Back To It

Starting a 3 week tear down and inspection this morning. Something we used to do in less than a week when we threw all available hands at it.

This time it’s me and one other guy trying to do it all.

It is what it is and I will do what I can.

It’s work and a paycheck and I’m glad for the opportunity.

I might try and remember this one.

At least they aren’t trying to kill me with overtime.

See ya’s when I get back from the salt mines gentlemen.

28 thoughts on “Back To It

  1. Phil, if your company cannot muster enough workers in house, that will work to
    your benefit. The downside to this scenario is that if you are rehired, you are
    going to work your ass off! When I worked as a maintenance mechanic in a
    paper mill, we got paid a hellava lot more than production workers because
    when the shit hit the fan, we fixed the problems.

    If they cut the maintenance department to the point that only two people were
    working on a major project they are both stupid and incompetent. If they are
    down for an extended period of time, the production workers will be laid
    off. You will be rehired, but it will come at a price. That price is your back
    unless they hire more mechanics!

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    • Managemnet has a definite knack of being penny-wise and pound-foolish. Some companies’ Management gets it, but most do not. It’s a wonder they stay in buisness!


      • I got back into forestry last year when the smallish stone siding company had me, with just over a year under my belt, as the only maintenance guy for a 100K sq.ft. building with everything from water recycling, aggregate and cement transport system through packaging system with boxer, stacker and wrapper machines.

        Add in a new boss that got rid of anyone with experience, I didn’t feel comfortable with the future there….


    • I’ve got to go into the belly of the Beast (Michigan) to help my parents out for about 2 weeks, but after that I’ve got my fingers crossed for some shut down work here in the South. Get a month or three in doing NDT or Millwright work in. Traveling of course, but it will be better than the nothing I’m finding now.


        • Thanks, both of you.
          I’ve had enough of my mandated vacation and would be happily ground down again.
          On the plus side, things are starting to cool off a bit. Maybe I should give my shop the Phil treatment.
          Seriously thinking of welding up some hog traps to see if I can sell some locally.


  2. just finished our teardown. use to be 9 people and 7 days at 10 hours each twice a year.
    now it is 4 1/2 (union rep is gone a lot) men, 6 10 hour days 4 times a year. takes some juggli ng and shuffling but we get er done

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  3. What exactly are you tearing down and rebuilding asked the medically retired 30 year vet of heavy industrial production machine maintenance and design….


    • Or, as a Master Chief I once worked for told me, “It’s amazing that the same guy that won’t give you the time to do it right will always give you time to do it over.”


  4. Where I work, when they do an overhaul on a large natural gas compressor, it always becomes a controls issue when they try to start it back up, even though the controls were not touched. I have to figure out and tell them what they fucked up


    • I once had to troubleshoot a rotary screw gas compressor at a SoCal
      gas plant. The machine had one of the most comprehensive annunciator
      panels I have ever seen. I ended up doing a point by point circuit trace
      because the schematic did not include a remote oil cooler. This was
      an unsheltered outdoor installation. The machine was suffering from
      intermittent shutdowns. Bingo! The gaskets on the motor pecker-
      head leaked. I pulled the cover, and water poured out. I got fired
      because a Diode in the solid-state starter took a shit after I solved
      the problem on startup. I was rehired almost immediately because
      the dickheads that repaired the stater could not figure out how to
      wire it back up and they needed my input!


  5. Damn, do I remember this shit! One day at work, I stepped on a small piece of
    plastic and nearly twisted my ankle. I decided to roll with it rather than sprain
    my ankle. I ended up on my ass on the machine floor. The next day at the
    morning safety meeting I reported my own near miss. I ran across a meme
    today that featured a Chihuahua with a shit-eating grin. The caption was:
    That look you get when you are the subject of a safety meeting.


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