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Mastering the World of Plumbing and Trades: “Talking Plumbing: Part 2”

Foreword by Ian Thompson, Editor

Join us in uncovering the creative world of plumbing and trades, where craftsmanship, problem-solving, and the integration of cutting-edge technology intertwine to shape a dynamic and rewarding industry.

This video delves into the heart of the plumbing trade, highlighting the invaluable skills and experiences that drive success in this evolving field.

From the proactivity of skillful craftsmanship to the promise of financial stability and career growth, this exploration invites you to embrace the great opportunities awaiting within the realm of plumbing and trades.

I feel this is truly a job for life, that is well paid, and don’t think AI will be able to replace 🙂

Mastering the World of Plumbing and Trades: Craftsmanship, Opportunities and Challenges “Talking Plumbing: Part 2”

From Matt’s YouTube channel: Today Matt gets to the “real” plumbing work and sees the opportunity and difficulty in the trade. Eric and Matt talk more in dollar amounts of what an apprentice to master plumber might make, and how to begin in the industry.

Matt shows off his plumbing skills with the guidance of Eric and eventually they see some progress on one of Eric’s projects.

Video Transcript

Welcome to your office for the day. This is my office. It is what it looks like a lot of times. So what do we got going on this this uh big gray box I’m assuming is brand new over here? Yeah, so this is a new high efficiency hot water boiler. So this is the appliance that heats the whole house. Ah, and it actually does a little bit more than that.

So there you see this old water heater here uh-huh atmospheric vent, you know chimney up through the roof, low efficiency yeah, not a lot of output really no no. It served the the family well. I mean it’s a number of years old that’s going to go.

We’re going to put it in a more efficient stainless steel super insulated tank that is connected to the boiler and then the boiler heats the water inside of it sweet. So is this a typical job for you Eric? Is this kind of a typical workspace for you?

Yeah, it is. So I mean I don’t normally have these super crazy bright lights! Yeah the light is pretty nice in here I gotta say yeah yeah they’re here because of you but but yeah so basements uh, different place all the time that’s you know we talked about that earlier.

I like that the variety yeah but yeah older homes I love working in older homes you you work with people are really going to appreciate what you can do for them yep and uh that you get some satisfaction there. What I see here here is there’s no script or recipe that you just pull out the playbook and go all right just like I’m making that McDonald’s burger the millionth time in a row.

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When you come up and show up to a job like this you’re you’re figuring out uh with your experience maybe with some charts all right is this venting meeting code currently?

How do I make this work correctly to make sure this is a safe job, this is a job that’s not going to have a gas leak and a problem down the road and make sure that I’m going to get the heat output and also you know this is an expensive piece of equipment that could be around for multiple decades I also want my craftsmanship to look good too right? Yeah it’s always different.

You have to you have to have a a vast knowledge a lot of experience will give you that of course. I went to trade school outside of high school uh and not to discourage anybody thinking about doing this you know getting getting done with high school and thinking I don’t want to go back to school. My schooling was a couple nights a week for a few months at a time and I could get you know I was training on the knowledge I was is going to need in real life.

Go out on the job work and get paid but then go to the classroom get some of the details you need to know and I use that every single day. It was it was worth every bit of my time to go to those classes but yeah. So my job isn’t the same all the time there is no real script and I have a lot of rules to follow. I’m working with gas. I have to vent those gas appliances uh I have to remove old stuff abandon it and do that properly so people aren’t getting sick or hurt or I don’t want gas leaks like you brought up yeah Eric I got a question for you.

What do you like about this job uh I think it’s the people and solving problems honestly I think a lot of kids go to school or that are in high school or young adults and they think about uhthey’re not thinking about the things they do every day that they might find out is really cool about a job like mine taking things apart putting them back together just understanding how things work.

You know if you’re the one at your house that everybody goes to and says I can’t get this phone to work or you know this thing isn’t doing what it’s supposed to like you might have a a future in this kind of trade. There’s a lot of problem solving, a lot of mechanical stuff. I just love.

