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[–] ScottRockview 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity or some other organization that builds houses. You can learn for free.

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

This is the most underrated answer in the history of answers. Perhaps ever. Everyone cringes at the idea of giving their time away but when you have no skills, this is the only and best way to break into a field.

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[–] hels 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

This actually just blew my mind. It was such a simple statement but instead of thinking as volunteering think about it as a free education.

The other way is to apply for a lackie(sp) job with a painting/flooring company. Learn the ropes that way (keep a list of names/addresses) and quit the job 6 months later. Return to the houses with your own card/flyer and tell the owners that you are branching out on your own and if they know anyone you hope for a recommendation as you can work for a better price.

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[–] Gravspeed 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The guy that did tile for a contractor i used to work with started this way.

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[–] Liberty4thewin 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You can get paid to learn working as a painter too.

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[–] viperguy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

LEARN SPANISH !!!

The foreman or boss will expect it in the USA.

In the USA over 93% of currently employed full time house painters are foreign born Hispanics, primarily Illegal Aliens.

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[–] Plant_Boy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

DON'T LEARN SPANISH !!!

The foreman or boss shouldn't be hiring illegal aliens in the US.

In the USA, ICE is clamping down on illegal entry into the US and Illegal Aliens should be reported as they are stealing money from the country and not contributing their share to the state.

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[–] Goathole 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

You shouldn't have too much problem with a contractor(s) picking you up as weekend help. Don't get me wrong, you'll be a bitch for awhile but you'll learn as you go.

Real painting isn't just slapping a paint on a roller and spreading it, it's not. Those guys have a skill that they've honed for years to support their drug addiction and alcohol dependencies. It's fine art what they do, seriously. You'll have to learn and it won't happen overnight.

Tile setting is no big deal, any monkey can do that shit. Shovel a little tile set and throw the plates down. Rub some mud in the cracks and you're done.

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[–] wakkablam 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Tile setting is no big deal, any monkey can do that shit.

Yeah, but take a look at your average, low-rent apartment kitchen or bathroom floor: uneven tiles, ridges everywhere, disgusting grout with holes in it. Anyone can lay tiles, but only the pros do it really well.

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[–] DishingShitLikeA 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Two things. One, prep work for painting makes you hate life. Especially if there is alot of stripping/sanding to do.

Two, intricate tile work takes skill. I've done a few shower floors with flat pebbles. It's like a jigsaw puzzle that you have to get sloped perfectly for drainage while keeping all the rocks flat. The customer is guaranteed to find the one jutting out with their heel eventually. The whole thing has to be done with torpedo and 2'/3' levels to insure the above.

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[–] Drendoid 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I've done various trades for almost 4 decades. I started out roofing and made excellent money but when the mexicans got in it I got out. I learned by working for different people about 2 years at a time until I got good at each trade. You can research online to get the basics down. Then do work at your own place and small stuff for your friends and family. Make some business cards and get them to spread the word.

If you do good work it will build up eventually. Actually any construction trade its hard to find reliable quality workers/contractors. I stopped being licensed years ago because of all the bullshit and regulations they force on people to be legal. All my work is from word of mouth. Sometimes I have to turn down work because too busy.

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[–] LDIP 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Do any HVAC? Getting further into the trade and realising the money to be made

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[–] Drendoid 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thats one of few I dont do. I know some about it and my brother-in-law even offered to fund a business if I hired my nephew but I declined because theres attic work involved and its extreme heat here. He was telling me about a guy he knew who made huge money doing it. Theres a science to it and a trade course would probably be wise unless you already have experience but its not that technically difficult to learn. I do believe theres big bucks in it even if you just do servicing & repairs. I cant deal with installation attic wise myself

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[–] MyDrunkAccount 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

when appropriate

A good friend and skilled mason once told me tbat spacers are okish for natural stone tiles that were cut to size properly but are shit for ceramic tiles because ceramic tiles usually vary slightly in size from the baking process. If you're using ceramic sometimes you need to place them imperfecly at the corners to keep the overall line straight.

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[–] Dsciexterminationist 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Painting is more accessible than tiling, you can even start on your own place. Find some shit work like cheap rentals or pajeet liquor stores and hire some day labor type painters to help you do it, and watch them like a hawk to learn some tricks. You need more knowledge to passably do tile work and you'd be best off starting with someone who can show you how to do it fast enough to make money. Though you'd just be mixing buckets of mud and grout, but of course watching and learning

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[–] Elbower_of_Quants 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Tile-setting done right isn't remotely comparable to painting which is easy as hell and where even a bad job doesn't rot an entire floor out.

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[–] Sentinel_94 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Take a course? Also the internet is always a great resource for learning a new skill.

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[–] Liberty4thewin 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If you cant get on the job experience right away find a good book, ive found some good ones on the pirate bay. Get one that gives alot of details. You tube is good too even if your a pro you can learn some tips and tricks here. Neither is all that hard. The best thing to do is just get in a bit over your head and take on a project. ask your family or friends if they need some work or painting done. For painting and tiling the tools are relatively cheap. Buy good brushes and roller covers and frames, get these at a paint store they have better ones. Get a cheap wet saw some knee pads and a notched trowel. Make friends with a talkative tradesman, and visit their forums. Prime, putty sand then cualk in that order. Use an 18 inch roller to speed larger jobs up. You can learn alot by just reading the products labels. generally you paint areas top to bottom inside to outside, there are always exceptions. Use a 5 gallon bucket and grid, and put that 9 inch on a fucking pole. Painters are a bunch of drunks, if you work as one on a crew find one that does top notch work, if your clean find one that drug tests. Message me if you need any advice but you got this bro.

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