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Stupid things I've done

Working for Corelogic, I got an IS to a house in a bad part of Denver. The house was keyed with some very high end security locks on metal doors with metal jambs. The 1st floor windows were barred. But a basement window wasn't...

With my flat bar and hammer, I had it slide open. It had started to rain, almost dark out and the window well was very tight for me. I was in a hurry.

I slide feet first into the window and lowered myself down and still wasn't touching the floor. I let go hanging from the window in complete darkness. Feel about 4 more feet which really surprised me.

I bounded up the stairs to the front door and it was keyed from the inside too! Again, the lock had no noticeable way I could unscrew it. It wasn't the kind that an allen wrench could remove a plate or anything. I couldn't get out. Luckily, the house was vacant. To get back out, I had to drag a dresser down the stairs and push it to the wall to climb back out.

When I submitted my IS report, I said we needed a 3rd party locksmith to remove the locks for $300. Bid approved, locksmith arrived and I was very interested in how he was going to do this. I pulled out a key and unlocked the door. He said he put these locks in for the prior owner. Further, he said he would waive the $200 fee if he could keep the locks.
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Working for Corelogic, I got an IS to a house in a bad part of Denver. The house was keyed with some very high end security locks on metal doors with metal jambs. The 1st floor windows were barred. But a basement window wasn't...

With my flat bar and hammer, I had it slide open. It had started to rain, almost dark out and the window well was very tight for me. I was in a hurry.

I slide feet first into the window and lowered myself down and still wasn't touching the floor. I let go hanging from the window in complete darkness. Feel about 4 more feet which really surprised me.

I bounded up the stairs to the front door and it was keyed from the inside too! Again, the lock had no noticeable way I could unscrew it. It wasn't the kind that an allen wrench could remove a plate or anything. I couldn't get out. Luckily, the house was vacant. To get back out, I had to drag a dresser down the stairs and push it to the wall to climb back out.

When I submitted my IS report, I said we needed a 3rd party locksmith to remove the locks for $300. Bid approved, locksmith arrived and I was very interested in how he was going to do this. I pulled out a key and unlocked the door. He said he put these locks in for the prior owner. Further, he said he would waive the $200 fee if he could keep the locks.
where have i heard this before???
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Another Corelogic job, this was my first month working with them. Actually, they were First American then.

I got into this business because after 9/11, my business went to **** and I needed money. I did repairs and estimates for First American at the time. Julien S calls me, asks me, "you want to make $8000 the easy way?" I didn't even let him finish and I said yes.

Go to Fairplay Co, remove 200 cu yds of ext debris. There is a landfill within 5 miles of the job. At this time in my career, I didn't have that 2nd sense of being able to calculate cubic yards or consider the difference in cubic yard types or even further, to inquire at a landfill if they accepted what I was dumping, can I use a dump trailer, cost etc. I just said hell yes.

So my dad and I drive out to the most desolate god-forsaken dust hills in Colorado about 45 min from the nearest paved road. For those that know Colorado, this was in the middle of the Buffalo between Fairplay and Woodland park. It was winter and the roads were terrible, with up to 2' of snow on the ground. The landfill was really a transfer station, a couple rolloffs that you drove up to and tossed your bags of garbage in, at $10 a bag.

When we found the property, it looked like the person was in the firewood business. My 200 yds (probably more like 600) were all dead tree slash. The pile was the size of a small retail parking lot, about 8 ft high. Pulling out just one branch was difficult because it was snagged within so many other branches. The job was due the next day. The pile of debris was about 100' from the closest I could park my truck and 12 yd trailer. You had to walk through some deep snow to get back and forth.

My dad said what I was thinking, 'too bad we can't burn this?' My dad is a retired accountant who is very conservative. He would sit thru an entire red light at 5am on a deserted road and not ever consider just driving thru the light. But I would...

Not wanting to go to jail, I drive to the fire station nearby and get a permit to burn a fire that can get no bigger than 1 cu yd for $10.

