Veni Vidi Ego Dubito
Flip the motor head on the drill press stand and make life drilling keelboat holes SO much easierAt least that guy is far enough away from the drill that it's not spitting dust at him. I'd blow at the dust as I drilled. Stop to get another breath. Then start again. WIsh they had these back then.
I often said if, after I die, I find myself hanging fluorescent fixtures from a concrete ceiling that I'd know I was in hell.
And people that aren't in the construction business wonder why there are always cost overruns.When I was a kid, I had a job as a union electrician’s helper building a large community center in Columbia Maryland.
We had the contract for the electrical work and a non-union pipe fitter had the contract for the fire sprinklers. To avoid conflict, the fire sprinkler guys worked at night.
We arrived on morning to find sprinkler lines in the path of one of our conduit runs. I was skinny and had trouble bending conduit bigger than 3/4” so I asked my boss to help me bend some offsets to get around the sprinkler line. He informed me that wouldn’t be necessary and proceeded to take a Sawzall to the sprinkler lines, after which I was able to continue the conduit run uninterrupted.
The following morning we came into find out conduit cut and the sprinkler lines re-run in their original place.
And so on and so on.
Sometimes this sort of "borrowing" happens because the contractor, or its foreman, is too cheap to buy the necessary tools.I worked on a construction job that was 4 stories or so and there were tradesmen that instead of running their own extension cord up to the deck that they were working on would find a long cord on the ground floor that they could just unplug the individual cords branching off of it and coil it and throw it up to their floor. They would do this during break or lunch and often you would get back to your work area and pick up your own tool that had been plugged into the purloined cord and it would not run. When you went to check the trunk cord on your level and found it tossed up a floor or two and tools running up there off of it was a real pisser. Those guilty of such thoughtlessness would get cussed at and such and fights would nearly take place for the inconsideration of fellow workers. One guy in particular just kept on and a guy on my crew just told me to chill out the next time this happened and told me he had the perfect solution. He opened his tool box and pulled out a short pigtail that he had rewired with two hot legs for 220 volts and when the guy up top turned off his sander or skill saw, he would unplug the 'borrowed' cord and plug it into the 220 volt pigtail. He then pointed at his ear and the up to where the 'rewired' tool was. It was never very long before you could hear the usurpers tool wind up to well over its usual RPM's and the user was usually delighted at his newfound power and would keep using it until it would overheat or a bearing would go out. When we heard or smelled the ruined tool my guy would go unplug his turbo pigtail and plug the other cord back in. The jerk burned out a couple of tools and his boombox before he figured out what was going on and that resulted in a big fight in which both guys got fired. Only thing was that the guy with the clever pigtail had his job back the next day because the foreman thought it was the best solution for extension cord hijacking ever!
Intentional. Below is what a typical brush axe (we call it a “hook”) looks like. The head has a variety of shapes depending on the manufacturer but almost all have the “hook” aspect to the axe. The one I posted is cut down with a shortened handle. I’ve seen them from time to time carried by a line supervisor who does not to carry a full hook but wants to be able to take a small root or brush as he walks the line already built. I always carried a smaller lighter weight shovel walking the line. I found it more useful than a hook. Entertaining factoid…..the slang for the smaller shovel was “lady shovel”. 🤣Is that intentional or has it just been sharpened a few too many times?