This one will crack you guys up!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Braveheart, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Braveheart

    Braveheart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    I just started in the lawn care industry. Here is how my first day went...

    When I got to the customer's house she asked me to remove a large base to an old shed. I live in FL and it seems the last hurricane took the shed but left the bottom portion. I agreed and after a few minutes of trying to drag it I realized I would need to pull it to the curb with my truck.

    So I detached my trailer and drove my Suburban to the back of the yard to pull it out. After watching the corner of the base tear a 10' rut in the backyard I decided the I would need to try and flip this thing over onto my trailer, so the first thing I did was walk over to my trailer to unload it, without first reattaching it to my truck - huge mistake! As I was backing up my brand new Exmark Phazer I saw the horizon dropping fast and realized I was tipping backwards, I slammed the controls forward, the new trailer slammed back to the ground and I busted the front guard of the trailer by running into it with my mower and then almost tipping over forward.

    Then I reattached the trailer, unloaded it, and went to go back to the back yard, but, of course I got stuck in her front yard, tore up huge ruts in the lawn and ended up having to call my wife to get AAA to come tow me out! Nice first impression.
  2. l2edneck

    l2edneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    hope 2 morrow is better bud
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    being a landscaper makes me laugh because weve done similar things before both tearing up yards and unloading the trailer not hooked up but also towing for AAA things like that never surprise me anymore
  4. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    We have all done stuff like that or I know I have. Lesson I learned is if it does not pertain to lawn care its ok to say NO! We are lawn care ops, not demolition, car washers, painter, plumbers, mechanics, trash can movers, mail carriers, you get the point:laugh:
  5. Cornwell

    Cornwell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Don't worry dude, these things happen to us all. What you have to do now is think things thru a little further. Maybe tell the customer that you will consider doing the job you just have to give it some thought as to not tear up her lawn. Either way I usually try to do those things after my usual stuff is done. You can do anything to make money, Good luck man, just take it easy and don't rush the things you aren't usually used to doin.
  6. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    When we first started I forgot to latch the trailer onto the ball. We drove, I bet 5 miles and nothing happened until I drove over a set of railroad tracks and the whole trailer rose up a few feet (very rough track crossing) but the unbelievable thing is the trailer came back down onto the ball.;) And our stop was just a few feet from the tracks.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    we have all done it!!! the smart ones will not do it again:hammerhead:

    Did they pay you????for this????
  8. Braveheart

    Braveheart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    No, did it as a favor since it was my very first time out.... my first mistake was telling her I would do it for free
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    You will never do this again right!!!!!*trucewhiteflag*
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    boy i would have loved to been watching that unfold....

    would have been prety humouour to watch

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