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Dirty Work And Great Pay For Plumbers

Author : Mark Preston

The plumber is the tradesperson responsible for the installation and maintenance of water systems, mostly for drinking, and also deals with drainage and sewage. It is a trade which pays well, work is always plentiful and good for the person who doesn't mind getting a little dirty at times.

The skills the plumber will need will apply to various aspects of water systems: they will have to be able to read drawings that determine the physical layouts of water systems, their supply and waste components; they will be involved in the installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems in commercial, domestic and industrial settings, as well as specific transports such as airplanes, ships and offshore temporary manufacturing and processing locations; they will have to locate and mark locations for pipe connections and holes for passage and fixtures in walls and ceilings and vents; they will have to be familiar with and able to use a variety of hand tools for the work; pressure and temperature gauges will have to be read and leakages prevented and repaired; and they must conform to all safety standards.

Plumbing is a common and somewhat lucrative trade. Wages are almost always paid on an hourly level, meaning every extra hour worked is paid for. The premiums added to overtime work and weekend and holiday work are also quite high and standard. It is also a business where many of the trades people are self-employed, running their own business and thus working as much as they please and making as much as they possibly can.

The steps to become a plumber are like many trades, involving schooling and apprenticeship, with a heavy emphasis on apprenticeship. There are certainly drawbacks to the work, it tends to be dirty and the plumber sees some of the most disgusting and obvious elements of all waste. This part of the job and a strong stomach is developed.

The plumber can be self-employed, working across the commercial and private and public sector in a variety of capacities. They can also be employed as part of a company distributing plumbers to where they are needed. Quite often plumbers also work in a specific capacity in the public sector; examples are for school boards, medical establishments, public buildings such as libraries and cultural centers. They can be employed by municipalities to work on larger elements of infrastructure, such as underground work and sewer work.

The plumber sees little threat to their job security as this a part of home, commercial and public maintenance which is not optional. People can choose not to paint their homes, or buy custom furniture, but if their toilet isn't flushing, there is no other option but to call a professional.

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