The things I find in poly land....

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JayinMI, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. JayinMI

    JayinMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    Well I was on an install today (I usually run service and the shop) and we were right along the lakeshore...great breeze, no humidity, the pulls were like pulling a hot knife through butter...then CLUNK...

    I thought it was a root at first but I tried to go through it and nope not gonna happen. (Thats the first pic).

    Then I am on my last pull and I hit something again. Once again I thought big root and I pulled up a bit (I pull my pipe deep, I like it on Santans roof!). Anyway pulling up did not work so finally I had to figure out WTF I was running into....Second pic is what I was running into.

    No boot shots, but you can see my boots from me on the machine.

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  2. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone ever dig up a body (human or animal) while doing irrigation work?
  3. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 807

    I swear to god that in my next life I want to come back as a concrete guy..just so I can leave my crap everywhere and let the next guy clean it up.
  4. JayinMI

    JayinMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    I have hit a dead animal in a wooden box. Previous owners must have buried it and left it. This was about 3 yrs ago.
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    not human, but the years not over yet.

    i have dug a few graves though.
  6. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm waiting to find my nugget of gold!

    Jay I like your puller
  7. Some Sprinkler Guy

    Some Sprinkler Guy LawnSite Member
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    One of my guys went on a zone not working call. Started tracking the wire, and found where it sounded like it was cut. Stuck a shovel in the ground and he said it shot through like butter. He pulled the shovel out and said it was covered in blood and hair.

    He freaked and called me saying someone or something was buried there. The prop. owner said their dog had died and they buried it there. My guy ended up running new wire around the problem area. :laugh:

    Was one of the freakiest deals I have ever had happen.
  8. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. grewup_withsprinklers

    grewup_withsprinklers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    pulled out a tire last week and a ADT home security sign 2 days before that.
    most commonly i pull out siding,shingles and 2X4's.
  10. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    The weirdest thing I have found was a stolen car that was buried in a bucks up client's rear yard. They wanted their rear yard that butted against the golf course to match so I had to re-shape/grade the rear yard and under the mound I needed to move - SCREECH - and there it was, a Ford Taurus.
    The homeowner was pissed as the trunk was full of lead acid batteries that were leaking as well as the gas tank leaked - by the time we finished removing all of that crap it was like $3K in hazardous disposal fees let alone the additional labor.
    All at a brand new $800K house - dude was a snake, I mean lawyer and he went after the builder for the cost of the cleanup. Sued the builder then demanded that I testify in court so I trotted out my standard line of $750 per half day deposition fee plus a grand a day I have to spend in court. He didn't ask again. Got paid for the work though.

    The smelliest I ever found was a dead horse at a ranch where we were installing an irrigation system. I'm on a 6" Ditch Witch chain trencher and suddenly the machine drops and all sorts of goo starts flying around. The wife comes out apologizing like mad saying they forgot they had their daughter's horse buried there. Once I got the machine out of the carcass pit and cleaned off I asked them if they knew where Jimmy Hoffa was buried - we all had a laugh about the whole thing. Still are clients to this day - maybe eight years after my Freddie act on 'ol Trigger.

    You know that smell of the rotting horse kind of reminds me of my ex wife's bloated butt.

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