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    It makes me angry when people look down on me for...

    It makes me angry when people look down on me for being a common worker. I know plenty of people who spent more money than they should have on a 4 year degree only to be making 35k or so a year. It's...
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    I think instead of worrying about conspiracy...

    I think instead of worrying about conspiracy theories that can't hold water, let's remember what happened and remember those who were lost. We have been fortunate that this has not been repeated. I...
  3. I am a building engineer and work on all kinds of...

    I am a building engineer and work on all kinds of hvac related stuff. Myself and the rest of our staff is responsible for all aspects of climate control for a 1.5 million square foot corporate office...
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    I got hit a few years back changing a a 277v...

    I got hit a few years back changing a a 277v fluorescent ballast, it held and I had to jump off the ladder. I don't think any other work related incident scared me as much as that did. Crazy thing...
  5. Thread: Job Interview

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    Got offered the job today and start in the...

    Got offered the job today and start in the morning. Really excited about this. Lots of equipment. 2 plants, 9 chillers. 19xr's, fa's, heat recovery dh's. Plus boilers and AHU's. There definitely...
  6. Thread: Job Interview

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    Interview with the boss went on for an hour and a...

    Interview with the boss went on for an hour and a half which is always a good thing. He has to do a couple more interviews but said the next step is talk to the owners. I feel confident that I could...
  7. Thread: Job Interview

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    Job Interview

    I'm a little nervous, I have an interview tomorrow morning. Been out since December, really hope all goes well. Not many job openings at all lately. Wish me luck guys!
  8. Thread: Streetlights

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    I try to report when I can. However, Chicago has...

    I try to report when I can. However, Chicago has over 200,000 streetlights so they say it will be done within a month when you report it. If a whole block is out they come out within a day though....
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    Whether he likes it or not, your buddy is an...

    Whether he likes it or not, your buddy is an accessory to all this. He went to the owners house and got serial numbers for a warranty scam, and he did it. I know, everyone says it's easy to say no...
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    I can say from personal experience that...

    I can say from personal experience that multistacks are horrible. Just wait till you have to clean the heat exchangers, you have to take the entire header apart. And don't think cleaning it in the...
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    I worked a similar job to this in the beginning...

    I worked a similar job to this in the beginning part of the decade as an apprentice. Really wish I would have learned more about it. But it's really not that bad. Very interesting system. We had 2...
  12. Thread: Green jobs

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    I'm not a huge fan of solar power, it is still...

    I'm not a huge fan of solar power, it is still too expensive. However, here in Chicago, Exelon built a very large solar farm in a blighted area of the south side formerly occupied by industrial...
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    A buddy of mine got one at 99th/ Halsted/I-57....

    A buddy of mine got one at 99th/ Halsted/I-57. Another had his wife get one at Irving Park Road and Narraganset. It was his car so they gave him the ticket. He was on a business trip to Ohio at the...
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    Chicago has many, and I see more under...

    Chicago has many, and I see more under construction. At least around here, safety is a side bar for these. They are literally revenue generating machines for the municipalities they are in. Other...
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    I just passed the Chicago Stationary Engineers...

    I just passed the Chicago Stationary Engineers exam. I have my license to work with high pressure boilers now. According to the paperwork I recieved from the city, I can be held liable if a boiler...
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    I used to work on forklifts and conveyor systems...

    I used to work on forklifts and conveyor systems in a distribution center. I was up 8 feet on a conveyor when a co-worker decided to start the line next to me up. I was rather surprised when I ended...
  17. Thread: I Hit The Wall

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    One of the most important thing is your eating...

    One of the most important thing is your eating habits, you can work out all day and if you arent eating right, youre wasting your time. But yes, do some weights . Muscle burns fat while idle, so...
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    I had a 2001 extended cab 2WD with the flareside...

    I had a 2001 extended cab 2WD with the flareside bed. I loved that truck. Fast too, even with just rear wheel drive, I never got stuck in the snow. Sadly, some idiot drunk driver sent it to an early...
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    A guy from Philly opened a place here...now...

