Rookie mistakes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by zechstoker, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. zachj265

    zachj265 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    While pulling new trailer out of garage (1st mowing day of year) was in hurry and shut garage door simultaneously. My wife came out to check on what she heard only to see garage door attached to my trailer 5 feet down the driveway. Started mowing season at $500 loss before leaving driveway.
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  2. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,739

    A simple mistake - running out of trimmer line, and being no where near a store. So, i try to find a piece of wire to put on my trimmer head, or tie together pieces of short line, etc. One time, i cut up this old barb wire fence on the edge of the customers property, then covered it back up with briars.
  3. xstatikplus

    xstatikplus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 299

    years ago changing blades on a old 42" ferris wasn't paying attention and put the shims on the bolt before the blade, the center blade was cutting about an inch higher then the side blades and of course didn't know until I was on my first account of the day and the tool were at the shop......made that day about 2 hours longer then needed.

    A co worker who was with the company for 2 years put straight gas in a 4 day old 2 stroke lawnboy. Thing ran great for about 3 minutes till the engine seized. lol

    Another co worker hopped in the truck to move it because he blocked the cotumers driveway when we got there right after he put the push mower inbetween the truck and trailer, ran over it, smashed to pieces.

    Customer stories...
    An elderly couple we used to take care of, both not all there in thier old age. Wife comes outside says hi and tells me she has to drive to the doctor because her husband is having a check up, jumps in her car and leaves. 5 minutes later the husband comes outside and asks me if I seen his wife!!!

    Best one ever.....Old guy comes out of his house to talk with me telling me how we do such a fantastic job and so on. When he said his piece he took a step back as he was turning to go back in his house, rolls his ankle over the edge of his flower bed and slow motion falls into his flowers. Instantly turned into a dick and started chewing me out saying that we are making his flower beds too big by edging them!! It took everything in me to not burst out laughing at him.
  4. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 928

    Glad to know I'm not the only one.
  5. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    I made the mistake of going to a continuing ed seminar this morning and didn't bring extra coffee. Lol... Stinkin seminar was going to put me to sleep.
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  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I had never heard of people putting wood chips in their flower beds before, so I misunderstood when a customer asked me to mulch her flower beds for her. I did think it was a strange request since she had really nice gardens, but I did what she asked...had to run them over 3 or 4 times with the mower but I mulched it all up pretty good. The shrubs were too thick to do with the mower so I just used loppers to cut them down to the ground. I think I still have some hearing damage in my right ear from taking her phone call when she got home and saw her mulched flower beds.


    Just kidding, lol
  7. sterlinglawns

    sterlinglawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    hahaa thats pretty funny
  8. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,739

    getting lazy trying to mow next to a newspaper. U know how it turns out.
  9. sterlinglawns

    sterlinglawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    oh yeah i've done that.... total mess
  10. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,237

    That's something you only do one time lol

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