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A few projects I have done recently

Discussion in 'Showtime!' started by CM1995, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. catwelder

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    i could use you and that hammer in north Carolina right now and that 330
     
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    Ha! The mob would be expensive.
     
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    its already expensive simple job turned into a headache rather stay home then deal with the hammer
     
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    Hammering is awesome it basically becomes a license to print money
     
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    I hate it so much I have a jcb 220x on site with a hammer now first time having to deal with rock and I hate it
     
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    It's a matter of perspective I own all my hammers outright if I take care of them they take care of me

    First rule of hammering rock dont get in a hurry second rule charge by the hour third rule lean the job I have turned in bill that were 10 times the cost of what the dig was bid for all because of rock
     
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    well renting this machine and hammer and they are thinking about having us down there and bust rock on other parts of the property because we are there so the bill if we do that is gonna be high. I like the machine its comfortable since its fairly new but its a jcb and my past problems with them will keep me from buying one
     
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    That's why I bought one too.:) The arena job will pay for it and it will still be nearly new when we're done.
     
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    I am just sorry you bought a cat hammer lol

    But really I heard the new cats were much better than the previous generation I am curious hoe it holds up for you
     
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    It'll work out one way or the other.;)
     
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    As the arena project turns. This week the demo contractor for all the building and interior demo pulled out the exterior doors and pushed CMU and other demo debris out the openings to be hauled off.

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    This Doosan is a 2018.... In addition to the overall abuse it's missing 3 track pads and pouring hydro fluid out the bucket cylinder.

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    While the interior demo guys were pushing debris out the opening they busted the said terra-cotta line in the previous pics. So they "plugged it".

    IMG_0706 (1).jpeg Yep that's a cardboard plug placed on a Friday before a 3 day weekend with rain forecasted for all 3 days at 40-50% every day. There are two roof leaders that dump into that corner as well. We did our part to inform all parties that the sewer main had been broken after we plugged it. I guess they'll have to learn another lesson the hard way which is not surprising looking at the condition of that 2018 Doosan.

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    The really funny part is they cut the terra-cotta flush with a rescue saw before placing the card board.:rolleyes:
     
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    What's going to be the stupid tax on "repair" when the sewer is full of mud
     
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    Received a 324E with MP20 concrete processor Thursday for the wall demolition from the Rental Store. This is the first time using a processor and so far so good.

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    The MP20 processor does great on the 8-10" walls but slows down on the 12-18" lower part of the retaining wall. The processor coupled with a hammer is fairly effective on the thicker retainer wall sections. This retainer wall sits on drilled piers so it doesn't have a cantilever footing. We have to go 2' below finished grade which is basically removed the pier cap footing.

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    Overall view of the site demo and dirt moving over the last 1.5 months.

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    Around 18K yards delivered to our dump. Pushed off and graded all those CY's with our 953C. Love a track loader.

    This is the lower section of the fill lift. The leading edge is 12-14' which allows for push off of the larger concrete demo coming from the arena job. Cover dirt is stockpiled to the left in the pic. I've always had a problem with not having enough cover dirt at our dump, now we won't have that issue for a while.:D

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    Cm that is a heck of job you took on and you seem like your doing it with minimal man power
     
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    No telling actually - no one knows exactly where that sewer line goes when it enters the building. The as-built's are older than I am and remember about as much as I do.:oops:

    I would wild ass guess flushing and vac'ing would start around $10K and go from there..


    The crew on this job is 3 not including me - our best super, best hoe operator/mechanic and a green horn hired for this job to be a gofer. My job has been on the receiving end of the dump trucks in our 953C when needed.

    We run lean and mean like my signature - "Take what you win, run what you brung" (Credit to the Band - Southern Culture on the Skids, Dirt Track Date.):D
     
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    Anyone think abut videoing the pipe to see what's upstream. Had a cobbled up storm sewer videoed a month or so ago. It was a surprise find on a trail project. Big auto parts factory next to the old RR grade, roof drain system 80% missing, cobbled up system supposed built by the plumbing contractor for a building additional. After we got the video and uncovered it enough to get elevation shots, I moved the trail over enough to not have to upgrade / modify it. I didn't want to saddle the trail authority with maintaining it later.
    As for the demo guys Dooson, why does their equipment look like they use them for battering rams? We have a big demo contractor here, his stuff all looks like that. There's no excuse for abusing equipment like that. His demo hauling trucks look the same way. I give his trucks wide berth. I can understand the trailer sides being beat up, but the running gear should look maintained. The tractors for the most part look like refugees from the junk yard.
     
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    RDD that is the upstream end of the sewer line where they cardboard blocked it. We removed the rest of the upstream pipe as part of it was to be removed and about 350' was above the finish floor elevation for the new addition. I think videoing the line at this point is a great idea but not in my scope of work. If I were the plumber or GC I would have a camera in it.

    Well the fact my super had to explain to their foreman running the Doosan loading out debris WHY he really needed to plug that line tells some of the story. He didn't understand why it needed to be plugged.

    Now their trucks look decent as well as their trailers. They brought in a JD 470G to load out the CMU and smaller debris that looked decent except for the bucket - the teeth had been missing so long the shanks were nubs..:cool:

    The owner is wanting to sell his larger iron as he can't find operators for them. When he said that I was like "no sh*t Sherlock".
     
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    You want a valid reason why in my opinion companies are buying Chinese excavators that have marginal support at best is because its 30 to 40 percent cheaper over name brand and they cant get people to run them that care or the owner doesnt care so they never have resale value much above scrap anyway

    There is a demo company here runs only komatsu I would buy anything he wants to get rid of with 8 and 10000 hours on it there is a grading and underground contractor with nothing but lease deere equipment nothing over 4000 hours looks like it has 20000 hours and the repair Bill's paid to turn in a lease machine are ridiculous

    If you have minimum standards you get minimum operators cm has high standards I have high standards most on this forum have high standards so we get more out of guys or they go down the road if they even start

    The striking thing is when you figure out what it costs to employ to tier talent and its productivity verse no to low talent and the down time and repair cost and machine depreciation from abuse and less productivity it's a no brainers to run nice equipment and pay for top tier help
     
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    All the time your guys took to keep the clean out in good shape and it looks like it’s getting replaced
     
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    What I have experienced is once you let the equipment get beat it becomes more like junk and gets beat on even more. Dump trucks are the worst, I bitch everyday about what drivers do to them, garbage they leave in the cab, it’s a matter of respect in my opinion and some guys do not care, you don’t find out for a while either. Some scratches are going to happen or it came that way, very rarely do I buy something brand new but I have and that is even more depressing. The pay doesn’t necessarily mean good help, sometimes higher paid guys are just as bad.
     
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