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    I got word last week that there's going to be a waterline operation at my work that involves turning off a rather large water main. Being a water main that feeds restaraunts, local factories and a substantial amount of homes it has to be done at night after most folks go to bed.

    Boss asks if I'd volunteer. Well I'm helping a guy in his 70's who lives way out in the country so my first thought was it aint real cool to have homie driving back to work after dark and going back home at 3am. Sure I'll do it.

    This morning it occured to me that being a flashaholic means while the waterline is off I get to play with flashlights. I also remembered most construction workers carry $5 junk that will grow dimmer as the night wears on.

    So far the roster to carry is based on runtime since the area will be lit by diesel powered sunshine. Yet those light plants create lots of shadows. I have 2 headlamps ready, a Malkoff NLL clad 6P, a couple of long run Maglites, a Pelican 2360, Elzetta Bones, PK PR-1 and SureFire G2x Pro. Pocket carry is essential and wrist lanyards are a good idea. A good night to try out the updated 2D Maglite and ML25 with low settings too.

    I may loan out an ML25, the PR-1 or the Pelican as I have spares. But the Elzetta, the 6P… no freakin' way.
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    How many weeks are you doing this one?
    Looking forward to the photos.
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    Photos are a must!

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    If all goes well tonight will be the only night for this operation.

    Another night will involve shutting off the same main and connecting a new line installed beside the existing, only deeper to accomodate removing a hill of a country road. Cutting off the hill would make the old line too shallow.

    We watch over roadway improvements in rural areas where progress means lots more traffic going to and from new schools, businesses and homes. This one is straightening out curves, flattening hills and generally makes it safer for John Q Suburbanite to check their emails while commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    If all goes well tonight will be the only night for this operation.

    Another night will involve shutting off the same main and connecting a new line installed beside the existing, only deeper to accomodate removing a hill of a country road. Cutting off the hill would make the old line too shallow.

    We watch over roadway improvements in rural areas where progress means lots more traffic going to and from new schools, businesses and homes. This one is straightening out curves, flattening hills and generally makes it safer for John Q Suburbanite to check their emails while commuting.
    This is so true nowadays.

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    Bring on the night.
    I forgot the Pelican 2360 but had the 360 lumen Coast HP7 in the truck. That and the 2D Mag in the package were lights I spoke of in some of my initial postings here at CPF. The Mag was used a few minutes and put back into an incan package way back in 015 and still goes where I go.


    The road that is being widened, flattened and straightened.
    To the right that giant Tonka toy digs to find the water line while the one in the center moves diesel powered sunshine into position.



    Pre-assembled section of waterline built during the day.
    A storm sewer pipe is to cross the road where the giant Tonka toy in the previous photo sits. It is designed to go through the waterline unless they lower a segment of said water main.



    The water main that is in the way of progress.
    My role is to ensure the asbestos cement pipe is properly handled during demolition and disposal. I also write reports of who, what, when, where and why things take place and if things go wrong notify the proper officials.



    It's past 9pm so the water main is turned off and the crew waits for it to drain.
    These folks began at 6am today and are now zooming from lil Ceasers pizza and lot of Mt Dew at 10:30pm.

    The night is just getting started. If all goes well all I'll need is my double clutch headlamp to find the porta-john. If not, I'm ready to lend a hand. It's funny how life works. This young crew are the offspring of youngsters I worked with 25 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post

    Bring on the night.



    It's past 9pm so the water main is turned off and the crew waits for it to drain.
    These folks began at 6am today and are now zooming from lil Ceasers pizza and lot of Mt Dew at 10:30pm.

    The night is just getting started. If all goes well all I'll need is my double clutch headlamp to find the porta-john. If not, I'm ready to lend a hand. It's funny how life works. This young crew are the offspring of youngsters I worked with 25 years ago.
    Very cool! I don't know if those youngsters appreciate your lights as much as we do.

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    They use celphones these days. lol

    Correction, I said 10:30 in my previous post but it was 9:30.

    Edit: while waiting on the pipe to drain……


    Shows a shadow cast by the diesel powered sunshine.


    Not a problem when my PR-1 gets the call of duty.
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    Workers dressed in plastic bags
    This stuff aint no joke. The unprotected fellow on the right was in charge. Young guy, full of vim and vigar but will someday be all stoved up like me and the County guy who shut off the water. By 4:30 am even the youngsters were whipped and woozy.


    Old pipe removed, new pipe set in place.
    Time to fasten screws at each end. That takes some time as applying equal pressure in equal amounts around the pipe is critical for a good grip of new iron pipe to old, somewhat fragile asbestos cement pipe.
    Note the shadow the worker is dealing with.



