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#3166 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted June 02, 2014 - 06:51 PM

When does the GTTalk crew need to show up?

 

Not for a while.  Right now I have to slow Dad down.  So much more must be done rather than this new shop.  Dad gets something in his head & just thinks we should drop everything to do whatever.  A new garage is just an aid to making a living.  The dairy has multiple things that need attention now & are directly connected to a paycheck.  Ever since he stopped milking cows himself back around `1981, it's like the caring for the cows isn't a requirement & "it can wait".  Really, it's "take care of the cows, or find a new living". 

Dad also marked things wrong today.  He marked for posts every 10' with no allowances for the 14' door.  He also could have killed me today.  I had just told him a few minutes before that I had to stop helping with the garage site so I could put in a new breaker box to control the cooling fans in the parlor holding pen.  I turned the main breaker off in the main panel that feeds this new breaker box.  I had the wires in my hand feeding them through the new box when things went live!!!!!!!!  I got a pretty good jolt of 240V through me, and I was in damp leather boots, standing on wet/manure coated concrete.  He came into the milk parlor & seen the lights didn't work & just threw the main back on! We have to be so careful when Dad is around.  Makes getting work done a lot harder at times, and certainly much more dangerous at times as well!  


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Posted June 02, 2014 - 07:00 PM

When the time comes, I am more than willing to come help out. I'm not the strongest person, but I make a very good 'cut' man.


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Posted June 02, 2014 - 07:07 PM

Kenny, I sure appreciate that, but this won't be a quick thing no matter what Dad thinks.  It's gonna take some time & we'll be able to handle it....I think!  That is if Dad doesn't kill me before then!


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Posted June 02, 2014 - 07:11 PM

From here on you need to flag out any power you shut off. Better safe then sorry. I'll bring a couple of them down w/me next time I come down.

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Posted June 02, 2014 - 07:13 PM

Oh, and no, I didn't go pick up my chipper/shredder.  Just too darn tired, almost too late by the time I got the feeding done anyway, plus we had Case tonight & he was having fun playing outside.  There's always tomorrow to pick it up.


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Posted June 02, 2014 - 07:20 PM

I know what a 240V jump start is like. Maybe it got your heart straightened out! Anyway, I'll be there if possible when help is needed!


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Posted June 02, 2014 - 07:34 PM

WHAT!! NO LOCK OUT TAG OUT!! Your nuts and lucky all in one!! This is why OSHA is trying to muscle in on the small scale farmers! Good thing you just got tickled and not flattened!! Dang!! Dan !! BE CAREFUL AND PLAY IT SAFE !!! I don't want to here anymore bad news like you were juiced and then spilt ..
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Posted June 02, 2014 - 11:44 PM

YES, PLEASE get a tag out lock and keep it hanging by the disconnect so it's there when you need it. You are the only one with a key when it's locked out, and it's in your pocket !!


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Posted June 03, 2014 - 08:59 AM

Never needed to "lock out" in the past, but things change don't they!

  

Heading out to spray fence line & areas where ragweed is thick.  Then change out a fan motor in the free stalls.  I know....lock out!  


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Posted June 03, 2014 - 03:46 PM

Headin out to fetch my chipper/shredder!


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Posted June 03, 2014 - 04:38 PM

Close call!  It was explained to me that 240v is particularly dangerous as it can easily result in a level of current through the heart muscle that disables it and makes it hard to re polarize. Higher voltages can be less dangerous. Lots of folks have gotten killed working on their dryers or stoves.  


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Posted June 03, 2014 - 08:09 PM

Putting up a new ceiling fan when I hear hey daddy its dark in here you need some light. Click. Shocked and fell off the step ladder in about a half a second. Haha you are clumsy daddy why didnt the light come on?

Glad you are. 240 had to have a bite.

buy a couple red locks and set them by the different panels.

Edited by toomanytoys84, June 03, 2014 - 08:09 PM.


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Posted June 03, 2014 - 08:09 PM

I did get the spraying done today, or at least what I hoped to do of it, and the fan motor swapped out.  Also started loading the burned metal from the hay barn on a trailer.


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Posted June 04, 2014 - 09:04 AM

Glad to hear you weren't majorly hurt!

 

My father used to always wire hot, never turned off breakers. He always stripped wires with metal utlity knife too. Wel, it got him one tie back in early 80's, he was somehow grounded ( we think the metal desk he was leaning over) and when he cut that hot wire, BAM, he got throw across the room.....with 110V. Thankfully he was okay.


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Posted June 04, 2014 - 10:06 AM

Milking finished, then an hour or so more on my Massey 1655D's clock leveling the dirt pad where the garage is going.  It's ready for some dense grade gravel to fill some low areas as soon as I can go get a load or 2. Got the trailer loaded with burnt roofing all tied down tight so the storms coming tonight don't spread it across the county.


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