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Hello all, I have been training (working through course books mainly) for several months now and there's a hell of a lot to take in. I'm really enjoying learning about plumbing and thought a good way to get started in the community here would be to ask a good question, so

What's the best advice you've had or something you really wish you knew before you started plumbing?

Looking for general advice and info, Thanks all

BM
 

SJB060685

Plumber
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The only advice I can really give is study study study and never, ever become complacent. I started my apprenticeship at 19, I'm 36 now and there is still so much to learn. Although I did undertake and complete my plumbing and heating apprenticeship I was only ever an oil burner technician. I'm more than comfortable sat in front of oil burners but have spent lots of my spare time reading up on and watching videos of areas of heating that is vital to know, so I believe, to have a good understanding and as times change and technology developes the need to constantly learn will always be there.
Another thing I might add is lots of youngsters (I don't know your age, nor is it any of my business) are more concerned about living the weekends, getting drunk etc and not focusing on the main goal. In my spare time I would read books, or strip different burners down to familiarise myself further. People would call me boring, or a geek etc etc etc blah blah blah but ultimately I am far more knowledgeable than these people and the potential is high. Mechanical and electrical engineering is not for everyone, not everyone can wrap their heads around it and even those that do constantly have to keep learning.
 
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The only advice I can really give is study study study and never, ever become complacent. I started my apprenticeship at 19, I'm 36 now and there is still so much to learn. Although I did undertake and complete my plumbing and heating apprenticeship I was only ever an oil burner technician. I'm more than comfortable sat in front of oil burners but have spent lots of my spare time reading up on and watching videos of areas of heating that is vital to know, so I believe, to have a good understanding and as times change and technology developes the need to constantly learn will always be there.
Another thing I might add is lots of youngsters (I don't know your age, nor is it any of my business) are more concerned about living the weekends, getting drunk etc and not focusing on the main goal. In my spare time I would read books, or strip different burners down to familiarise myself further. People would call me boring, or a geek etc etc etc blah blah blah but ultimately I am far more knowledgeable than these people and the potential is high. Mechanical and electrical engineering is not for everyone, not everyone can wrap their heads around it and even those that do constantly have to keep learning.
Thank you for the advice, I am a little late to the party newly retraining and my partying days are behind me thankfully. I love to tinker with bits which is what prompted this in the first place and will be kitting out my garage for messing about with materials and parts. This is really honest and good advice for me thank you
 

Knappers

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Gas Engineer
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Copper pipe comes in 12mm & 18mm too.
You need ALL the model details for Vaillant parts.
Blowtorch burns happen fast and feel like running your hand under a tap🤷‍♂️.
Never test heating prv without a spare.
Don't work live without your toolbox in arms reach.
'mates rates' don't please anyone.
Charge by the hour not the result.
Pack something in your bleed key so it's not as deep as the screw 👍
(Oh and don't listen to a word a customer tells you!)
 
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Copper pipe comes in 12mm & 18mm too.
You need ALL the model details for Vaillant parts.
Blowtorch burns happen fast and feel like running your hand under a tap🤷‍♂️.
Never test heating prv without a spare.
Don't work live without your toolbox in arms reach.
'mates rates' don't please anyone.
Charge by the hour not the result.
Pack something in your bleed key so it's not as deep as the screw 👍
(Oh and don't listen to a word a customer tells you!)
That's a lot of good advice, thank you

I will defiantly keep those in mind, especially keeping tools within reach, had that problem before :/

Loving that the "don't believe a word a customer tells you" keeps popping up as well
 

king of pipes

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Plumber
Gas Engineer
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Look after your back as well once its damaged that you finished , work clean and tidy , be polite and friendly it costs nothing but keep it professional hey 😉, the customer is not always right but just let him think he is . Kop
 
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Every bit of advice here is unbelievably accurate! I like the caveat of letting customers think they're right-too true! and with the rad key I file mine down as well as stuff something, gets those old old rads bled.

My extra piece of advice would be NEVER RUSH.
 

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