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As per the title, I've had a few jobs this week (outdoor) quite heavy labour wise... I've had to twice as many breaks as normal as it's just too damned hot... running sweat so that I can hardly see...

How do you cope ?

Edit... prolly doesn't apply to all the Scots on here... :hiding:

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I'd rather hot than raining. I've been doing patio work and fencing this week. Plenty of cold fluids and sun cream gets me through it.

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We haven't really had the weather here. We had a few hot days this week followed by a torrential downpour last night.

I only do externals for existing customers these days and do maybe one or two a year, sometimes not at all.

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I'd rather hot than raining. I've been doing patio work and fencing this week. Plenty of cold fluids and sun cream gets me through it.



Must be my age then. When I was younger I didn't have a problem with the heat. Demolishing and re-building a 2 foot high retaining wall on a terraced garden has nearly reduced me to dust...

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I've not hit 40 yet and am a keen road cyclist so have a decent fitness level and understanding of when I need to hydrate.

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We haven't really had the weather here. We had a few hot days this week followed by a torrential downpour last night.

I only do externals for existing customers these days and do maybe one or two a year, sometimes not at all.



I tend to find with external deccy jobs...

A) It's too hot to apply *insert paint choice here*

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B) it's too wet to apply *insert paint choice here*

or

C) It's too cold to apply *insert paint choice here*

Might just be me though...

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I've not hit 40 yet and am a keen road cyclist so have a decent fitness level and understanding of when I need to hydrate.



I'm re-hydrating right now with an Aussie Merlot... :lol:

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wine~o wrote:
fitzy wrote:
We haven't really had the weather here. We had a few hot days this week followed by a torrential downpour last night.

I only do externals for existing customers these days and do maybe one or two a year, sometimes not at all.



I tend to find with external deccy jobs...

A) It's too hot to apply *insert paint choice here*

or

B) it's too wet to apply *insert paint choice here*

or

C) It's too cold to apply *insert paint choice here*

Might just be me though...

They're a pain, and also a young mans game.

Around 20 years ago a rep got me in with the local diocese and they used to give me loads of vicarages to paint.

It was a good gig in terms of volume of work, but in hindsight there was no money in them, and it all ladder work.

I can't remember getting rained off much though back then.

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Been outside myself but no real problems . I did change my trousers this morning though. Yesterday which seemed to have been one of the hottest I was wearing my patched jeans which are almost in effect equivalent to wearing two pairs on parts of my legs . Today I stopped to a lighter cotton pair , still patched but at least the patches are thinner.


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Following the shade round is always a good plan when you've had enough of the direct sun on your back.

The sunny days always remind me of the pre 2010 paints. You could go up the ladder, prep and undercoat a window, and face bits up before you came back down.

I used to like the external work back then. The facia, soffit and barge boards were no competition.

Back puttying, rubbing putty into cracks and open joints, cutting a couple of mill onto the glass. All seems like a distant era now

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dont forget my cold drink tip
2 or 3 litre bottle off non fizzy drink half full laid flat in the freezer with the neck uphill iff not fully flat
freeze for at least six hours
another one or two bottles in the fridge
in the morning fill the frozen bottle from a fridge bottle
store all the bottles together in the shade or coolest place under discarded clothing or other items to add insulation
top up ice bottle as you go so cold drink all day :huray:

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Yes been out in it a lot up poles etc. working on customers lines. The Hi Viz we have to wear makes it even worse( and renders the wearer irresistible to insects!) but I have been taking loads of water with me. Fortunately the new Openreach Transit customs have 12 volt sockets in the back so I have been running a 12 volt cool box. We have "issue" shorts, which we are allowed to wear, but we are not supposed to climb poles in them.

Climbed 4 poles yesterday on a job in rural Wiltshire. I had another chap come out to assist me, and his gaffer came out too, with a car boot full of cold bottles of water!

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Flipping freezing up here.. :cb

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It's been warm up here the last month(18ish degrees....it's warm for us) and I'm finding I'm really tired at night and have a sore head and sweat like f*ck at work.
Main problem is I don't drink enough fluids and don't get thirsty. Dehydration is my downfall and the brown pish is a tell-tale sign. Either that or I'm diabetic :shock:


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I don't mind working outside in the hot weather, although I do sweat like a 1970s D.J. in a playground. And also I have to slather myself in sun-guff as I'm as pasty as anything and burn to a crisp within half an hour or so on a really sunny day. I do drink gallons of water, which is fine, but you have to stop every half an hour and either ask to use the customer's bog (which I always find a bit embarrassing for some reason...) or I have a special empty X100 carton and lid in the van for such purposes -- you have to be careful not to... errr... overfill it if you've been drinking a lot though :lol:

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