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Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by AndyTblc, Mar 4, 2007.

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  1. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Did anyone ever plow with a tractor with the blade all the way to the right and catch ice and swing your tractor all the way to the left into a garage door, Well it happened to me. This is my first incident that didn't occur at my house.

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  2. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Hope you had insurance. I don't even attempt to get close w/ my truck's plow for that very reason. I just use a shovel after about 6" from the door.
     
  3. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I don't have insurance, I've never needed it. This was my first time something ever happened like this. But my neighbor is a builder so I'll ask him what can be done. He'll know how to fix it. I'm not real worried, I have already notified this person telling her to get it fixed and tell me how much it will cost. I've got money that I set aside each year in case something happens like this. I'm not worried. And I was about 1 foot away and there is so many divots in that ice that it just dug in and whipped the tractor around. Does anybody know how to fix this so I can do it my self?
     
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  4. Post Mowing

    Post Mowing Member
    Messages: 39

    Just pop in a new bottom panel in the door.
     
  5. bowtie_guy

    bowtie_guy Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    I'd imagine they will just replace the lower panel. Problem solved. Not too sure what a panel with labour would go for though.
     
  6. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    You can get those replacement panels fairly cheap. I am not sure on the cost of having a garage door co. come and do it.
     
  7. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
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    By panel do you mean just the aluminum or the whole shebang panel. Is there anyway I could pound out the dent and bend the aluminum up as far as I can and caulk it so it isn't noticeable?
     
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    As for fixing this, you can just replace that section. You could do it yourself.

    As you just found out, things we don't expect do happen. It doesn't sound like you're going to take this as a wake up call to get liability insurance, but maybe it'll serve to get someone else to think about it. Next time, it could be a whole lot worse than a garage door panel - like major property damage, personal injury or death.

    Ok, off my soapbox.
     
  9. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    That insurance will cost me more then what I make. Besides I think I'm still under my parents insurance and stuff like that, and I was asking a few other people questions about that persons homeowners insurance and paying the deductible and the insurance pays the rest. Does anyone know how much this door panel will cost?
     
  10. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    There really is no way to repair these panels as far as I know, but I am no garage door specialist. The panel is filled with an insulation, either the loose fiber or the styrofoam board. Your best bet, IMO, is just to replace the panel. Check out your local diy stores ( Home Depot, Lowe's) they may carry what you need. Those panels are very light, and fairly inexpensive. It may cost like 150 bucks or more, as I have never priced a garage door panel. It is easy, and you can do it yourself
     
  11. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Thanks, I'll check into this Monday after school if I don't see my neighbor.
     
  12. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 974

    Mick had a good point. You really should think about getting some liability insurance. Believe me, your commercial plowing is not going to be covered under your parents insurance. As for allowing the homeowner's insurance to pay for it, that would be deceptive at best, more likely illegal (ie: INSURANCE FRAUD).

    Mick, thanks for letting me borrow your soap box. I'll send it back to ya.
     
  13. qualitylandscap

    qualitylandscap Member
    Messages: 83

    man that sucks, dang ice. I work for my sister b/f plowing snow and we were at large industrial building and he back up into a car and pushed it back five feet, he didn't realize it till i called him on the cb. So we hooked a chain up to it and pulled it back to where is was threw some snow on the car and the guy still doesn't know anything happened. I know it was wrong for us to do that, but we were behind and didn't want to mess around with cops, plus it was our largest Strom of the year ( 18ins of the ground) and it was still snowing and visibility was pretty bad.
     
  14. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Yah, but I"m not commercial, I do 15 driveways with my john deere lawn and garden tractor. This isn't commercial, and I did go and talk to her today and she said that she noticed it, and she doesn't think it is necessary to replace it. She said we'll try and bend it back then touch it up. So I'll work it out in the spring. She isn't worried about it. She said that it was part her fault for letting the ice be there, and I told her that she can pay me to put chloride down, and she said she didn't need to. I got a truck for lawn mowing, and I'm going to be looking into a plow for it, and that is what I'll have insurance on.
     
  15. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Dude, that is just plain wrong right there.

    I can't believe you admited that and posted it.

    I could make a long post about it but I wont.
     
  16. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Wow, that was very dishonest of you guys. I can't believe you posted that either. Doesn't sound like a quality job done by "Quality Landscape".

    Wizzkid, how old are you? You said you were still in school. I doubt you can even get commercial ins for plowing if you are under 18 and even then it would cost a heck of a lot. What kind of tractor were you using? I don't think that will cost much to repair, try to get your neighbor to help YOU fix it. It's good to see that you were straight up with your customer.
     
  17. qualitylandscap

    qualitylandscap Member
    Messages: 83

    As I posted above it was wrong of us to leave it the way we did.
     
  18. qualitylandscap

    qualitylandscap Member
    Messages: 83

    It wasn't my contract, it was his. I was coming to pick up the skid-loader to take it to the next stop when it happened. If it was my contract, I would of taken care of it the right way. But it's his job, his name on the line and not mine.
     
  19. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
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  20. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
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    Ok, it was his account. Though what happened constitutes hit and run and you could be charged with aiding and abetting for helping him cover it up. Trust me, I know. Not trying to be a wise guy with you and I don't want to lecture, but that sucks for the person who's car it was.

    Sounds good Wizzkid, I started plowing driveways when I was 16 when I bought my first truck/plow. The same accounts I had since I was 10 and only had a snow shovel.
     
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