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#53378 - 06/22/05 06:34 PM Just when you thought you have seen it all....
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Today, I returned to a job that has laid dormant for over a year. I put in a 3/4" RMC conduit for landscaping last summer. I had about a 50+ run under a driveway, with Christies on both sides. So I show up today, after a long time away waiting for the driveway, and landscaping to get done. I start stuffing my fish tape ine, and it only goes about a foot... ?

I start from the other side, same thing. What ever I'm hitting feels kind of soft...

I figure theres dirt/mud in the pipe. But I put the thing in myself... I greased, and taped all of the couplings, and they were wrench tight, then taped both sides, my tape is still there, but falling off. I try a few more times, if I get through, I'll swab it I figure. NOTHING!

So I give up. I go to a job a few blocks away, where I know the GC, and I borrow his compressor. I go back, with my jury rigged valve that I have occassion to blow string through with. I figure that if I can get the tape through, I can swab it. I get it all hooked up, fire up the compressor, and give it some air. It makes the wierdest noise!

[phonetic]
Phump!
Phump!
Phump!
(long hiss getting lower)
Phump!
Phump!
Thoomp!
Thoomp!
Thoomp!
Thoomp!

Thoomp!
Thoomp!
(loud hiss of free air)
[/phonetic]

I figure its clear... Lets go see what came out? I expect some mud, or mud and some pebbles...

I get to the other side, and its SLUGS!

No, not the KO kind, SLUGS!
The slimey, slow moving, snail without a shell kind! They blasted out in the Christy box like the got shot out of a cannon. Some whole, some in parts, SLUGS!

I guess they had a little slug freeway across the driveway, after my tape fell off.

[icky]The wire pulled through REAL smooth![/icky]
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#53379 - 06/22/05 09:48 PM Re: Just when you thought you have seen it all....
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You could have attached the wire to them, and come back in another six months!

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#53380 - 06/23/05 10:11 AM Re: Just when you thought you have seen it all....
John Crighton Offline
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 172
Loc: Southern California
I thank you both for the best laugh I've had all week!

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#53381 - 06/23/05 05:07 PM Re: Just when you thought you have seen it all....
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Registered: 01/12/02
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Loc: Holden, MA USA
Yuck. What is a Christie?

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#53382 - 06/23/05 05:14 PM Re: Just when you thought you have seen it all....
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Loc: Blue Collar Country
"Christie" is a manufacturer of cement in-the-ground boxes. Another name is "Quartzite."

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#53383 - 06/23/05 05:22 PM Re: Just when you thought you have seen it all....
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Registered: 05/17/05
Posts: 240
Loc: palo alto, ca usa
Christie == concrete pull box

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