I don’t like to work on like cars. It’s not my thing. I love cars. I want to fix them but when somebody calls me and says you know like my water heat I don’t have hot water or you know yeah I’m a plumber my toilet doesn’t flush you know that’s important skills to have in life yep but you could help somebody out when they need you the most and that’s what I like most about this job for sure.

Talk to about the difference between passion and opportunity. Uh I’ve heard Mike Row talk about how it’s a disservice to our kids to tell them to follow their passions. Uh you know when you watch an Emy show this is his I’m stealing his speech here but if you watch an Emy show the actor is saying oh follow your passion. Well you know what do you know what your passion is when you’re 17 right? Uh when I was 17 I wasn’t passionate about construction.

I loved sports cars and wanted to build cars for a living but the opportunity for me as a young person was in construction and I followed that opportunity. Uh so I could get paid and earn a living and later I became passionate about building good homes, building healthy homes, figuring out how to build better and today you know 25, 30 years later I’m super passionate about it but I certainly wasn’t as a high schooler. What’s your experience with that?

Uh, it very similar actually. So I think when I started to get realize I was good at this, the repair the replacement, understanding gas and heat and all that kind of you know that scientific data that goes along with it and applying it and making it work.

When I when I knew I was good at that and people were telling me like no we’ve had other people out to do this job and nobody could solve this problem. You finally did that’s when I realized like that’s I like that and I became more and more passionate about learning more and more so I could be the best I could you know can be doing this kind of work.

I think too nobody like the whole be passionate about things or follow your dreams like give me a break. This dumb at 17, 18 years old my dream was like going on the next date with my girlfriend or driving my truck. It was not like I was not thinking one day I would love to fix you know water heaters I would be a rockar whatever exactly no.

I want yeah I wanted to ride dirt bikes or be a NHL hockey player that’s what I was passionate about when I was 18 years old and it’s okay to have dreams but you know you you learn and you work at something like this and eventually you understand like what it is you like or don’t like yeah and I’m lucky to have found that to be honest. I feel the same way. I feel the same way.

So earlier we talked about that path from apprentice to journeyman to master. Speaking of opportunity, what do the dollars look like for you know in your part where you are maybe up here in Minnesota it could be different if you’re in New York City or LA or middle of Missouri let’s say but what’s what does that look like for a 18 to 20 something year old uh who’s starting as an apprentice? Can you give me any idea what their paycheck might look like?

Our apprentices here in the Twin Cities area are making anywhere from you know $750 to $1,500 a week and that’s roughly half what you’d have once you have your license. That’s pretty damn good man. So you look at that you know even if you’re making you know a thousand bucks a week as a starting apprentice that’s exceptional yeah.

I mean that’s 20 bucks, 22 bucks an hour right easy? And and you’re being trained while you’re being paid yeah. So a lot of a lot of the kids are leaving you know they’re graduating they’re going straight to college and we need people to go to college for certain things but if that doesn’t seem like something you want to do as a young kid like think about it that way. I can I could use it.

You can come work with me and I will teach you something that you’ll keep for the rest of your entire life. That’s pretty awesome and then that’s about half maybe of what a journey make so four years later you’ve got four years of experience y uh you have let’s say a high school diploma but you haven’t spent a dime really on education because maybe in your case the um union paid for your schooling yep.

So here you are in your early 20s uh you know this is adjusted to today’s dollars but you’re making 30, 40 plus dollars an hour. Uh you could be making close to a six figure income by time you’re in your mid 20s zero debt. Uh you got a job that some days are fantastic, some days are harder absolutely. Uh but you’ve learned a ton and then in your success story which we talked about earlier.

It wasn’t even 10 years out of high school before you started awning plumbing and were already working on your own making a great living, uh buying tools and trucks and equipment and building that life and building that future with really no debt to speak of right?

Right, right, right yeah no debt. That was my path really and and not having a monthly payment to pay for school that I attended. Uh not having that in place being able to go to work get a paycheck every single week. Not have the same responsibilities as the people that I was working for.

That’s a big key too. A lot of people look at a trade, whether you’re going to change careers or you’re going to start out as a young adult. They look at a trade like ours and think well I don’t know, I don’t want to look stupid or I don’t want to have all this responsibility. It must be pretty important work you’re working on, somebody’s gas system. It is important but we’re not going to hold your feet to the Flames. 

We’re going to teach you how to do it so that in a few years, you take on that responsibility and that opens up doors for people, you know switching careers. You don’t expect, we don’t expect you to know any of this. That’s why you’re here. We’re going to teach you. Yeah now I’m going to make you speak for the whole Plumbing industry here. 

For a second, I know that’s hard but uh you know I got a buddy who owns a plumbing company, that does like 4500 new homes a year. A very very big company they’re dying for people, uh there’s a huge need in our industry. If you’re an 18-year-old watching this, do you go on to, uh, you know some job posting board or do you actually call a shop that you know that’s in your area and say hey I’m really interested in becoming an apprentice and working my way up. 

Wouldyou hire me, you know is that an opportunity? It is absolutely. All these companies are going to be looking for like, if they, if people are contacting them directly. They’re going to answer the phone yeah, there’s labor organizations out there that are organizing for whether it’s Union or non-union. 

They’re organizing apprenticeships, they’re trying to get people placed in jobs for contractors, because those contractors are administering those programs right and so there there are multiple ways get on Google. I, you know how to become a plumber or plumbers in my area. 

HVAC companies in my area, electricians, whatever it is but yeah or start just with the company. They have plenty of people out there pounding the pavement trying to hire people. Could you also call a local union and say hey I’m interested in this trade as a  career.

Would you you know, what’s the path?  do you know of any companies that Are hiring. Uh, and go the union path because you were in the union how many years? I was in the union for just about 10 years. So I started through my apprenticeship and then worked a few more years and uh before I ultimately left to start my own business.

But um, yeah, the the unions are the apprenticeship, uh boards, those organizations, the ones that are in charge of getting the apprentices to come into the program. They’re constantly on the search.

It used to be, uh, you know years ago one time a year you could apply and now it’s hey, you know go on this app, fill out your information please we need you check the box that we can contact you back, you know that kind of thing.

You know it’s it’s it’s the sign of the times. You know we’re short, there’s a huge gap in the amount of people that are leaving the trade at retirement age and the amount of people that are coming in.

Yeah, when we thought of the series Eric we, I kind of had in my mind that 14 to maybe 18 year old high school student watching this with their mom or dad. Uh, you know my kids grew up in a construction house but I didn’t. My dad was in a steel industry, uh, and and kind of showing that up them that opportunity.

But I think also some of the people watching could be veterans that maybe were in the service for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years. They’re getting out. They also may be somebody has a psychology degree, worked at the Hertz desk for uh a couple years and is a little disgruntled with it and wants to go okay look I’m,

I’m late 20s but this looks really appealing I’d love to actually have a trade where I could own my own business maybe. I start a little later. What, what advice do you have for those people maybe starting a little later? Uh, don’t be discouraged first of all.

I, I would love to to bring somebody on even in my own business and I know many people like me that would that would jump at the chance of work with somebody that’s a little more mature and has some life experience.

You know we’re not just looking for somebody that’s you know, 18, 19 years old. Sure, you know 25, 30. I had an apprentice years ago who started out when he was 43 years old. Wow, is that right?

Yeah, his name was Bruce and he was great and everybody loved him because he worked really hard and he came with a lot of experience. You know by that time in, you know, your life if you’ve been through the service or, you know, you are very valuable and marketable to People Like Us who are looking for people to come and work with with us.

Yeah, we can train alright stop talking. We got to get to work. We got to get some work done. I got to put my jobsite tough gloves on, oh man, alright Matt.

Just a little bit of 101 so in this older house as you see a lot of copper pipe that’s either used for in this case, heating. Mhm. Uh, it’s also we use it in water lines so water to a sink, to a toilet from the well. That’s normal to see in an older house. Nowadays we’re using a lot of plastic stuff. It’s lighter weight, it’s easier to work with, it’s kind of nice. But as part of the job you do have to be able to work with copper. So you’ve seen one of these before, tube cutter?

