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Hesperia resident loves cement trucks

Special to the Hesperia Star

My name is James Hernandez and I am a disabled person. I have lived in Hesperia for many years. I am a very good artist and often do creative things like making cards for my friends and family. I am really good at doing jigsaw puzzles as well as many other things. Some of my art is displayed right here in town at local Walgreens, K-Mart, Stater Bros. and Der Wienerschnitzel. I also worked at Hesperia High School; they wrote an article about me because I was such a good helper around the campus.

I love cement trucks and often keep track of them as I am driving with my family. I like to watch how they work and see them in action. My favorite part is when they put the wheel up and put the chute on the back to start pouring the cement. They make my happy and I love the colors on every truck. I have done lots of research on the trucks and how they operate. I asked lots of questions and have written an article on what I have found. I am hoping you will put the article in your newspaper so others can enjoy the cement trucks the way I do.

Trucks that are out on the road mean that business is good and people are working, as well as buildings being built. If there were no cement trucks we would not have stores, houses, sidewalks, and or restaurants. The concrete trucks are very important to our economy and supply many jobs for the public.

The process happens at the concrete batch plants. The aggregate and water get loaded into the drum and the drum mixes all the ingredients to create the concrete. After the concrete trucks get loaded, the driver lowers and pressurizes the booster axle, the big wheel, and heads to the job site. A driver told me the reason they have to pressurize the booster axle is to increase the set weight capacity or to distribute the weight of the cargo over more area to ensure each dose does not exceed the weight requirements set by the State of California.

Once the driver is on the road the drum on the truck goes around and around in one direction until they arrive on the job site. Once the truck arrives on the job site, the driver raises the pressurized booster axle (the big wheel) and hangs all three chutes on the back of the concrete truck. When the customer is ready to pour the cement, the driver reverses the direction the drum is turning in the opposite direction. This is done to get the cement to come down the chutes. The cement is then poured where the customer is requesting it, and work begins on smoothing and arranging it to create a beautiful new area.

I love concrete trucks and my dream is to be a concrete truck driver. I love watching them pour the cement and creating strong, beautiful buildings out of simple ingredients. Thank you for your time reading my article. I hope you put this in your newspaper so my family and friends can read about cement trucks too.


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