I got way too hot today

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  1. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    It was 98 degrees today with the humidity at 70%. I used my frog togs, but it felt like it barely worked. I drank a whole 4 pack of big gatorades and 4 water bottles. I would also take a rag and dip it in the cooler and ring it out all over my head and neck.

    Now ive got a wicked headache because I got so hot today. Its the usual weather for south ga, but for some reason today felt over the top.

    What do you guys use or do to stay cool?
  2. 9ball1018

    9ball1018 LawnSite Member
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    We have similar weather here in birmingham. To me nothing really works. All I do is stay hydrated and hang a towel around my neck helps keep my shirt dry.
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  3. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Word of advice.....don't move to florida
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  4. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am 5 miles from florida, lol
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didn't think it was too bad today, its supposed to get cooler in a couple of days.

    Hope this aint yall fellers first year.
  6. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    Man I feel you. We did a mulch job today. 12 yards. Fenced in back yard. Driveway was uphill then through the fence and back up the hill in the back yard which was a 4.5ft retaining wall with slopes on the sides. We would make 2-3 trips with wheel barrows and then take a break. Had 3 of us and we are wore slap out!
  7. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I drank a whole 4 pack of big gatorades

    Sugar and extreme heat/humidity are two combinations that should not be mixed together. Try Powerade Zero instead.
  9. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I freeze a bunch of bar towels (moistened first) keep em in your cooler. Wrap a nice cold towel around your neck. I try to have one for each job after noon. Really helps cool you off. If you run out, just rinse em out in cooler water. And as already posted, try the Powerade zero. The sugar in the Gatorade might be ok for 1 bottle, but beyond that its counter productive.

    Also, what are you wearing (creepy huh)? Try wearing Dickies, or other lightweight (and not 100% cotton) work pants. And a polyester or dri-z type shirts. They make a HUGE difference.

    And this one may sound funny. But those little ice pack things for coolers are a lifesaver. Get a bunch of the smallest size. Just like the frozen bar towels, put one in your front pants pocket, and bring enough for each job after noon. I kid you not, you'll be glad you did.

    And try to take it easy for a bit. Heat sickness is cumulative. Tomorrow you will be even more susceptible.
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  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Be aware that the pre-mixed gatorade you can buy in convenience store's has a ton of sugar and sodium in it. The kind you mix yourself is much better for you.
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