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  1. MK03

    MK03 New Member

    Alright everyone! Greetings, from the wonderful City of Liverpool!

    I'm not a qualified plumber - but a joiner of wood. I fell in to the world of timber when I was younger, due to my old fella being a joiner basher an' tha'. But what I was really intrigued in, was the use of blowtorches, copper, solder and silicone with a splash of water.

    I've started doing my own little bits here and there, when fitting kitchens and bathrooms etc. I've got all the gear - and good gear it is too. But the little bits aren't what I'm looking for. I'd love to scratch this itch I've had for years and start doing the serious stuff, even commercial or industrial - I'd even like to become gas safe.

    Now I know like all new tradies that show up are looked upon with a cynical eye, but I'm looking for advice here. I've got the gear, I've got a van, I've got my own work, but I want to change. I'll drive myself mad otherwise. Where the hell do I start? Do I start asking firms and tell them my situation or does anybody know a firm or sole trader in Merseyside, looking for a lad with responsibilities (not expecting big money), with experience in the trades who's looking to become a full-on plumber/gas fitter? Do I bother with getting my NVQ's in this trade or am I too old? (35) Genuinely I'm just looking for realistic ideas.

    Anyway, thanks for reading this if you get to here. Hopefully someone can throw me some advice.

  2. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

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  3. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Now then , thank god you didnt say it twice , I thought Jimmy Saville was back .
    Welcome Matt.
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  4. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Isn’t he now classed as one of those that shalt not be named?
  5. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Lol , you aught to hear the songs we sing about him when we play that championship club Leeds . Saville and a lot of his generation got away with murder , christ knows how , too many “ turned a blind eye”
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  6. MK03

    MK03 New Member

    Funnily enough, I recently saw a WhatsApp video of Leeds fans singing, "He's one of our own" hahaha. The wronguns

    Nice one for the warm welcome.
  7. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Yes they do , when we sing “hes one of your own” they sing back “hes probably your dad “ lol , great banter
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  8. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Hello and welcome
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  9. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    We are based on Merseyside I will have a re read and a think later, chilli chicken and yellow rice takes priority we are a private hvac design company but ran a few fellas until 10:years ago and have a few contacts you might use Rob Foster aka centralheatking
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  10. MK03

    MK03 New Member

    Rob, I hope you enjoyed that chilli chicken and rice. I had spag bol, pretty decent.
    Listen, I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at hvac either! But if you think of anything, I would be forever in your debt. Cheers, Matt.
  11. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Given your age and experience I cannot see any NVQ being of use. You have a truck another great asset . Strangely enough I like joining Wood it’s so clean compared to getting covered in flux poo etc. But hey ho. Gas needs a course but plumbing does not . anyone can become a plumber ..hmm ok email me privately and let’s see.
    [email protected]
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  12. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Hello and welcome along mate
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  13. MK03

    MK03 New Member

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy joinery (1st fix is my favourite) and have learned a lot about the construction industry through it over the years, but it misses that technical side. It has those elements when doing roofs, joists - but it's not as exciting as piping up the kitchen or bathroom that you're doing using end feed fittings. I'm sure a few of the plumber's in here don't share that enthusiasm anymore.

    Just a quick example for the benefit of the plumbers reading this. I did a £25k kitchen for one of my customers once, granite tops, solid ash doors, the whole schebang. The granite tops went on as well as this fancy undermount sink one day, complete with £300 mixer tap - whilst the customer was at work. She came back that evening, walked in, totally flabbergasted, straight over to the sink and tap and went "wellllllll, look at that" hahahaha. It was like the plumber had just invented the effing lightbulb. "Isn't it gorgeous?!" *rolls eyes*

    Yeah, I understand it's all relative that there'll be crap sides to the job i.e blockages, up to the waist in effluent etc but I tell you, I'd feel more accomplishment sorting problems like that and I don't mind getting my hand down a gully.

    Thanks for that Rob, I'll send you one tomorrow, see what you think. *thumbs up*
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