March 2018

Still in Grants Pass, and for us, a late start. The rising sun illuminating the snow capped peak, from the balcony of our room. Somewhere up in the mountains of Southern Oregon: “Ooh, there’s a sign for a covered bridge. Let’s take a look!” And we did. The view of the sunrise from the balcony of our room in Portland. We a…

February 2018

OK, I bagged up all of the anchors, and have nowhere else to put them except here. But now I need that space for equipment! The code on the bag (PH SEA x 20) means it contains Precision Hayes Stressing End Anchors, 20 of them. The job site reported that the remote switch wasn’t working. Hmm, I wonder why. Life goes on here in Seattle. I…

January 2018

Back at work, I finally got the time to process all this stuff back into my inventory, after it was given to me at the end of 2 jobs. The hard part will be finding somewhere to put it all. Buddy “hiding in plain sight”. In Vegas for a 2-day training and certification for work. The hotel. Looking across a parking lot. The vie…

December 2017

In a variation on the theme from a few months ago, this is how you drag a bag of anchors weighing close to 1/4 ton off the truck and into the mini-depot. Bag handles onto the forks of the pallet stacker, strap around them to keep them on, lift it all as high as it will go, and PUSH! Pretty tough competition for ornaments in our place. Won…

November 2017

Must have been cold and wet that day. This is what 5 layers looks like. Angel looking very cute after a haircut. After a suggestion by the groomer that we bring her in on a weekday rather than the chaotic environment on the weekend, both Angel and the groomer are MUCH more relaxed! My mother would have been proud. With my work shirts need…

October 2017

I’m not sure now why I was called out to this job on the weekend, most likely to supply them with additional parts. Apparently, someone had read the plans wrong, the carpenters had placed the shoring (which defines the end of the slab once the concrete has been poured) about 18 inches too short, and the ironworkers had laid out the cables to matc…

September 2017

I got this jack back from a job site. No way this happens by accident. Grr. This is what it should look like. Julie's doctor at the VA Clinic suggested she get some Mucinex. Ah, yeah, just pick one! A red sun going down over the Naval Base, a result of the smoke that is STILL in the air. A sign on the wall at the VA Hospital, th…

August 2017

Again, this bag of anchors was way too heavy to handle on my own. Get the forks of the pallet stacker in place, drag the bag over them, and strap it on. My balcony garden - tomato, parsley, strawberry, and at the other end, capsicum. Couldn't resist capturing this in the car park at Julie's work. Our "cat-tus" on the balcony. Ag…

July 2017

The truck sits level when you put half a ton of steel in the back.  It's parked in the street opposite the apartments. The funeral home is up behind, on the left. I needed to get this "too heavy to lift" load out of the box and the straps I was using were too long for the load to clear the box.  OK, dig out some shorter straps and get them …

June 2017

Ah, the things I deal with at work. Looks like it blew one fuse, which then set light to the other one. I knew from my Sales Manager in Portland that we were arranging to buy another stressing set for some colleagues. What I didn't know was that one of them would call me on Friday morning, to say that he was on his way up from near Tacoma, as…