Keep it in the family
For Peter Booth, 35, a plumber and gas engineer from Leicester, the industry has always been in the blood.
WHERE DID YOUR PLUMBING JOURNEY BEGIN, AND HOW HAVE YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
My plumbing journey began at a young age. My grandad and my dad are both plumbers so I grew up around it. I have really fond memories of the smell of my dad’s van, all the keys and little plumbing bits scattered over the dash – until I gave myself a bolt from a piezo.
My grandad’s house was above the yard that they ran their business from. It was full of plumbing supplies and stuff I thought was just awesome. I really loved exploring.
As I grew up, I would work during the school holidays with my grandad, my dad and a guy called Kevin (I nearly missed a GCSE exam because I went to work!). I got where I am today the best way in my opinion – through hard work and experience, and learning from those around me.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A PLUMBER?
No, I had my heart set on being a firefighter. I passed the entry exams and fitness test but unfortunately wasn’t called in for an interview. That’s when I started my apprenticeship.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR TRADE?
I started my apprenticeship at 18.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO TOOL – THE ONE YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT – AND WHY?
Got to be a pair of grips, hasn’t it?
WHICH BRAND OF BOILERS DO YOU STAND BY?
I cut my teeth fitting Baxi and still rely on them to this day, but as I’ve progressed in my career I’ve learnt about the quality of Vaillant boilers too.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT THREE THINGS WOUDL YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
- Sun cream
- A dog
- A ball
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR BREW?
Strong with plenty of milk, Yorkshire tea.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST PLUMBING JOKE?
“My wife is training to be a magician, she’s getting quite good at it. The other day I came home from work early and when I got into the bedroom she shouted ‘Abracadabra’ and the plumber fell out of the wardrobe naked! Poor bloke must have wondered what was going on…”
WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED ON THE JOB?
Training with Kevin every day was funny. We would find fun in every job, every van journey – it’s got to be the thing I miss most now I work on my own!
WHAT TOP TIP WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
It’s a great job, but sometimes you will get a job that will really bring you to your knees. Don’t give up – those are the moments that make you a better plumber.
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