First time with heat exhaustion yesterday

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  1. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've been through 6 gallons of fluid in a day before trimming shrubs for 12 hrs on a 95 degree day with 80+ perencent humidity. Its a whole different ball game when your drinking that much and never needing to take a tinckle.
     
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh so heat exhaustion, that's what they call this disorder of the cluelessness.
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hay is even worse. 90 degree day is 110-120 in the barn with hay dust clinging to your sweat and they add acid to the bails for preservation and not only does it eat your clothes but burns your eyes. Straw is bad but I don't think it gives heat off like hay does. Lukly I've never been to that point yet. I sweat to much I think.
     
  4. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was close today, i was making mistakes. I blew two yards before i trimmed, then had to go back and blow the second time. I did the backpack Pirouette one time, left the cruise control on when i started it, then did circles trying to get in the harness. It probably looked funny to anyone watching. I also forgot to change cutting height for a fast growing yard and spent way to much time double cutting. Turned the wrong way and blew a ton of grass in a bed, these mistakes i can attribute to the heat and extending the day even more. Getting overheated is no joke, be safe out there everyone.
     
  5. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    don't hesitate to grab a hose and soak down, back of neck, head and forearms. Brings the core temp down quick.
     
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Been there and did that 50 years ago. After I got my degree I went to
    work for a company and it was ac all the way. I swore I would be the best little employee they ever had....stayed 35 years.
     
  7. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    This scares me because it is so different than what I experience 2 or 3 years ago. I was trimming around graves on a steep hill at a cemetery, and as I worked under a big Oak tree in the shade I felt like the lights were getting dimmer and dimmer in the shade. I leaned against the tree and realized I had total tunnel vision and immediately got nausea real bad. I called my best man who lived right around the corner and woke him up from his 3rd shift sleep. I told him I was sick and I was coming over and if I wasn't there soon to come and find me. I made it and was fine.

    Everyone at the power store said it was a stroke coming on but I think it wasn't even close to what you went through. I can see how you became a zombie, I think I was close and the shade made me aware of it? Or snapped me out of it? I never felt a loss of control and you were out of it. That should be a wake up for some who can't get up in the early morning!

    I hope everything comes out OK for you, sounds like all your luck for the year is used up bud.
     
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I dont use Hay on lawns never needed to go buy square bales of hay I bale big round bales at the farm Loading them is easy in a tractor with AC

    Straw is bad when you are in a metal hay shed no wind I loaded 150 bales in about 40 mins Heat index was 105

    Fars that goes hay don't give heat off either unless its freash hay

    The worst buying straw from a Hog farmer that's some dusty straw

    Back in 80s I use buy my straw from the field on shares I keep my half and I had stack farmer's half in his barn. Then was buying straw for $1.00 per bale now paying 3.50 out of a barn
     
  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was talking about loading fresh hay into a barn. My father was a dairy farmer so we had lots of fun. You would have 2 guy on the trailer and 3 in the barn and you would be popping off 150 bale trailers in 20 min and do that all day long for 3 to 4 days.
     
  10. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    JC I did it too and unless someone has worked in China or some other god forsaken place they will never understand. Hay or straw, it all sucks. They run straw up that conveyor at twice the speed because it is half as heavy and then you dad and grandpa are yelling at you and your brother and the neighbor kid, and you cannot even see down there it's so damn hot and dusty. You itch from your eyes to your toes. Getting stung up too, don't forget that part. At the end of the day grandpa would come over and go" OK 10 hours so thats $5 for each of ya" and "Get in that hose before you go around your mom's house or you'll be sleeping in that hay tonight boy"

    But farmers are lazy and get to sit around all summer in the AC and watch the crops grow that easy money. Don't forget that kids.
     

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