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Old 02-09-2019, 08:46 PM
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That HURT!
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Honu Grove (NE Florida)
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So here’s how it went at the grove today. The day job had me until 11:00 so I didn’t get there until 1:00. Today’s project was to dig 2 holes and put the posts in the ground for the gate on RNR (Red Neck Road).

Before I get too deep into the day’s events I need to add a little bit of background. When I physically moved here in mid-October, I drove down with only things that would fit on my flat trailer. I brought my skid steer with all attachments, a welding machine, a small air compressor, a little Honda generator, all of the new Red cordless tools I own, and a bag of HF hand tools that I keep in the truck. That’s all I have here at the grove.

My neighbor up north gave me this hydraulic post hole digger that one of his tenants made and left behind. The only thing I did to it to make it work for me was to make a hinged bracket on the end of a piece of hitch tube, and bolt it on. It slips into the hitch mount I made for the skid steer. I have used it a few times and drilled about a dozen holes with it. The visibility on the new skid steer is quite a bit different from my old machine and after drilling the first hole for the gate posts, I bumped into a tree and bent the shaft on the PHD.

I can fix this PHD and that is where my day took a dump. My truck is parked on RNR which in on the west side of the grove and my shipping container shop is on the east side of the grove. So I drive the Bobcat with the broken PHD to the container. I open the container and realize that the Trailblazer is in the back of the container and I need put the forks on the Bobcat to get the welder out. The forks are on the flat trailer parked next to the container and I cant get to them unless I move the trailer. I take the PHD off the hitch plate, put on a ball and move the trailer.
I take the hitch plate off the Bobcat and put on the forks and bring the Trailblazer out of the container, I go to start it and the battery is dead.

I’m pretty pissed off at this point when I remember seeing a quote on a tea bag in Laura’s cup when I was up north last week, It said, “ The problem is not the problem, your attitude towards the problem is the problem” - Capt. Jack Sparrow. Now I have determination to get this thing fixed and things get worse. I’ll use the Honda generator to charge the battery in the Trailblazer. I tear the container apart looking for the 12VDC cord for the Honda when I realize that it’s in my truck on the other side of the grove almost a ¼ mile away. The quad has a bad fuel leak and won't run. So I walk back to the truck, get the 12VDC cord and head back to the container. I hook the Honda generator up to the Trailblazer to charge the battery and the Honda won’t start. I pull the shit out of it before I realize that it’s out of gas. I grab the gas can to fill the Honda, and even though I did the tire valve vent mod to the gas can, I can’t get gas out of the can. I grab a pair of dykes and circumcise the gas can nozzle and fill the Honda and get it running.

While the Trailblazer is charging, I figure I’ll cut the bent part off the PHD and prep everything for welding. My kids bought me this mini cordless band saw and it’s not a tool that I could have ever justified buying for myself but now that I have it I find it very handy and use it all the time. After I cut the bent pipe off I got the cordless grinder out and started grinding when I realized I should be wearing gloves. After looking and not finding my gloves I realize that they’re in the bag with my welding hood in the truck, so it’s another ¼ mile walk back to the truck. I get the gloves out of the bag and start back to the container when I realize I don’t have the welding hood. I get back to the container and prep the parts to be welded. I have a cordless grinder with one cut-off wheel and one battery. These grinders can eat a fully charged battery in no time at all and the charger is back in the truck, fortunately the battery lasted and I used up the entire cut-off wheel. I haven’t stick welded in almost 15 years but I managed to glue the broken pieces back together. I put everything away and drove the Bobcat back to RNR and drilled the other gate post hole without issue. I set the 2 posts in the ground and called it a day.

I’m hoping things go better tomorrow.
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One extremely happy former convict of the penal colony that lies between NY, PA, and DE. Now living the good life much further south. where they don't know what fucking Carhartts are.
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