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jcraig
04-21-2011, 10:49 AM
how do you cope with the summer heat?

krackerjack9
04-21-2011, 11:11 AM
I used to think 112 to 115 was hot in Texas but after my stint in Iraq the first summer there with 6 weeks were it was 130+ and at 2200 at night it was still not below 105, I dont worry about now. The worst was in Dubia we flew in at 0330 it was still 103 out and it was foggy outside that was insanely hot. The very first week we were in Baghdad they had one of these unbeliveable dust storms and by the end of the week over 1000 people had died. After that learned a few tricks from the locals, were long sleve clothing and hard to believe buy wraping a towel around your head kept you much cooler and you wouldnt loose as much body moisture. We had several guys who go dehydrated over there kept wanting to wear t shirts which is fine but they would drink much water, they come in from the heat to a cool 88 degree room and before you knew it they be loosing it. I can remember people wearing jackets in the morning when the temp was in the low 90's and by the time we left the defac a hour or so latter it was already 107 out.

SLMGT
04-21-2011, 09:50 PM
Drink plenty of water and be thankful for the heat. The heat is one reason clients are willing to pay for lawn care.:usflag:

IRRITECH
04-21-2011, 09:51 PM
The guys wear long sleeve shirts and pants, I've heard that it will keep you cooler. Me, shorts, polo, alot of water and A/C. (except the A/C is out in the irrigation truck, and that sucks)

Dr.NewEarth
04-21-2011, 10:03 PM
I carry a side pouch of gaterade at all times if I'm doing maintenance or any long walks on properties. I put a bike drink clip on one of the 21 inch mowers too.

I wear shorts and work boots. My socks get covered in clippings.

I have to wear a big hat and a long sleeved shirt and I put on sunscreen a few times a day. I burn easily.

Having A/C in my truck is nice too, but we generally don't get hotter than 90 most of the time in the summer.

Why the early post? Here it's wetter than a waterfall lately?

Snyder's Lawn Inc
04-21-2011, 10:08 PM
I never run AC till day is over Drink lots water I put down 3-4 gallons water per day when temps are up pass 95

JPsDuramax
04-21-2011, 11:14 PM
I keep the truck set at 60 through out the day. The help hates it in the mornings. They actually bring coats with them when it supposed to be 90+ later in the day. Lol Other than that, I drink plenty of water and Gatorade.
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StihlMechanic
04-21-2011, 11:20 PM
Lots of water. The night before I freeze tap water in a few 2 liter bottles and let it thraw through out the next day. Its still cold by 2-3pm. No AC in my truck which sucks here in Texas but helps me adapt to the heat better.

SouthSide Cutter
04-21-2011, 11:31 PM
Powerade and Gatorade have way to much sugar for me. Started using Propel lemon wtr. and just plain wtr. When we used to work in the hay fields old farmer said nothing quenched your thirst like unsweetened tea. It works but its a pain to get ready everyday.

topsites
04-21-2011, 11:33 PM
Most folks think that heat rises, and while this is true, what happens in fact
is that cold displaces heat and not the other way around.

We have to understand in this Universe cold is the default, whenever there is absolutely nothing going on it is cold,
very cold, in fact so dang cold we can't even begin to measure these extreme forms of cold that stem from nothingness.

Cold always exists, the Universe started very cold and it will likely end very cold, it is a fact that in at least 99%
of the Universe it is right now very, very cold, or at the least too cold for life to exist and only in very small portions
of the Universe does heat exist in any quantity, an ever smaller part does heat exist where life can occur, and the
rest is occupied by heat too great to consider for conversational purposes.

Because cold is not just the absence of heat, but heat is not the absence of cold,
it takes energy to create heat and without heat you have cold, but without cold
you still have nothing and you can't get heat out of nothing hence the absence of
cold does not, can not exist.

Not that it helps, but I thought I'd explain it.

grincon
04-21-2011, 11:38 PM
And a great job you did at that.

weeze
04-22-2011, 12:41 AM
big rim hat like the Magellan Sportswear hat from Academy Sports and a cooler of gatorade and water and sunscreen and sunglass/safety glasses...don't just drink water only .....when it's 95+ outside...you need electrolytes as well to prevent heat stroke and passing out

SNAPPER MAN
04-22-2011, 01:05 AM
Definatley longsleeves and pants. Wide brim hat or a baseball cap with a bandana hanging under it.
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KINGMADE
04-22-2011, 01:16 AM
Not gonna lie. Later this year I will be rocking a cool shirt. If you havent heard of them check em out. http://www.coolshirt.net/ It aint cheap but worth every cool penny.

StihlMechanic
04-22-2011, 01:26 AM
Most folks think that heat rises, and while this is true, what happens in fact
is that cold displaces heat and not the other way around.

We have to understand in this Universe cold is the default, whenever there is absolutely nothing going on it is cold,
very cold, in fact so dang cold we can't even begin to measure these extreme forms of cold that stem from nothingness.

Cold always exists, the Universe started very cold and it will likely end very cold, it is a fact that in at least 99%
of the Universe it is right now very, very cold, or at the least too cold for life to exist and only in very small portions
of the Universe does heat exist in any quantity, an ever smaller part does heat exist where life can occur, and the
rest is occupied by heat too great to consider for conversational purposes.

Because cold is not just the absence of heat, but heat is not the absence of cold,
it takes energy to create heat and without heat you have cold, but without cold
you still have nothing and you can't get heat out of nothing hence the absence of
cold does not, can not exist.

Not that it helps, but I thought I'd explain it.

Damn Steven Hawking.



Yeah I also wear a mexican hat, stupid looking but really helps shade my whole body.

RLS24
04-22-2011, 01:40 AM
doesnt usually get too bad here, worst was last summer the hottest day of the summer I was doing an 8 yard mulch job it was 95 degrees out, left in the middle of the job to go to an apartment fire then came back and finished the job.

I get Gatorade and mix it in 1-gallon water jugs 50/50 with water. My old truck did not have A/C, but the new one does although I prob won't use it. I think its worse for your body to be in and out of the A/C all the time. Gotta hydrate BEFORE exertion too. So that doesnt mean wait til after your fisrt couple lawns to take a drink when you're thirsty. You need to start hydrating from the time you get home the night before.

weeze
04-23-2011, 02:10 AM
i have to run the a/c lol...during the summer it's like 200 degrees inside the truck if i didn't run it lol

lukemelo216
04-23-2011, 03:45 AM
last summer I was working for another company (i thought I was going to be selling mine. Kept mine running, and then decided to keep it going.) Anyways our attire was brown duck carhartt pants, and a green coton polo or t-shirt. Plus a hard hat and saftey vest (large commercial site). You just need to drink a lot of water, but also get the electrolytes in you too (gatorade). Lightweight long sleeves help too since it absorbs your sweat and then keeps you cool. Wear a hat, and get a wet towle or bandana and put in on your head over the back of your neck.

We do the same thing with water. Fill up gallon jugs the night before, and freeze them. Then take them out and they thaw out, and if you need too, add a little water to them, but those things can last sometimes almost 2 days. And I also bring about 2 bottles of gatorade to drink at throughout the day. No soda at all, that will just dehydrate you. We do those types of water bottles everynight, but they work wonders in the summer. If your really thirsty, and the ice hasnt melted a ton, at a stop, put it on the ground by a tire, it will melt really fast, but still be cool.