    A bit closer shows the worker dealing with a shadow.
    A headlamp sure would have been handy.

    I have watched over dozens of these things and this was by far the youngest and most eager crew I've over seen over the decades. However youth and inexperience costed a lot of time. Wisdom gained over the years would have ensured some basic tools like proprietary wrenches (ratcheting box ends etc) flashlights and patience would have made things go a lot smoother. Oh, that's easy for me to say now. They were not looking for a mentor, but did appreciate an inspector lighting up shadows with an Elzetta Bones from time to time.


    Some beam pix while waiting for things to come together:


    Typical 2am rural setting



    Lovin that old school Maglite drill beam.
    The new 2D has 193 lumens on high to provide a better spill than the previous but still has a Maglite pencil lead beam to drill through darkness.



    The 320 lumen SureFire G2x Pro beam aint bad at all.


    The Bones is a lot less harsh.
    The workers had never seen a light that small and that bright that did not cause them to squint when I lit shadows for them. I seriously doubt I converted any of the celphone light users to better lighting tools. Especially if they knew how much a Bones costs. But they were glad for the assistance it provided them at times.


    By 5am the water was back on as a rain shower began.

    One more pic:


    My favorite flashlight ever……
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    Great stuff fixer.
    Thinking you are not a government worker?

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    What makes you say not a government worker Kitro? lol.

    I'm a consultant brought in to watch over projects and act as a sorta translator between government agencies. The local agency is the one that hires the contractor to improve things. The state agency maintains the improvements when done. They reimburse the local agency half the cost when it is completed. They get improvements to state roads for half price yet demand 100 percent of the compliance with their specs. Often the local agency does not understand the rules required by the state so my company intercedes in the process to make sure the local gets reimbursed by the state with more efficiency.

    I forgot to show life without and with a Streamlight Double Clutch at 2am in a rural setting.

    When walking around on uneven terrain it's pretty dark.



    A spot beam highlights details or lights distance better.




    I use flood the most for walking around.
    It also greatly reduces blinding the folks around me when I forget to turn it off in the diesel powered sunshine scenarios.




    Twist left for flooder. Right for thrower.
    It has the option of a usb rechargeable battery pack or 3aaa's. 125 or 30 lumens. And it's real easy to operate.
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    The Streamlight flood/spot quick-change - Very cool!
    The question is no longer - What will they do? It's now - Is there anything they won't do?

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    Old pipe removed, new pipe set in place.
    Time to fasten screws at each end. That takes some time as applying equal pressure in equal amounts around the pipe is critical for a good grip of new iron pipe to old, somewhat fragile asbestos cement pipe.
    Note the shadow the worker is dealing with.




    Am I correct that the blue fittings on the end are the adapter fittings for ductile to the asbestos piping?




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    Correct Blu.

    That is the weak link to the whole thing. First time I had ever seen that model. Real nice adpater if assembled properly. One end (at the top of the photo) went together in a few minutes. The one closest to the camera took a while due to a very slight misalignment between the ductile iron and asbestos pipe.

    The workers were real tired by then. Working in the heat all day then well past midnight before they were trying to figure out the issue was. Stirred up some old ghosts of working a full from sunrise to……sunrise again. I had worked all day too but not in the heat. We were all whipped by 5am.

    The insta-flood setting on the headlamp kept me from tripping over my own feet by 2am CG. Apparently that one is popular with mechanics but I find it very handy for home repairs, at work at night or just taking a stroll in the woods.
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    Nice beamshots, Bykfixer. 👍
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    ^^^ and interesting read.

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    I like that maglite and the headlight the best. All of them were neat bykfixer. Cool beamshots--I like beamshots.
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    That headlight is an awesome design with the filter to turn the spot beam into flood. Nice!

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    Sir fixer:
    I try to read everything you write down on CPF, and fondly remember your generosity. The question I posed succeeded in you making another interesting post!

    You tell it like it is.

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    There was a time not that long ago I would have had an incan minimag with 2 year old batteries in it. Funny how life works. Next time I'll carry a 300 lumen minimag.

    In a couple of weeks there'll be a repeat of the operation. I'll still have the headlamps, Maglites, the Coast and Elzetta Bones as they ride in the truck. Another SureFire 6P will be used (w/M361W) a PKDL PL2, a SOG DE-05 and perhaps a classic S&R light from pre-Maglite days like a 5D 3rd gen Kel-Lite or a Malkoff'd 3D Maglite. Or the older fellow may say "screw day work I'll do the next one".
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    Loaning lights to coworkers?! The phrase alone is almost enough to give me an anxiety attack.

