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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #4: Bin Busy: Only One Small Injury to Report on the Salt Bin Build!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 264 days ago 1006 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Weather has not been on our side. The skies have been releasing fluffy white stuff, frozen rain and wet precipitation. With temps fluctuating from the low thirties to the low to mid twenties, that means ICE, with potential slips & falls!!! Yet, we still have about eleven customers that need their leaves wrangled. It is hard to wrangle up leaves when they are frozen to the ground and buried under an inch or two of snow.

Most of our winter service contracts don’t start until December 1st. However, with snow and ice on our customer’s parking lots, driveways and walkways, they expect (rightfully so) to be serviced. It was a scramble preparing our plow/salt trucks, to be pressed into service. Who needs to be inside a warm house on a 20* Sunday night!!!

Our new plow/salt truck, with dump/salter in the background:

The necessity to meet our customer’s needs meant bringing in a contractor to work on the salt bin build. I assisted with the build, when time allowed, but it was limited. I mostly operated the skid steer, allowing the contractor to reach new heights. Roof rafters have been installed, all walls studded out and siding has started to go up. All of this in 20 degree temperatures, wind gusts and a jobsite pocketed with very slippery ice!!!

A few pictures show the progress….

Roof Rafters in progress:

Once the roof rafters were completed, it was onto framing out the walls. For some reason, I don’t have any pictures of the completed framing. Oh well, who beside the lady LJ’ers, wants to see pictures of a bunch of studs???

Roof Rafters completed & Wall framing begun:

With the walls framed in, the T1-11 siding was the next order of business. There are still cuts to be made and additional siding to be nailed up. Since the contractor’s home furnace decided to take the day off, he needed to call it an early day.

The salt bin, as it stands:

Tasks, left to be done:
1) Complete siding installation
2) Roof installation
3) Trim carpentry
4) Order salt!!!

Oh yeah….
In the title, I mentioned a “small injury” to report. There was an accident on site. Not a life threatening injury. Nor was there any disfigurement or lose of limb. I do hate to see these kinds of things. However, injuries are a fact of life.
Here is a picture of the injured party:

Apparently this little fellow flew into the window of one of the outbuildings. He was dazed & confused for a while, but was able to at least walk away!!! We never saw him fly away, but he did leave the seen of the accident without filing a workmen’s comp case!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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Dave

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#1 posted 264 days ago

Way to go Salt King. That should keep your supply high and dry.
The truck is one fine rig. Let the boss scratch it first.
You are almost there.
Keep us posted.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 264 days ago

The bin should be done Monday….
Since salt has been ordered for Tuesday!!!

It is a nice truck and I do hope the boss is the first one to scratch it!!!
Given that it is a working plow truck….
It WILL get dings, it’s just a matter of when!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#3 posted 264 days ago

The salt bin looks good enough to call home…..very cool. Sweet new ride also…..

Enjoy the snow and ice….it’s going to be a long winter…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 264 days ago

Jeff,
Thanks for stopping by.
Are you wishing for a long, cold & snowy winter???
If so, YOU just ain’t right!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 235 days ago

Is it done yet ? Any pictures ? Any scratches in the new ride yet ?
Very comical story to date. Funny that a Woodpecker would get dazed and confused by hitting its head. LOL

Happy New Year to you and yours : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 235 days ago

Dusty,
& anyone else interested….

The bin is a “has been”....
As in has been completed, filled, emptied, refilled, emptied again and re-refilled!!!
We’ve used 92,000 pounds of salt, so far this season. That is two deliveries of salt.
Reason for said usage:

No scratches on the new ride (YET!). Can’t say the same thing about a van bumper, 4×4 post, or brick column!!!

Pictures are worth a….

Bin Done:

I haven’t seen the woodpecker….
I think our cat may have gotten it!!!

The Cat House:

Dusty,
& everyone else,

I hope a jolly Christmas was had by all!
May the new year bring nothing but great things for you & yours!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 235 days ago

Thanks for the update. That’s a lot of salt !!
Poor Woody : (

I traveled to Keene recently and stopped in at that beautiful Vermont rest stop on my way up 91.
They have a lot of nice furniture on display there from the locals. I grabbed some photos with my phone , but they didn’t come out that well. Maybe next time I will bring my real camera with me : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 235 days ago

Dusty,
Yeah, the Vermont Welcome Centers are really nice. The WW in them is phenomenal!!!
Do we really feel sorry for Woody???
I mean he/they do damage the wood supply!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 235 days ago

They mostly “attack” dead trees with bugs / grubs infesting them , so I do feel for Woody and his family, especially if he ended up in your litter box ! LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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