As I went through an intersection this morning on the way to work, I thought I heard something roll off the top of my tool box and hit the pavement…like a metal pipe.
I quickly checked my side mirrors to make sure all of the tool box doors were shut (they were) and continued on for two more minutes…
Then it dawned on me. The aluminium handles from my siding break would make that kind of sound. (They are a round pipe attached by cotter key’s so they shouldn’t be popping off)
But just to be sure, I pulled off to check.
Sure enough, the back handle was missing…. sitting in the middle of an intersection, two miles back 😦
It was 7:30 AM, on a Friday morning, right in the middle of work traffic.
I called my co-worker to let him know what I was doing and would be a few minutes late.
When I got back to the intersection, there it was, right in the middle of the road..a four way intersection where two major highways cross. Traffic clipping through there at a healthy 35 mph.
“This will be interesting,” I thought to myself as I sprinted over to the first median. Looked both ways, then made a bee-line for the handle. The cars closest to me were stopped for a red light, so I ran back across 4 lanes of traffic.
I smiled at the guys in the front of the line, as if to say.
“Don’t run me over OK ?” 😉
The rest of the day was equally intense.
We were working on a punch list for a newly sold condo for an elderly widow.
(A punch list is a list of misc. items needing to be taken care of when a house sells.)
I’d already swapped out two ceiling fans, installed a new kitchen counter top, new sink, repainted several rooms…etc. Today’s list included two replacement windows, swap out a utility sink, hang three mirrors, install a set of vertical blinds, attach two thresh holds on a laminate floor, and hang two shelves above the computer.
I had hoped to get everything done before she moved in, but it didn’t work out that way. The replacement windows were the biggest challenge. I’ve put in several hundred of these over the years, so one way or the other, the window was going in. Well, the old ones did not want to come out. It is a brick condo, and the nailing fins were behind the brick. I told my sister later, it was like pulling impacted teeth that had to be cut out, one chunk at a time. 😉
Nasty dirty work.
I went through a dozen saw-zall blades.
It took me twenty minutes to figure out how to get the first window frame out…all the while my customer was sitting on the bed watching me.
After the first window was finally installed, the guy in charge of the general upkeep of the grounds stopped by and told me, the windows didn’t match the rest of the windows in the complex and were not going to work. (Keep in mind I had several thousand dollars I needed to collect on the completion of today’s punch list.)
I had matched the interior of the windows rather than the exterior, because there was more than one shade of brown throughout the neighborhood….
In the end, it all worked out. I got my check. Customer thanked me for doing a great job on everything.
It’s a good thing I love what I do.
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