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  • Writer's pictureDominic Barker

A Story About A Boilermaker

This is the story of a master boilermaker who was hired to fix a huge steamship boiler system that was not working well. After listening to the engineer’s description of the problems and asking a few questions, he went to the boiler room. He looked at the maze of twisting pipes, listened to the thump of the boiler and the hiss of the escaping steam for a few minutes, and felt some pipes with his hands. Then he hummed softly to himself, reached into his overalls and took out a small hammer, and tapped a bright red valve one time. Immediately, the entire system began working perfectly, and the boilermaker went home. When the steamship owner received a bill for one thousand dollars, he became outraged and complained that the boilermaker had only been in the engine room for fifteen minutes and requested an itemised bill. So the boilermaker sent him a bill that reads as follows: For tapping the valve: $.50 For knowing where to tap: $999.50 TOTAL: $1,000.00

The moral of the story is simple, lots of people can tap the valve, it takes years of experience to know exactly where to tap and that is what you pay for.

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