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ergophobe

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Dirty jobs
« on: August 05, 2022, 05:59:24 PM »
>> wastewater samples

I'm glad that's not what I do for a living!


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Somebody has to. And some of us do it for free, just for the sheer pleasure or it.

So about 3-4 weeks ago, I get a call from the head of utilities at Public Works. He tells me the guy in the neighborhood working on a sewer overflow is one person short and could I give a hand? Sure. I grab gloves and a mask and go up there. Turns out to be a total cluster. They hit the water main while searching for the sewer line (code is that they should be 10 feet apart; these are 10 inches apart). They have to repair the water main, then find the sewer line, then fix it. They didn't need help on all that so I went home.

Then Darryl emails me to say that after their turmoil, they forgot to put the manhole cover back on (it was back up in the woods about 70 feet from where the blockage was). Could I go replace it? Sure. So I head up there. I lean over to grab the manhole cover and my prescription  glasses drop out of my pocket into the manhole and land in 2" of sh## about 8 feet down the hole, just shy of landing in the stream of sewage (so they are in the spot where a person stands, not in the sewage flow itself, but that spot is covered in sh## because of the backup).

I had to go home, get a device you use for retrieving a bolt you've dropped behind something, attach it to a 2x2 with a hose clamp, get another board to use to actuate the button, and went fishing in the sh## for my glasses.

Success - https://photos.app.goo.gl/3wGyw7W2jjDWf2329

It's a dirty job, but nobody has to do it unless they're an idiot who keeps their glasses in their chest pocket.
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Re: Dirty jobs
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2022, 06:26:19 PM »
I've told you about using pressure washers on sewer lines. FANTASTIC invention! I haven't had to use anything else on sewer pipes in 20 years.  But before that, I had way too much experience with commercial sewer rods (not the dinky homeowner stuff, but big coils of steel rod like you see with city crews) and I keep a helluva motorized, screw-drive rod set in storage --just in case. Like so;
https://www.amazon.com/66492-Sectional-Machine-Cleaning-Separately/dp/B0015BBTJY

I hope it STAYS in storage.

Get your hepatitis shots.

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Re: Dirty jobs
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2022, 08:16:55 PM »
Oh, they had a massive pressure washer - you tow it on a trailer. Almost the size of a concrete pump. But sometimes you have to just dig up the pipe, cut a piece out and put a patch in.

>>Get your hepatitis shots

I never got within three feet of said sh##-covered glasses. I suppose the fumes could carry hepatitis. Not sure. Anyway, I kept the glasses at the end of that pole until I could hose them off and spray everything down with disinfectant
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Re: Dirty jobs
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2022, 06:55:09 AM »
This thread reminded me of a Ted Talk I enjoyed some time back.

Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe