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    Ran a Zurn coal fired, traveling grate, 80,000...

    Ran a Zurn coal fired, traveling grate, 80,000 PPH boiler for 15 years.

    Talk about labor intensive...a 12 hour shift by yourself and you were spent at the end.

    Just transferring coal from silo...
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    Didn't know we could count ourselves. 1st job...

    Didn't know we could count ourselves.

    1st job was to check moisture of coal from rail cars coming into steam plant, 1970.

    Marter, Papa jo, can we stop working now? or is there a clause I missed...
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    Had this since the 70's, protected it due to the...

    Had this since the 70's, protected it due to the glass.

    ( came with a spare 'sock' )

    Whirl that baby around and they know you're there for busniess...:eek:
    ...
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    Welcome to the board. Nice to see another...

    Welcome to the board.

    Nice to see another Stationary Engineer on board.

    Been an Operator must of my life, enjoy it.

    For me, boilers and chillers go hand and hand. Where there is one,...
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    Welcome! Enjoy your new career. It's been 17...

    Welcome!

    Enjoy your new career. It's been 17 years since I retired from the AF.

    Did 4 at Offutt, and a few years at one of the sites in state.

    Lots of very good info here, jump right in......
  6. I used this link to be sure I was in their...

    I used this link to be sure I was in their system: ( under Test Results )

    https://hvacinstitute.ferris.edu/src/608.php

    Then I sent email requesting a new card:
    ...
  7. Go to the ferris web site. There is a section...

    Go to the ferris web site. There is a section about replacment cards.
    They ask for your name and social security number. ( It's filed under your SS # back then).


    Hope that helps.
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    I've been working a rotating shift for over 16...

    I've been working a rotating shift for over 16 years now.

    Don't know a normal sleep cycle.

    Sleep about 4 - 6 hours at a shot.
    Have a 'sleep' room. Dark, fans, white noise, etc.

    Doctor said...
  9. I learned a long time ago not to EVER discuss my...

    I learned a long time ago not to EVER discuss my non-belief with anyone I work with or for.
    Starting with my life in the military, stating you are an Atheist can harm your career.
    Now that I work...
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    Living and working near downtown, when I need a...

    Living and working near downtown, when I need a 'push' to keep saving, I drop by Gruhn Guitars here in Nashville and lust.
    Not much of a jazz scene here, but you can listen to some very good...
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    Enjoy messing around with one, never had the time...

    Enjoy messing around with one, never had the time to get any good at it.
    Love the sound since I heard Jim and Jesse and Bill Monroe growing up in Georgia.
    Along with David Grisman, here are two...
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    I am envious. Both a ES 175 and a 350! Been...

    I am envious.
    Both a ES 175 and a 350!
    Been playing jazz for a lot of years and these are the ones to have.
    Now that I live in the 'Land of Gibson', saving my money for a L5.
    Doing an Ibanez AK...
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    We have 3, 1250 ton Tranes ( with plate and frame...

    We have 3, 1250 ton Tranes ( with plate and frame for winter ) and use outside temp as the control.
    First chiller on line above 38 degree, second on line at 70, third at 90 to 93.
    ( below 38, plate...
  14. Thread: Cold War

    by Coalman
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    Cold War

    The Dead Hand :The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy - David Hoffman

    My oldest son gave me this book saying that since the 'cold war' shaped so much of my life, that...
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    Showed the Paris video to 2 of our boiler...

    Showed the Paris video to 2 of our boiler operators at shift change today.
    Both are new. The look on their faces said it all.
    Any one who's been an operator for a while, and has been to any...
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    If it's not the pre-seasoned one, then yes you...

    If it's not the pre-seasoned one, then yes you do.
    I use my propane outdoor grill, but you can use your indoor oven.
    Here's a link that explains it pretty well.
    If you take the time to season...
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    Rheem29, YOU NAILED IT! Keep telling myself...

    Rheem29, YOU NAILED IT!

