About a month ago I noticed there were a couple of guys milling around our back alley wearing bright orange vests. Not long after I noticed them, they were joined by a huge truck that was obviously doing some heavy duty work back there. This called for a Lewis investigation. After chatting with the crew I found out that SaskEnergy was in the process of replacing the old gas lines with newer, more durable lines. Within an hour they had painted some yellow lines on the gravel out back and planted a couple of metal rods with yellow flags on top in the ground to let them know the location of the line.
Later that week I was out mowing some of the growing grass and weeds in the alley and accidently ran over one of the rods, turning it into nothing more than a ball of twisted metal. Oops.
A couple of weeks later they guys were back. This time they were in the backyard with 3 more metal rods with those little yellow flags on top. They laid those out in a row to let them know where the gas line was. I asked them when this work would actually be done. They told me it would be about 2 weeks. Fair enough. I figure you can’t be too safe when it comes to gas lines.
Last week I was out mowing the lawn and tried to navigate the lawn mower around one of those metal rods that were sticking up out of the ground. Well, I did it again. I ran over the rod, twisting it into a ball of metal. Wow. Two for two! Hey guys, hurry up! My lawn mower blade can’t take much more of this.
Yesterday, they were back for a final inspection. Today is the day they will actually be replacing the gas line to the house. They told me it should take about 3 hours.
That should give me enough time to take my lawn mower in to the shop get the blade sharpened!