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    Default Surge in tickets

    I've seen an increase in tickets the last couple of days. I've been doing about twice the norm.

    Anyone else?
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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    We have never stopped here in N Tx. I'm still working 55 + hrs per week. We are trying to hire umpteen new locators. I hear Utiliquest has over 50 in class right now. If anyone needs work, and can put up with all of the BS, come on down to the Promised Land!
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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    Hey spray whats the rent like plus I would need a place to keep my horses
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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    Whoa whoa whoa, Wait a minute Spray, other then the rain, and lack of sunlight, I though I was in the promise land? Damnit. I've been lied to again. On the other hand, I don't have to worry about hitting any armadillos with the company vehicle up here.

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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    We had a nice little surge in tickets this week. The weather broke open, the snow melted, and the cable drops started POURING in. Instead of 8-10 tickets this week it ended up being more like 35-40, though all low profile work. Kinda nice way to welcome in spring.
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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    They don't even call in cable drop tickets any longer. Only bury them about 4" deep anyway. As for rent I've seen it as low as $450 a month for an efficiency apt, but I don't know if they allow horses
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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    Quote Originally Posted by sprayandpray View Post
    They don't even call in cable drop tickets any longer. Only bury them about 4" deep anyway.
    The problem is every other drop is only 4 inches deep. When they bury a drop in a multi family area they hit another drop.

    The work has really picked up in the last week.

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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    The problem is every other drop is only 4 inches deep. When they bury a drop in a multi family area they hit another drop.

    The work has really picked up in the last week.
    I have seen that practice before. Like you said they cut the other services and often nobody knows until the no service call is made. Then when they replace the damaged one they cut the last new one they put in. Repeat cycle until someone calls in a ticket.

    Some crews spot the damage and splice it but these splices usually do not last too long if the there is any rain. And again the cycle repeats.

    Most Call Before You Dig laws do not allow for the option to not call in a ticket regardless if they are only going 4 inches deep. The practice will continue until the Cable company is fed up with paying for new drops or customer complaints get through to the local Public Service Commission.

    I have often gotten the ticket done before the deadline and found the tv drop installed. I mark it anyway and make the note that a new service and freshly cut earth were found. I may as well mark it and lay the paint down thick becasue next week I will be back for the replacement of the stuff they damaged.

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    70 hours plus............has been nonstop here since...............?????? don't even remember anymore!!!
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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    I've been restricted to 40 hr work weeks since the last week of October, 2009. Last week I got the go ahead to work some OT. The weather this winter has been a big factor for the lack of tickets in my area. Four months of hot dogs, pork 'n beans, macaroni 'n cheese, soups or sandwiches for dinner at nights is getting a little old................

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    Default Re: Surge in tickets

    Quote Originally Posted by sprayandpray View Post
    They don't even call in cable drop tickets any longer. Only bury them about 4" deep anyway.
    Sometimes I think they just throw the drop on the ground and wait for the grass to cover it up. One time a homeowner asked how deep it was, I literally reached down with my hand, scooped up 2" of sod and dirt and found it. Never seen someone's jaw drop so fast!

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