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Rookie mistake

Drove 2 hours to provide bids at a property. Took wife's car instead of work truck to save gas. (It was enroute to somewhere I needed to go anyway for my other business so no biggie). Over halfway there and realize I left my key chain with bank keys with the work truck. Not a single tool other than a flat head screwdriver with me.

Time to get creative I guess.
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I drive an F-350 CREW cab with 8' bed everyday. Truck is a beast, takes up like 5 parking spots, has turning radius of a battleship, doesn't fit down some smaller streets in the city. However, I need that to carry all of my tools, pull a loaded dump trailer, skid steer, etc...
A couple of years ago I thought I would buy a smaller Ford Ranger regular cab with 6' bed for days when I am just running around doing bids or checking up on my crews, figured I would save on fuel, and not have to deal with the hassle of driving a 80' long truck, and still have the bed if I did need to run to get supplies if needed.
Boy was that a mistake!!!!
EVERY time I took that truck out for something simple, of course something else would come up and the tool I needed would be in my regular truck!!
I sold it after about 2 months!
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I rode my Harley on Wednesday and needed a pair of Channel locks because some Loudan contractor bought his locks at Menard's and didn't have them rekeyed. I had a backpack and some extra locks but forgot to pack tools.

Lucky for me a neighbor came and asked me what I was doing.
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I managed to gain entry but barely. I thought about piecing together a small carry bag like a book bag to tote along when I do that again, but the more I think about scenarios and tools I'll likely need I see myself just building a second work truck.

Oh well, you live and learn. I made more delivering my other products than the inspection anyway. One step closer to getting out of this business that's for sure.
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I rode my Harley on Wednesday and needed a pair of Channel locks because some Loudan contractor bought his locks at Menard's and didn't have them rekeyed. I had a backpack and some extra locks but forgot to pack tools.

Lucky for me a neighbor came and asked me what I was doing.
funny how often I run into that myself. other contractor using store bought locks.
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funny how often I run into that myself. other contractor using store bought locks.
What's really funny is how a neighbor will come up on you like "Hey what are you doing?" five minutes later he is loaning you channel locks to twist the knob! What if I were a smooth criminal?

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