Monday 14 November 2011

How many men does it take to dig a hole?

The pavements where we live have had mysterious markings appear in the last few days. Spray chalk is normally used by the utility companies, different colour chalk for each, these were a colour we haven't seen before. They had a number, in our case 6 and either an arrow beside the number, or else the number was contained within a square. Anyway, I digress.

When we woke up yesterday morning, there was a lorry parked outside the house with 2 men having a cigarette break (8.50 am). Smack on 9 o'clock, one of them used a drill to puncture the pavement. Shortly afterwards, he began to dig whilst his mate watched. This went on for about 10 minutes. He then had another cigarette break whilst the other one finished digging. While they were doing this obviously very tiring job, another wagon turned up and 2 more men got out and proceeded to watch, and talk, and talk, and talk.

Now this hole, like all its mates, is approximately 9” square and about 3' deep and took about 25 minutes to dig. Did they move onto the next one – did they heck!

All 4 of them stood chatting and smoking until 10 am when the last 2 to arrive drove off. The original 2 carried on talking and slowly re-filling the hole with the soil they had just dug out, then they placed a bollard over it. At 10.20 am they finally moved onto the next hole which was all of 30' away.

So the answer to my question would be between 2 and 4 men, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes to dig one hole – and on a weekend pay scale as well. Come on County Council, take note!!

Someone somewhere is laughing all the way to the bank.

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