Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

My Sunday Garage Blues


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-01-2013, 07:14 AM
djm2013's Avatar
djm2013 djm2013 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: NY
Posts: 44
Rep Power: 2
djm2013 is on a distinguished road
Default My Sunday Garage Blues

The gf decided to go to her parents this weekend for the holiday, I had to work my regular gig saturday so I stayed home. Saturday night I decided to go for a few drinks and get some wings.

Skip to Sunday morning 6am, feeling like I ate to many wings and was still a little buzzed I determined to get some work done today in the garage.

The first thing I wanted to do was to see if the new big compressor can be powered up by the garages 15amp service. It started to turn and then popped the fuse. I walked to the side of the garage in the wind, still cold out and reset the breaker. I walked back to my bay(12bays, I have two of them)in my complex, and turned on the compressor again, mrrrrrrrrrmmmmp pop, breaker goes. I do the walk of shame again.

This process took place more times then the sound of the chicken wing bones hitting the plate last night.

Pist off beyond believe I realized the compressor was a little low on oil, added some, tilted it to get the fluids all nice and spred out, checked the level added some more. turned it on and Bam it fired up and the breaker did not pop.

Now to go back a few days, the reason I wanted to get this big compressor running is because I need to get 80psi of air in my truck tires and 50 in the trailer tires. the gas stations around here do not have the power in the pumps to do this, and parking the rig is almost impossible at the stations for the hose to reach each wheel.

And why do I need 80psi in my new tires, because the shop I was at to get the new tires only put 50psi in them, answers the reason why truck handles like a caddy with marshmallows for tires. Thats a whole other rant.

back to the garage, I have air pressure, I get my new air chuck with a cool gauge and walk over to my truck and un screw the cap, the wind was so bad it blew it out of site as soon as the threads separated. now I am smoking pist off. I go to hook up the chuck to the valve and it wont fit cause its to big to fit on the valve that is inside the rims hole. (4x4 valves are not long due to them getting damaged in off road situations )

I have no way to get air in my new tires, the compressor works now after I spend 30 minutes jogging around the garages to reset the breaker.

I look around to see if anyone saw me or heard me , I must have looked possessed when I threw the hose and chuck back in to the garage and unplugged the hose and power cord to the compressor and rolled it back into the corner all while cursing up a storm, wind blowing my unzipped hoodie into the side of my face and then realizing, the wings are coming in full force.

I jumped in my truck and flew around the corner to my apt and made a mad dash to the bathroom.

alls good..

Decided to check the trailer wiring and hook it up to the truck, sure enough nothing no juice, check the ground its ok, check the harness to the plug truck side, its hanging halfway out, I plug that it and I get all the lights but the tail lights, there the long strip kind with leds in them, and they dont work at all.

I go grab my 19.2volt drill with a phillips bit to un mount the lights, the battery is dead, put it on the charger, its not working. those items became airborne with such velocity, it would have solved the N Korea drama going on right now. I go to sears and explain the recently purchased batt and charger are no longer working and the guy just swapped it out for a new one, totally shocked me, I was like thank you for the great customer service. He said "Sir when you walked in here you looked like you had just murdered someone and were looking for more" I said wow sorry didn't mean to look so evil. but thanks for solving my problem of many this morning.
back home with the working drill I discover it appears the snow melting from the roof of the trailer made its way into the housing, that is supposed to be sealed, and corroded both strips...so no trailer lights. ordered some on the www and there gonna be here today.

The only cool thing that happened Sunday was the new charger and batt.
cleaned the garage and realized I had 60 gallons of garbage in there.

went back home, made dinner and watched walking dead and then vikings.

GF came home late and she was happy I cleaned the sink, did dishes, laundry for the week, cleaned the cat litter boxes and installed a wall mounted dvd holder in the living room. she asked when did you do all of this. and I said Saturday, then she said oh so you just hung around today and did nothing....I said yep, nothing happend today
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 04-01-2013, 01:58 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,199
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
WOW now that was a weekend. Is there anything you can do to get that air compressor working better for you?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-02-2013, 08:45 AM
djm2013's Avatar
djm2013 djm2013 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: NY
Posts: 44
Rep Power: 2
djm2013 is on a distinguished road
Default More Power

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
WOW now that was a weekend. Is there anything you can do to get that air compressor working better for you?
I can try using a real extension cord, not the walmart special to have less resistance to the outlet, the garages only provide 15amps, this takes 14.5 to run, probably 18-20 to kick on with burst.

I could try to tap into the power in the pics I am providing.
Attached Images
File Type: jpeg images (1).jpeg (7.5 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpeg download.jpeg (13.2 KB, 2 views)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-02-2013, 09:20 AM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

had the same problem with a welder. I keep breaking 15-20 amp breakers. I switched the end of the cord and ran it into the dryer plug. This worked when I was in the basement but as soon as I had to bring it outside problem. I tried to buy 15ft of 8 gauge and use that but it wouldnt deliver the load.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-08-2013, 06:25 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

You shouldnt be running any motor powered tools with an extension cord and in the case of the compressor ,run another length of hose .It probably tells you that in the manual .
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FREE GARAGE - Interesting Offer from a Client Hedgemaster General Talk 4 09-12-2012 05:21 PM
My Garage Apex Lawn & Landscape Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 6 04-17-2012 04:43 PM
Auction Blues SECTLANDSCAPING Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 7 02-07-2012 03:03 PM
Sunday Night / Friday Night Steve General Business Discussions 20 01-14-2008 03:11 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 05:26 AM
by Dan Tanner
6 105
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
Yesterday 08:51 PM
Yesterday 08:51 PM
by phlawncare
0 34
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Yesterday 06:21 PM
by kslawn
3 87
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Steve
2 111
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
Yesterday 01:30 PM
by Steve
1 56
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:29 PM
by Steve
3 130
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by Steve
2 107
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 01:21 PM
by Steve
14 630
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
Yesterday 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 327
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 341
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
07-27-2014 01:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
80 4,649
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 185
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 327
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 505
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 97
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 210
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,277
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 391
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 225
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 922
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 226
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 279
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 316
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 216
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,431
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 252
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 162
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 295
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 678
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 529
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 308
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 639
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 202
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 193
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 760
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,071
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 801
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 727
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 320,772
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,751
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 470
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 385
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 844
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 583
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 596
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,925
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 583
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 236
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 685
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 335
» Popular Tags
advertisement article marketing bid charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating ecosymbiosis escrow estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting honda how much to charge introduction kawasaki lawn lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf removal managing a lawn care business marketing native plants new buisness new mower office management online classifieds outdoor environments podcast push versus ride redmax reo rotating scag scripts search engine optimization season seo snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl subcontractor theft toro tractor auger turfgrass consulting walker wright stander rh zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:30 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:30 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy