Occasionally the bottom just falls out from under your feet or tires as is the case here.

Letting the boss know that we’re not having a good day.

The helping hand from a dozer is always appreciated.

I had the opportunity to assist with building a temporary road that is going to be used for replacing a bridge.

Only one load of many was actually driven in.  The others had to be backed in.

The final load I delivered to the railroad project was supposed to be dumped at the cone. I think I nailed it.


Tired of the expense of buying cans of spray case lube?  The last can of Hornaday One Shot I purchased sports a sticker that says I paid $9.99 for it. That’s ridiculous for a 7oz can.  After doing a quick google and youtube search I was able to find an alternative case lube that’s both cheaper and more environmentally friendly.  

Purchase: Buy liquid lanolin at your local health food store. Ask them to order it if they don’t stock it. Or you can find it on Amazon.  Buy the red bottle Iso-HEET from your local auto parts store. What you are looking for is 99% pure isopropyl alcohol. Lesser quality contains more water and impurities.  Last, buy a high quality spray bottle that’s made for chemical usage. 

Directions: Add 1oz liquid lanolin and 12oz Iso-HEET (red bottle not yellow) together in a spray bottle.  Shake well to mix. Put a few hundred pieces of brass in a plastic bin or lesser amounts in a gallon zipper bag. Add a few squirts to your homemade brass lube to the brass and shake for 20-30 seconds to ensure an even coating. Add more lube if necessary. 

Occasionally it becomes necessary to remove a perfectly good garage floor because of water caused damage. In this particular case ground water caused the block walls,  that support the building, to lean out in such a way as to put the building at risk of collapse.

One of our newer dump trucks was purchased a few years ago with a spring ride rear suspension.  This makes for a miserably rough ride both on and off road.  Finally,  after several drivers rotated in and out of #12 the powers that be made the decision to upgrade the suspension system this truck should have had from the factory.

I an looking forward to the opportunity to take this truck out for a test drive this spring.  I do think that the addition of the air suspension will greatly improve the ride and handling qualities of this quint axle dump truck.  -QBall45

Update – I’m told that the addition of the air ride suspension has completely transformed this quint from the truck no one wanted into the perfect dump truck. It’s not surprising really.