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    How to make Coke...

    I have at the moment probably the most tideous job, measuring spring preassure on the portals(doors seems a bit small for something 7meters tall...), on the coke heater(not the refreshing drink or even the white stuff that some people stuff up their nose, no the steel mill fuel.)

    At the moment we'll be lucky to get 2-4 working hours in a 8hour shift, rest is just waiting.

    We go up in a skylift 16-23meters, measure and record as much as we han on the short time we have, and with the winds we'd had this week it's not much...

    But on the plus side for me who are a softie for early/mid 1900's industry stuff it's a photo opportunity! :)

    Anyways, here is some pics:
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    Just have to throw in a vid of the D10T we finished last week:

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    Pretty cool job you have!. Thanks for the video and pics!

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    Mind me asking what your job title is? Looks pretty cool.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Illusionist Click here to enlarge
    Mind me asking what your job title is? Looks pretty cool.
    Vice president, worker, maintainence and support... :)
    I'm self employed, one man company.

    Work with more or less anything that is mechanical, from wheel loaders to steel mills.

    And yes, I love my job, one week I might be rebuilding a bulldozer or an escavator.
    Next week in a silver suit connecting pipes in a running steel mill working with stuff that's between 8-900C hot.

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    Anyways, on thuesday I got another job...
    Cutting reject slabs for re-melting.
    Something absolutely new to me, sure I've cut with torches before, but this is about 20 times as thick!

    20cm thick slabs 60-140cm wide(!).
    Did this together with a russian guy named Igor, very nice guy, but he spoke about 10 to 15 words per day(not kidding).
    But we still understood each other quite well.
    After 2 days I felt I handeled the torches we'll, running both at the same time.
    I just thought i'd ask Igor if I should divide one of the wider slabs in 2 or 3 pieces...
    He looked at it...and said: keep cutting with one burner...and the ones that you've cut looks a bit strange...(in russian accent).

    Damn, I felt like a pro a minute ago...

    And the next day I really went in to it, runned both torches cutting like a pro(I thought).
    He had nothing to cut until lunch, and I really thought I'd be on top that day...
    After lunch his area was loaded...
    I'm shifting between 1 and 2 torches...turn around and look if he has started...

    He's sitting on a chair smoking relaxed with 4 torches running on both sides...

    In 45minutes he has done more than I've done in 4hours...

    Anyways here's some pics:
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    And I forgot, I got a company car, not sure what the seat cover should do...
    Maybe protect clothes from the seat..
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    Not sure what happend, the pics got very small it seems...

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    I'm sure you will get as good as him soon enough. Hope this new position works out for you.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Illusionist Click here to enlarge
    I'm sure you will get as good as him soon enough. Hope this new position works out for you.
    Have no intention to make this my alltime work, but I learned alot in just a few days with Igor.

    Did that to the coming Friday, thought that I'd might be off the coming week...
    But the phone rang on Sunday, work from mon-thursday...
    Seemed fine, looked like a long weekend coming up. :)

    Didn't happen...pulled apart a 60ton press cylinder just to change seals.
    It looked like armageddon in there when we got it apart, quick panic meeting with the chiefs...
    Solution: dissasemble the top valve, so we can go in and weld...size of thread...M500(!)fine.
    That's a bolt half a meter in size!, with fine threading!
    And 7 years ago when they assembled it, it seized and they had to use liquid nitrogene to get it down...

    And we should remove it...

    Anyways, now 2 weeks later I've gone off shift...:)
    Good thing is that this was during a big weekend so got paid quite we'll...:)

    Will show some pics later when I figure how to post them in the right size.

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    This is what took 3,5 24hour shifts to take off...we used 3 3,2 ton hand winches and 2 3ton hydraulic pressers.
    Moving a couple of inches per hour...

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...psgc4opcgv.jpg

    So I cut a plate so we could turn it some how...

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...ps72affv5r.jpg

    We got it loose finally and started welding and grinding...

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...pstkdjmm74.jpg

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...psfcsmfwur.jpg

    Got the new valve back in place after welding, took around 15min...

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...psdritgvzt.jpg

    Before we put the lid on I took a couple of shots from the inside...

