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Concrete floor in existing pole barn by SkepticalAnarchist in DIY

[–]SkepticalAnarchist[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I actually built this building when I was 15 and while it's structurally sound, it's pretty bare bones. I'll try to post a link to some pics today.

Concrete floor in existing pole barn by SkepticalAnarchist in DIY

[–]SkepticalAnarchist[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is pretty much exactly what I was wanting to hear. Would i just sort of free hand screed it while trying to keep it right at my level mark?

Concrete floor in existing pole barn by SkepticalAnarchist in DIY

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I'm planning on going 4in or about 100mm. It doesn't get too cold in Texas.

What businesses that you have started, have failed? by taf19 in Entrepreneur

[–]SkepticalAnarchist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most of my experience was related to drilling. That being said, I know a few pipeliners and am familiar with the industry. Just like with anything, if you don't have any connections, you need to plan on it being more difficult for you to land a good job - it certainly isn't impossible though. This may sound a bit cheesy but as far as advice goes, you should take pride in your work - try to be the best that you can - even if you're starting out as a welders helper. There are tons of decent welders looking for work and you should try to set yourself apart from them. Its also a huge plus if you're willing to pick up and move on a moment's notice. Oh and also, I have known all too many welders to finance a $60-80k rig - that's a terrible idea because work can fluctuate and when times are bad, they can be really bad. You can weld out of an older setup without sacrificing a professional appearance. Good luck with your welding career

What businesses that you have started, have failed? by taf19 in Entrepreneur

[–]SkepticalAnarchist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There is plenty of room for small business in the patch, I'm not the most creative but I was lucky enough to find something that I didn't hate doing. I didn't walk away rich but I was proud in knowing that I was able to provide my employees good wages and a healthy work environment. Starting fresh isn't easy and I wouldn't ever tell anybody that it is. I still believe that if the price of oil is right, that there is plenty of money to be made. In my experience (and I undervalued what sales truly was), it's a grind and you'll have to want it and probably spend more time than you'd like away from loved ones and things you enjoy doing. I was a young man in my early 20's and when the dust settled, realized that I had lost sight of a lot of the things that made me happy.. I know that everyone is different but this really affected me and I don't ever really talk about irl. Good luck in your future endeavors.

What businesses that you have started, have failed? by taf19 in Entrepreneur

[–]SkepticalAnarchist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I learned the trade by working for another company for a couple years. I signed NDA's/non compete's before I stopped working for them. I decided to honor those documents and start up shop in Texas, which was an entirely new area for me and I didn't have any contacts in the field. I didn't have an "in" with any of the oil companies or any well connected family members. I worked hard to pick up any jobs - chasing rigs for 10 hours per day and hearing alot of "no's". I landed our first major customer because of my persistence (called or showed up to visit once per week for months). And no, it wasn't Chesapeake lol but it was a company that was at least equally as large. When the price of oil tanked, small operators quit using our services and all of the big ones requested huge discounts or you would be removed from their list of approved vendors.

What businesses that you have started, have failed? by taf19 in Entrepreneur

[–]SkepticalAnarchist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been away from the industry for a while but I would happily try to answer any questions that you may have.

What businesses that you have started, have failed? by taf19 in Entrepreneur

[–]SkepticalAnarchist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We provided services to drilling rigs. Specifically, performed safety checks and practiced non destructive testing to verify structural integrity on the rigs itself and the pipe they use to drill into the earth. It isn't a glamorous lifestyle but like many O&G jobs, one could make pretty good money doing it.

What businesses that you have started, have failed? by taf19 in Entrepreneur

[–]SkepticalAnarchist 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Oilfield service company. We landed our first job around the beginning of 2015 and were quickly doing 70-100k+ per month. Decided to double our staff (14 employees and myself) and purchase the equipment needed to grow - then the bottom fell out, customers started requesting we charge half as much, and eventually all of the work dried up.