    A guy from Philly opened a place here...now theres about 6 of them around the city...good stuff.
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    Most are put up by helicopter...our newest hotel...

    Most are put up by helicopter...our newest hotel just had 2 air cooled york chillers put on the roof by helicopter. Same with the boilers and water heaters, they were lowered into the penthouse by...
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    You should see the roof of the Blue Cross...

    You should see the roof of the Blue Cross building. They have almost 18 cooling towers up there. There is a company called Thermal Chicago, that owns 5 district cooling plants downtown, one of which...
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    How is the pay and bennies for each?? That would...

    How is the pay and bennies for each?? That would be a major deciding factor for me? Are you happy with your current job? If not, then I would change. How secure is your job? Will they need you for a...
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    I think its a can of Old Style.

    I think its a can of Old Style.
  24. Thread: Monday is over

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    Got the hose out, went up to the roof, and...

    Got the hose out, went up to the roof, and cleaned one of our 2 york air cooled recip chillers. The other was running and I didnt feel like getting sprayed with water, so I will switch them tomorrow...
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    Oh yes, Shophound...the smell is wonderful,...

    Oh yes, Shophound...the smell is wonderful, actually its pretty much gone. Except for the 15th floor. The condo was destroyed, but only 3 people went to the hospital, all for smoke. A lot of people...
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    My exciting saturday night

    I decided to stay home this evening, a rarity for me on the weekends. At a little after 1AM I hear fire trucks, which is pretty usual for this part of Chicago. I start hearing more and more of them....
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    I very rarely use Grainger anymore. Havent had...

    I very rarely use Grainger anymore. Havent had many problems with them, just the price. Ive found much better prices elsewhere, for the same stuff!!
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    Ive had Krystals once a few years ago on...

    Ive had Krystals once a few years ago on vacation. Almost identical to White Castle, I hardly ever eat them. A few weeks ago I ate at white castle and left the empty bag in my car, I think I can...
  29. My DSL was down more than it was up. The phone...

    My DSL was down more than it was up. The phone systems around me havent been upgraded yet and some of the lines are 50 years old or more. Go figure, no problems at all with cable so far.
  30. Dumped AT&T/SBC months ago. Same thing, Indian...

    Dumped AT&T/SBC months ago. Same thing, Indian tech support. I finally asked the guy where he was located, he replied, "Cleveland". I asked them if it was near Calcutta, he didnt find that funny. My...
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    In Chicago the apprenticeship program is 2 years....

    In Chicago the apprenticeship program is 2 years. After 2 years you can take the boiler operator license exam, which I am taking at the end of next month. Then its time to get a new job. The test...
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    Check out the panasonic laptop. Its about 4...

    Check out the panasonic laptop. Its about 4 inches thick. Really rugged. AT&T and I believe Comcast use them.
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    The way I look at it is this, as maintenance men,...

    The way I look at it is this, as maintenance men, our companies ask a lot of us. I am in a hotel with 230 rooms, 60 of them being 2 room suites. It gets very demanding. We do it all, electrical,...
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    Well, cheapiea are all we'll get since this is a...

    Well, cheapiea are all we'll get since this is a hotel. They splurge on a lot of things, but disposals, no. Can't really say I blame them with the abuse these units see. And I'll have to try the mini...
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    Wow, another stationary engineer....are you a...

    Wow, another stationary engineer....are you a Local 399 guy too?
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    I'm sure there are good ones out there, but most...

    I'm sure there are good ones out there, but most of the ones I deal with are the cheapies. I have to reset and unjam at least a few a week. Had one start leaking last week. Replaced it and it was...
  37. Not sure about laws in canada but I work in a...

    Not sure about laws in canada but I work in a hotel in Chicago. Switching from AC to heat isnt just pushing a button. Each room has a four pipe fan coil with stat, so rooms can switch from heat to...
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