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Link Posted: 10/31/2007 11:17:42 PM EST
Custom Woodworker - Specializing in built-in bookshelves, desks/computer centers, entertainment centers, all bath and kitchen.  Stand alone pieces as well.

Love what I do, won't go back to "the man" if I can help it.
Link Posted: 11/1/2007 1:52:27 PM EST
L & I Master Electrician.
MSHA certified mine electrician for 27 years
Control and Electrical Technician in a coal fired generating plant since last March.
Jack of all trades.
Link Posted: 11/1/2007 2:26:24 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/3/2007 8:25:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By swingset:
I'm a commercial printer, and graphic artist by trade.

Not the most widely needed skillset on the planet, but if you're wanting to get things printed, design things, advertise, illustrate or any of the things that fall into that I'm pretty handy with all of the phases of the commercial art and printing world.

That, and porn. I know a shit ton about porn.

A fellow ink slinger, I thought I was alone. I'm currently the foreman at a small local Newspaper. I have done mostly commercial work during my career and actually prefer that to to running bird cage liner. I mostly fix the press I run now, as it is a little older than I am and was never really taken care of. Oh, and I too know the porn.
Link Posted: 11/12/2007 1:38:44 PM EST
im a Welder/fabricator for a military contractor, also do alot of blacksmithing. i know about heat treating metal, manual machining, welding, cutting and bending, and other metal working stuff.
Link Posted: 11/16/2007 10:39:00 AM EST
Carpenter (by trade), 4 yrs in the Navy as BU (builder) .. SeaBee's.  EAOS was 1981.  Been working in the trades ever since.

Now am a Construction Manager for a large General Contractor in Utah.  We only do commercial project management.  I normally build hotels, hosptials and schools.  I live fulltime in a 5th wheel RV and travel all over the U.S. working.

I'm the prick in the job trailer that nobody likes and everyone runs from when I walk into the building.    
Link Posted: 11/22/2007 11:04:05 PM EST
I do commercial and residential floor care equipment. Sales and service. Everything from your vacuum/centralvac to large automatic scrubbers. I also sell cleaning chemicals and floor finishes. I've been doing it for ~10 years.
Link Posted: 11/24/2007 7:01:59 PM EST
Auto Technician for 15 years, was a trans tech at a DCX dealer for 3 years, now at an independent general repair shop just outside Detroit

ASE Master certified, I specialize in electrical diagnosis and repair
Link Posted: 11/24/2007 8:08:33 PM EST
Welder/Fabricator. Have my own one man shop. Have the typical equipment; shear, plasma, several welders, TIG and MIG. Small mill, pattern torch. Just bought a 160T press brake. Can thread pipe from 1/8" up to 6" sch 40, etc., etc.

Located in a very small town in rural Kansas.

Mostly build equipment for the environmental industry, dust filters, vent filters, and pneumatic conveying equipment, for the ag and food industry and other industrial applications, in mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Have been doing some component work for the ethanol plants being built around the Midwest.

Current project is 2 polished stainless steel storage bins for a semi-local food ingredient company.

Been doing this for 34 years now, but just the last 15 on my own.
Link Posted: 11/25/2007 9:55:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/25/2007 7:37:52 PM EST
I have been a diesel mechanic since 1999. I work for International Trucks. I am ASE Master Certified and International Diamond Certified.
Link Posted: 11/25/2007 8:03:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/26/2007 3:14:38 PM EST by ZW17]
Please take it to IM, trying to keep this thread on track

Link Posted: 11/26/2007 10:07:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/26/2007 3:15:13 PM EST by ZW17]
See above.

Link Posted: 11/27/2007 9:55:26 PM EST
I'm a motorcycle mechanic for KTM Sportmotorcycles.  I travel around the country for KTM's Ride_Experience Demo ride program and maintain the dirtbikes, ATVs, and streetbikes when they need it.

I'm a certified motorcycle mechanic via Powersports Institute in Cleveland, OH (graduated Valedictorian with the following awards: Top Tech, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Citizenship), and have certifications in Yamaha and Arctic Cat, but have went through manufactures training for Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda (HDS testing), HD, and Polaris/Victory.

I also have background in Automotive Service Technology and a little background in Heavy Equipment Repair.  I completed an Automotive Service Technology Vocational Tech Program during high school, but had 6 previous years of working in a shop while growing up.

