View Full Version : we're done !

David Gretzmier
01-20-2011, 04:35 PM
We are done with takedowns ! we actually finished taking down items on tuesday or the 18th, and the shop foreman and shop crew finished unloading and warehousing those items on the 19th. we also cleaned all the trucks and organized a ton of stuff yesterday at the shop to get ready for next year. we still had some miscellaneous boxed up stuff in the shop/organization to finish up today, but we are snowed in and probably will finish that tomorrow.

then next week, finally getting back to finishing construction on my shop.

I am absolutely thrilled with finishing takedowns this early. I normally finish up on Jan 31 or so, sometimes going as late as Feb. 5. I went back and checked, and the last time we finished this early was 2004. that was way back when we had a lot less clients. and less workers to be sure. The main thing that was different this year was twofold: running 4 crews on takedowns and fantastic weather the first week of January.

I can't believe I always forget how much a crew can take down in a day when the weather is decent. It seems the first few days I was underloading the guys with work, and then I overload them and they can't fit it all in thier truck. it really was a balancing act, as you can send guys to 5 houses in the same neighborhood, and then they can't fit it all in the truck. or they can do 3 of those and then some c-9 jobs a few neighborhoods over with less volume ( garland, bows, yard art-steel frame structures, wreaths ) but more work ( roof time.

I will repeat it here what I have learned this year, that on my jobs, 2 guys working 8-5 or 8-6 on good weather days, without perfect routing, cannot effectively do takedowns all day with a 14 foot box van. 18-20 foot is what is really needed. I would say 16 foot is the minimum if it is an 8 foot tall box with the shelf over the cab like a uhaul or aero van. so all you guys looking to buy a boxvan next year or an enclosed trailer need to plan on that. If we had larger trucks, we would have finished last week easy. and payroll would have been probably less. but getting things done quicker this year REALLY minimized complaints.

01-20-2011, 10:57 PM
Congrats!!! We have a long way to go! Its so cold here only 7 for the high (Friday)! We took down all the Wreathes and garland.

01-21-2011, 06:21 PM
Haven;t even gotten half done so far, snowing every other day, no access getting to roofs or trees, and Lord knows we have well got our share of ice at this point. Looking at the long range forecast, we are set in this type of a pattern for this month and now they are talking February as well. They are talking about a storm next week that if it does realize, we could be looking at 3-5 FEET. We have gotten over 4' since Christmas, and they are landing every two - three days. At this point, April.

turf hokie
01-22-2011, 02:32 PM
Perfect, send your guys up here:dizzy:. We are leaving crazy amounts of material behind, getting what we can.

We to may be taking down in April. Never gone past Janueary 30 with take downs, with 1 week to go we have over 1/2 our houses left and the 1/2 we have taken down still have cords frozen in the ground, or roof lights still up...

David Gretzmier
01-25-2011, 10:17 PM
sorry you guys have to deal with crazy cold and yucky stuff. I guess having 2 teams in the super bowl from up north makes up for it?

we had fantastic weather for us, but there was 3 days in there that we had snow and roads were unsafe and schools were closed. but since it is the south, we thawed out prett quick and got back at it and were able to finish.

good luck, and keep updating as you guys finish up. I am curious when you guys finish up takedowns.

01-28-2011, 06:57 PM
Can't get near anything here. Even though we missed the storm that absolutely buried Bryan yesterday (19 inches plus of the heavy wet stuff 40 miles North of NYC where I dropped a load of salt last night,) we have had consistently colder than "normal" weather here, and on top of the 50+ inches so far, hopeless cause at this point. I am actually considering taking the bucket truck off the road until we can get moving again. I absolutely need it for 3 of them, but at this point, Lord only knows when the access is going to exist.

01-29-2011, 03:08 PM
We have 4 left to do, but all have gutters that are full of ice. Looking at the weather forecast, i don't know when they will thaw out. Now the decision of wait or go chip the lights out of the gutter????

turf hokie
01-29-2011, 03:40 PM
We will finish up taking greenery down on Monday. Been running 1 two man crew for this. Then I am shutting down until this snow and ice goes away. We have had 5 ft of snow so far another 1-2 inches expected tonite and then another "big one" tuesday into wednesday. This is ridiculous at this point, never had to deal with this much snow before. We are on pace to shatter the record for most snow EVER....

Just wasting labor and damaging material at this point.....cant even get my house down.....

