QBall’s Tales

Sometimes things just happen.  The first load of 3″ rock was delivered and spread to perfection.  In fact subsequent loads were dumped in a pile as the dozer operator really wanted something to do.  

Sometimes you completely rely on the guy on the ground giving hand signal directions.  Most often this works out very well.  Other times… Not so much.  I’m not certain if he was distracted or simply slow to give me the stop signal.  

Either way I ended up backed up off the rock and in the muck.  It was as if the bottom dropped out from under the wheels.  Axle deep and unable to move on my own.  I guess that the dozer operator found a little something to do.  It didn’t take much effort to free the truck from the grip of yucky muck it was stuck in.  All in all it turned out to be a good day.  – – QBall45 

Wednesday started out washing some equipment. Unfortunately, the key on the dozer we’d left drip dry over night broke when we attempted to start it.  With no replacement part on hand I worked around it the best I could.  

Washing construction equipment is a dirty business.  A nasty combination of dirty, clay, sand and gravel are washed off the equipment and then down the floor drain.  Eventually that floor drain must be cleaned out.  

After much physical exertion and three full skin loader buckets the only thing left to do is replace the drain covers and rinse the floor down.  Messy and nasty yet satisfying.  

Back in July of 2013 I took the kids to watch the mini rod tractor pull.  Naturally I decided to take a few pictures. 

Well… Pictures turned into videos.  I’m not one for keeping cool videos to myself so it was uploaded to my YouTube channel.  For some reason I was looking at view counts on the channel this evening and was more than a bit surprised by what I saw.  This little video which was long ago forgotten has managed to get over 6 thousand views!  Surprised?  No. Completely shocked is more like it.  Thanks for watching,  QBall45 

Having heard the stories about The Edmund Fitzgerald and it’s disappearance on November 10th, 1975 we’ve been talking about making a trip up to Duluth in November.  So arrangements were made to get the trip put into our busy schedule.  As luck would have it the weekend, Duluth and the majority of Minnesota is being clobbered by a big winter storm this weekend.  Rain, snow, wind and waves.  If the goal was to get a chance to check out Lake Superior and the huge waves the lake produces during a winter storm this is the perfect weekend for you.  

Here I sit, contemplating the scenery before me, behind me, beside me, all around me.  Simply enjoying life and some good ol fresh country air waiting for the floater to arrive so that I can unload this fertilizer.  Life is good!  – QBall45 

Class 5c gravel is a wonderful alternative to class 5 gravel.  What makes it different?  The answer to that is simply C.  C is for concrete which is crushed into an aggregate of suitable size and used in the place of natural aggregate.  Class 5c gravel seems to pack more firmly than natural aggregates providing a very stable layer to build on. 

One interesting thing about class 5c is how it acts on a pile.  The layering is immediately apparent upon first glance.  Take a few steps back from the pile and you’ll notice the sharp vertical walls of the pile.  This is dramatically different than a natural aggregate pile which tends to flow and fill in when you remove a scoop with a loader.  

Am I some sort of geological scientist?  Hardly, I’m simply a driver that enjoys the art of observation.  – QBall45 

Sometimes the view in the mirror just forces me to stop what I’m doing for a moment.  Sometimes that momentary pause is required to simply enjoy the unbelievable beauty of the surroundings.  Sometimes I find that I need to stop a second to actually comprehend the complexity of the visual stimulation of current situation I find myself in. 

 Thanks for taking a moment to check out the view this afternoon.  This view is ridiculously complex when you consider that the truck is nose up tail down box fully in the air.  The brain begins to process what it’s actually seeing, the stomach begins a small flip… 

OK that’s enough… Time to lower the box as I ease out the clutch on first gear.  Let’s get on to the next load!  -QBall45 

This is my last load of asphalt in the paving machine for this year.  

Photo credit goes to Bill the HR guy. I never get pictures of myself working for some reason.

The last load of the 2016 paving season ended up going back to the recycling pile to be crushed and recycled into new asphalt.