I throw some oil and gasoline on the fire and light it. At first, everything was ok, fire was going along slowly and then the wind started to pickup. I hadn't noticed the barb wire fences choked full of tumbleweeds. This is a high wind area. Gale force winds kick in. I would guess 40 mph. Next thing you know, the entire acre of slash is on fire. We kept backing up and backing up. The wind changed direction and we had a close call of being engulfed in flames. We ran to my truck and the flames were horizontal and just licking my truck and trailer. We moved it another 100 ft away and still it wasn't far enough. The wind changed directions and some lonely pine trees were vaporized in a minute.

After about 4 hours, there wasn't one spec of ash, branch or anything. Just a nice clean hole in the snow where my debris had been. My truck wasn't damaged, it was pretty dirty and I actually think that helped protect it. Amazingly, the police and fire dept hadn't been called. There weren't many neighbors around but still, this was a damn big fire.
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where have i heard this before???
Crystal?
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This isn't in the stupid category but maybe just plain mean, on my part.

I was single and I lived for my sister's kids. They were going to be in the county fair on Sat and I wanted to be there to see their animals be auctioned off.

I had a big grass job that needed to be done and I had lots of other jobs to do as well. I had a guy who was having his first day with me. I found him via a job outreach center for troubled youth.

His looks didn't impress me much. He wasn't dressed right for landscaping work: shiny sweat pants/jacket, flat brim baseball hat, jewelry. No lunch, water, gloves. I should have halted right there but I was consumed with finishing my day on time so I could drive out that night to my sister's place. He had never been outside of Denver. I took him to a town in the foothills about an hour out of Denver and he saw his first ever wild deer, and fox. The drive was about 30 minutes from a paved road. For you Coloradan folk, this is near Deckers in the old Hayman burn. He was flipping amazed during our drive. He was pretty much, a street wise kid.

Drop off worker with lawnmower, weed whacker, gas and stuff. We go over starting, refueling and I watch him work a bit. He did ok. It was a 4 hour job and if he took 8, I was still happy, and profitable. I leave and call a few times to check in. He says all is good but going is slow. I'm running late, call and warn him that I'll be late and he is still getting paid. I pull up at 6pm and he is sitting on a rock, talking on the phone. Yard wasn't cut at all. Not even 1 sq foot more than what he did while I was there. He said nothing worked right. I pulled on the rope of the lawnmower and it started right up. Same with the weed whacker. Then he said he didn't feel well. I said he didn't mention this to me and inf act, I repeated that the work was going slow. He knew he lied and was caught.

I paused a moment to think over what I was about to do.

I said help me load the tools back in the truck. He did and then I got in the truck and drove off, leaving him there. He looked like a gang banger in the mountains. I doubt he found much help on the country roads out there. I'm from that area and people there don't like people like him much. I never called the outreach center and they never called me.

I went back in the morning about 5am, mowed it myself in 2 hours and barely had time to make the county fair.
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Crystal?
not sure but I know I remember reading it somewhere.
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The fire story is hilarious.


I think Wannabe knows about a fire that some guys he knows that know some other guy's started and kinda got bigger.

Professionals are people who can do their job when they don't feel like it.
Amateurs are people that can't do their job even when they do feel like it.
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I was going through a house scoping it out to start the trash out and I walked into the garage to try and open it up. The house had no power so I walked over to the overhead to pull the release and open it. There was a padlock on it and the keyring I had with me didn't have the right padlock key. So I turn to go back into the house and key the padlock key and the door turned out to be one of those that opens from the inside even if it's locked. So now I was locked in the garage with no keys to get out either door. I ended up using my cell as a flashlight to find some piece of debris solid enough that I could lift on the far side of the overhead and jam it under. Luckily I am super skinny so I was able to squeeze under the 8" of room I was able to create. I'd have been ****ed if I weighed 10 lbs more.
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I did an initial secure. Rekeyed the front door, took pictures, then went about documenting everything inside. House was packed with things. When it was time to leave, I couldn't find my keys anywhere. I looked everywhere.

Frustrated, I sat down on the front porch to think things out. When I got back up to enter, my keys were in the front door knob from when I took my after picture.
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