View Poll Results: How long of a drive to your area?

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  • less that 10 minutes

    3 8.57%
  • 10-20 minutes

    7 20.00%
  • 20-30 minutes

    9 25.71%
  • 30-45 minutes

    2 5.71%
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Thread: How far away from your area do you live?

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    Default How far away from your area do you live?

    I see alot of people talking about huge drive times and thought it would be interesting to see how far people drive to work each day.

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    I see alot of people talking about huge drive times and thought it would be interesting to see how far people drive to work each day.
    Well, I drive about 15 minutes to the office in the opposite direction of my territory, get my work, then head out. On freeways it takes about 20 min to 30 minutes most days.
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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    I drive 45 miles to the office, frome there I drive another 20-25 miles.



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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    Underground are you still on paper tickets or laptop?

    We live about an hour from the office but about 30-45 min from locate area. Hoping contracts will renew soon and more territory will become available.

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    I can't believe people go to the office. I just go about once a month(whenever I need supplies). We get all of our work through our laptops with wireless internet.

    With the price of gas these days it just seems silly to drive to the shop and then to your area. Unless of course you don't get to take your work truck home?

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    Quote Originally Posted by LocatingLarry View Post
    Underground are you still on paper tickets or laptop?

    We live about an hour from the office but about 30-45 min from locate area. Hoping contracts will renew soon and more territory will become available.

    Re your first question.

    I invoke the fifth for fear everyone will laugh their asses off!
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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    ug quester....lol....good one dude.... we don't go to the office either once a week.for safety meeting...i drive for about an hour and half to my work site ......

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    I drive anywhere from 30 - 55 minutes to my first locate. As far as going to office... I go there for supplies... or coffee... whichever seems the most urgent at the time... (coffee doesn't get charged)...

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    My area starts at my front door. I make it to the office once a week for supplies if my Sup. is tied up since it's right on the edge of my area.

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    Quote Originally Posted by underground quester View Post
    Re your first question.

    I invoke the fifth for fear everyone will laugh their asses off!
    Most the locators by us don't even know what a paper ticket looks like. We haven't had them for years.

    Do you bill your tickets via the computer or is that on paper also? It isn't a big deal either way, I was just wondering.

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    How many years has it been since there were paper tickets? Remember when we used to have to log the tickets by hand on paper and check whether we marked power, phone, gas? Am I telling my age? Oh well, glad I'm not one to care!

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    Most the locators by us don't even know what a paper ticket looks like. We haven't had them for years.

    Do you bill your tickets via the computer or is that on paper also? It isn't a big deal either way, I was just wondering.

    Apparently the electronic era has escaped our Consortium. They want the paper trail so it is a pile of work not to mention the bodies we have to employ to bill, sort, file etc.

    A question I have is how do you know the individual you hire is self motivated enough to get out there first thing and get started. In some ways I guess it does not matter what time they start but if there is a pile of tix, gotta get them done in 24/48 whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LocatingLarry View Post
    How many years has it been since there were paper tickets? Remember when we used to have to log the tickets by hand on paper and check whether we marked power, phone, gas? Am I telling my age? Oh well, glad I'm not one to care!

    Yes L.L. I remember those days fondly....like it was yesterday.

    Oh wait, it was yesterday!!!

    I have a million questions about the electronic interface and getting tix done etc. but.... another time.
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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    LOL - you are so funny. When a locator gets to his first locate, he turns on his computer and it logs the time he starts that locate and then he bills the ticket on the computer when he is done and it logs that time as well. They keep up with you and where you are that way. If you hire experienced locators with enough years, they would almost have to be self motivated to still be a locator, wouldn't they? Who in their RIGHT MIND would still be in this business after 21 years?

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    Default Re: How far away from your area do you live?

    I have always had to drive I have never lived in my area but others have and do

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