First off, by "middle aged" I mean 47. I'm in pretty good shape and have climbed around in my own attic many times without any issues. I know that's not the same as what I'm going to be required to do, but it's a start. I didn't buy the truck specifically for this purpose. I just bought it 'cause I like driving a truck and I do a lot of projects around home, your basic decks, sheds, fences, small renos involving framing, drywall, simple electrical and plumbing, that kind of thing. I didn't buy a specific set of tools from anyone. I have a fairly extensive collection of them though, nothing specialized, just what your basic handy guy is going to want to have. I know I am going to need specialized tools, but I have the resources to buy them so that's not going to be a problem.
I'd have to problem starting in a maintenence position. Hell, I'll take out the trash all day long if it means I get an opportunity to learn. Heatseeker, are there any good places you could suggest to start looking for positions like that? What I mean is like places that would have job postings exclusive to the industry, as opposed to just going through the want ads or picking up the Yellow Pages to look for companies and then bugging people when they're trying to work? I used to hate it when people did that to me in my last job. It's like they think your time doesn't have any value.