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Unread 11-24-2002, 08:46 PM   #1
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I think almost everyone saw the now famous picture of the car with a broken axle that was leaving the H*** D**** in Waldorf, MD. I think it was a VW Jetta (or something similar) , and it had numerous sheets of plywood and 2x4's on the roof, along with 1,000 lbs of concrete mix in the back seat. Maybe Cami or Dave can find it and post it here for the anyone that didn't see it.

Well, in the past week I saw two close competitors to the VW Jetta. The first was a mid 80's Chevy Cavalier wagon, with the interior completely packed with building materials. The only open space was for the driver. On the roof was a stack of plywood and drywall that was about a foot high. The thing that made this most interesting was the white cast iron bathtub on top of the plywood! this car had so much squat in the rear that the muffler was trailing sparks. I liked to know how that guy got the 350 lb tub off the roof when he got home, assuming it actually made it.

The second event was at one of my favorite H*** D****. I came out with my lumber, and the guy next to me had 12 pieces of 4'x12' drywall (I counted them) on the roof rack of a mid sized station wagon. At about 2 lbs per square foot, that was about 1,000 lbs on the luggage rack. After I got in my truck, he came out of the store with the rest of his materials...about a dozen rolls of insulation. You may be wondering what he used to secure this load? I acted like I was doing some paperwork in my truck, because I really had to see this one.

Our fearless drywaller pulled out about 25' of that thick kite string that is usually found at the front of the store. Yes, he tied down the load with that thin string.


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Unread 11-24-2002, 08:51 PM   #2
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Rob, you really need to start bringing your camera with you.
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Unread 11-24-2002, 08:58 PM   #3
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When you work by yourself, ya gotta find entertainment anywhere it presents itself. There are no office co- workers to share good jokes with.

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Unread 11-25-2002, 06:44 AM   #4
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And if you had a camera it would almost be like having us all in the truck with you....only not so crowded.
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Unread 11-25-2002, 06:56 AM   #5
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Unbelieveable. The funny thing, Rob. These goons have actually been hired by someone. If it was me doing that, I would have every cop in the county on me..

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Unread 11-25-2002, 09:59 AM   #6
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Funny Rob!!! I mean, we've all been guilty of over-loading, but the station wagon thingy... I'm surprised the luggage rack held up.

Now, I have a confession to make... no not load, but about as bad. For all the years I've been painting, I've managed to keep my '90 F-150 Lariat pretty nice, at least as far as paint goes. Last week I was contracted by a local kitchen installer to "fix" two jobs. Both had doors/carcasses/trim that didn't match the rest. I told him it'd save him some money if he'd get the mfg. to ship the appropriate finishes in. They did, I'm riding around with all 8 cans of stuff on the shelf in the back of the truck. When I was through with the second one, I tossed everything on the back and drove off only to find that when I got home, I hadn't secured the lid on one can and it, of course was the only one that fell off the shelf!

All over the tailgate, flooded down over half my bumper and I'm sure left a trail of white down the tollway. Now I know why no one was tailgating me . This would typically not be a problem, except this one can was epoxy that I had already added the catalyst to.

This may be a good time to paint my truck

Oh well, at least I can! If I can find a nice clean place to do it. (another nice thing about CO2 bottles, you can fire up anywhere)
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Unread 11-25-2002, 04:49 PM   #7
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Cami,

Rob can't work a scanner. How do you suppose he would ever be able to handle something as complex as a camera?
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Unread 11-25-2002, 06:07 PM   #8
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Sonnie Bummer!

BTW, the luggage rack was crushing into the sheet metal on the top of the car (I checked )

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I have a ladder rack on my van that is manufacturer rated at about a zillion pounds, I have a rider on my business liability policy to cover me if something I am carrying falls off the roof, I have heavy duty tie downs to secure a load, AND still I am afraid to put too much of there. You're right, if you or I did anything like that, we would end up explaining things to The Law along the side of the road.

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Okay smart guy...I'll get Christina to hook it up sometime just to make you be quiet. I COULD do it, I just DON'T WANT to do it.


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It would take a big big big vehicle to fit this crew.
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Unread 11-25-2002, 11:12 PM   #9
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That reminds me of the time.....

I was working in Detroit, would have been about 1978. I stopped a truck at about 2 am on, I-75 just south of Davison, because he was going too slowly. Upon closer examination it was a wonder he was going at all. His load consisted of several sheets of slab steel. From his bill{s} of the lading the total weight of his load was more than 360,000 pounds. The tires on his trailer were flattened out on the bottom.

Normally I would have had him weighed and prosecuted. The City of Detroit had jurisdiction and would not send a weigh master out at 2 am. My supervisor, declined to call in the state weigh master.

The Davison Freeway had been under construction was almost done, yet not open to traffic yet. We escorted him to the unopened road, and made him off load until he was legal. It took three additional trucks to make it right. I can't remember now if we wrote him up or not. I know he didn't go to court.

Not long after that the Michigan Public Service Commission, was merged into the State Police. We could then call somebody who cared when we got heavy trucks.
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Unread 11-26-2002, 01:50 AM   #10
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JT, do you have a card I can spit out of my wallet next time I'm in trouble ?

No, never mind, seems that you were the hard-arse in the case at hand...

sounds like you had an all night stop on that one, to have to weight (PI) for all that help to arrive.
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Unread 11-26-2002, 08:21 AM   #11
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OK guys top this.....

Notice the napping driver.
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Unread 11-26-2002, 09:57 AM   #12
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unloading

Getting the tub off the roof is easy, untie all strings then accelerate gradually up the driveway then slam on brakes. (make sure the garage door is open).
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Unread 11-26-2002, 05:15 PM   #13
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I'm amazed .... that load would probably even bottom out my Chevy pick-up.
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Unread 11-26-2002, 07:50 PM   #14
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Good work, Bud!
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That photo is a doozie!

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