Dear YouDig? Archives


My Dog Can’t Sleep – Issues of Construction Noise and Nuisance

Dear YouDig?

I am retired and live with my wife in what I thought was a bucolic neighborhood in beautiful Ohio City, that is, until now. We heard through the grapevine that a new business was coming into our city and bordering our neighborhood. There were some public hearings on this, but as retirees we don’t get around too well and didn’t think we would need to attend. It turns out the new business is a stone crushing plant owned by… let’s call them the “Bad Guys.”

Now every weekday, all day long, the Bad Guys are crushing stone for construction material.  BANG, BANG, BANG… over and over and over again! There are engines of heavy equipment constantly roaring in the distance. There is no peace. Our heads are pounding. Even my dog is losing his mind. By the time it ends on Friday afternoon, I am on my last nerve. I can’t take it anymore. It is pure torture. It is driving me to drink. How can this be?

-Good Guy


Celebrating 5 Years

Dear “Dear YouDig?” Readers,

Today we celebrate our 5 year anniversary of launching Dear YouDig?

From day one, the goal of YouDig? was, is and will always remain “Construction and Connectivity.” While we don’t even own a shovel, we strive to play our part in identifying issues, bringing industry players together and having fun.

We love to see things built!
Thank you for your loyalty and readership along the way. The best is yet to come for all!

/s/ John Swansinger,
Founder YouDig?Author Dear YouDig?

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Big Bully Gone Wild

Dear YouDig?

Me and three of my friends like to check out a nearby construction site when no one else is around. The equipment is soooo cool. Yesterday, just goofing around, I jumped on big yellow bulldozer. I was tinkering with the controls when, low and behold, the thing started! Then, when I messed with a pedal, it suddenly jumped forward and started to move! I couldn’t stop it so I panicked and jumped off. My friends were horse laughing as I fell to the ground. At first it was just hilarious to watch it rumbling unmanned across the very large site. Problem is, the dozer kept going off in the distance … and going… and going! It tore through a fence. It traversed a creek. It rumbled through some brush and into the neighboring property. Unstoppable, it then cut a large swath through their cornfield and continued until it took out the corner of their beautiful red barn where at last it somehow got hung up. We were literally in shock, looked at each other and ran away.  I came clean to my parents and the police. No one was hurt but am I in trouble?

-A Little Mischief


Don’t gag but … gummers = winners

Dear YouDig?

We are in the middle of a pandemic. The unemployment rate is higher than it has been in years. We are lucky to have a lot of work going on and are eager to do it. Our problem is finding workers and when we do find them  they just don’t “get after it.” They either quit or, are so lame, get canned.  So we are constantly chasing our tail.  The problem worsens when all of the work falls on the motivated who often burn out and leave. Any bright ideas for this one?

Abled Body Conundrum


Trap with the Tap

Dear YouDig?,

We are getting scammed by one of our suppliers but we can’t seem to pin down the proof. They say they give us 20 tons of the stone per order. Our scales consistently come in at 18 tons. Over and over again.

We think we can trap them into admitting they are shorting us. One of our project managers wants to record his phone calls with the supplier’s representative.

We are not the FBI. Is this legal?

-Faux Fibbie