:34 AM Re: If you had your choice  
Cindy  Offline
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 196
hate to crawl with spiders and webs and thick dust, but sure find some neat old stuff sometimes, square horseshoe nails or old pocket knives, old newspapers and magazines, would think easterners and pauluk would find some really old things, most of the buildings here are less than 150 years old

#13081 - 08/25/02 01:29 PM Re: If you had your choice  
harold endean  Offline
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Boonton, NJ

What I liked was new res. work. However not condos or track houses. I loved the high end new res. houses. Neat and clean. However my company did mostly maintenance work. Worked for a lot of resteraunts, schools, churches, and commercial stores. There was always lots of work to be done. Downside though is that you were always on call. I worked on Thanksgiving, New Years, Easter, Christmas, etc. You name it and I worked one of thoses holidays.


#13082 - 08/25/02 01:50 PM Re: If you had your choice  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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I have a couple of things that I enjoy, but one thing on your list is one of my least favorite. .. Restaurants. Aside from New work, I avoid them whenever possible.


#13083 - 08/25/02 03:10 PM Re: If you had your choice  
arseegee  Offline
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Statesboro, GA USA
After years and years of residential, track to highend custom, I really enjoy commercial. Restaurants are one of my favorite things to do, perhaps because I don't do them often. It's a different game and makes me think. It's good to exercise the grey matter from time to time.

#13084 - 08/25/02 04:30 PM Re: If you had your choice  
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In my experiences working in restaurants I've always found it difficult to work above a commercial Kitchen and it always seemed like I was more concerned about working over the food and preparation surfaces than they were. There's often a lot of work done by the employees that's not quite right that has to be straightened out too and many times there seems to be grease everywhere.

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