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DALLAS -- One of the best places to be on a triple-digit day is poolside, and one of the worst places to be is on the crew digging that pool.

Every day is a race for Sandy McGee and his crews. A race to beat the heat of the day while making up for lost time.

"The afternoon's three or four o'clock, it will beat you. It gets into your bones," McGee said.

Three months of hard spring rain brought McGee's pool business to a standstill -- just about all outdoor work took a hit. For McGee, it was the longest dry spell of his career. Tuesday's sunshine means sweat, but it also means money.

McGee works with the same guys on every build, and has for close to a decade. They know how to protect themselves from the sun.


Tyler Stricklin runs an excavation company. Three weeks ago to the day, his 15-year-old daughter was flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas for heat stroke -- and Strickin knows it could have been worse.

"It's one of those things that will impact me the rest of my life, seeing my daughter in that condition," Strickin, who runs First Choice Excavating, said.

His daughter is back home and will be fine, and Stricklin was behind the controls of his excavator the next day. The work has to go on, especially when you're making up for lost time.

Tuesday he was digging a pool in Lake Highlands for a grandmother with young grandchildren.

"The ability to sit down with people, and discuss how they want to live their life outdoors, " McGee said. "I don't think I sell anything to people. I'm a builder and there is a difference."

Soon this pool will bring relief from the heat these companies fight against every day. Once they're done, the race is on to the next job.


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