Where in the hell am I?

June 30, 2006

Shovels and such

Filed under: Uncategorized — John @ 12:09 am


My shovel today was very inferior. I looked all over for a visual reference and this was the best I could find. Our Truper shovels are apparently not for sale online.
The shovel on the far right is what we generally use: sturdy, square, long handle. We also sharpen them with a belt grinder, or at least a bastard file (I love that term). The second shovel on the left is a “sharpshooter”, which is good for digging postholes. That’s what I was using today, thinking I could dig a bit smaller hole in the loose sandy stuff we would find today near the Red River. Of course, the shovel had not been sharpened, and the soil was baked like a brick. Imagine trying to cut stale bread with the back side of a butter knife. It also turned out, somehow, that the short shovel was heavier than the long shovel.
The moral of the story: sharpen your shovels before you dig!

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1 Comment »

  1. Forgive me for responding to this so late but I just started reading your blog!

    The few companies I worked for always had shitty shovels which no one really took care of. The same went for my college. I once considered buying my own and oiling it and sanding it and stuff but I was working mainly in Manhattan and I couldn’t imagine taking a shovel with me on the subway!

    Comment by Frank — July 24, 2006 @ 8:37 am


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