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    Another all nighter is slated for tonight. Paving of a bank parking lot in a well lit metropolis where there will be a lot of action in a small area. Tonights assignment won't involve much excitement but the 5 arm chair quarterback engineers some 500 miles away will be critiquing the final product from their computer screen.
    The big challenge will be photographing the during and after.

    Now most never consider how much pitch (ie slope) is built in specific areas of a given parking lot until it rains and they are walking in puddles. Yet these 5 engineers have drawn on a flat piece of paper a bunch of numbers that a typical construction worker is supposed to duplicate with less than accurate materials and tools. The story behind this one is a large company has bought a bunch of small banks that did not have ADA compliant entrances. ADA is American Disabilities Act, which is a bearuracracy tasked with ensuring folks in wheels chairs, the blind or other folks with limited abilities can safely and easily enter these banks. The same folks who brought you brail numbers at the drive up ATM designed these changes required to this particular bank.

    The design involves some really really really flat areas of a parking lot, yet water is not supposed to pond in these areas. Numerous projects have taken place where the contractor understands standing water means frozen ponds in the winter. They built things to shed the water. Yet the slopes were deemed too steep to meet ADA requirements. Think about it this way. You are driving down the road with your right side front tire going flat. Your steering would naturally pull you towards the right. Well the thinking by the ADA folks is a sidewalk with too much slope would be the same for a person in a wheelchair. Makes sense but… physics requires some slope to make water drain away from the sidewalk. The engineers have used theoretical numbers based on fluid dynamics to imagine water can drain at really flat grades. They have applied those numbers to a piece of paper the contractor is supposed to match.

    So after previous jobs were finished the engineers looked at grade numbers provided by inspectors and said "too steep, fix it". Contractors fixed areas to be flatter and bank managers said "my parking lot has ponds". Again the engineers said "fix it". Contractors said "ugh, ok". Later the banking company said "why didn't those inspectors make sure it was right the first time?" Each fix meant banking customers were hampered by construction according to the bank owners so they were rightly upset. My job is such that if it goes well they say "what a great engineer". If it goes bad they say "hang the inspector". My goal is to hear "that engineer is great". Luckily I have some Rainman in me so when the engineers are patting each other on the back I'm off somewhere else imagining in my mind the finished product of another ridiculous design that can in theory work, only if things line up correctly.

    Will it be another successful project or another flop? Time will tell. But like Rainman not being near a TV when Judge Wopner comes on, I tend to become frazzled when the armchair quarterbacks start their critiques from a comfy chair in a temperature controlled office behind a computer screen. So my bosses are left to do the politicing if need be. It's a thankless role to be an inspector sometimes, but it sure beats sitting behind a desk all day dressed like everybody else in the building while plotting to over throw the guy above them and pretending to like a certain football team because the boss likes that team. I make my living watching giant Tonka toys. Tonights toys will be eating asphalt and drinking jet fuel while they munch on a paved parking lot, then spread out black goo and spray paint lines over it. My role will be setting a digital level at certainareas and taking pictures. Sure beats the job those engineers have.
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    Damn , missed this till now. Awesome stuff mr fixer, love your threads. Great pics and write up, tonka toys and flashlights.............can it get any better
    As for headlamps, i have it attached permanently(day time use mainly) and could not live without it now. I wonder just a couple of years back how i managed.......either balancing or working with 1 hand!. Still have a bones, love that light, still got the throw optic in. Not had much use of late, but as darker nights slowly role in, it will have its time again


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    I been on the fence with getting a Bones.Think I’m going to order one on Friday now. That beam looks perfect for working outside or even in the woods.
    If i had one day left to live i would want to be at my workplace.Because every day is like a frickin eternity.

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    The sight was a bank parking lot. The mission was to observe a paving operation where a small contractor took the existing top portion off and reapplied a new one.
    To the right of the photo are head engineer and a trainee she has assigned me while I train to be his boss. Quite an odd thought really, but the young lad was hired as an inspector trainee so he is my first assignment to train while I'm a manager in training. They are standing on the critically flat concrete areas I mentioned in my previous post.

    So head engineer boss lady is on site "willing to assist" which in plain english means "willing to critique every pebble, every shade of gray, everything in some attempt to make sure the designers ridiculous theories are correctly applied by ordinary construction workers who like me had not slept all day and were about to embark on a 16 hour shift.