Tube cutter, there you go. So we need to cut these out, cut it up here a little bit more. There you go, perfect. Tube cutter, if I remember correctly we kind of tighten it why we do a pass or two around the pipe. Uh huh. Uh, I’m glad you didn’t measure it cuz I’m not sure that I was in the right spot. I mean I thought you had done this before.

I’ve done this at least once before. Okay, yeah keep going maybe twice. Okay, yeah. Okay make two or three passes, yeah tighten it, tighten a little more. Okay, do I tighten on every pass or every other pass? Well I mean I’d like to go home tonight. Like to see other at some point tonight. Yeah, go and have dinner at some point, okay. You’re still talking. Let’s more, more CyCy okay I got it. Okay, okay cool.

Let me see that. That was pretty fast wasn’t it? It was, but um, so at your apprentice rate you know $22 an hour I think that just cost a customer like buck and a half. Something like that. I’m not sure I stopped counting the watch took too long on the countdown, yeah.

But the, the cool thing is is as you graduate in your apprenticeship you get to use some cooler tools. So this is actually a battery powered cutting tool for copper and it’ll do half, 3/4 and 1 inch copper. Okay, the stuff we see every single day in these houses and at my master plumber rate of over $250 an hour.

Oo nice. This might only cost my customer 10 cents all right. Let’s see it. Oh my gosh, way faster. Just like that, but ultimately you know what? This just makes my job easier. It makes me faster.

Sure, but you know saves your hands and your wrists and it’s a little, little less damage on your body right? That’s pretty nice, yeah. So you’re going to just have to stick with this one. This is all I get today.


Alright, so now we’ve cut a little bit of pipe. You’re getting better at it. Oh, I’m I’m the master at cutting pipe now. Yeah, okay well so this is something I tore out. This is part of the old heating system.

This you know this is like a header on the boiler and I noticed something that may have been done by you. Didn’t know that I was here doing this plumbing job 25 years ago did you Eric? Oh my go.

I’m guessing that’s not the craftsmanship and the pride of workman we’re trying to instill here on the build show. No, no. But you know everybody has to start sometime right? Yeah, yeah. That was done on Friday at 5:00 I think. So I think so. Let’s set this aside.

I think what is appropriate now though is to talk about what we use today. Okay so we’ve been using this for a long time it’s you know newer technology.

We don’t have any flames, no chemicals, we’re not burning ourselves you know. May me mention that real quick I noticed while you were talking, speaking of flames, this is the typicalsolder joint where they have the torch that heat the joint up. There’s some flux in there and as they were torching it it looks to me like they burn the heck out of that 2×6 at the same time and again more drips of solder and everything like that, right?

Like gross, yeah we eliminate that so give me that and now we’ve got a fitting system that has a seal element inside of it. Okay, we insert it. There’s a you know a couple more steps, yeah we’re not this isn’t a tutorial, yeah. But now without the flame, no chemicals, no torch. I’m not you know going to burn the house down.

Yeah I could just use this tool. This is a press tool, it’s hydraulic, it’s battery operated. Okay, or you know powered and so then you just put that over the fitting and it squeezes down on there and makes a seal so you do it so take the tool, watch out there’s a trigger do not put your fingers near that, yeah.

Don’t put your fingers in there, okay. So it just lines up on the jaw, so you almost can’t mess it up it’s on the jaw, right there, right? Yep and then all I got to do is hit the trigger, right? Yep, okay. So that doesn’t leak now and now just, oh actually is in there pretty good.

You got to release it, yeah check that out. Isn’t that cool? That’s a lifetime fitting right there isn’t it? Yeah, first day on the job I can teach you how to do that. It’s like, how about that? Yeah, it’s pretty cool pretty awesome, cool stuff, yeah, heck yeah. No burning down the house.


Cool. Get up, do I need to hold the other pipe too or no? It ain’t going anywhere. That’s, that’s no, hold the house up. So go, or I can go get a bigger wrench. I think need a bigger wrench.

