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Old 11-20-2017, 07:54 AM   #21
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Yup. Many times. Steam drum, mud drum, vestibules, penthouses, high pressure separators...

Dryer cans on a paper machine are as bad or worse. I've been crawling around inside gearboxes, screw conveyors, pressure vessels, tanks, equipment sumps, towers, and trays, sometimes under air, for 30 years now.

Come to think of it, working on boats really isn't that bad or cramped compared to many of the other pieces of equipment I've worked on.
That is why I enjoyed and appreciated your avatar form years ago showing technician deep into it and crazed from handling pressures and gauges! That powerfully represented in-depth background of the poster - you!!

Not to say that picture of Maynard G. Krebs.... err Gilligan to the youngers... isn't a fine representation of crazed - in its own way!
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:38 AM   #22
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Yup. Many times. Steam drum, mud drum, vestibules, penthouses, high pressure separators...
Well said Spy, the list is endless. Such as reverbatory furnace, autoclave, fluid bed roaster, calciner or 130F 90%+ humidity underground mine and the chilling system fails. Been there.

Hats off to the commercial guys on here who work in the real holy places. Fascinating stuff in the bottoms of the big tugs and ships.
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Such as reverbatory furnace, autoclave, fluid bed roaster,
I play with 500kV sometimes, but you guys have me terrified.
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Holy? Shoot, I've been doing it wrong!

I used to crew on a 50' displacement trawler in the Galapagos Islands. We filled her tanks by siphoning from rusty 55 gallon barrels of diesel that came out from the mainland on barges.

When the seas got up, that's when the rusty diesel would get all stirred up...and the filters would clog. We'd draw straws and the short straw had to go down into "el infierno" ("HELL") to change the filters.

Boys and girls, there is NOTHING like changing clogged diesel filters in a cramped engine space (hardly a "room") with a hot Caterpillar diesel engine filling 90% of the space and the round-bottom hull rolling sickeningly on her beam ends.

There was absolutely NOTHING holy about that experience other than the fact that the poor slob who crawled out of that hot, stinking hole was so sick that he wanted to die!
Truer words have never been spoken!
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That is why I enjoyed and appreciated your avatar form years ago showing technician deep into it and crazed from handling pressures and gauges! That powerfully represented in-depth background of the poster - you!!

Not to say that picture of Maynard G. Krebs.... err Gilligan to the youngers... isn't a fine representation of crazed - in its own way!
Perhaps it is time Johann from Das Boot returns...
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Perhaps it is time Johann from Das Boot returns...
Maynard G. / Gilligan will be rollen over in his grave... but YES!! In my book... Johann from Das Boot is the excitement elevator - For Sure!!
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Well said Spy, the list is endless. Such as reverbatory furnace, autoclave, fluid bed roaster, calciner or 130F 90%+ humidity underground mine and the chilling system fails. Been there.

Hats off to the commercial guys on here who work in the real holy places. Fascinating stuff in the bottoms of the big tugs and ships.
After leaving steam ships, I worked at a power plant with a circulating fluidized bed. Hard, dirty, work, and We were definitely not over paid. But very satisfying, and Made me appreciate a desk job later in life in a different field. My hat is also off to the people who work in these heavy industries, including the marine side. Most people have no idea what goes on behind the scenes when they hit a light switch, or flush a toilet.
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