The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#28046 - 08/08/03 08:45 PM A little rain, and so much money
The Watt Doctor Offline
Member
Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
Lately, down here in Houston, the temperature has been a cool 102 degrees in the shade. Heck, it hasn't rained in several days or at least a week. We set out to stand several 175' highmast poles today. It was hot, but things were looking good. 150 ton crane for $200.00 an hour, and an 8 hour minimum no problem because we were on a mission. I went and rented a variable message board to alert traffic that lanes would be closed ahead, no problem, $210.00 a day. Had two guys out setting up barrels and advance warning signs to close down a lane on I-10 westbound near downtown Houston, the weather is clear, no problem.
Basically, a 6 man crew plus myself, 2 one ton trucks, a 150 ton crane, an 18 wheel truck, a crane operator, blah, blah, blah...
The rain.....the rain...yes...the rain. I swear the rain passed east of where we were working, stopped, backed up, and rained all over my party. I've never seen rain, stop, and backup, but I swear, I watched it with my own eyes.
I figure that little rain shower cost my company a couple of thousand bucks. I cringe every time I hear a 20% chance of rain. How much does an unexpected rain shower cost your company?

Rain drops keep falling on my.......job...
Doc
_________________________
The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
#28047 - 08/09/03 03:20 AM Re: A little rain, and so much money
sparky Offline
Member
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
musta been what the fab 4 were talking about when they said "you get your tan from standin' in the English rain" Doc

~S
Top
#28048 - 08/09/03 03:48 AM Re: A little rain, and so much money
pauluk Offline
Member
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
The heaviest downpour I recall ever being caught in was in South Carolina. The sky just opened! After crawling through the streets at about 15mph, with the wipers unable to keep a good clear view even on full speed, I finally pulled up outside my motel room and decided to make a dash for the door. It could only have been about 20 ft., but I was absolutely drenched! A half hour later it was clear and bright again, and I didn't see another drop of rain in the next two weeks.

I suppose that's better in many ways than the weather here in England where it often goes a solid week of dreary, gray, non-stop drizzle.
Top

Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box

Recent Posts
Members: Non-Members: Did you know?
by Admin
01/22/17 02:34 PM
Safety at heights?
by HotLine1
01/21/17 08:51 PM
International Wire Colour Codes
by Texas_Ranger
01/21/17 03:29 PM
Looking for older post
by Texas_Ranger
01/21/17 03:22 PM
Last time to chat here
by Trumpy
01/20/17 11:41 PM

The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades