February 2017

A customer suggested that she should be able to separate pumps from jacks, which would greatly assist in moving them around a job site. Given that the pump is about 60 lbs (27Kg) and a jack is around 55lbs (25Kg), and they may need to move a set up or down a ladder, I thought it a good idea, and made it happen, but only on 2 sets. These are the Quick Connects I used.

The pump and jack separated.

As it happens, the boss put a bit of a damper on the idea, saying that the company used to do this, but job site people got so much gunk into the Quick Connects that they leaked badly, and they moved to having them permanently plumbed together. I think I’ll set it up so that I have the option to supply sets attached or separate, depending on the job site. And the Quick Connects will be on the pump, where they are less exposed to potential damage.

A snapshot of the weather map from weather.com – the blue is snow currently falling across almost all of Washington State. It’s due to reach us tonight, just in time for the start of the working week.

And it did. Most of my job sites were closed for a “Snow Day”.

On my suggestion, based on my 3 months forward projection of equipment usage, the company ordered 6 new sets. These are the pumps, partially prepped and ready to have the jacks connected when they arrive.

In the process of taking about 6 feet off the length of the power cables.

A view of the new work space. Right side, looking in.

Right side, inside.

Left side, looking in.

Left side, inside.

Side note: Creating these posts in retrospect and looking back at the pictures, I can’t believe how clean and uncluttered it is!

For my 65th birthday, we woke up to light snow (again).

And celebrated with Julie’s family. At that age, one candle is enough!

Don’t sit on that, there’s a dog in there.

At work, Wow. More heavy snow.

A propane tanker rolled over on the freeway. So glad I could go around this one!

The news was all over a Taco Truck that was stuck in the mess, who simply cranked up their product and sold it to other stranded motorists.