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Where are the Mechanics?

Discussion in 'Personnel' started by glsahl, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

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    My dad worked at Hanford Nuclear reservation from 46 to 68, we never knew what he did other than he was a sign painter. He couldn't talk about it, until about the last year before he died.
    He had some very interesting things to tell. He would bring home ammo boxes sometimes and leave them in the bathroom, we figured out later those were for urine samples when he was
    contaminated. We found a box of papers after he died that verified he was contaminated 13 times. He lettered the fail safe system on the process he had a high security clearance. When he was diagnosed
    with cancer the surgeons opened him up and closed him up, the tumor was the size of a football.

    Truck Shop
     
  2. John C.

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    Now that is a sad story. Have heard it too many times in the last forty years.
     
  3. Wes J

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    We have a family friend who was a welder in a rail maintenance shop. He spent a good part of a 40+ year career grinding and welding through lead paint used on old rail cars. Some clipboard carrier decided to get the welders tested for lead poisoning and they were all way off the charts. They all went through some kind of treatment. He's retired now, but I'm sure it will affect his health.
     
  4. Junkyard

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    I used to haul feedwater heaters to coal fired and nuke plants. Went to one in PA that has security not unlike most military bases or other overly secure areas. They had a fenced area to inspect the truck. Open one gate, drive in, close gate, inspect, open another gate and drive into plant.

    One small, or rather large, problem....I was about 30' longer than their containment area would hold. That locked them up. They couldn't handle the idea of deviating from their standard procedure. Had an armed guard at all times, climbed in and out my door.

    Another refinery in MN I used to frequent found a cattle prod during inspection (had just moved some cows before I went up there)....guard said "I found something that concerns me". He didn't know what it was. I laughed and said come here I'll show you how it works....:p:D

    His boss gave me the stink eye. He said "As much as I'd like to see that I'd rather you didn't..."

    I could do another entire thread of $hit I've seen trucking. I bet a lot of y'all could too!
     
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  5. DMiller

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    Worked Nuke Plant Operations over twenty years, was pretty intense most days. Security was beyond foolish and the rigidity of management to positive change beyond belief. We had the feedwater heaters in our plant changed on two separate outages, even replaced the entire condenser, the turbine, Steam Generators and reactor vessel head all over the top in screening contractors, trucks, inbound equipment. I got tired of the 'Stupid' aspects, got tired of the waste expenditures required by our Government regulators for Eye Candy or Window Dressing changes to cost the industry millions every year only actually emphasizing the regulators necessity to be on the sites. Watching Security do their little dance when a Honey Bucket entered the yard for a 'Explosives Inspection' which was supposed to include INSIDE the tank was pretty funny.
    Never internally contaminated, know of three that had paper plates and baggies to put them in for uptake poops over a week. Stuff is dangerous but for the most part the commercial side is relatively over regulated, over sensitive and well over the top as to human safety. I retired as I could not hold my tongue any longer and was gonna tell someone off I shouldn't.

    The pre-70's work in Atomic energy was poorly constrained, they had absolutely no clue as to what this stuff did to humans or how much exposure would hurt, all were guinea pigs that worked those facilities in those years, sad but very true.
     
  6. Wes J

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    I grew up 10 miles from a nuke plant. In the old days they used to haul the spent fuel out on a big cask on a container chassis. They had an on site inspector who would not let the chassis load up unless it passed an inspection. My dad used to make good money welding up cracks and replacing broken bolts so the guys could get loaded up. Now they just stack the waste out on the back 40 instead of shipping it out.
     
  7. DMiller

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    Probably not spent fuel. Every plant out there in the US has all their fuel except TMI where that fuel remnants went to Hanford in '84.

    We used to ship large 'HIC's or High Integrity Casks of high but not fuel high contaminated materials as piping, resin, clothing and tools to a dump near Savannah Nuclear in NC. That dump closed so most of it sits in casks at the plants. Spent fuel is some mighty ugly stuff, I have handled my share in the spent fuel pool.
    The left photo is a New assembly, not irradiated yet so not screaming like a spent one. The other is deceiving, that assembly top is 24' below water line.
    I was driving the Cask Crane that day.
     

