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108836 No. 108836 ID: 4fbdeb
>Be me a couple weeks ago
>Boss wants me to take a look at his wife's car
>Yeah OK.
>It's a 2010 Dodge Caliber
>ohboyherewego.jpg
>Water pump is weeping
>Radiator cap is puking all over the place
>Oh and he wants an oil change too
>Look it over
>Engine has a timing chain, not a belt
>Water pump is run by the serpentine belt
>It's way better than '90s Chryslers
>The Germans actually improved Chrysler
>Surprised.png

>Drive it over to my house
>Wow it shifts smoothly
>Get to work on this thing
>Oil change was done in 15 minutes
>Time to do cooling system maintenance
>Where the fuck is the radiator drain
>Where the fuck is the block drain
>There is neither a rad drain or block drain on this car
>YUP there's the German influence.
>Have to pull lower rad hose to drain everything
>Have to take out battery box to get to lower rad hose
>Lower rad hose is ~4" above bottom of radiator
>Oh, and there's the Chrysler heritage, too.
>Ok, the rad is getting pulled.
>There's no way to pull the rad without disconnecting A/C lines
>FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUCK
>Do water pump change
>Went surprisingly OK after the plastic mudguard came off

>Can't figure out how the serpentine belt goes back on
>There's no diagram under the hood
>Gargle it and find diagram
>Turns out I missed a pulley when I drew my own diagram
>whoops
>Get belt on properly
>Draw a the diagram on the inside of the mudguard and slap it back together
>Fill cooling system up with water
>Stick the battery in the hole where the battery box is supposed to be
>Run it a few minutes
>Drain water
>Fill with antifreeze
>It is what it is.

>Give everything else a look over
>brake juice is good, rad juice full, steering juice full, engine slippy juice full, tranny juice...
>...
>There's no transmission dipstick
>There's writing on the cap that I can't quite make out
>Highlight it with paint pen
>pic related
>oh goddammit

Overall I give it a 4/10. Not terribad but not so good either
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>> No. 109809 ID: 13f512
propeller nips are fine
>> No. 109811 ID: 9dcda2
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109811
Warning: Blog post.

Hell of a week. The picture is of another piece of equipment that kept alarming for no reason. I "fixed" it.

Sunday, got paid 2.5 hrs of double time to drive somewhere.

Monday, at a landfill with 2 turbines. Spent 12 hours finishing up maintenance then drove 3 hours. Landfills fucking stink, but at least the site guys were pretty cool. By noon we were ready to go, just waiting on the site guys to finish work on another piece of equipment. "We're just a few minutes away" he says. Ok cool, we'll wait till after lunch. 2 hours later they get their shit together and we work another 2 hours after that. It was 1600 before we finally broke for lunch. I think we finished around 1800.

Tuesday, I helped a coworker make some software changes. The customer wants a few things added to the software, but coworker wants to rewrite the whole program. He's been telling me about it for a few days saying we would need to get special permission from engineering and all kinds of shit. I tell him to chill out and, as simply as possible, do what the customer wants, without changing anything critical in our software. A new problem pops up, when we give a "turbine shutdown" status indication, customer sends us a shutdown command. Can't clear our shutdown because we're getting a shutdown. Customer's engineers cannot understand this concept and fuck around for 5 hours until I talk to the guy directly for 5 minutes. They get the shit worked out and finally get started. I then drive 3 hours and get a ultrasonic flow meter from coworker in a gas station parking lot. Another 15 hour day.

Wednesday, I try to figure out how ultrasonic flow meter thing works. Read manual, set settings, apply lube, clamp meter on to pipe. Reads some random number. Check settings and relube. Reads 2x the first number. Fuck around some more, come up with a seemingly consistent 85 gallons per minute. Been on site for 2 hours, customer boss calls my office asking where I am. Apparently I was supposed to find him and let him know I was there, not just talk to the operator on duty. What the fuck ever. By the middle of the afternoon, he sends out an email to my bosses saying he is waiting for my report, even though I haven't left the site yet, and have spoken to him twice on the phone. Fucking dickhead. I think that was a 13 hour day.

Thursday, home and off. Do paperwork then go shoot shotguns. A different coworker calls me, "Hey man, how would you like to be my best friend?" To which I reply "Aw fuck." He sets me up to go fix some shit at my least favorite site in my area. He's been there all day trying to get the engines running and it's his last day on the job. I guess moving out with his family is some kind of priority.

Friday, I went to my least favorite site... in fucking Baltimore. The engine is down, the customer is stressing, it's hot and humid, it smells like sewage, and I have to rewire the fucking thermocouple box >>109787 because of some random and unrepeatable problem. What do you do when you don't know what else to do? Shoot the parts cannon at it. I also replaced an air regulator which coworker stole to get the other turbine running and a liquid fuel flow meter which just decided to die.

