With some frequency, especially when we are at networking events, we are asked; “What has been your biggest challenge?”

This has always been an interesting question.  We have had some interesting projects, yet as time goes by they become normal or typical.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Can you get rid of a dead deer in my yard?

A friend of the company gave our name out as a referral for this project.  The opening conversation went something like this:

“I have a dead deer in my backyard and I was told that if anyone knew a way to get rid of it, it would be you”

“Really? I wouldn’t know what to do with it if I hauled it away.  Why don’t you call the DNR?

“I did.  They told me to dig a hole in the yard, roll the carcass into the hole, cover it lime and then refill the hole. Then put mulch on top of the pile to keep other animals away.”

“Really?  Anything else?”

“Yeah, another solution was to drag it into the street at night and call the police.”


Needless to say, we did not do this job.


I need you to move my wood lathe from my garage to my woodshop.

An elderly friend wanted his lathe, an old one, moved about 3/8 of a mile.  I almost died when I saw the behemoth. The motor on it was about the size of two basketballs mounted on a cast iron frame.  Out of curiosity, I attempted to pick up one end of the lathe.  I got it about 1 inch off of the ground.  It was obvious that a creative solution was needed.

I asked a host of questions about the dos and don’ts about the lathe.  This was going to be a challenge.  Then the light bulb went on.  I got 2 four-wheeled furniture dollies.  It took two of us to pick up one end while a third person positioned the dolly.  Ultimately we wheeled the monster down the streets of the town.  Neighbors came out to see what was going on, the police passed us.  We got it moved within an hour of being on site much to the pleasure and amazement of the owner.

A little thinking outside the box can solve a lot of problems.


We love challenges at AC Trash Hauling & More.