    Keep telling myself that it is not an 'age' thing.

    After I moved the literature bookcase back into the office at work, ( was behind one of our chillers ) I watched to...
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    Gib's Son, Not sure if this has happened to you,...

    Gib's Son,
    Not sure if this has happened to you, but I have acquired a lot of my ovens from people who did not season them or left them to rust.
    Have enough sizes to feed a small army and still...
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    Didn't realize I was in such an elite group!...

    Didn't realize I was in such an elite group! ...Serving my country or unemployed or ex-con...?
    Guess I should be proud...
    Sorry that the one's on the GI bill are taking up class space.
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    My thoughts are with their families tonight. ...

    My thoughts are with their families tonight.

    The Airman were from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath.
    The same unit that lauched 18 F-111's against Libya in 1986.
    I was living just...
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    The key to Dutch oven cooking/baking is to spend...

    The key to Dutch oven cooking/baking is to spend the time and 'season' your oven. ( like when I start a new wort for brewing, this is best done when your wife is at work! )
    Also, stay with cast...
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    Best way to cook in my opinion. Been a Scout...

    Best way to cook in my opinion.
    Been a Scout leader since I can remember.
    You can turn the lid upside down for cooking eggs, or pancakes.
    The key to baking is to remember the majority of the coals...
  23. We also use a plate and frame when the OA temp...

    We also use a plate and frame when the OA temp allows. It is set up to switch at 38 F.
    Our steam boilers and HTHW boilers run year round.
    This is in support of the hospital on campus and to feed...
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    "Still got the Blues" is probably my favorite by...

    "Still got the Blues" is probably my favorite by him.
    First time I heard it, had to stop and refocus; I started having nice thoughts about my ex-wife!
    RIP Gary
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    A useful pdf utility app for android based phones...

    A useful pdf utility app for android based phones and tablets, go to 'slideme.org' web page and download 'PDF Utility-Lite'. Nice and free.
    Also, for a nice spread sheet creator, try 'Shead Spreet...
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    For a Kindle, you should be able to create a pdf...

    For a Kindle, you should be able to create a pdf from one of the creators ( like Foxit ) on your computer and then hook up the USB cable and upload it to the unit.
    The system I have runs Android, so...
  27. Thread: NASA Channel

    by Coalman
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    NASA Channel

    Watching the NASA channel tonight, a feed from the space station.
    Find myself watching this channel like some watch 'idol' or 'pawn stars'.
    Admit that I'm a wanna be geek; have been following the...
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    Welcome to the Board. A lot depends on the...

    Welcome to the Board.

    A lot depends on the make up water going in. The size of the boiler, operating pressure and temperatures need to be considered.
    Also, how many cycles you are going for....
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    Hang in there pjh008. I'll be heading in tonight...

    Hang in there pjh008. I'll be heading in tonight for a midnight shift.
    At 3:30 pm, everyone else takes off and we become a one man shift till 7am.
    Somewhere around 4 am on my shift, the Alterton...
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    Have a set of Siemens, in the canal, aids that I...

    Have a set of Siemens, in the canal, aids that I really like a lot.
    Going on about 8 years for this set.
    They even give you the molds so if anything happens, it's easier to replace.
    The auto on...
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    Since starting those 'Blue Pills' ( Chantix ) to...

    Since starting those 'Blue Pills' ( Chantix ) to quit smoking, find myself listening to a ton of jazz.
    And the dreams are nice.
    "There I was in the Pacific Northwest dressed as a lumber Jack;...
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    This is one of those 'it won't happen to me',...

    This is one of those 'it won't happen to me', subjects that happen around shops.
    It is no fun to wear things in your ears just to hear people talk ( except the wife ) or enjoy a movie.
    " If I look...
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    My Dad was the same way. Growing up, there were...

    My Dad was the same way. Growing up, there were tools and then there were HIS TOOLS.
    At the time, I just thought he was being selfish.
    Now I understand what he was trying to teach me.
    I still...
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    Mentioned in the 'General Discussion' forum, I...

