Posted August 21, 2012 - 05:06 AM
- twostep said thank you
Posted August 21, 2012 - 05:31 AM
And for my work advice: Show Up. A lot of guys don't, and a lot more show up physically but not mentally. Be there, thinking and ready to work, every day and you'll do well.
Posted August 21, 2012 - 06:03 AM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 06:37 AM
Lots of good advice here already. Have fun and good luck!
Posted August 21, 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 01:21 PM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 06:24 PM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 06:42 PM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 09:12 PM
Simple mathematical errors cost money in the industry. Heck, it can cost you a job if you're doing the bidding. But little things to start off with. Figuring grade. Calculating yardage. Very important stuff these days, with concrete over $120 a yard.
Oh, don't fall for 'the tape measure is broken, they left off two inches!' trick. Elevations are measured in hundredths of a foot, not inches.
Posted August 25, 2012 - 08:34 PM
The rest of the day was not bad, we got to the job at about 8:15 and I just got home. But, Harry knows the homeowners and they made us lunch, and they ordered food, and the four of us working stayed for dinner. Harry is going to pay me for the entire 15 hours I was not home. But, take away all the time standing around, horsing around, watching, waiting, dinner, a few short breaks, it was only about 10-12 hours of working.
Unfortunately, I did not get much seat time, other then moving the mini, and the dozer around a few times. I know Harry wanted to get me in it, but we planned to get it all leveled off and raked out, then also seed and hay it. But the backyard took longer then expected. We have 5-6 yard pile in the front that needs to be leveled and another 5 yards to put down in another section of the back yard.Then seed and hay it. During the week Harry has to put in a catch basin and run about 50 feet of pipe through the neighbors driveway and yard to their catch basin. Not sure if I will be there for that or not.
Posted August 25, 2012 - 08:53 PM
Great to hear you are working at something you enjoy doing which will make the day go faster.
One word of advice though don't try to learn too fast, take the time to learn each and every step of the job you are being trained on so when you have to do it on your own you get it right the first time. Nothing worse than holding up a job because you or someone else has to correct your mistakes.
Well just one more tid-bit, if you get to use the company's equipment on your personal jobs use it with extreme caution and care for it well since if you break it and the piece isn't ready for use on company projects when it is needed it will make you look like the culprit.
- caseguy said thank you
Posted August 26, 2012 - 07:20 AM
Posted August 26, 2012 - 10:32 AM
Good advice has been flowing well here. Especially about focusing on math.
I hope you make plenty of money and work hard and advance.
Posted August 26, 2012 - 08:57 PM
Edited by Ryan313, August 26, 2012 - 08:58 PM.