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Posted July 07, 2014 - 12:36 AM

But I actually laughed it off.

Last Sunday I started a new job 175 miles away from my house in Chantilly, VA.
Sunday am I was all loaded up with materials, trailer & scissor lift headed down and hoping to be there by 11am. I was actually meeting a fellow member (AvarageJoe) and his son to BS before I got started working. I'm headed down I-95 and just started to get on I-495 near Washington DC when I noticed in my mirror that a trailer tire was real low. By the time I could get pulled over is was completely flat. The only jack I had was the factory scissor type jack, I never thought it would lift the trailer with a 3200 lb scissor lift, and a few 1000' spools of wire on it, but thankfully it did.

BUT the van lug wrench was bigger then the trailer lugs, broke out the old 18 volt makita impact driver. No go, dug out the socket set and realized it didn't have any 1/2" drive stuff in it. (It was a replacement for the one that got stolen last year, which did have 1/2" stuff) so with a 3/8 drive rachet, and a 24" hunk of conduit, I got the lugs lose. Changed the tire and was on my way. Got to the job and met Drake and his son who had to wait darn near 1.5 hours for me.

Great to see him again, we shot the bull for 2 hours or so.

He leaves and I started working off the scissor lift demoing out the old electrical work 16' in the air. After about 30 mins, I see oil trails all over the floor, broken hydraulic hose. Work stops and I pull the hose. But it's Sunday and nothing is open that I can get one made. Ok the day was a total loss. Luckily there was a place to get one made about 5 mins from my hotel. Got it first thing in the am. All fixed.

It's now Tuesday, since I was headed home with an empty trailer, I asked what the GC was doing with all the scrap steel they tore out. Duct work, door frames, metal studs and some other junk. They told me it was going in the dumpster. But they would load it on my trailer if I wanted it. I got $178 at the scrap yard for it. But as I was leaving the place my van overheated, it was HOT. After it cooled down after 2 hours I checked the radiator and it was super low. I had 3/4s of a case of bottled water and filled it with that. It was all good and stayed cool till I got home. BUT I left the air off to help keep it cool. I go to open the window, and the crank Handel falls off !! WTH ? One thing after another in 3 days.

I'm going back to VA in the am. I'm wondering what surprises are going to get me this time ?

Just thought I'd share those 3 days with everyone. I'm sorry that I'm not as good a writer Uncle Willy though.
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Posted July 07, 2014 - 04:05 AM

Some days are just better than others!

Glad you were able to over-come the obsticles without injury!

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 04:13 AM

At least you got your health.
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Posted July 07, 2014 - 04:57 AM

Sounds like a hard few days. At least you scored the scrap! Don't forget to keep an eye on the coolant level in the van and get in re filled with Anti freeze.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 05:11 AM

:D  Hope your return trip goes well. There is that saying... If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all!  

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 05:34 AM

You should be all set for the rest of the season now all of that is behind you :(  and each of those could've ended up worse and a half.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 06:14 AM

Where did your coolant go?

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 06:20 AM

Ken, glad the obstacles were at least something you could overcome and no one was hurt.
As for this trip, you hopefully worked all the bugs out and it will go smooth as silk this time.
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Posted July 07, 2014 - 06:34 AM

Look how well you dealt with issues as they came. Your a survivor!!! :thumbs:

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 07:15 AM

Hope things go better for you this week! I'll go with the other posts in thinking surely you've run out of bad luck on this project. Good luck on moving that big electrical service entrance this week! :thumbs:

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 08:28 AM

Waiting for today's post where you arrive and realize the lift is missing....
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Posted July 07, 2014 - 08:38 AM

Sometimes you just can't let things bother you.  Your blood pressure will thank you.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 09:23 AM

I hope things are going better for you today and are able to get the van fixed and ready for tomorrow.  When ever I have days like that I just sit back and read Daniels thread about life on the farm and all of a sudden my issues don't seem so bad.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 09:41 AM

Some days all you can do is head for the bunkhouse and start over tomorrow.

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Posted July 07, 2014 - 01:56 PM

What brand of ratchet held up to a 24" cheater pipe?

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