Construction Story - Fun!?? - Off Topic - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Chatroom Community > Off Topic


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #1
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Western suburbs, Chicago, Il.
Posts: 2,781
Rewards Points: 2,240

Construction Story - Fun!??

Hello all!
Things are a little slow here today -
So plenty of time for another sad, tale of "woe" and "suffering"!

This happened a long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away -
"Star Wars"!!
Oops, sorry! - wrong script!!

It's November, cold, rainy - what we all love about living in the Chicago, Ill.
I get to the office about 6:00 am - I've got some blueprints to turn in
I see there's a couple more blueprints to look at - answer the phone -
make some coffee.
The owner and the salespeople show up at 6:30 - 7:00 we drink coffee,
B.S., discuss various things.
The owner gives me a couple of orders for "custom", aluminum braking -
window and door wraps, fascia, etc...
I do them - then back to the office.

Customers start coming in - others handle the customers -
I run phone "interference".
Time moves on - the weather is getting wetter and windier
12:30 rolls around - lunch time!
I leave and proceed to one of my haunts -
You guessed it boys and girls - a "watering hole"!!

Some of my friends are there - libations flow (I bet that's a surprise!!!)
About 2:00 pm my "beeper" goes off - I call in.
I've got to go down the road a few miles and put a "band-aid" on some
leaking skylights -
"Wet or Dry" - oh well!
I have my "orders" - away I go!

Break time!


(Happy Holidays!)


rossfingal is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to rossfingal For This Useful Post:
oh'mike (12-06-2011)
Old 12-06-2011, 08:08 AM   #2
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Western suburbs, Chicago, Il.
Posts: 2,781
Rewards Points: 2,240

The skylights have been "Band-aided".
I'm rather "wet".
What does our "intrepid", "hero" do? -
Go home and change into dry clothing? -
Of course not!
That will cut into "libation" time! (Can't have that!)
Back to the watering hole!!
More of my friends have shown up - the "libations" flow!

About 4:00 pm my "pesky", beeper goes off again.
It's Friday!
I debate whether or not I should answer.
I do. (What a good little "trooper" - "fool"?)
"7 - 11" at Douglas and Montgomery Rds. - roof leak.
I'm friends with the owner - how bad can it be - I've still got cases of
"Wet or Dry" - another "band-aid"!
No problem!
How wrong I was!!!

I arrive at the "7 - 11" - walk up to the cashier, and tell him I'm here
about a roof leak.
He points to the back wall and what do I see?
A nice waterfall, pouring down the back wall about 15 ft. wide.
I jump in my van, pull around back, set up a ladder and get up on the roof.
Low-slope roof - about 20 ft. has peeled back, exposing plywood.
I get on my cell, to call the shop and see if I can get "reinforcements".
No answer - everybody has gone.
The "band-aid" ensues.

At this point, the wind gusts are in the 40+ mph range and it's sleeting -
I use everything I've got in my van to put a band-aid on it.
Luckily, I'm carrying a lot of misc., stuff.
I finish about 9:30 pm.
I go inside - the owner has shown up and he's helping the cashier mop
up the floor.
He looks at me, I tell him - it's fixed for now - you need a new roof.
He asks me - you were just up on that roof - I tell him - Yes!
After that, if he's there - free coffee, donuts, sandwiches for our "hero"!
They re-did the roof about 8 mons. later.

Well, you may wonder what our "hapless", hero did after that little, escapade?
(Maybe, you don't wonder - maybe you don't, really care - maybe,
you're not a "sharing", "caring" individual)
Guess what happened??!
Back to the watering hole!!!!!

Got a ride home from a friend - took a cab to pick up my van the next day.

So, let this be a lesson to you!
The lesson is -
Don't answer your beeper? - move to a place where it doesn't sleet? -
carry cases of "Wet or Dry", at all times?
You be the judge!
(Keep me out of this!!)

By the way - I wasn't on "call" to do emergency roof repairs - we didn't
do that.
What a "valorous", "hero" our "hero" is!!!
(They paid me!!!)

(No "libations" were harmed in the production of this story!)

As that great, philosopher from the movie "Caddy Shack" said -
"We're all going to get Layered"
(Rodney Dangerfield)

Happy Holidays! (Even the "Mods"!)



Last edited by rossfingal; 12-06-2011 at 08:17 AM.
rossfingal is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Story time: Construction Mishaps! rossfingal Off Topic 0 11-30-2011 10:30 AM
2 story, 3 story, or a basement? reveriereptile Building & Construction 13 10-10-2011 05:30 PM
Soft Hearted Construction Guys Wildie Building & Construction 0 11-29-2010 06:05 PM
second story addition JayG Building & Construction 9 02-26-2010 08:35 AM
2nd story bathroom, drain &vent, please help!!! serik Plumbing 4 07-15-2009 07:33 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1