There’s a scene in Mel Brook’s classic “Young Frankenstein” where Doctor Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is pounding on the chest of his creation (Peter Boyle) in an agony of frustration, crying out “Life! Give my creation life!”
Well, of course the Monster does come to life, with hilarious results.
Over the weekend, I matched wits with a 1959 Perpetuum-Ebner Rex A phonograph turntable. It goes inside of the big console that I recently restored the AM/FM radio for, which I chronicled in past blogs.
After working on it half of Saturday and about seven hours on Sunday, the turntable motor finally hummed back up, spinning merrily along. Success! Well, not complete success, since the platter and the drive belt speeds still have to be synched up to a str
Still, it’s back up and running. A new life, as it were.
On that note, if you’ve ever called for a re-mark, then you’ve brought your own creation back to life, too! Line locate markings expire after two weeks, and if you haven’t begun work, you’re required to get them redone.
This is for a variety of reasons – rain may have washed away the prior markings, the scope of the work may have changed – whatever the cause, the lines have to be relocated prior to digging. So yes, you’re “giving your creation life!” and ensuring that you’ve done all you can to prevent an excavation accident.
So remember – after two weeks without work, get those lines remarked. Just like the first line marking, the call to 811 is free and the line locating is also free. Be safe and give your creation life!
Because at the end of the day, the life that matters the most is your own.
Until next week, safe digging!