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As a painter, who knew some time ago I was never going to do much else other than to put my back into income opportunities, I made it a point to preserve myself as much as possible. No smoking, no excessive drinking, no drugs, and no dietary indulgences that would render me obese.

I exercise moderately and I wear any PPE necessary to limit my exposure to any hazard. I've even given up recreational activities to prevent injury. I need to keep going until at least my FRA as determined by social security.
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As I'm advancing in age (56), I find these posts valuable. It is nice to have some insight from others older than I, or not-so-young in a general sense.

Somewhat ironically, I ran into a mason this morning with whom I formerly worked for eleven or twelve years. I was laid off from the company from whence we were employed when the housing bubble burst, and decided to get back into painting. He told me that the company was gearing up and looking for masons, and is paying a very decent wage. I only had to think about it for a second and realized my body can no longer do the type of production such work would demand (anywhere from 250 to 500 blocks per day).

I'm fortunate to still be limber, agile, and relatively fast as a painter, and can handle the ladder work and other physically challenging aspects of the trade. Masonry at my age...no way.

Yet, I know at some point my body will tell me I must consider how I will deal with the rest of my life when it no longer can perform at an acceptable level for the painting trade.
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As I'm advancing in age (56), I find these posts valuable. It is nice to have some insight from others older than I, or not-so-young in a general sense.

Somewhat ironically, I ran into a mason this morning with whom I formerly worked for eleven or twelve years. I was laid off from the company from whence we were employed when the housing bubble burst, and decided to get back into painting. He told me that the company was gearing up and looking for masons, and is paying a very decent wage. I only had to think about it for a second and realized my body can no longer do the type of production such work would demand (anywhere from 250 to 500 blocks per day).

I'm fortunate to still be limber, agile, and relatively fast as a painter, and can handle the ladder work and other physically challenging aspects of the trade. Masonry at my age...no way.

Yet, I know at some point my body will tell me I must consider how I will deal with the rest of my life when it no longer can perform at an acceptable level for the painting trade.
This is an important comment because too many people would jump for opportunities without knowing their limitations. At least with painting we can fake it pretty good because we know our way around the field. But entering other trades without a lot of experience and at an advanced age? forget about it!

I dabble in HVAC and often wonder if I should make a change given the opportunities out there. I like the diagnostic aspects, the instrumentation, and just the knowledge required for HVAC maintenance and repair. Then, all I have to do is lift one of those compressors out of an awkward position in a condensing unit, or try and access a valve actuator up in a suspended ceiling and I immediately feel that although playing around with this stuff is a nice place to visit, I certainly wouldn't want to live there.

Painting is actually kind of nice in comparison.

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This is an important comment because too many people would jump for opportunities without knowing their limitations. At least with painting we can fake it pretty good because we know our way around the field. But entering other trades without a lot of experience and at an advanced age? forget about it!

I dabble in HVAC and often wonder if I should make a change given the opportunities out there. I like the diagnostic aspects, the instrumentation, and just the knowledge required for HVAC maintenance and repair. Then, all I have to do is lift one of those compressors out of an awkward position in a condensing unit, or try and access a valve actuator up in a suspended ceiling and I immediately feel that although playing around with this stuff is a nice place to visit, I certainly wouldn't want to live there.

Painting is actually kind of nice in comparison.
I had plenty of experience at masonry, which is why I felt very justified in not giving re-entering that trade a second thought. My hands, elbow, tendons almost starting hurting just thinking about slamming those blocks in a wall.
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I just hired a guy who's 62. Been painting for 40 years, which is why I hired him and not another young buck. Finding someone you can train is a wise suggestion...how are the new guts going to keep what's left of true craftsmanship alive if they're not taught? And they can be really useful...

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I had that same fear. I do get some work from customers that say they have been using the same painter for years but he is getting old. Their concerned whether their painter can do a large job or if their too slow.

We're all going to get old. If you don't want to paint your whole life, I certainly understand. I'm 44 and seriously starting thinking about this. If you don't want to paint for the rest of your life, start working on the business end and bringing in good help. I started doing this last year. It takes a bit of trial and error but I find it rewarding.

I seriously though my customers wanted me to do the painting but that's not true. I'm finding out most are very content with me running the business and letting my guys do the work.

I've learned it's really more about your customers trusting you.

I wish you the best of luck!
I'm 43....we're in the same boat...just keep rowing! As long as the customers are confident that what I say is what will happen, it's all good.

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As I'm advancing in age (56), I find these posts valuable. It is nice to have some insight from others older than I, or not-so-young in a general sense.

Somewhat ironically, I ran into a mason this morning with whom I formerly worked for eleven or twelve years. I was laid off from the company from whence we were employed when the housing bubble burst, and decided to get back into painting. He told me that the company was gearing up and looking for masons, and is paying a very decent wage. I only had to think about it for a second and realized my body can no longer do the type of production such work would demand (anywhere from 250 to 500 blocks per day).

I'm fortunate to still be limber, agile, and relatively fast as a painter, and can handle the ladder work and other physically challenging aspects of the trade. Masonry at my age...no way.

Yet, I know at some point my body will tell me I must consider how I will deal with the rest of my life when it no longer can perform at an acceptable level for the painting trade.
Good move. My 55 yr old husband is a hoddy.he's just hoping to make it to retirement and his wrists are getting worse by the day. I worry a lot about that.....i just want him to be able to fish in his retirement....heck, I want him to be able to fish through the next few years! His wrists just can't take it much longer I'm afraid.

