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Contemplating moving to Denver

Hey whats up everyone?

Well as the title states I am currently thinking about moving to the Denver area.
I have been thinking about it for a couple years now, and my decision has nothing to with the recent legalization marijuana " but its totoally a huge plus "

Any way.. I am a licensed plumber in the state that I live in, but my license will not xfer to Co so I will have to put the time in to be able to take the state exam again.

My main concerns about moving is not being able to work during the winter months. I really do not understand how a tradesman makes a living there when there is snow all over the ground. My neighbor spends spring / summer / and fall there, and does HVAC here during the summer to fund his 3 season CO vacation. He told me that work is hard to come by in the winter time there, but surely there has to be a way that people in our line of work are able to make a living during winter..

Also I have read that pitbulls are banned in Denver too.. Is this something that they actively enforce? I have looked into it, and I know that certain counties do not have any BSL laws against them.. I dunno a couple negatives on me moving there, but I miss the mountains, and I also want more out of my life...

Thanks for reading everyone! Happy 2014!

Uh side note - I was just looking @ houses for sale on Zillow in the Denver area and I have never seen so many pre foreclosures/foreclosures in my life.....

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Hey whats up everyone?

Well as the title states I am currently thinking about moving to the Denver area.
I have been thinking about it for a couple years now, and my decision has nothing to with the recent legalization marijuana " but its totoally a huge plus "

Any way.. I am a licensed plumber in the state that I live in, but my license will not xfer to Co so I will have to put the time in to be able to take the state exam again.

My main concerns about moving is not being able to work during the winter months. I really do not understand how a tradesman makes a living there when there is snow all over the ground. My neighbor spends spring / summer / and fall there, and does HVAC here during the summer to fund his 3 season CO vacation. He told me that work is hard to come by in the winter time there, but surely there has to be a way that people in our line of work are able to make a living during winter..

Also I have read that pitbulls are banned in Denver too.. Is this something that they actively enforce? I have looked into it, and I know that certain counties do not have any BSL laws against them.. I dunno a couple negatives on me moving there, but I miss the mountains, and I also want more out of my life...

Thanks for reading everyone! Happy 2014!

Uh side note - I was just looking @ houses for sale on Zillow in the Denver area and I have never seen so many pre foreclosures/foreclosures in my life.....
well I roofed in Chicago and Omaha year round, and their winters are way, way shittier than Denvers.

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Denver hardly ever has snow on the ground. Honestly, I'm about over CO. It's gotten entirely too damn crowded.
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was that a nice way to tell me you dont want me there? lol...
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Do you only do rough ins? Why would it matter if there is snow on the ground? I spent 15 years as a carpenter in MN, working year round, and the last six outside year round. From what I've heard our winters are harder than Denver's.

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I do all 3 phases of residential new construction. Ground job, Top-Out, Final. I'm just not used to conventional floor plumbing to be honest. My main concern is how would the concrete cure properly in the winter months? How would they pour a foundation with snow all over the place, or just it being too cold outside. Uh maybe im being stupid I dont know. My main concern is if they cant pour concrete, then they cant build a house. I have no clue about CO plumbing, I mean the transition shouldnt be too difficult, I just know that the weather slows stuff down a lot.

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They still pour here, but it will slow things down. Also, it costs more, so a lot of residential builders won't do it unless the homeowner is gonna cough it up. Commercial slows a little too, but not as much. But if you do finishes, try to hook up with a realtor or two, you wouldnt believe how much cash I used to make knocking out inspection punch lists for closings.

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was that a nice way to tell me you dont want me there? lol...
No, not really. People are moving here in droves anyway. Hell, I did too 6+ years ago. Maybe it's just me, but it sure seems a helluva lot more crowded with way more traffic than when I moved here. Maybe I'm just getting more intolerant of people in my grumpy old age.

Kauai is looking more and more tempting these days.
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Ya I do it all, vessels , tubs, claw foot tubs, wall mount faucets, whatever.. Finishing final punch lists around here is done by the company that did the plumbing in the first place. Plus I will be unlicensed, so I dunno...

I'm going to call a plumbing company tomorrow and feel it out. I really would like to live there at least for a couple years, but being unlicensed I hope the pay cut wont be too much, or else it will be a no go for me.

Thanks for the replies though man. Happy 2014!
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Ya I actually thought about moving to HI too HAHAHA.. I have always wanted to surf...
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