    The boss lady scheduled a meeting for the trainee and I to meet another theorist prior to starting work. Turns out this aderall using rookie wanna be guy has her convinced he has his act together. My initial impression was he had his head up his @$$, and after spending a few hours with the guy my view did not change, or at least in a positive way. My trainee was impressed with his wiz-bang sales pitch as showed the milenial lots of computer short cuts and my trainee just loves taking short cuts in life. Free free free… yup you can lose 20 pounds while sitting in an easy chair eating ice cream with this short cut. My engineer boss lady was impressed with the boston red sox logo on wiz bang dudes wedding ring. He clearly noticed I was not one to quickly plunk down my rent money for his snake oil salesman charms.

    The tone for the evening was set and clearly my fun with flashlights was going to be thwarted by stupidity. I had my SOG dark energy light clipped to my trouser pocket as a primary. Being a DE-05 is crisp white beam'd thrower naturally wiz-bang guy asks "is that an atomic light?" while the trainee asks "does it strobe?" Ugh!! So what happens when a snake oil salesman realizes you aint buying? He becomes your fan as he tries to figure out why you aint falling for his bs. So I had a follower and the trainee was more proud of me being his boss than ever. So while trying to discern what needs to be checked over at work and how to photograph them in a dark-ish scenario where long shutter speeds cause nearby artificial lights and long shutter speeds to create blurry, harsh photos unless I can think of ideas to reduce it.


    An example of a photo to delete.
    With the distractions by my "fan club", numerous photos were turning out this way as my less than fresh brain was still trying to figure out which flashlight was correct for a given photo. My Streamlight head lamp would not provide enough light on flood but too much on spot. The Bones was too bright, the G2x Pro was either too low or too high. Mag's were in my truck, and the fan club was continuing to pluck my nerves. But at least the nit-picking boss had left.

    I was carrying a vaper in my shirt pocket but decided to have a real cigarette to get away from the fan club, jot down a few thoughts and clear my mind of clutter so I could decide which flashlight would be best for those dam pictures.


    My PKDL clipped to a ball cap.
    While setting in my truck having a cigarette and jotting down notes for writing a synopsis of the project from start to finish my little edc was very handy on low. Viola! It occured to me my PR-1 with a Deer Park brand water bottle cap over the end will be bright enough to compete with other lights and be close enough to quicken shutter speeds.



    Heck yeah! PR-1 with difuser did the trick.

    Next time I'll carry my Streamlight ProTac HL4. Nice, floody beam up to 2200 lumens.
    So by this time it's 2:30am, aderall has worn off in the wiz-bang dude so he's left to find a hotel, my trainee is taking a nap and I'm trying out a new vape device sent to me by Vaporesso. A large cup of McCoffee has my energy level in decent shape and my head aint swimming anymore. At this point I just wanted the folks to finish paving so I could go home. Home is 2 hours away so by 5am I was thinking the 2 hour drive was a bad idea. By 8 I was zonked at a Holiday Inn Express for a couple of hours.

    I ended up getting quite a few keeper photos on my point n shoot work cam and at some point when they are downloaded to a computer a few wll be posted in this thread showing which light provided the right beam and intensity for the given situation. If my foggy brain can recall the Streamlight double clutch, the SOG and PR-1 were the most used. But after working 4-16 hour days in a row then a 26 hour day my brain is not really all that dependable today. This assignment cannot be over soon enough to suit me.
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    Interesting job. I like the Bones flood pattern it's making me think to change out the lens in my Charlie to the flood lens, or buy a Bones with a flood lens. I know what you mean about those Adderall guys, they can be quite obnoxious to say the least. I used to be prescribed it and took 30-45 mg a day, but I was very quite and calm when I was on it. I actually get more work done on Xanax with much more clarity if you can believe that. I am the opposite of most people I guess.

    Anyway, thanks for all the great pics and beamshots. I used to work outside in pitch black for about 1.5 to 2 hours before the sun started to rise. Back then I used to have a 300 or 400 lumen Olight S1 Baton clipped to my hat, I used to use RCR123A cells and also SF123A primaries. I was known as the guy with the bright light as everyone else used 40 lumen maglites. We were all spread out by hundreds of yards so the downside was everyone knew where I was until the sun came up.

    I ended up buying a few S1 Batons for other workers, but ironically they never used them at work because they were too nice to use at work they said. A complete waste in my mind. To each their own I guess.

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    Thatz the regular lens on the Bones. I just metered the camera to show how wide the spill is in low light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Thatz the regular lens on the Bones. I just metered the camera to show how wide the spill is in low light.


    Wow, it really looked like the flood lens. LOL! I do like the flood for up close work it is really nice.

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    Props to all of you who toil in the middle of the night for our benefit.

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    Thanks for sharing!
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