joined:Aug 12, 2004
because construction pays really well which is why people work those hard jobs when they can get them
I made a pile
of money in construction.
Late 70's and early 80's in North Texas. You could smell sawdust a mile down the road. They were building houses that fast. Oil was pumping and when oil pumps in Texas, as opposed to wells being capped off, houses get built.
To keep this on track I was a boss too. This is a thread about bosses.
Just to illustrate. There's a little restaurant/bar in Lewisville, Texas called the "OK Corral." When we worked in Farmers Branch we'd go eat there often. For lunch. I had 3 crews then. 15 guys.
Builders, general contractors, were so desperate for hands they'd come in the bar at lunch time and make a public announcement, "Okay I need 5 guys, can anyone in here roof? It's 3-tab shingles and I'll pay you every day if you want it that way."
Waitresses are freaking out. I'm laughing. My guys won't get on a roof so I'm not worried. That's how wide open it was though. There was money to be made. You had to put your tool bags on though wheel. Couldn't do it from an office.
And there's nothing wrong with blue collar. Blue collar built
this country. While you're sitting in an office, we're putting up a house for you to live in.
I was a boss. I'm still a boss. Guys played pranks on me. It was harmless stuff though. As bosses go I was a pretty good one though. I bailed guys out of jail at 3:00 in the morning. I'd let them sleep on my couch if their woman had thrown them out. I knew each of them and I knew their stories too. I'd buy their kids birthday presents. Ask your corporate execs if they'll do that wheel. I'm not patting myself on the back either. That's just how we did it. Pay well, treat your workers well and go the extra mile for them.
That's how the boss keeps
from getting screwed.