Link Posted: 12/1/2007 11:40:48 AM EST
Auto tech/shop owner/licensed dealer/marine and equipment repair. Almost have been doing this crap for 23yrs. Have seen it all, twice
Link Posted: 12/8/2007 10:58:40 PM EST
ASE tech, been through Honda-Acura and Toyota-Lexus. That's all in the past, I'm tired of turning wrenches for a living.
Link Posted: 12/19/2007 9:48:11 AM EST
Senior Estimator for an industrial electrical contractor specializing in wastewater treatment plants.
Link Posted: 12/21/2007 10:13:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/23/2007 9:08:54 PM EST by ga41]
Import auto repair and parts sales, specialize in BMW(esp older ones) in repairs, sell parts for all via the net mainly

forgot the most interesting part, assist the wife in her exotic bird business ;)
Link Posted: 12/23/2007 6:04:26 PM EST
I own a Hvac service and install company on the eastern shore of mryland and delaware. Mainly do resdential. Well rounded installed or worked on many different systems from geo thermal to radiant floor. Former employer liked to be "cutting edge".
Link Posted: 1/7/2008 8:31:50 PM EST
construction equipment mechanic, pretty good at it, know just about everything about JCB equipment.  experience w/other brands as well.
Link Posted: 1/19/2008 12:22:49 PM EST
Project Superintendent for a Commercial General Contractor

We do most any ground up commercial projects in the $1m - $50m range: schools, hospitals, shopping centers, office buildings, airport, industrial and major renovations or additions.
I make sure all the pieces go together in order on time and budget from digging the first hole in the ground to shutting off the lights and handing over the keys.
If you have any questions about construction I will be glad to try to answer it.
Link Posted: 1/28/2008 7:10:32 PM EST
I work for a large east coast property management company, a service manager for apartment buildings. I have 14 years experience in this field, I have done several complete rehabs from floor to cieling.
Fluent in hvac, electrical,plumbing,appliances,flooring,cabin­ets,ect and master of none.
Link Posted: 1/28/2008 7:47:55 PM EST
i'm a door guy.  anything from the door on your garage to airport hangars.  Sectional, rolling steel, hi-speeds, rolling motorized gates, all the way down to pass doors.  Deal with automatic doors also (ie... the sliders or swingers that open on the way into the supermarket).

feel free to IM or email me.
Link Posted: 1/29/2008 8:05:15 PM EST
Commercial/Industrial electrician
Link Posted: 2/6/2008 5:59:36 PM EST
I own A-1 Marine and diesel service. I have been in the business for around 20 years. I specialize mainly in the service, repair, maintanence and repower of vessels over 45' and powered with diesel power systems. I am located on the east coast and am mainly mobile south to Lauderdale and north to NJ. I have an inhouse repair facility and sell and service Cummins Marine, Volvo Penta, Yanmar, Cat, Lehman, Perking etc. I also repair many other systems including gen sets, water systems, fuel systems, batter and electrical systems. In the area of Morehead City NC. Or Beaufort NC. Look me up and well take off and go to the range and get someone else to do the repair. Just Kidding.
Thanks guys. A-1 Marine Morehead City NC. 28557 252-723-1468

BTW Im looking for a 1-71 Detroit engine in any configuration. Tamp, gen set, trash pump, etc. Please let me know what you have. [email protected]


Link Posted: 2/19/2008 11:10:26 AM EST
CNC machinist. Twelve years experience.

I have been making prototype parts for all twelve years, with foundry patterns and injection molds thrown in to keep it interesting. Five years ago I purchased a machining center and went to work for myself.
Link Posted: 2/23/2008 7:36:12 PM EST
little bit of all i guess a few years doing resi/commercial electric, 6 years splicing cable and 5 years and counting doing radiant heating
Link Posted: 3/5/2008 5:38:47 PM EST
just getting in to automotive repair

i am in UTI right now taking advanced volvo training i will be out in the field in august
Link Posted: 3/15/2008 7:27:34 PM EST
Ironworkers Local 383
Link Posted: 4/1/2008 8:07:05 AM EST
I'm a network engineer by trade.  I doubt my services will be of much use, but I've run lots and lots of cable in my day and can certainly help with any DIY home networking projects.

A future project I've got coming up is running Cat5 to every room in my new (to me) house.  I'll definitely start a thread on that one in case anyone else has any such plans in the future.  I'm looking at 21 new outlets with 6 jacks each and approximately 4,000 feet of Cat5.

Once the wiring and termination is done, I might also post my "how-to" guide on installing and configuring an enterprise-class wireless access point in a house, and how to install a network rack or cabinet (haven't decided yet) and install network equipment into it.

Link Posted: 4/6/2008 8:39:08 AM EST
I'm a robotic programmer I program ABB, and Panasonic welding robots for John Deere I have 30 years of welding experience the last 9 years have been with robotics some twin wire applications.
Link Posted: 4/6/2008 8:52:04 AM EST
I sell myself to the phone company on a daily basis.