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Good move. My 55 yr old husband is a hoddy.he's just hoping to make it to retirement and his wrists are getting worse by the day. I worry a lot about that.....i just want him to be able to fish in his retirement....heck, I want him to be able to fish through the next few years! His wrists just can't take it much longer I'm afraid.

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Well, I'm not a hoddy but I have good wrists....did that come out all mangled and weird?

I hope you two enjoy plenty o days on the water fishing!
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Well, I'm not a hoddy but I have good wrists....did that come out all mangled and weird?

I hope you two enjoy plenty o days on the water fishing!
Me too!! When he retires we're supposed to be ditching the city and moving to La Pine,Or. Screw this stupid work thing!! Leave this hard crap for the young bucks with sumthin to prove!! I just want a pole, my bff, my pups and a fish that'll fight!lol

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Retirement is a word for other people while I'm still working.
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Must be nice to do something you enjoy. This is just the job I picked up because I couldn't find anything else and I'm a bit over three years into it. Maybe I could try something more interesting like specialty finishes. Need that faux money for kids' college...
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I did not start my business until I was 42. I am now 47, and in really good shape for my age. So, I am hoping that I do not start loosing jobs soon because of my age. I have a daughter to put through college. The one thing I do hate is that at the end of the day, especially when I am doing exterior, i am too damn tired to do anything. I might get one bike ride in on a week night. And even on weekends, I am usually keeping the rides under 50 miles due to being so worn out.

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I did not start my business until I was 42. I am now 47, and in really good shape for my age. So, I am hoping that I do not start loosing jobs soon because of my age. I have a daughter to put through college. The one thing I do hate is that at the end of the day, especially when I am doing exterior, i am too damn tired to do anything. I might get one bike ride in on a week night. And even on weekends, I am usually keeping the rides under 50 miles due to being so worn out.

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Pete, I'm just slightly ahead of you.......55......still getting as many bike rides in as I can. It's so therapeutic after a long, hot day. I have a daughter now in her SENIOR year of college. You can and WILL do it!!! As beat up and tired as I've felt in past years, I feel healthy and refreshed for now. WOuldn't hurt to lose 50 lbs. Then I'd be slinging it (paint, that is) like I was 25 again..........
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All my bones ache. But that is mostly from too many sports injuries when I was younger. Should probably see a doctor about it.
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I didn't start painting until I was in my mid 30's. At this point I'm 47 and I feel pretty much the same or better than I did back then. Some days I feel horrible at the end of the day, others I feel fine. Same as when I started out. Painting's good exercise for me.

My eyes have been doing some funny things over the last few years. I went to the eye doctor about it, but he says he can't see anything wrong. Says I'm just suffering from getting older.

I don't like working weekends anymore, but I can still turn myself into a painting automaton and do it. I'm a horrible creature of habit, so turning every single day into the same schedule doesn't bother me too much.

As far as losing jobs based on my age, I don't think it's happening. Maybe, but I highly doubt it.

As far as what I'm gonna do when I can't keep up doing this stuff anymore, I have no idea. Walmart greeter? My wife's pretty pleased I got this gig at the nursing home doing their painting for them. She figures when the time comes, I could possibly pick up a job there doing maintenance or something like that. I suppose that's a possibility.

This thread seems like an extension of the OPPU thread! lol.

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I didn't start painting until I was in my mid 30's. At this point I'm 47 and I feel pretty much the same or better than I did back then. Some days I feel horrible at the end of the day, others I feel fine. Same as when I started out. Painting's good exercise for me.

My eyes have been doing some funny things over the last few years. I went to the eye doctor about it, but he says he can't see anything wrong. Says I'm just suffering from getting older.

I don't like working weekends anymore, but I can still turn myself into a painting automaton and do it. I'm a horrible creature of habit, so turning every single day into the same schedule doesn't bother me too much.

As far as losing jobs based on my age, I don't think it's happening. Maybe, but I highly doubt it.

As far as what I'm gonna do when I can't keep up doing this stuff anymore, I have no idea. Walmart greeter? My wife's pretty pleased I got this gig at the nursing home doing their painting for them. She figures when the time comes, I could possibly pick up a job there doing maintenance or something like that. I suppose that's a possibility.

This thread seems like an extension of the OPPU thread! lol.

More complaining please!
If you get that steady maintenance job you can also get a three wheeled bike with attached trailer to get back and forth to work. Don't forget the big antenna off the back with the orange flag attached.
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Must be nice to do something you enjoy. This is just the job I picked up because I couldn't find anything else and I'm a bit over three years into it. Maybe I could try something more interesting like specialty finishes. Need that faux money for kids' college...
Heck, I just tolerate it, I don't actually "like" it....i just stuck with it cuz I was a single parent and figured if I wanted a man's wages then I better be doing a man's work....it pays a whole lot better than a stupid skirt job. Now I'm so far into it there's no going back.:/ I've been mostly out of the bucket for a couple of years now and it's physically better (my bones don't ach as much) but mentally, it's pretty taxing sometimes....and sometimes I sure do miss the brush. I sure don't miss doing both ends of the deal though...that SUCKED.

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Must be nice to do something you enjoy. This is just the job I picked up because I couldn't find anything else and I'm a bit over three years into it. Maybe I could try something more interesting like specialty finishes. Need that faux money for kids' college...
I keep telling myself that painting builds character. Yet forty years later, I'm still waiting to move in.
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It's a colorful character, CA!

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I keep telling myself that painting builds character. Yet forty years later, I'm still waiting to move in.
Unfortunately, it tends to be one nail at a time.
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