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Servicng Water Heater With a Shovel

Rich Kontny_4
Rich Kontny_4 Member Posts: 73
Had an intersesting call on Friday night. It was my weekend on call and I had a call from a customer who didn't want anyone to come out just wanted the phone # of the tech who serviced his water heater earlier in the day.

When I asked if there was a problem he said no except for the fact that the service tech saw a 2ft snake when he entered the basement and left a note to that effect on the door so the owner would know. The customer just wanted to call the service tech and find out where he last saw the snake.

Seems the wife came home first,saw the note and turned right around and left(along with their three children) She refused to return until "That serpent was out of her house"
I was able to determine who was there from the invoice and left him a voicemail to call this customer.

Monday morning I saw Tom and asked him if he called this gentlemen about the "2 ft. Snake". With wide eyes he said yes but he never wanted to change a thermocoupler again with a shovel in one hand!!!

All in a day's work.

Rich K.


  • Bruce Stevens
    Bruce Stevens Member Posts: 133
    Snakes are not a favorite of mine

    but I don't go running in fear either, however two tears ago I was working in a basement under a mobile home on a full poured foundation. My partner was petrified of snakes, he is on a step ladder and I see this movement out of the corner of my eye, a beautiful huge milk snake four feet long comes slithering along the top of the foundation over my partners head. Knowing how petrified h was I didn't say anything and it just slithered along found a hole next to the power vent and up and away she went out of sight above the insulation. After we picked up and was in the van I told him, he just looked at me then said probably the right choice as I would would have just jumped and ran, then asked should we tell the owner, I said naw if they have been getting along this long better not unsettle the relationship now.
  • Ken D.
    Ken D. Member Posts: 836

    to all those who always wondered how come the oldtimer's nerves were all shot. That is one reason.
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    at first . i thought this was a Ron jr. post...*~/:)

    where he had to dig his way to the boiler...now i see that it is an update post on the African Waterhole :)

    life is funny that way:)
  • Darrell
    Darrell Member Posts: 303

    I got chased out from under a camp kitchen the other day by a porcupine...thing sure looked big in my flashlight beam! Only thing faster than me getting out of there was my 15 year old daughter!

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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    My Tech

    Jeremy has NO PROBLEM with snakes. Picks the things up and carries them around. He brought one into the office one day and said " Hey look what I got .. " I had to change my undies.

    He put one in a guys tool box who had been giving him a hard time.

    Don't fool around with Jeremy ..


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