Coming up tomorrow I'll be helping to run a 3 gun shoot, then another rifle shoot on Sunday.
>> No. 109814 ID: 19518e
>>109811
>The picture is of another piece of equipment that kept alarming for no reason. I "fixed" it.
[laughter]

>15 hour day
>15 hour day
>13 hour day

Fucking harsh dude, seems like work is getting ridiculous for everyone.

I got dumped 12+ machines to run for the 10 hour shift, I get home at the usual 2am on Tuesday from the Monday shift, and get 2 hours of sleep then have to get up for an interview Tuesday morning. The interview takes a while, I get home from it and basically just get food ready for the Tuesday shift, another 10 hours of a dozen machines. I ask boss what's priority, he highlights like 9 machines out of the 12 and says "do what you can". Worst part was the heat, we got a bit of a wave up here, it was 80 to 90 degrees Freedoms in the shop.

So Thursday I get a call, new potential job asks me to come in for an orientation/testing to see if I'm worth my salt, because they said they'd had more than one yahoo spouting all sorts of stuff during the interview and once they're hired they'd suddenly find out that "oh this machine isn't like the one I'm used to" and whatnot. I get off Thursday night, another 2 hours of sleep, and nail the tests they had ready. The weather was much nicer being in the 65 range, that helped quite a bit.

New job has me all sorts of giddy, it might take a dollar off the pay to start but I don't mind, at least I'll be doing what I should be doing instead of being a glorified part-swapping-button-pusher monkey. The new potential job boss said he had one guy to interview but I'd know by Thursday next week.

btw avgas, you gonna post pics/webms of your 3 gun and rifle match coming up?
>> No. 109817 ID: 813f6b
>>109811

I hope you're getting paid enough to put up with that kind of shit and work hours.

>>109814

Hope it works out for you.
>> No. 109819 ID: 6e292d
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109819
>got a good deal on 10g plate
>2'x6' for $10
>decide to make a more portable forge
>mark a 6" square
>get out my square and draw lines from corner to corner
>cut the right triangles out and clean them up
>cut the 1st inch off so I can weld a pipe on later
>fit them together so I can weld them
>they won't fit
>fuck with it for 20 minutes
>welding magnets should be 90 degrees
>confused as fuck
>keep jigglin around the plates hoping it will just work.
>it dawns on me
>should have cut the plate into isosceles triangles
>tfw retarded as fuck
>> No. 109820 ID: 9dcda2
  >>109814
> btw avgas, you gonna post pics/webms of your 3 gun and rifle match coming up?

You got it, fam. >>109818

>>109817
> I hope you're getting paid enough...

I get paid pretty well, but that's with overtime. It kinda burns my ass that the worthless ass plant operators get paid more than I do, but I get other benefits like a new company truck every 2-3 years and free gas for personal use. And really my bosses and coworkers are cool and I get to do high-level shit despite being what other companies would consider a noob. And I get enough random time off to go shooting.

> that kind of shit
Eh, usually it's fine. This week was just a lot of work. Not even that bad.

> and work hours.
That's what usually gets our guys. My department has a pretty high turnover rate, like 5 out of 25 per year. Not because they dislike it, but because it fucking kills your personal life. My buddy who's leaving had a kid a few months ago and the wife already got him to take a desk job back in California. That's where they're from, so they can be with family and everything. I totally understand, but that's how it goes.

Thanks to the high attrition rate, I'm like half way up on seniority after 3 years. I'm starting to get more and more calls from my guys asking how to do something, which I don't mind, makes me feel important.

I've had a couple of quick answers that I'm pretty proud of. One, we were starting up a new site and working out the serial communication between the turbine and the plant control system. He'd send us a number and it would come in all fucked up. Big number turned into a small number. We're sitting there scratching our heads when it hit me, "Are you sending the number as 'most significant digit first' or 'least first?'". Coworker looks at me like I've got a dick growing out of my forehead and plant control guy goes "Oh yeah!". That brand of PLC sends it the other way. Flip some configuration bits and it was good to go. Good luck figuring that one out fuckers.

The second was more recently, a plant I started up 2 years ago just decided to do some "black start" testing without telling any of us. This is where the plant is completely without power, and they use batteries to start a small generator to power the starter for the next bigger generator, and bigger, and so on. When a turbine start motor takes a megawatt of power, you can't really start it off batteries, it has to be from a CAT diesel or something.