Tq23, chipping for us is not an option, we tried one year and all we did was break material, gutters and shingles not worth it at all....

NY Landscape Lighting
01-29-2011, 03:44 PM
Same here in Westchester COunty, Still have 40 or so to go plus mine and 6 neighbors. Light Links,C-9 frozen and minis buried. Also doing garlands and wreaths only where possible. Hope we don't lose customers because of this. Who knows how much snow now for Tuesday.

01-29-2011, 10:38 PM
I'm in the same boat! It's taking long to get this stuff down! Now here (Chicago) more snow and very cold next week. I should been done with taking downs by St Patrick Day?:dizzy:

01-30-2011, 10:28 PM
I still have 2 properties left for takedowns, however I'm not too worried about it. I'm small time when it comes to lighting and my customers are fine with the lights that are buried staying there until spring. They'd much rather have me there plowing their driveways than messing with their lights with all this snow we've been having.

01-31-2011, 01:13 AM
We worked hard the first 2 weeks of January when the weather was great, a few folks where surprised but with minimal snow on the ground and nothing in the gutters we had to work fast. We got 55 done in a week and a half, best day was 14 homes. Only have one left and he wanted to stay up until the super bowl.

02-01-2011, 07:36 AM
Update for you Dave, another 15-30" up here on the way today and tomorrow, then another one for Sat and looking at a third Tues/Wed

02-01-2011, 06:16 PM
Update here (Chicago) two feet on the way! Maybe by Easter I will be done!?:cry:

turf hokie
02-01-2011, 07:57 PM
For those of us mired in snowstorm after snowstorm, have any of you proactively reached out to your customers to make them aware of the situation?

Seems you cant assume all of them will know/understand that the snow has royally screwed up the take downs. My crew came in yesterday from a job that was links only and said they were encased in 3 inches of ice and 2 of the links were bashed like some one took a shovel to them trying to get them down (she has called 3x and each time I tell her that we will get there as soon as we can physically remove the lights)

got 3 inches of snow/sleet this morning and expecting another 4-6 over nite. Another storm coming for Sat and then potential for tues/wed next week also. We have gotten 95% of the greenery down, some wreaths were installed from the roof or the 40' ladder and we cant set the ladder or get on the roof for removal.

NY Landscape Lighting
02-01-2011, 09:52 PM
Same over here Bryan, have reached out once last week,will again tomorrow. Still about 30 to go, have removed most greenery as well.Most folks are understanding and some have been surprised we did show up some of the days.

wurkn with amish
02-16-2011, 12:28 PM
finished up last one this morning! temps should really help you guys out this week and next.

NY Landscape Lighting
03-03-2011, 08:57 PM
Finally done today,although still had to chip away at some snow and ice around bushes. Three or four extension cords still under plowed snow piles will have to wait.

03-04-2011, 05:05 PM
Finally done today,although still had to chip away at some snow and ice around bushes. Three or four extension cords still under plowed snow piles will have to wait.

NY do you use Village lighting products?

NY Landscape Lighting
03-05-2011, 09:58 AM
We use some Village C-9 and mini's. Now mostly HBL stuff.

03-08-2011, 07:28 PM
We just finished up our last one today. :drinkup:

turf hokie
03-08-2011, 07:55 PM
We just finished up our last one today. :drinkup:

I'm with you, just going back around to check for any clips etc that got lost in snow banks that are now gone.


03-09-2011, 07:48 PM
15 left will be done this week! :drinkup:

03-10-2011, 09:30 AM
We got a fair amount of melt, then a foot that night, then melt, then 6" supposed to get heavy rain all weekend, hoping to get a good portion of them down next week. Will have to wait for it to dry up to get to some. I don;t dare put the bucket truck on the lawns now.

Can;t seem to win for losing. he three trees we have to do are 40' UGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03-14-2011, 09:53 AM
What a mess!!!!!

Some of the homes we did have so much damage from this past winter. Partial roof destruction, gutters hanging off or torn off completely, WOW.

One thing I am noticing, looking for some advice. I moved to C-9's this past season, matter of fact with the exception of 1 project all new ones were c-9. Anyhow, HBL's shingle tabs are molded wrong, the hook didn't fit the eyes of the LL, that took a large amount of time to resize them, but I got some all in ones from Light Source, they are not holding the shingles well at all from what I am now seeing. Is there a better clip out there, or is it primarily the fact that we got well over 100" of snow?

Any thoughts would be most greatly appreciated.

Thanks all!!