Journeyman repairman/splicer. From grandma's fone jack to fiber splicing and currently working with loop carrier systems.
Link Posted: 4/6/2008 9:25:10 AM EST
I own a landscape company here in Ohio.
We do paver brick patio's/walks, Irrigation & landscape.
In the winter time its all snow removal and this year was outstanding!!!!!
Link Posted: 4/7/2008 10:45:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By ZW17:
So... What do you do in the trades? Welder, plumber, carpenter, electrician, HVAC, auto repair??? Who are you and tell us your story.

I am trying yo get a list together so other ARFCOMers can see who to turn to with questions on home/auto/business repair. If you are not willing to lend a hand maybe you should think about not posting.

As for me....

I am a commercial HVAC service tech for a large company in Columbus Ohio. My strengths are boilers and oil heating, I also deal in all aspects of residential and commercial heating and cooling. I have been in the HVAC trade for 11 years this summer and have a pretty well rounded experience dealing with everything from 1 1/2 ton split A/C systems to 120ton chillers. I have access to any and all info that I don't know off the top of my head by means of tech support for all major brands of HVAC equipment.

If you have any questions please feel free to IM me.

So how about the rest of you wrenchers?

Sprinklers (Fire Protection 20 years), currently a network admin and programmer.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 6:50:33 PM EST
Commercial construction estimator and project manager.

If you wanna build it, I can give you good ballpark guesstimates (commercial that is).

The price of steel will very likely increase by over 40% by the third quarter and construction is already ridiculously slow....
Link Posted: 4/24/2008 10:28:40 PM EST
Emergency Room Physician...last year of residency!
Link Posted: 4/24/2008 10:37:29 PM EST
GM Certified Master Technician..... Been at a chevy dealer for the past 12 years...
Bumper to bumper but don't do alot of trans work
Link Posted: 5/8/2008 1:08:46 PM EST
Well Driller, Electrician, Plumber, Water Treatment, Pump installer- Licenced in all!!!
Link Posted: 5/8/2008 1:09:28 PM EST
Well Driller, Electrician, Plumber, Water Treatment, Pump installer- Licenced in all!!!
Link Posted: 5/15/2008 11:50:02 AM EST
commercial/industrial electrician - prefer powerhouses, but don't travel (as of yet)
Link Posted: 5/16/2008 12:53:31 PM EST
Alarms, cameras, etc.
Link Posted: 5/26/2008 3:03:41 PM EST
Soon to be a 5th year apprentice at Local 440, Plumber/Steamfitters!
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 10:16:40 PM EST
Locomotive painter.
Link Posted: 5/29/2008 2:27:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/29/2008 2:36:58 PM EST by Hueto]
Commercial Roofing. We specialize in modified built-up, single-ply, standing seam roofs, rigid insulation, dampproofing as well as sheet metal fabrication and architectural panels. The majority of our work comprises mostly of schools, government offices and large retail centers.

We just got a Knudson rollformer, so we're going to start to bid more metal roofs. As soon as we figure out how to use it...
Link Posted: 5/29/2008 9:50:27 PM EST
Electrician here

In college for electrical engineering and currently a sales rep at an electrical supply house.

Also an amateur in blacksmithing leather working if that is a help to anyone.
Link Posted: 6/2/2008 2:45:34 AM EST
small engine mechanic.  No money in it, looking for something else.
Link Posted: 6/24/2008 5:10:09 PM EST
Commercial / Finish Carpenter  

I primarily travel doing retail trim/finish
Link Posted: 7/2/2008 9:53:59 AM EST
I have a small Handyman Srvc Co .Tuscaloosa/Northport Alabama.I was a FramingTrim Contractor until the new const went south and the Gen.Cont put the squeeze on us. Couldn't Wouldn't work for less.So any fellow Arfers  have questions about home or construction issues I can and will help.I'm a master carpenter I guess with a good knowledge of all things house related.
Link Posted: 7/30/2008 7:56:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2008 8:00:47 PM EST by dpfaff]
I'm not officially in the trades yet, but I'm going to school to be a machinist/welder.  Took 2 years of Machine Shop in high school, and I'm in my 3rd year of college at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis (not going for a degree.  Just taking machining and welding classes).  I also took a year of welding, and 4 years of Shop class.  I'm a pretty good machinist, and I can do just about any type of welding, short of TIG, which I'll be learning this semester.
Link Posted: 8/5/2008 12:47:21 PM EST
Master Electrician... 27 years in the trade....  everything from residential to commercial/ industrial.  Done schools, motels, bio-genetic research labs, health care, hangers, fuel farms to dairy farms.

Now running a maintenance shop covering electrical, plumbing, steam, and HVAC.
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