Toolbox Chatter

The latest news and posts for craftsmen, tradesmen, specialists, and everything in between.

Since the debut of the Model-T Ford, cars and trucks have transformed America, helping people travel from point A to point B. Today, with more than 253 million vehicles on the road, auto mechanics and auto body technicians have never been more important. These skilled individuals help maintain vehicles, whether they perform routine care under […]

01/08/2019

Is technical school my next step? Should I turn my interest in electrical school into a reality? How do I know if electrical training courses are a good fit for me? These questions are common when you’re determining how—and where—to pursue your education. If you’ve always had an interest in electricity or wondered how it […]

12/06/2018

Cars come in all shapes and sizes and can be as different as the people who drive them. Some people view cars as a blank canvas, and increasingly, mechanics, artists and engineers have transformed their vehicle into a stunning work of art.   Car body art got its start in the 1960s when hippies began […]

11/26/2018

Saying yes to trade school is a commitment that can help you achieve your goals—from learning new skills with your hands to building confidence in your abilities and interests. As you focus on taking your goals to the next level, consider the skills you’ve gained from school, sports, part-time jobs and the military. Think about […]

11/08/2018

Should I pursue my goals of becoming a skilled tradesman? Is the plumbing industry right for me? How do I know if I should follow the plumbing career pathway? It’s normal to ask these questions as you consider the next steps in your career. Perhaps you’ve repaired plumbing or pipefitting work in your home, but […]

10/12/2018

In addition to skills and on-the-job training, a successful tradesperson has a strong work ethic and a professional attitude. Good professional work habits benefit even the most experienced technicians. While you learn skills to enter the trade field, start practicing good work habits while you train or apprentice. On-the-job training exposes you to real-life work […]

09/28/2018

Individuals in the A/C and refrigeration trade keep buildings, offices, stores and homes cool and comfortable. Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity and overall air quality. By providing a climate-controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine and other perishable items. In America, most homes and buildings […]

09/13/2018

Welding joins two pieces of metal together using fire and pressure. The process began in prehistoric times, and methods have evolved the welding process throughout history. Today, there are many types of welding careers, including combination welding. Find out if your personality and natural talents lend themselves to a welding career path with the following […]

08/31/2018

As a TV personality, Mike Rowe is best known for hosting “Dirty Jobs,” a series that dives deep inside messy, blue collar jobs and showcases the skilled workers who perform them. On TV, Rowe shines a light on skilled trade jobs, and he’s an advocate for skilled labor in his personal life, too. Learn why […]

08/16/2018

Man’s attempts to stay cool and comfortable during extreme summer heat are well documented. Historical evidence shows attempts by several individuals to control indoor temperatures. For example, the Ancient Romans utilized the aqueduct system to circulate cool water through the walls of their homes. The emperor Elagabalus built a mountain of snow in the garden […]

08/02/2018
 

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