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Windshield Count?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by jamescamp11, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:24 PM
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    jamescamp11

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    I have always thought that I have the absolute worst luck when it comes to windshields. Owned my truck for 10 years and Im on my 5th windshield. Today I am going to see what is normal based off of your answers. How many times has that little rock on the highway smashed against your windshield hard enough to create a giant crack within 30 minutes of impact? Like I said, I am not sure if it is because us Taco owners are at the premo height for those high velocity meteors or I if am taking crazy pills.
     
  2. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:31 PM
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    i got a chip on mine from the highway, i'll get it replaced in the next couple years or whenever it starts to crack, whichever comes first
     
  3. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:42 PM
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    I'm not going to jinx myself by answering a loaded question like that!
     
  4. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:46 PM
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    I think I found your problem after I traced your IP address

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    I've been driving for 22 years, 18 of those in trucks and I've never replaced a windshield.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:48 PM
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    can you really do that? thats scary
     
  7. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:49 PM
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  8. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:55 PM
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    LOl. Im laughing at both the joke address and the fact that it went right over his head!!
     
  9. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:55 PM
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    Original windshield lasted two months. Back then, because the taco was a new model, the replacement windshield cost me almost 5 bills. This windshield lasted a good two years. This past October, windshield needed replaced again. Fast forward to February, during some freak windstorm, a tree limb hit the roof of the Tacoma, fell across the windshield, which shattered, and then proceeded to decorate the hood of my wife's car, parked 30 feet away, with a nice new crease. We then replaced both windshields, hers was cracked away, she likes to drive behind 18 wheelers for some reason, and the new one for the Tacoma lasted approximatley 1 week.

    I am currently driving it as is, until November atleast, that's when my state insp. is due.

    My luck will run out before that of course and a cop will give me a fix-it ticket.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2008 at 2:59 PM
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    yeah, alot of stuff goes over lsocoee's head, you better get use to it
     
  11. Jun 3, 2008 at 3:01 PM
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  12. Jun 3, 2008 at 3:32 PM
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    (joedirt) Incredibly unlucky and would be very crappy to wake up in the morning to see all that carnage.

    I definetely do not have a story like that which almost kindof validates why I am a bit touchy with this subject (touchy in a light hearted way). It always happens within a short period of time after I replace the cracked windshield. Then, if the new crack is not deemed "visually obstructive" by the ticket nazi I will continue to drive with it until my tolerance levels are drained (usually a year or two). Because of all this windshield cracking nonsense I feel like I am in a movie every time I come upon a Semi on the highway:

    Camera pans to semi, then back for a close up of my face with the loud music like we are about to square off. Semi proceeds with the classic windshield cracking move of switching lanes and that single pebble resting oh so comfortably on that white stripe that splits the road is grabbed. Camera pans back to my face to show me screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOO in that deep slow motion version of my voice. "Wham!" My day/month is ruined and decide to give the Semi driver our cultural highway driving sign language. The best is that the driver has no idea what he/she did as I am flipping them off and they have that really confused look on their face like "uh, ok, that person is a D!@K."
     
  13. Jun 3, 2008 at 4:03 PM
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    The storm damage happened during the day. I went outside to burn one and saw a limb sitting on the hood of my wife's car. I went back inside, said hey, your car 's been f**ked up, and we went down to the garage so she could see the damage. While we were looking out the window, I thought to myself, I don't remember putting up a sunshade in the windshield. I went back outside and this is what I found:

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    And my wife's car:

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  14. Jun 3, 2008 at 4:10 PM
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    Holy SH!@#

    Super funny comment about the sun shade! I am struggling to contain my laughter within my cubicle right now! I apologize and truly feel bad about your situation but you know, life throws you curveballs sometimes and all you can really do is just take it and move on. At least there was not any major body damage. Anyone else effected on your block?
     
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    No. Everybody else has had the sense to cut back the trees close to their driveways. I cut down two last fall, but the one that "dropped the bomb" so to speak was next to the powerline for the house and I felt mightily uncomfortable to be a 100' cherry picker that close to the line. I'm going to try to find the pictures my wife took of me in the basket.
     
  16. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:36 AM
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    ok, go ahead and feel free to rep me now...
     
  17. Jun 4, 2008 at 7:47 AM
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    I got some fresh reps last night and I'm already out. I gave you one. You are now above mjp2 (for now)
     
  18. Jun 4, 2008 at 8:28 AM
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    you must not have signed the rep. i did go up though.
     
  19. Jun 4, 2008 at 8:35 AM
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    I drive on I-295 everyday. When I had my S-10 my windshield started cracking. I didn't even see the rock. I didn't replace it for over two years and yes the crack got bigger and bigger. I finally replaced it and in less than two weeks I had another crack! Well, I replaced that windshield also. I got my Tacoma and the first day I had a chip on the windshield. Lighthouse Toyota replaced it and its been clean sailing ever since!!!!
     
  20. Jun 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM
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    Here are a few pictures of the cherry picker I had at the house. It was an 80' articulating boom. Artic's are nice if you have alot of obstacles to get around, I wish I had gotten a straight stick. A 120' one.

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    The three trees in the picture are the some of the ones I took down. The tree on the extreme right is the one that caused my windshield/body damage. I would've taken it down, but the electric for the house runs past it. Plus, it was windy, and I'm kind've afraid of heights, even more so when I have a flesh-destroying tool in my hands.

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    Here, the main boom is fully extended, I can only raise the basket about ten more feet, the tops of the trees are another 40' above me. A 120' would've really been helpful. That's what I get for guessing at the heights of the trees. That's a ten foot basket I'm standing in, nice for the room, but it deflects about 2-3' everytime you move. Kind've unnerving at 80', that's why a body harness is required. My safety officer did tell me, though, on a full extension at about 40-45 degrees from the pivot, if you were to fall out, your body weight would tip the lift over.

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