KAT Construction LLC - April 2018

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A Stuck Mower and a Chopped Power Line When You Work on Your House Yourself, Mishaps Are Bound to Happen

Though I pride myself on the quality of work my team and I at KAT Construction provide for our customers, while working solo on my own house, I’ve had my share of mishaps. If you ask my wife, she’ll chuckle and tell you that I’m scatterbrained. I’m not going to comment on that, but I will say that with the amount of time I spend on various projects around our property, things are bound to go hilariously wrong every now and then.

my hands up, got the four-wheeler, hooked it up to the mower, and dragged it kicking and screaming from what was apparently its new favorite spot. I have to say, I felt like a bit of a hillbilly. Although I felt foolish after getting the mower jammed in there, I’m no quitter. I took the gap at a different angle right away, figuring I had nothing to lose at that point, and I made it through without a scratch.

and proceeded to dig the line’s path 2 feet underground, even going so far as to cut across the driveway. Everything was going great, though it was difficult work. But for whatever reason, it didn’t cross my mind as I headed to the fusebox in the garage that it had its own, original power line running beneath the ground. When I started to get close to the garage, I suddenly hit a huge rock with the digger. Obviously, it was in the way, so I continued digging through the stone and

The first story-worthy mistake I made at the house happened not too long after we moved in last year. As I was cruising around the yard in my riding mower, I kept glancing at the big pair of trees growing side by side out front, trying to determine the best way to cut the narrow strip between them. I didn’t want to drag the push mower out of the garage, so eventually, I decided to just shoot the gap. Turns out, the mower was bigger than I thought. I was stuck. It would have been no problem if I could have just reversed the thing, but I was on a hill, making backward traction impossible. After way too many minutes of trying to wrangle the thing out from between the trees, my wife came

promptly cut through the power line it had been guarding, shutting off all the electricity on the property. Fixing it involved a wire-splicing job, and it was a task I didn’t feel safe doing myself. I called up a couple of my electrician buddies, and a few hours later, I was back in business, with my pride more than a little damaged. I’ve always loved working on the house as much as possible. Usually, this works out fine, but more than I’d like to admit, I overlook some tiny detail of a task that ends up adding hours onto the project. But, like I said, I’m no quitter. These mishaps aren’t about to hold me back, and how could I deprive my wife of the opportunity to make fun of me every now and then?

out of the house and started taking pictures with her phone. I’m sure she was gleeful at the prospect of showing off to the family my latest boneheaded blunder. Eventually, I threw

Another time, I was setting up an electrical line from the house to our detached garage, trying to get the electricity set up before the icy winter hit. I rented a heavy-duty ditch digger

–Keith Thompson

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