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Old 10-20-2015, 09:32 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:52 AM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Are those your circuit breakers on teh outside of your house? How different our electrical laws are!

It doesn't take much to jam behind a brake pedal before you'd be unable to bottom it out....it doesn't look like she was going very fast. (and one's instinct is usually to slam down on the brake, rather than go for the e-brake, when things go wrong).

I'm glad no-one was hurt! Imagine if there were kids playing or an old dog who couldn't get out of the way! This, at least, is fixable!

Pretty impressive how she managed to miss your roof support!
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The phone was one of the Maxwell Smart brick size phones. Then I believe it. A smart phone and how thin they are. Not buying it.

After further review I guess that pole is the roof support. Now that is strange.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:13 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Are those your circuit breakers on teh outside of your house? How different our electrical laws are!

It doesn't take much to jam behind a brake pedal before you'd be unable to bottom it out....it doesn't look like she was going very fast. (and one's instinct is usually to slam down on the brake, rather than go for the e-brake, when things go wrong).

I'm glad no-one was hurt! Imagine if there were kids playing or an old dog who couldn't get out of the way! This, at least, is fixable!

Pretty impressive how she managed to miss your roof support! :)
That is my shop. It is a 3,000 square foot metal building about 100' or so away from my house. The panel you see is the main disconnect and the meter loop. The large breakers are also in the box. One feeds the air conditioned portion of the shop's sub panel. The others feed higher amp stuff such as my welder. Completely normal and up to code for the US.
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That is my shop. It is a 3,000 square foot metal building about 100' or so away from my house. The panel you see is the main disconnect and the meter loop. The large breakers are also in the box. One feeds the air conditioned portion of the shop's sub panel. The others feed higher amp stuff such as my welder. Completely normal and up to code for the US.
Oh, i fully believe that it's up to code - I just find it odd how different our electrical laws are...

I watch Ask This Old House a lot, and I'm constantly surprised by the differences in what's allowed!
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And just to clear up some of the comments...it was certainly NOT intentional. It was just an accident. She was NOT on the phone. Have you ever seen the inside of a postal van like this? There is no passenger seat and there is no real center console. There certainly is no drink holders. She had the phone sitting on the "sort of" center console and when she came around the corner on my gravel drive, it slid off and behind the brake pedal. It is slightly downhill from the tbend in the driveway to the shop. The bend is only 100' or so from where she hit. She was not going any faster than normal which is not fast. She was honest with her supervisor and I fully believe what she is saying. She could very easily have said her USPS scanner fell back there and she would have been in a lot less trouble.

The support post in the pic is for a lean to roof that extends out from the building to keep my sawmill out of the rain. Need full clearance to load logs and such so no other posts were used.

Oh, and yes, her phone is the biggest Samsung smartphone that they sell. Way too big for me, that is for sure!

Oh and remember, things happen in a flash. It is real easy for use to sit in our chairs and critique what she should have done. Given the circumstances, I doubt many would have been able to do anything different. She did her best by trying to miss the building which she did but there is not a lot of room to go past the building here. Especially since I had a front end loader sitting just past the roof support out of the picture.
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*sigh* .... that's what an Emergency Brake system is for .... she could have used that to stop the vehicle and kill the engine so that she could retrieve her phone.


Ya know, in Oklahoma, they made it illegal to text or talk on a cellphone while driving, at least without a "hands free" device, for the talking part. A distracted driver (male or female) is just as dangerous as a drunk one.
Egad, it has been decades since they called them emergency brakes.
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*sigh* .... that's what an Emergency Brake system is for .... she could have used that to stop the vehicle and kill the engine so that she could retrieve her phone.


Ya know, in Oklahoma, they made it illegal to text or talk on a cellphone while driving, at least without a "hands free" device, for the talking part. A distracted driver (male or female) is just as dangerous as a drunk one.
Egad, it has been decades since they called them emergency brakes.
We do not use them up north in case the lines freeze in the winter. If they do, no vehicle until spring....
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im Glad it wasnt worse, but as a mob mentality approach we should at least overturn the mail truck and set it ablaze. That should probably be followed by a lynching of the driver. Im sure Curtis has a tall oak tree and length of new rope, it is Texas after all. Im sure the stress and physical damage can be addressed through insurance claims and civil actions on anyone in the county/state with deep pockets.

Or we could just say "stuff happens, glad no one was hurt"
OOOHH. It's in Texas, that explains it.
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*sigh* .... that's what an Emergency Brake system is for .... she could have used that to stop the vehicle and kill the engine so that she could retrieve her phone.


Ya know, in Oklahoma, they made it illegal to text or talk on a cellphone while driving, at least without a "hands free" device, for the talking part. A distracted driver (male or female) is just as dangerous as a drunk one.
Egad, it has been decades since they called them emergency brakes.
We do not use them up north in case the lines freeze in the winter. If they do, no vehicle until spring....
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Ehh??

I spent time living in Alaska .... we used emergency brakes all the time. They are cable actuated brakes, rather than hydraulic fluid lines. Even with the normal braking system, that hydraulic fluid is rated for at least -65 F. Exactly what lines are you talking about freezing?
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Well the explanation is all well and good and yes it is good no one got hurt. Accidents do happen but again this is preventable. Imagine if she was on a road and had to make a quick stop to avoid a pedestrian or car. I hope she comes away smarter than what she was going into it. Maybe the postal service needs to look into this to help prevent things like this. Who knows maybe something on this scale has happened before but we never hear about it. Maybe they do have things installed to prevent this and it never got on her truck. I do hope things work out in the end and all is put back but i also do hope that a lesson was learned too.

Curtis I am surprised that some sort of barrier is not required in front of that panel being it is in a driveway sort of speak and you do have equipment around it. Maybe a good idea to take it upon your self and do something to protect for the future. It is a hazard. In NJ that is code.

Good luck getting things back together.
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