Okay, there you know it’s fun to think back to when you start Ed and how hard things were. Now you take for granted how easy they are years later. I got my rby gloves to clean them off. Work smart not harder.

Water heater, this is a sealed combustion unit.


Does it have a lighting? Water heaters or anything else in my life you have it on that’s annoying. Well we’re good now. What? Okay, so this is a mega press T and it’s going to press on the outside of that black iron pipe up there in the similar to the copper that we use but this is for gas

Yeah, yep it’s for iron pipe so it can be put on black pipe or galvanized pipe. This is specifically for gas, it’s got the yellow sealing rings inside of it. Okay those are made specially for gas.

But what we’re going to do is we’ve got this 1-in black iron pipe up there that we need to tap into this guy here, we’re going to tap into yep for the boiler. We need a 3/4 in line run over to the boiler because the larger the pipe the more capacity it has to carry gas through it.

Alright I’ve prepped a couple things for you but basically I’m just going to give you kind of the lowdown. Here’s how we do it in the field. There is a length of pipe you’re supposed to to uh either memorize or reference a chart for to to mark out, cut out of the pipe in place for this fitting.

What we typically do is instead of climbing on a ladder, I’ll show you, I’ll just we hold it up and we mark the pipe where the ends of these little hubs are and when we cut, wood carpenters make a v notch to show the bottom of the v is pl. Do that no, plumbers just take a nice pen, yeah plumbers just take a nice pen which I have here. So this is a paint marker.

Oh so it marks nicely on the black iron. Yeah because you know draw with pencil in a dark basement you’re never going to see it, see it. So I’m just going to hold it up and I would if I were cutting this line I’m going to cut it there and right there, gotcha.

Now I’ll cut and remove that pipe which you’re going to do up here. We have to turn the gas off, we’ve made some you know we pulled out the one line out of our way we need to make room for the boiler in the system. If you forgot to turn the gas off and were sawing through that line what would happen?

Nothing, nothing like the movies. No, no like booom and the basement blows up! Yeah and and like I walk away and the flame of ball ball of flame is behind me. No, no. Okay we just have a gas leak we don’t want to deal with that. Gotcha so we’re going to, in the reason why we’re doing, I didn’t cover that I think.

I think one of the reasons why I love my job is not just knowing how but why, yep. Right so we’re going to use this fitting because if we don’t, what we have to do is we have to disassemble a whole bunch of piping that’s still in use and when I say disassemble, like pull it all apart, okay.

Then we’re going to get the pipe threader and we’re going to get a tray of nipples which is a really cool term for funny word, is it funny word? Funny plumbing, we plumbers have a lot of funny words and then then in order to to put this gas in we’re going to have to get the nipple. Yep, yep no.

Instead of doing all that long process we have better technology now. We’re going to use the same uh press tool we use for the copper, it just has a different jaw on it and I suspect this fitting is more expensive than just a regular black iron fitting. But the time savings of using this, two cuts, pop it in, press it, compared to like disassembling all this is totally worth the money, right?

For a vent, yeah. So there’s there are some specialty tools, there’s no doubt but but there are, you know a threader isn’t is also specialty and expensive. Uh much harder to carry around than my compact one-handed press tool. Uh so a lot, a lot faster, the materials are more but what we save in labor is just you can’t even compare.

Yeah I mean at $250 an hour for a master plumber, uh I’m coming you save if you save 15 or 20 minutes that’s a big deal but it sounds like that could be more like a 30 or 45 minute job.

Uh often times we, yeah often times you could run a gas line 10, 20 feet in a basement easily just for a single appliance and that might take you a couple hours.

Yeah depending on the obstacles you have to go around the machinery you have to use. That time savings is big money! Yeah this is less than half the time. Yep, so we’re going to do that. Uh and I’m confident you’re going to do a good job. No I, I know you can, it’s a great system. I’ve got the right tools and I’ll watch so let’s get started. Let’s get some, yep ladder. We need to turn the gas off.

