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How was I supposed to know?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Drafto, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Drafto

    Drafto LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    How was I supposed to know..........

    1. When excavating for a retaining wall, even though your trench is 24" wide, dig it a little more b/c if it rains after you have your fabric in and some modifed........that your sides will collapse and it will be he!! digging mud from beneath the textile fabric!

    2. To just purchase a jumping jack, b/c when you rent one for a week and it rains, then you get it for the second week and it rains, then when you ask the rental place to just sell you the thing.......and they won't.

    3. When you order corners for Allan Block retaining wall systems, the moldings don't produce them correctly and they still need to be cut to fit properly??????? (Read it again it is typed correctly)

    Drum roll please.......

    4. When doing paver driveways, go out of your way to tell the customers, they won't be able to use thier driveway until you are done.

    I need this hardscaping learing curve to end! The knowledge is there, the tools are there, the manpower is there, I am absorbing as much as I can but man, sometimes it is downright frustrating! I have had a tough couple weeks and I am just venting. But seriously, I have no other choice but to get through these times and learn these lessons on my own, what else is there to do? I can't go back and work for someone for 10 years to learn the nuances of this trade, I have no choice but to do it on my own. Someone start offering lesson!

  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Its construction work. There are going to be setbacks, just part of the business. ;)
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    :laugh: Sorry, that just reminds me of so many different situations with customers...
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    yeah, no sh!t. I still get pizzed every time I need to use corners. I go out of my way to build with curves to avoid their friggin' corners:angry:
  5. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Yeah, and we thought none of the guys on here were obsessive, job defacing, sport loving, closet, hetero stalking, homosexuals. How were we supposed to know? Greenmonster, how were we supposed to know?
  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Miiiikkke -- I seee youuuu!

  7. Drafto

    Drafto LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Hey Mike, you might want to step out of the closet. You have used a few threads to express your sexuality, it is okay man, a lot of male business owners are g@y. Maybe you could apply for some special goverment grants or something to aid your business. Oh, and speaking of stalkers, where are my faxes, and when are we having lunch? And when does my free labor start? And for the record, none of that is g@y!


    P.S. Chris, you always have your eyes on Mike.
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    I have a 3 dollar bill in my pocket that ain't as queer as you guys.
  9. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Is that right next to your pink pen?

    I'm sorry Mark, I couldn't resist.
  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    I've been building a patio with a large retaining wall. I built the wall about halfway up and I told the homeowner not to water the lawn up hill until i got the wall backfilled. What did she do? watered...and washed out some of the wall. nothing like redoing a 90' retaining wall because she left the water on all night.

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