There is one job that if I had to do over again, I wouldn't do. It does put all other jobs in perspective. I was working up at the UofO medical school. There was a space underneath the parking lot where we needed to pull about 10 yards of dirt out of under it so that we could put some big beams in. This was so it wouldn't collapse the parking lot when they set a crane on it.
My partner bid this job and he always managed to come up with jobs that were a total nightmare. It turns out when the built the parking lot, they just scraped the concrete slurry off the top when they leveled it. They buried this under the part of the parking lot we had to dig out.
Sitting in a 4 1/2 foot crawl space chipping out petrified 1960's concrete with a pick. I kid you not. After the job I pissed blood for a couple days.
Whenever I think a job sucks, that job puts it in perspective
Jim and I were always after these prevailing wage jobs. It was stuff the union guys didn't feel like doing, but the pay was prevailing wage. It was usually some kind of horrible ass busting job. A few times it really pushed the envelope. But if you said you were going to do something, you'd better do it, because your phone would never ring again.
Another bad one was setting scaffolding inside the elevator shafts of the hospital. It's ass busting work to set scaffolds. It's about 4X harder when you are trying to do it in a hospital without making noise or a bunch of dust. If you slipped and dropped a scaffold, you could be sure half of the nursing staff would be there shortly to bitch you out. It is much easier to handle 80lb scaffolds if you don't have to be quiet.
So as they set the elevator rails a floor at a time, we'd be up there in the middle of the night moving yesterdays scaffolds up two floors until we hit 17. By that time, I think we pissed everyone in the hospital off.