> diesel generator starts on batteries
> energizes ancillary bus for turbine, have power for oil pumps, fans, fuel pumps, and start motor
> turbine starts, synchronizes to diesel generator
> lots of power available now
> start and synch other two turbines
> shutdown diesel generator
> turbines run facility (and themselves)
> later, synch to power grid once it's back

Generators can operate in two modes, Island or Grid. Island mode assumes you're the only one there, and you have to generate enough power to support whatever motors, battery chargers, computers, ice makers, disco balls, etc that needs power. Oh and the voltage and frequency have to be right, otherwise you get "brown outs". An example of an "island" would be like an oil rig, where there's no utility at all.

My city based engines run mostly in Grid mode. The power grid is like a tandem bicycle, everyone pedals and contributes as much or as little as you want. This tandem bicycle is infinitely long, and it's going 60 hertz (hz), so all you can do is put effort into it or take effort out of it.

So back to the story: Customer's engineering consultant guy calls me, cool dude, haven't heard from him in a while. "It synched, but then went down on under-frequency" he tells me. Well that's not right, it should carry the load and maintain 60 hz.... thinking... thinking... coworkers and boss are buying gourmet cupcakes and meeting up with other coworkers for lunch... thinking... send address for lunch place to coworkers to meet up... thinking... order me some cashew chicken I'll be late...

Fuck! "Hey man check the generator screen, tell me if it's ISLAND or GRID mode." I tell consultant guy. "It says GRID mode". "Well shit that's your problem, the turbine doesn't know it's supposed to do all the work. Hold on..." So I pull up the drawings on my laptop (on the armrest of my truck, in the cupcake store parking lot), "Hey put the electrician on the phone. Hey, get your drawings and turn to page 50, go to the control console and remove relay 1234."

And then it worked. starwarsreybypassedthecompressor.jpg
>> No. 109822 ID: 5e787d
Dude dropped a sandrail off at my place yesterday to figure out why it runs like shit.

>Huh, it doesn't really want to idle well
>I bet the carb's dirty.
>Better test the midrange and high speed, too.
>BRAAAAAAP
>BRAP
>huh, thing does good brodies
>BRPBRAAP
>BRAPBRAAAAAAAAAAP
>Yep. carb's dirty
>better make sure
>BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP
>BRAP BRAP
>BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP
>yep, carb's still dirty.

Now I get to clean it up and, uh, 'test' it some more.
>> No. 109827 ID: 454b25
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109827
>>109822
Oh look at that there's sand in the carburetor.

Not exactly the dried gas and dust goobers I was expecting (thank fuck) but still enough to clog the shit out of a jet or two.
>> No. 109828 ID: 454b25
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109828
Just a little sand, nothing to worry about.

Change your god dang fuel filters, people!
>> No. 109830 ID: 454b25
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109830
>>109828
Oh and here's a tip for you classic car masochists enthusiasts:

Gas-axe tip cleaners are a handy dandy thing to keep around.
>> No. 109903 ID: 19518e
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109903
I think I'll start picking up more chinese absurdly unapologetic shit tools.

Why?

Simply put, I am getting a kick out of finding out just how terrible these things are. I expect it to be bad, but the surprise at HOW FUCKING BAD these are makes me laugh more than it should. Today's item? A 0-1 micrometer from no-name China I got for a couple bucks at work. Wanted a mic to go with the equally cheap chinese lathe at home, what could go wrong?

Everything.

Everything is wrong. What you expect cannot be wrong is also wrong.

Just about the only correct thing this mic does is the brake. The lever is molded over a brass nut and screw that locks the thimble, and it works fine.
>> No. 109904 ID: 19518e
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109904
>>109903
So lets go down the list of what is wrong with this thing.

>krusty kunt flaskes dirty
Par for course, they went all out on this. I was cleaning it for a good five minutes with solvents, compressed air, small brushes, etc. Dropped a bit of Starrett light oil and ran the thimble a few times, it bled even more gunk. After a while it was ok, nothing too surprising here.
>rough fit/finish
Expected, but the thread is particularly horrible. Technically still within what I expected.
>parallelism of the faces
They didn't even bother. The faces contact on possibly 5%, both faces are very far from parallel. Okay, this is getting pretty bad. At the far corner when the mic is closed, I can sneak in a corner of 0.0005" shim. Ouch. Oh and the faces are kinda cracked on the edges, not that it matters at that point.
>readings
This part really threw me for a wild ride. I was not expecting this.

HOW DO YOU FUCK UP A VERNIER SCALE SO HARD

I was expecting it to not read right, but this doesn't read correctly, on top of that it FUCKS UP INCORRECTLY. It's like an inception fuck-up. It fucks up while fucking up.

See here on the body reading? It should be 0.600, but we can clearly see it's between 0.600 and 0.601, so eyeballing it we can assume it should be reading somewhere around 0.6005" when we look at the tenth scale.
>> No. 109905 ID: 19518e
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109905
>>109904
But then we look at the tenth scale, and it's like "nah I'm bang on lol".