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...pslfblqwgx.jpg

    And just a shot to show how heavy 60tons really are...
    When we where called in the press was in such bad shape that they had to hold the up button and press the tool lock when the tool reached upper level.
    It should slowly slide down on the locks...it made a 5" free fall.
    Here is the result, that's 5" of solid high grade tool steel..

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8hbsmsti.jpg

    Anyways, the press is running at full capacity now, and seems sealed and tight as ever at the moment.
    So job we'll done so far! :)

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    Interesting stuff!!! What exactly is your occupation?

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    I'm a self employed grease monkey I guess...

    I jump in wherever the metal, paper or whatever industry might need help.

    Been doing 12-hour shifts cleaning out the paper mill this week.

    Actually kind of cool changing bearings that some one put in 1961...

    At Kappa all the bearings is still the ones since new in 1962...

    Still running at 4x the speed that they where designed for...

    In the 50-60's they build things to last...

    We're changing the 90's and 20's things mostly.
    The old stuff just need some grease...

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    Back at SSAB doing some really strange work at the moment, moving things that wasn't supposed to be moved...

    In the begining of this week I was up almost as high off ground as I've ever been.
    I've been higher up, but's as high as I've had to climb manually.
    I really hate those tube enclosed ladders...

    After 15minutes of climbing we got up...to a guy already there doing what we're was supposed to do....

    Why can't chiefs coordinate work???

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by muvinbird Click here to enlarge
    Back at SSAB doing some really strange work at the moment, moving things that wasn't supposed to be moved...

    In the begining of this week I was up almost as high off ground as I've ever been.
    I've been higher up, but's as high as I've had to climb manually.
    I really hate those tube enclosed ladders...

    After 15minutes of climbing we got up...to a guy already there doing what we're was supposed to do....

    Why can't chiefs coordinate work???
    UGH! Your job sounds way more interesting than my job of typing letters and reading boring documents. I do get to give my co-workers a hard time so that's a bonus.

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    Later this week I've been pulling apart a really strange machine, I think it's for compressing oxygene for the steelworks, not sure.
    But it's the largest f-in turbo chargers I've seen.
    The smallest one has a 1,6 meter inlet(!).
    The largest is around 2meters.

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    Have a feeling that this summer will be hard.
    This steelwork job was supposed to be 7-16 five days a week.
    But I've already worked 11hours a day 6days...
    And this will continue til week 29, then I'll top it of with 12hours 7days a week for 2-3 weeks at Hardtech...
    I'm quite sure I'll take a week off after that...

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    Week went by with no misshaps, lots of measuring, bearing swaps and cleaning.
    Just 2 bearings left to change(at 150kg+ per piece).
    And we got the weekend off(we should have worked saturday).
    Just because we'd made great progress during the week.

    I'm still a bit worried about this machine when it starts, it has run 6(!) times the usual overhaul time that it was supposed to.
    Overhaul is due every 3 years, this has 18 years on it...

    And it spins at 60.000rpm...with a 150kg, 250kg and a 350kg rotor...
    Plus a 6000kg drive pulley at 12.000rpms...

    If that engine comes apart at full speed...there woun't be a building left standing.

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    After this I moved straight over to Hardtech for a three week 7day a week 12 hour shift.
    And I claim that no one has ever changed so many bearings and so many meters of drive chain ever...
    Please challange me if so...
    Here is the stats(roughly): 1200 bearings, 600 meters of drive chain, 2200 bolts for air insulation cups, 1100 x bolt, nut and washer for the bearing caps...
    280 gaskets for non-drive side, 280 for drive side.
    200 ceramic rolls at 1500$ a piece, 2x300mm rolls in stainless steel at 25000$(!)
    500 cnc milled sprockets, and keys for all of them.
    250 meters of polyester strip for chain.
    We changed all of this in 1,5 weeks including adjusting...
    With 4 guys...

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    Just curious how this has anything to do with aquaria ?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Juiceyfish Click here to enlarge
    Just curious how this has anything to do with aquaria ?
    Quite sure the title is AWAY from the tanks...
    So to clarify: not tank related, what we do when we not have our hands in fresh or saltwater, things that normal people do...

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    Have been away for quite some time now...
    Been working alot.
    Back at Caterpillar rebuilding machines, should just been from october to christmas...still there... :)

    Anyways, haven't much news I guess, all tanks is alive, just showing signs that I'm still alive... :)

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