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Jackmartin Member Posts: 196
edited August 2018 in THE MAIN WALL
I hope this makes you smile and if it makes you laugh ,great. I met one of my old journey men in Walmart on the weekend and the ladies were talking about the kids and their gardens and like any old pharts ,we were trading war stories.
Frank was one of the smartest HVAC guys I have ever worked with and considering he is in his eighties,he is still smarter than I am — don,t you just hate that! Well, he smiled and said remember the PORSCH and we both started laughing, the girls gave us the , we aren,t with them look, but we still killed ourselves laughing.
The year was 1973 and I was still an apprentice, the shop was owned by shall we say ,a damaged human being.
George was a drunk,womanizer,and totally dishonest; but, he had one characteristic that made you love the guy ,no one who worked for George was ever wrong. We could go in and tell George we had run a load of lawyers off a ravine and the first thing George would say is “ was there any witnesses and don,t worry we got a lawyer”.
So, it was the Friday afternoon before the August long weekend and it was hotttt,the humidity was so bad you swore you could cut out a block of air with a sawzall.
One of our biggest customers, Mr. B phoned, and wanted one of his properties a/c systems fixed now! Mr. B was an ugly man ,both by character and physical stature, 5 foot 6 and three hundred pounds and if George drank Mr. B made him look like an amateur. George tried to talk him into Tuesday, as it was a long weekend, no go. Mr. B went to this location every Friday where he would get blitzed and watch adult porn with the business owner and he sure as hell wasn,t going to be hot.
George decided to send Frank because he could fix anything. One small problem, Frank always started early on Friday so he could go to the lake by 3:30 ,it was a religion with Frank. The time was 2:00 in the afternoon and off Frank goes. The property was in the center of old Winnipeg and it was a two story building well before mandated permanent ladders attached to the wall came into being. Frank throws the ladder up the wall and I am sure, he is hoping it is just an electrical problem ,because Frank is a wizard at controls.
Nope, that compressor is fried to the bone ,on a Buffalo unit that was so old, I am sure James Watt signed it. Frank phones the shop looking for me to help but, I was fixing the beer cooler at George’s favourite refreshment stand, so that comes before everything.
Frank is now hot and he knows he is not going to the lake at 3:30 so he is pissed to boot. Rush to the wholesaler, gets the compressor, etc and back to the hell hole.
He pulls the junk up onto the roof ,including a bottle of nitrogen and this was well before the nice aluminum ones they have now. He gets the thing purged ( he told me it was the worst burnout he had ever seen) and gets the system running.
It is now 6:30 and he is three hours late for the lake. I should mention Frank absolutely hated Mr. B . Frank lowers the assorted junk down and then he hears a strange noise coming from the unit,ever careful, he walks back and checks it , just a noisey condenser screen.
He told me to this day, he does not know why he did not take another look over the edge of the roof ,like he always had done in the past. Frank fires the compressor off the roof and he is waiting for that high pitched ping they make when they hit the asphalt.
All he hears is crunch! Frank said the first thought that went through his mind was” Oh no ,I have hit someone”. He looks over and sees the compressor firmly in place on the hard top of Mr.B,s PORSCH.
Mr. B had ,of course ,parked as close to the building as possible ,it was hot ,and three hundred pounds is hard on the knees.
Frank goes down the ladder so fast he would have impressed a professional fire fighter, grabs the compressor ,throws it in the van ties the ladder on with one bungee cord and takes off. Teusday arrives and Mr.B is on the phone and he is screaming at George ,your#$&&* Mechanic ruined my car and of course George says” got any witnesses”. So they go back and forth and agree to meet at the refreshment stand where I had fixed the beer cooler on Friday to hash things out. George and Mr. B, of course,got a little under the weather and George and Mr. B cook up a plan to snow the insurance company. It must have worked ,the next time I saw the Porsh it was back to showroom shape. It could not happened to a more deserving person. All the best Jack


    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,860
    1- Its Porsche.
    2- what?
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,439
    There is no substitute...
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
    The OP likes to type. Some editing and paragraph indents and I just might read it.

    There was an error rendering this rich post.

  • NY_Rob
    NY_Rob Member Posts: 1,370
    Paragraphs Jack, paragraphs.... :)
  • Leonard
    Leonard Member Posts: 903
    Needs paragraphs , but still a funny read....
  • RxRoy
    RxRoy Member Posts: 22
    I enjoyed your story! Please write some more!
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  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,646
    Funny story! I can't imagine ever walking away after something like that happened. We've all been there on a hot (or frigid) Friday and get that monster service call at 3:00pm

    Good description of those guys...ah the 70s!
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC & Controls. I burn wood, it smells good!
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546
    edited August 2018
    I can vividly picture the whole thing. :D good story!

    I would say the way the mechanic left was probably going to work out better than if he stayed given the types of characters in this story line.
  • willasdad
    willasdad Member Posts: 23
    It’s the moment before you get to the edge of the roof to see the landing, that punches the moment right in the gut! I’m sure your face was priceless. Good smile/chuckle from a unique story!
  • Jackmartin
    Jackmartin Member Posts: 196
    edited August 2018
    Thanks for the feed back and the editing and paragraphs -'--- when you are right you are right. Yes I like to tell stories , but my typing is terriable. All the best Jack As an aside ,we have so much smoke here from the forest fires ,the street lights came on. Now, I maybe know a very little bit of what the people in California are going through.