    Mentioned in the 'General Discussion' forum, I have been playing with the 9" color unit my wife got me for Christmas.
    Wi-fi is pretty fast, and having an SD slot ( up to 32g ) and USB port, easy...
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    The old one... ...

    The old one...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U1v01SGtGE

    The new one...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucD0gTr66ho

    Like them both, for different reasons.
  36. I give the other guys a hard time because I'm the...

    I give the other guys a hard time because I'm the oldest tech and seems I'm always getting the fun ones.
    Since I have my own fall protection harness, of course all the high up work gets put in my...
  37. Thread: Shift Work

    by Coalman
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    Here's my schedule: Week one: Day shift ...

    Here's my schedule:

    Week one:

    Day shift
    Evening shift
    Night shift
    Off
    Off
    Day shift
  38. This is kind of an 'off-the-wall' reason for your...

    This is kind of an 'off-the-wall' reason for your boss to keep you around, but it came up last week.
    I was called off the job I was working on to assist a tech over on the other end of the campus....
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    It is a nice, rugged unit. Didn't really check...

    It is a nice, rugged unit.
    Didn't really check the specs till after I bought it, wanted to help the guy out, he was going through some hard times.
    The only thing I didn't get with it was the K...
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    Got my Simpson, handle and all, sitting above my...

    Got my Simpson, handle and all, sitting above my desk at home just in case. Bought it in 71, paid a lot in those days if I remember.
    Has the last four of my SS# engraved on the it, so I keep it...
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    When it is 28 deg. in Nashville, thinking about...

    When it is 28 deg. in Nashville, thinking about how long before...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFX911QSV2c
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    Yes, another on the long list of reasons I left...

    Yes, another on the long list of reasons I left the Midwest.
    Got too old to fight it every winter.
    Just got off work and instead of shoving, I can enjoy that 'after shift' libation...:couch:
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    I've had pretty good luck when I contacted the...

    I've had pretty good luck when I contacted the company, very helpful with sending me literature on their products.
    We have 6 older CHN1440 Hot water boilers and recently added a brand new Powerfin...
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    GA, agree with keeplearning. Check out schools,...

    GA, agree with keeplearning. Check out schools, hospitals, etc.
    The job I decided on was working on a college campus.
    It's a mixed bag. We do service calls on split, package and stand alone units...
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    To offer up some encouragement, I'm 58 and...

    To offer up some encouragement, I'm 58 and recently moved down 'South' from the Midwest.
    Really worried about my age and competing with the 'youngin' to land a job.
    Knew that if I could get to the...
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    Joined the USAF out of High School in 1970, and...

    Joined the USAF out of High School in 1970, and my 1st duty station had a Coal fired boiler and my job was to check the moisture of the coal coming in on rail cars and watching the civilian operators...
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    Last Sept, left my secure job as an Plant...

    Last Sept, left my secure job as an Plant Operator ( boilers/chillers ) and moved to another state.
    I also had been following the trade, but had little chance to work on other HVAC equipment.
    The...
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    Being one of those Plant Operators, and work...

    Being one of those Plant Operators, and work alone on shift, having a one cup maker is not an option, but a must have.
    Before the Keurig, ( in prehistoric times ) would have to make a pot, it...
  49. Thread: Shift Work

    by Coalman
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    Thanks mbhydro for the heads up on the book. ...

    Thanks mbhydro for the heads up on the book. Sounds like a good read.
    As listed, I can only sleep for 4 hours since the 90's; eyes just open up, never need an alarm.
    The biggest problem I've had...
  50. Thread: Shift Work

    by Coalman
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    Sounds like your Dad was a stand up guy, and yea...

    Sounds like your Dad was a stand up guy, and yea kids can try your patience about sleep.
    Because of the units I served with in the military, I was gone a lot when my kids were growing up.
    Then I...
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