While all of that was going we also got one heck of a deal on lots and lots of glass. Someone in a near by town (25 miles away) bought a building that was completely stocked with sheets of glass, these pieces are 1/4" thick and some of the sheets are as big as 6' x 8'. On the first load we got probably well over 60 sheets of glass, we hauled it standing up on wooden racks (came with the glass) because they say that is the best way to haul it. Anyway, we had to drive 25mph on the way home, but we made it with no trouble. We went back for the rest this week and we didn't realize on how thin this next stuff was. Not only was it thin, but the sheets were 6' x 7' and when we went to move them, they would bow and it was the scariest thing I've ever done!. We got about 5 out of 20 of these sheets loaded, when we stood up the next sheet to move it, it shattered in big, long, sharp, pointed pieces. One piece came for me and went through my pant leg and stuck into my shin . Luckily it wasn't to bad of a cut and it didn't hurt at all, but it sure was a bleeder!. Anyway, we got the rest of the glass loaded and then tied it down with ratchet straps with pieces of blanket under the straps to prevent cutting. We took off slow and everything was going fine. We had 3 blocks to go and we were out of town! , I stopped for a stop sing and when I lightly pushed on the brakes, I heard the worse sound ever when hauling a load of glass "CRASH" , yep, you guessed it, the blankets under the straps on the front rack moved their selves and the straps got cut, sending all the glass on the front rack tipping over forward. There was glass all over the trailer and the road, I hurried and turned the corner and got pulled over. I started getting the glass picked up off the trailer, when 1 cop stopped , then another , yet another and finally another . SO, there were 4 cops blocking off 20' of street and I knew we were done .
A cop came over to talk to us, he asked what happened (I thought it was obvious on what happened), my brother told him about the blankets under the straps but somehow the blankets slid down and the straps got cut. The cop said "well you do realize it is glass right?" (again I thought that was obvious that we were hauling glass), then he asked if we built those racks for the glass (I knew were he was going with this) and we told him that the stands came with the glass. He said that there was a street sweeper on it's way and we had to get the glass cleaned off the trailer (I guess he didn't notice that we were already cleaning up the glass).
He then wanted all my info since I was driving, he came back a few minutes later and said that we had to call someone to bring a trash can to put the broken glass in, but we just dumped it all in the back of the pickup because I wasn't going to try and find someone to bring me a trash can. The cop came back over a few minutes later and gave me a $160 ticket for "spilling on road way" and he said we might get a bill from the city for the street sweeper.
I then went to start the pickup and it wouldn't start because the battery was dead , we sat there with the hood open and all the cops drove past us and didn't even ask if we needed help (big surprise)
After we sat there for 30 minutes and lots of cars blowing past, we then found my cousins phone number and called him. Luckily he came down and gave us a jump and then we headed home. We didn't get back till 11:00pm and we had to be up early to move that building the next day. We haven't gotten a bill for the street sweeper yet, so maybe we wont get one???
In the same two weeks I bought 3 antique tractors, (2 farmall H's and 1 Massey Harris 22) I got one H and the 22 hauled home but I need to go back this Tuesday to get the other H. right now I have a load of scrap metal on the trailer that needs to be hauled in first thing in the morning, because I need my trailer empty to go get the other H.
I now need to hurry and part out 4 tractors (farmall 460, 2 H's & the M-H 22) to get up some money because I found a very heavy (cheap) 20' goose neck trailer for sale (same guy that I bought the tractors from). So it looks like this up coming week is going to be just as busy.
Although I hope there are less tickets and broken glass in this week coming up!
I hope things calm down soon, I'm starting to get tired of this
At least I now know, when I loose something off the trailer, just keep going!
Edited by BTS, September 29, 2014 - 11:29 PM.