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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #21
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I do construction, currently building a 4200 sq ft house 12 feet from a lake. I love working outside but it is killing me watching all the people enjoying the lake all day when all I can do is stare. This summer has sucked, we don't have running water at the site, there have been multiple days where I would drink a 24 pack of water by myself. I have been working a lot of 12-15 hour days lately too. The previous 2 years me and 2 other guys did over 50 roofs along with other jobs, after that this heat doesn't seem to bother me as much.
I will say I would still choose this 90% of the time over an office, plus I sleep better then ever after these long hot days.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 08:02 AM   #22
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besides the last 7 years at my current job, I've always had an "outside" job and worked no matter what the weather was. i miss it.
i don't like going to the same shop working the same job every single friggin day, it sucks. but, the older i get the nicer it is to work inside in the winter.
either way, i'm thankful for the job i have as it supports my family, my toy habit and has some good benefits that many of the construction/excavation and similar jobs do not offer.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #23
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I would only want to work outside when the temps are between 55 & 72. Otherwise it's either too cold or too hot. And then, I would only want to work outside when it is overcast. Otherwise, I'm either getting wet or sunburned. How many days out of the year fit that catagory? Not enough to survive on.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #24
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I like my climate controlled comfortable setting very much.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 08:45 AM   #25
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Working outside and being hungover sucks...that's all I have to add.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #26
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Working outside and being hungover sucks...that's all I have to add.
being hungover sucks even if it's laying on the couch doing nothing but bitching about how hungover you are.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #27
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i've done a little bit of both, i'd perfer to work indoors in a climate controlled building where i can move all day. working indoors in a warehouse plane 'ole sucks.

right now i'm working at an autozone and that seems to keep me entertained. I really like the minute and a half drive to work. I was on E at the beginning of the week, i put $5 in and i've still got gas.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 12:17 PM   #28
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Kinda work outside and inside at the same time. I still have the option of AC and heat when i want. No boss looming over me and different scenery every day !

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And now iam with this..
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Old August 8th, 2012, 12:26 PM   #29
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i currently do both inside and out, right now im in the office answering phones, which is great cause i get to bother everyone on here, but there are times when i would be welding inside the shop with the heat pouring in and out, wearing a leather welding jacket. then you get a job sandblasting massive screws that have epoxy paint soaked into the pores of the metal, takes about 3 hours to get the paint off, and ill be the first to tell you that sandblasting in heat/rain/snow, FUKCIN sucks!

also i do the grounds keeping for the 5 shops we have, and that sucks too. only time its nice is when we have to plow, thats a gravy job.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 03:19 PM   #30
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I've done 1/2 dozen roofs, a couple decks and some outside painting so far this summer. I've got a big fence, a lake cottage, more decks, and a couple pole barns lined up, a brick patio and another roof, along w/ a bathroom and a basement remodel. I LOVE the time I spend outside. Working inside occasionally only makes me love the outdoors more. I'll take the temp. extremes any day over the monotony of an office.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 06:39 PM   #31
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I'm a heavey equipment mechanic & I work out of a service truck. I can work 12 hrs. a day on jobsites but have a hard time doing 8hrs. in our shop.
I agree I work outside driving a lumber truck. Some days they say we are slow and I put in 10hrs and some that they are "busy" I get 8hrs LOL. But even with the weather I prefer outside over in.,...
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Old August 9th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #32
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Golf and ski resort . Also Off road park and zip line . Out side all the time. Many duties so no same old thing all the time. Get to meet any people and share stories, GREAT place too work
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I refuel airplanes, it is somewhat physical (lifting, dragging, climbing etc.) Back in Windsor I would be outside almost all day, in ALL weather. (shitty part) Up here in Kitchener I'm outside almost just as much except in the rain.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #34
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I would only want to work outside when the temps are between 55 & 72. Otherwise it's either too cold or too hot. And then, I would only want to work outside when it is overcast. Otherwise, I'm either getting wet or sunburned. How many days out of the year fit that catagory? Not enough to survive on.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #35
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I used to work outside in new construction housing 80% of the time. The other 20 was finish work when the houses had heat, or AC, depending on the need.

Where is it that they let people build new construction 10 feet off of a lake? Minimum setback is farther than that, I am sure of it. We got breaks during the day, if we chose to jump in the lake on our break, so be it. As long as we were back to work productive when the break was over, it was OK with me. (I was the boss)
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Old August 9th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #36
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Another Heavy Equipment tech here. I work out of a service truck and while I love the heat in the summer, I hate the cold. I enjoyed my first professional job, based out of a shop and spent ~90% of my time there, the other 10% was on the road performing emergency break down repairs.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #37
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Old August 9th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #38
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I can't work inside. I've worked outside most my life and feel caged working indoors.

Currently I am a long haul hotshot trucker and I do underwater commercial diving on the side. I love my jobs and my life.

I'll never get rich doing either, but happiness is worth more to me.
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