Thursday, December 16, 2010

So, this morning while driving through Dallas... 

...I came across some guys who were, no doubt, just then concocting their story to explain this:




By Anonymous Blacque Jacques Shellacque, at Fri Dec 17, 12:46:00 AM:

"It's the surveyor's fault."  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Dec 17, 01:37:00 AM:

Been there, done that, and it was.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Fri Dec 17, 06:45:00 AM:

OK, *that* was a great comment.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Dec 17, 09:37:00 AM:

This happens more frequently than you would believe. As a routine matter underground pipes aren't, in fact, where blueprints and maps say they are. The equipment operator is just relieved it was water and not gas or electricity.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Dec 17, 10:33:00 AM:

The operator is very busy right now trying to "rent" some legitimate ID to show to the cops when they get there. He is also practicing his "no spica da Englaise."  

By Blogger Stack Trace, at Fri Dec 17, 11:04:00 AM:

"Uhhh good news, guys! We found a spring!!"

Re anon @ 10:33. I find it hard to believe that they are dumb enough to let an undoc'd worker operate heavy equipment. Cart junk around a work site, sure. Sweep crap up, sure. But not a hoe.  

By Anonymous WLW, at Fri Dec 17, 12:54:00 PM:

That's nothing.

I worked in Florida as a form carpenter. Next door to our jobsite was apartments going up on a whole city block with a steel girder garage in the middle. It was huge but the whole thing was made of jointed 2x4s and OSB.

The whole workforce was Hispanic with the foremen white.

Well, one of the Lull forklift drivers, a mexican, caught a high electrical line while lifting rafters to be set.

It dropped.

Started a small fire.

No fire extinguishers on site.

Site was fully covered in construction debris.

Conflagration begins.

Whole city block burns.

Two blocks away sat a fire station.

Engine was taken in earlier that day to have radio replaced.

Heat so terrible that it torched a Post Office across the street.

Damage done: $43 Million dollars.

All the concrete and pipe had to be torn out of the ground---steel girders scrapped.

You can't top that.  

By Blogger Georg Felis, at Mon Dec 20, 03:56:00 PM:

Might not be as much a fail as you think. Sometimes when they have underground water pipes leaking, they will dig out all around them first, then cut the pressure to swap out the pipe (as to minimize the loss of pressure to the neighborhood). Sometimes the weak pipe will not react well and break, but they're all ready with the new section and the pumps and such.

Utility workers can be pretty sharp cookies. Afer all, they not only do this for a living, but they clean up the messes other idiots with backhoes make.  

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