A bunch of useless crap
Published on August 30, 2011 By MasonM In Blogging

I had an exhausting day, today. I picked up an over-sized load, a very large crate containing some sort of laser, at the port in Baltimore. The thing is huge and needed to be tarped.

The biggest problem was that the top of the crate was basically sheet metal and so I couldn't climb on or walk on it. That presented a real challenge as to exactly how I was to get the tarps over the thing.

After thinking about it for a while I rigged a couple of load straps together, end to end, and tossed it over the load from one end to the other. I then attached a tarp to that and used the strap ratchet to winch the tarp over the load. Quite a lot of very slow work doing it that way.

Each tarp is about 100 lbs, and hauling just one of them over the load inch by inch took about 90 minutes, and it took four of them to cover the load. It pretty much took me all day to get the thing tarped. By the time I had finished I was filthy, sore, and completely worn out so I called it a day.

Besides, thanks to the after-effects of Irene the state is being very slow about issuing permits and I can't leave until I at least get the Maryland one. I checked into the hotel here at the truck stop for a meal, hot shower, and much needed rest.

I considered going to the bar a couple of blocks from here, but in the end decided that I am just too tired and need rest more than drinks.

 


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on Sep 01, 2011

I wish I was only tired.  Got a bug last week, and spent "Irene" in bed or on the floor!  But I am feeling a lot better today.  I made sure all the "evil stuff" came out one end or the other!

Where are you headed with it?

on Sep 02, 2011

That story just wore me out reading it Mason!  Your years of experience paid off but at what a price!  Hoping that will be the hardest part of this haul.  Stay safe out there.  

on Sep 03, 2011

Dr Guy
I wish I was only tired.  Got a bug last week, and spent "Irene" in bed or on the floor!  But I am feeling a lot better today.  I made sure all the "evil stuff" came out one end or the other!

Where are you headed with it?

Sorry to hear you have been ill. Glad you're feeling better.

I hauled that laser to Wisconsin and delivered it yesterday. I now have a couple of days off before heading out to Oklahoma and Texas. While securing this next load yesterday I had to nail down some wood blocks to chock the wheels on three trailered generators I will be hauling. I managed to pull that old cliche and hit my thumb with the hammer...really hard. I let out a string of words I had forgotten I even knew

The thumb is now purple and sore as hell, but nothing broken.

Funny, I couldn't talk any of the other drivers into holding the nails for me so I could finish. I wonder why?

on Sep 03, 2011

notronaj
That story just wore me out reading it Mason!  Your years of experience paid off but at what a price!  Hoping that will be the hardest part of this haul.  Stay safe out there.  

Thanks. It was a tremendous amount of work, but I got the job done which is all that matters.

on Sep 06, 2011

MasonM
The thumb is now purple and sore as hell, but nothing broken.

Funny, I couldn't talk any of the other drivers into holding the nails for me so I could finish. I wonder why?

You have affirmed my faith in the intelligence of the Truck Driver!

on Sep 06, 2011
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