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  8. thepumpguysc

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    WAY BACK when I was young & dumb & partook in the wacky tobacky.. I had to go to "one of the bases" here in Charleston..
    Unknown to me, they had dogs at the guard station where the truck was pulled apart & inspected before entry.. again, unknown to me..{1st time}
    The dog went, full total ape sh*t.. I lightened the mood by saying>> "HEY LOOK, he likes me."
    I was the only one who thought it was funny..
    But after a total search of the truck, I was allowed to pass & do my work.. Lol..
     
  9. DMiller

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    Got to be cautious of that stuff, and is worse these days.
     
  10. TVA

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    After being a truck driver for 20 years (both local and OTR) I’m actually just starting my hydraulic diagnostics business. I did this as a sidekick job for a while and I know that I have an ability. Finally paid off my house, so I don’t have the financial burden, and not afraid to risk it. I still have A LOT to learn - but I am a good learner.
     
  11. Raildudes dad

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    Please start the thread. I love trucking adventures:):)
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  12. thepumpguysc

    thepumpguysc Senior Member

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    TVA> its amazing how your thinking changes when there is a BIG purchase about to be paid off.!!!
    That is the exact same time I started thinking about hangin it up too.. I decided to hang in there for a few more years.. get a pile of money in the bank [old house note money] & curb my spending.. no more new boats or cars for me.. BUT I DID make sure the wife has a new one..
    When buying HER a new car.. I always paid 1/2 in cash & financed the rest at/or BELOW 1%..
    My thinking is> if you cant afford to plunk down 10-15k for anything.. you don't need to be quittin your job..
     
  13. TVA

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    Its scary. I wanted to do it long time ago, but I have six kids. My oldest is 14 and youngest is 2, and we live on a single income. So I was mortally afraid that if this thing not gonna go the way I planned then I will put my family in really bad situation, that’s why couldn’t do it before I got rid of my biggest monthly experience.
     
  14. thepumpguysc

    thepumpguysc Senior Member

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    THATS ALOT of mouths to feed..
    Put that house money in a jar for a few years.. nobody needs to know you have it..[wink,wink}
     
  15. TVA

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    I’m actually in the process of buying the property on the back of mine, fenced out four acres, with water and
    50’x50’ shop with three phase power. The property used to be RV camp site, and I’m buying it with home equity.

    Just recently I advertised my services on CL just to see what interest it will stirrrup. I’ll tell you what: if local equipment dealers (especially Deere/Hitachi) will be as bad as they are - I will have a lot of work to do! And $100 an hour charge - not a problem, $2 a mile over 25 miles not problem! And it’s not that I’m cheaper dealers - it’s the thing that I will not rest until I will found the problem, instead of being “parts changer”
     
  16. TVA

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    Sorry for misspelling! Like they said - don’t text and drive!
     
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  17. Muffler Bearing

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    After reading all the posts about toxic waste work, I'll just keep my mouth shut next time I get a loader back from the feed lot.
     
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  18. Wes J

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    Garbage trucks are fun to work on :eek:

    Lift the front end to pull a transmission out and some kind of putrid, maggot filled, sludge oozes out the back. What a glamorous job.
     
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  19. wornout wrench

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    Garbage trucks

    I made 8 days.

    8 whole days before I had to move on.
    Not a glamorous job, middle of a HOT summer in Vancouver.
    One of the packers came in from a fish plant with a jammed bulkhead.
    They had it parked as far away from the shop as they could and you could still smell it.

    8 days.

    Never again.

    Ugh!!!
     
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  20. Crummy

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    I had a guy come over to buy one of the grease guns I'm selling that's an operator for a big local outfit that does a lot of the same work like @Junkyard - drilling n such. He saw what I was up to in the shop and said his outfit is hurting for mechanics that halfway know what they are doing and I should just go to work for them "...pays something like $50/hr union...". Now I'm afraid some recruiter is going to call.