Dan’s Uncle Frank taught him everything he knew, which was a fair amount.
Dan was employed by him for almost more than 10 years, starting when I was 17.
The day his uncle retired and went down south he handed Dan his list of clients. Dan was young, a little experienced, but he knew as much as anybody inside of 100 miles! Uncle Frank had loyal customers because he had no competition, however he was still unregistered and off the books in terms of being a legal enterprise. In other words, Dan worked for currency only, no credit, no paper trail, and no taxes! The fact that he was now the only Heating, Ventilation, and A/C service expert in this area meant he had lots of work, even though he had to always watch his back. Dan couldn’t advertise, you understand, because he wasn’t collecting taxes or paying insurance for any of his Heating, Ventilation, and A/C work, but there was no shortage of work. He got jobs mostly from heating and ventilation systems in barns and livestock pens rather than in homes. There were few calls for air conditioner work, and the ones he did get were usually for the window mounted units. With winters as bleak and severe as they got in the area, the people needed a reliable furnace for themselves and their livestock. The furnaces in a barn aren’t complex, but they need to be reliable and above all else safe, because if there is a fire then it will bring down the barn and everything in it. So far none of Dan’s customers mind that the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C company is off the books, in fact they want him to maintain it.