Kids say the darndest things…so much so that there was a whole TV show made about it. Kids never really quite understand exactly what adults do for a living, so it’s really fun to hear about the little things they pick up on and then watch them try to put the pieces together.
The video below, part of Mashable’s “One Kid Explains:” , shows a young girl explaining to her Construction Manager father, Ben, what she thinks he does for a living. At one point, she points out that she doesn’t think her father enjoys his work because when he comes home, “he always sweats and stuff.” I’m sure, for a lot of us, that statement would be pretty accurate. The girl also assembles a purse out of Play-do, which is accompanied by a blueprint (when’s the last time you called them “blueprints?”) of the purse, also made out of Play-do. “Blueprints are papers for planning,” she says. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
If you’ve ever wondered what the worst way to get rid of a puddle is, you’re about to find out.
Look, it’s been a long week.
Tool box safety talks are super important, but sometimes they can be pretty dry. In order to keep people engaged and committed to jobsite safety, sometimes you have to mix it up a little bit. A construction company in New Zealand has an aspiring rapper on their team and they decided to enlist his help for a safety talk and it’s pretty entertaining. This company isn’t the first company to use rap music to send a message, as Caterpillar also released a rap about their bulldozers.
This is a guest post by Bob Wells, a retired HVAC tech who now dedicates himself to sharing knowledge on his website hvactraining101.com.
No matter what our specialty, once we’ve been on a construction-related job a few years, we’ve got a few stories to tell. A lot of them start with “How the he**” did that get there, or “YUCK!”
Sometimes parked cars get in the way of construction, there’s no doubt about it. Those types of situations are handled on a case-to-case basis, it seems. There are the extreme reactions, such as smashing the cars with heavy machinery to get them out of the way, or using a skid steer to move – and damage – a legally parked car. There’s also the option to simply have it towed, reducing any liability that you or your company might have after causing so much damage. There’s apparently also a fourth option, which is to completely ignore the area around a parked car and let the internet laugh about it.
There’s no doubt that construction workers love a good prank and some of them get pretty creative. Our favorites in the past have included the seismic test prank, the fake bear on site prank, and the “staple in the finger” prank. Obviously, as far as messing around on the job site goes, the least dangerous as the prank is, the better.
Construction Junkie has shared a lot of demolition videos. Typically, people line up waiting for the moment when the building explodes with their eyes peeled and cameras ready, just waiting for the perfect video. This video, however, is much different.
If you were out looking for elves, the first logical place you’d look would be the North Pole, but that may not actually be the easiest place to find them. According to a couple news stories from this year, elves can wreak some serious havoc on construction projects in Iceland, if they’re unhappy.
I’m not afraid to admit that I once with through a short phase in my life when I was really into disco music. I was a child and those were the only dance moves I knew. You may think you hate disco music, but you have to admit, at minimum, your leg starts bouncing or your head starts bobbing when Rick James, KC & The Sunshine Band, or the Bee Gees come on the radio.
So, you can blame that period in my life for taking the time to write about a concrete mix truck that’s been dressed up as a disco ball.