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    Default Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law #1 : If a contractor calls in 2 tickets and you can only get to one of them before the Due Date, he will always start digging on the unmarked ticket first.

    Law #2 : If you have a long project that you cannot fully mark before the Due Date, the contractor will always start at the end opposite where you started marking. If you were able to start at both ends, he will start in the middle.

    Law #3 : If you "think" a facility is running at a certain place, it more than likely isn't.


    This is just a start, feel free to add your own laws.
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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law #4 :If a contractors lips are moving, he's lying !

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law #5 - All emergencies for water leaks shall wait until you are on the other end of your area, at least 20 miles away, and shall be called in approximately 5 minutes before the locator is to clock out.

    Law #6 - Put a valid phone number for the site contact, and if you put your cell phone number on there, answer the damn thing when someone calls it.
    Law #6A - If you are said site contact, make sure that your voicemail is not full and will accept messages.

    Law #7 - Most contractors believe that they are the only ones digging at any given moment, and will wait until you are on the other end of your area to find either an abandoned cable or a cable that isn't your and want you to come and look at it.
    Last edited by locator_smbk; October 14th, 2011 at 05:19 PM.
    "No, installing your fence is NOT an emergency"...

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    "It's call BEFORE you dig, not AFTER you've hit something."


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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    law#8 your supervisor will always get you help in your area and never ask why your production is down after you have followed laws 1,2,3,,4,5,6,and 7

    law # 9 when a contractor calls in a whole development for alley and street repairs he will always have extra crews to do the whole job in one day!

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    Law #10 - All cables will stop locating correctly when you are within 5 minutes of completeing a large project on Friday afternoon about 20 minutes before quitting time.
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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law # 11 : The hardest locate you'll ever do is that easy one you thought you could knock on the way home.
    Law # 12 : If you had read them, you'd see that those little flags I just placed in your yard DO NOT SAY "DIG HERE"

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Spray....Thanks for the great laugh!!!!!

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinnella View Post
    Spray....Thanks for the great laugh!!!!!

    I don't know why I never thought of this before - I bet there is more to come. In fact:

    Law #13 : About the time you learn your assigned territory the company will either move you or take on a new contract.
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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law #14 : The first time you realize that you left your transmitter hooked up and running at your last locate, will be the next day, two counties over at your first locate of the day...

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    law #15 .... you are sure you have at least one case of Red Paint left until you need it and then realize its Blue.

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    Law #16 - Just because your supervisor and the label on the case of paint says ORAGE, RED etc, look inside the box before you take it with you. (This happened to me once, my sup brought me 7 cases of orange. I held them for a large project, and guess what...every damn can was green)
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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law 17...After a relaxing day of locating your are sure to bust your ass on call all night long!

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law 18...The cow pie you step in will always be fresh.

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    Default Re: Locator Laws ( sort of like Murphy's Laws )

    Law 19 - When something you've marked gets damaged you either didn't have it marked or your marks are 5ft off according to the contractor.
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