Sweet, okay gas is off boss. Alright you got your gloves? Yeah I sure do. The fitting, pay attention you’re holding it. Uh, not where do you want that t end up? I go toward the wall, okay toward the wall right there, right there.

Okay um, mark your hubs, don’t move the you know don’t move it in between so so I’m coming right in this, right in here. Oops it can be about an eighth inch or so either side of the end of the you know what I mean, yep. Okay think I got that right.

That paint marker is kind of sweet yeah these things no doubt. Okay so now you’ll use this reip, any special tip to get, we need to be as square as possible, right? Let’s real quick shut off these two valves, okay, okay and now we’re off over there.

So yeah just be square, tight you know so it’s not hopping around, okay ten and it is very. So one thing you’ll notice this is cool, you might not have used one of these. The harder you push the more the blade speeds up it’s like automatic really, it’s really weird to use the first time. Also be careful this might be hot, yeah ten four.

Alright Hilty, should I cut the first one or the back one, does it matter? Uh cut the one toward me first. It actually does matter I’m glad you ask because the [Applause]. Otherwise I was worried I was going to hit that copper. You’re doing good, you’re doing good! Oh I caught it, nice catch!

Alright that one looks good I actually think I cut it square. My robe sign’s coming off that going to be a problem? I really hope I make it into the day with my Roy logo on still. Okay we’re good there. Man that looks good, you done this before? If there’s anything I wish I had for tools is a third hand, I’m not kidding you.

And now, so why we mark that depth is because if you were up in the air and you’re trying to hold that with your third hand and then you know and you’re putting the tool on it, if it pulled out just a little bit it would be okay but if we saw that it pulled out a half an inch cuz we know that that’s how far it’s supposed to be in, it wouldn’t uh we would want to redo it, we’d have to tear everything apart.

So and we want that shut off valve facing us or facing away. I’d like it to face toward the boiler, toward or toward, I mean toward the room so in line with it like that, in line that, that would be great. So that’s our press location and so we’re on and you’re just going to position it.

Yeah this is hard to do one handed isn’t it? Yeah or with one pair of hands so you can do that. Okay so now just hold it together, press the button, no no wait! That’s what that’s what journeymen are supposed to do! Oh no no wait wait wait wait, oh shoot!

Okay so now you, now you don’t have to do that up in the air that’s just kind of efficiency, right? That’s smart, it just makes it easier.

Now what you’re going to do is you’ve got a little bit of movement in both directions you’re going to get this up there, you’re going to hold it tight on one side, mark it, hold it tight on the other, mark it, then you’re just going to hold it all together and you’re going to start pressing just one, yeah you just go one at a time. That make sense? Yeah that makes sense.

Oh gosh, so there is a, do we need to unstrap it? Hold on yeah this is going to have to come. Okay hold on, yeah let’s uh, don’t go any further because I don’t want to damage the fittings or anything. This needs to come off. Perfect, this goes back to our conversation earlier about you know there’s no like playbook or yeah that’s for sure. You’re just dealing with what you’ve got, you just got to figure out what you got.

This is exactly what that, that’s a that’s this right here. Oh there we go and this will come down it’s just the tip, yep. Okay I got it. Oh you should left it on there that’s the fitting on. Well I mean it’s got to stay on. Oh I got you, yeah I should I could have pressed that one first huh?

No don’t press it. So now pull down on the one toward the wall, now push this together, there you go. Now you’re together. Now plum it up, uh a little bit so actually you’re so perfectly straight, you’re good, you’re good dude.

The hard part is how do you push this together and do the press of the same time? Well I’m just going to push it together like this cuz I’m your helper right now, okay? Got so it’s not going to go anywhere, push a little more, you’re good! Wow I’ve never done a mega press. That thing’s a beast! Okay now make sure you’re pressed in, holy cow wow that’s awesome!

Press in on the other side just make sure it doesn’t look like it moved, no it didn’t move it’s right on. Okay so now this, so this spins first of all so you can spin so if you need to but it looks like you’re going to have to be from the bottom this time, go straight up and don’t hit that trigger before you’re ready, you know what I’m saying, yep? Cuz once you start there’s a little there’s very little to stop it.

Make sure your tool is like perpendicular to the fitting, why? You know what I’m saying? Yeah I think that’s correct isn’t it? It looks good from here but you got to be the one that says so. Do you need a light? This doesn’t have a light on it. Well it, you think it would but it broke years ago so yeah, yeah. I think that’s right.

Wow that’s really cool! It actually that is a beast, it is really cool. That is so much easier, no wrenching it all together and no and no pipe dope or Teflon tape or any of that kind of stuff.

No I mean we used a marker and a saw, there’s your marker back. Not bad huh? Do you want to go and put this back? Like to put that? I’d like you to put that hanger, uh I’m more concerned about the one that was back here actually. Okay going do that one first. Now is this one okay?


Screws and we have the sniffer, time to sniff, time to sniff. Not you want to try it, see if you see a leak? So gas is lighter than air and that’s why you’re gas is, yeah propane is not, propane will stop or drop to the floor, that’s why it’s a little more dangerous. Actually have some good vole here. Oh yeah, Matt checking for a leak on the press.

There’s no leaks here dude! Are you kidding me? I’m an old pro, I’ve done it three times, three presses, three times, there’s your three. Isn’t that awesome though? Like really, that’s way cool technology.

Alright dude and pretty foolproof, an apprentice on day one was able to do it and not have a leak. Yeah now the master was looking over the shoulder but still, I told you you’d be able to do it. Yeah that’s pretty awesome.

So you know today was simple day, we just went over some basic stuff and we didn’t get real dirty or anything like that. But to be honest with you yesterday I was here for over 12 hours. I prepped everything, I got it ready so we could do some cool stuff and just talk about what I do on the job. It’s not always like today, you know yesterday long day, sweaty.

I haul a 400 lb boiler out here with you know I had to have somebody come in and help me, yeah and I think there’s like 15 steps out of this basement so it’s you know not everything goes as planned no matter how much you plan, it’s not always you know what is it they say roses you know what I mean? Well they call it work for a reason right?

It’s actually work you’re going to get sweaty and some days you’re going to be straightforward and easy, uh you’re going to have a smile on your face and other days you’re going to leave the job frustrated, right?

I mean that no matter what you do for a living, uh not just being a plumber. Yeah absolutely and we could talk more about that someday. I look forward to it, I’d like to share with everybody you know the goods and the bad. Hey a good day brother, what do you think? Should we pack up? Let’s do it, head to the car, see you back there, let’s go.

Next up I want to say a big thanks to our sponsors and show you what they’ve been doing to encourage young people to join us in the trades. I want to thank our friends at front door for sponsoring this talking trades series. If you’re not familiar with front door they are reimagining how homeowners maintain and repair their most valuable asset, their home.

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Now as the largest provider of home service plans in the nation and a network of approximately 16,000 independent contractors, front door is spreading the word and advocating to bring new talent into the pipeline by creating opportunities for young people as plumbers, electricians and other highly skilled professions.

Front door has also been sponsoring organizations committed to the advancement of the skilled trades like SkillsUSA and Proud to be Pro. I’ve been to their events, those are amazing organizations and huge thanks to front door for their partnership in this talking trade series.

I want to say a huge thanks to my friends at Sashco for sponsoring this talking trade series. First off, if you’re not familiar with them, Sashco makes a huge line of premium caulks and sealants that I use every day on my high performance builds. They’re a family-owned company that makes their products in Colorado but they also have been a massive supporter of trade school education.

Now if you are a trade school teacher watching this video I want to tell you about their class pack program which was designed for you to use in your classroom to educate students about sealant technology and application. Now I’ve been through a version of this program and it was really fun and educational. You can enhance your curriculum with their expert resources, learn more at That’s support!

Now if you aren’t a teacher you can still make a difference in this battle to bolster our trade base. Take the Sashco challenge, volunteer at a local trade school in your town, capture the moment, share it on social media and tag Sashco and your reward will be a free case of Lexel as a token of their appreciation for supporting trades education. Thanks again Sashco for sponsoring these videos.

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