And that's when it lines up at all. Those "???" entries in the gauge block checking are when the tenth scale doesn't line up with anything. Like none of the lines are anywhere near anything, making the tenth scale basically useless on top of being useless (since the faces are so far off kilter and the thread itself is out to lunch).

This shit is hilarious I should sneak it in QA to see how loud they notice.
>> No. 109906 ID: 19518e
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109906
>>109903
So just to be clear, the column of "body reading" is just the eyeballing like in >>109904. By comparison, obviously my personal 0-1 Mitutoyo mic is exactly on the line on the body, then on the 0 line in the tenth scale AND on the 0 line on the top of the tenth scale. Went without saying but I just had to fondle the Mit for to clear my head of the chingchong five dolla me measure you long time.
>> No. 109907 ID: 19518e
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109907
With all that shenanigans out of the way, I finished my last shift at the current job. Moving on to another shop, I gotta celebrate my four days of NEEThood. Maybe tomorrow I'll be in the alcohol thread.

It was a fun last shift, I even had to turn a milling machine into a lathe for like ten minutes, been a while since I've had to do that.

Picture unrelated.
>> No. 109911 ID: 813f6b
>>109907

Godspeed, friendo.
May this be a last taste of the chinsiest chinesium.
>> No. 109923 ID: 13f512
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109923
Moving to a new position in my company, less acquisition/paper pushing, more interaction with customers. New office in a certain polygonal building, way easier commute, more moneys.

Things are good.
>> No. 109934 ID: bc78c2
>>109923
>New office in a certain polygonal building,
Madison Square Garden, you say?
>> No. 109946 ID: 9dcda2
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109946
> doing maintenance
> job takes 10 man-days if nothing fucks up
> working on the special-needs engines, something always fucks up
> 5 days x 3 guys = 15 mandays
> I get pulled off for 1.5 days (-1.5)
> other guy get pulled off for 2 days (-2)
> exhaust gasket needs replacement (only 86 bolts...) like a 2 guy x 1 day job (-2)

Little short...

> working 12+ hr days to catch up
> morning of day 5, everyone is grumpy
> why the fuck are these bolts so tight? fuck!
> who safety wired this shit (not exactly the way I like it), asshole!
> where's my fucking 91/6 wrench!
> decide it's best if we take an early lunch
> everyone doing much better afterward

> last step is to wash engine
> coworker is using a hand pump to transfer cleaning solution from 55 gallon drum into a bucket
> something happens to the pump, coworker's pants get covered in engine cleaner concentrate
> it's a kind of harsh chemical, really don't know the severity
> check barrel label
> CORROSIVE
> every chemical from table salt to shit that dissolves bodies reads exactly the same, doesn't really help
> coworker lives about 45 mins away, send him home to shower and change
> right after he leaves, I start worrying that we should have hosed him off right then and there
> again, really don't know how severe it is
> start thinking about all the nasty chemical exposure stories... >>\arch\10003
> decide that if he gets fucked up from this, I'm quitting
> like 2 hours later coworker returns, saying he's alright with very minor irritation
> he seems ok for the rest of the day
> finish up maintenance, 16 hour day

> today
> text coworker "Your junk ok?"
> "Yep haha thanks for asking"
>> No. 109971 ID: 19518e
>get hired at new job
>tidy up the current running job (spot drill tap cycle)
>couple scrap parts from the previous machinist
>"drill broke then tap broke"
>1/4-20
>.200" drill doing 3k feeding at 40 inches per minute
>I wonder why it broke
>"oh yeah previous machinist kept breaking taps so he set it to tap only a few threads and does the rest by hand"
>fix that bullshit
>parts run just fine now, tapped to depth and all

Supervisor then shows up
>manual lathe job
>316 stainless seamless tube stock material
>8mm outside diameter, 5mm inside
>finished part is 7.7 outside, 6.4 inside, 2mm long
>little fucking bushings
>grab carbide parting tool
>chuck jaws on clapped out lathe so sloppy even with 0.4" stick-out, the tube is supported 2" away, far into the chuck
>carbide touches part
>tube instantly bends and fucks off, busting insert
>aight fuck this
>throw on collet chuck
>grind HSS parting tool
>spin 400 rippums (fuck yeah 316 HSS sfm of like 35)
>face part, set zero, skim OD with parting tool, part to finished diameter
>run drill through so it cuts the part off from the inside
>doing the opposite leaves a huge burr that's impossible to remove without warping the tiny fucking bushing
>"parts must be free of sharp edges"
>have you ever tried deburring a tiny ring of 316
>throw bar stock in spindle
>cut a shoulder a thou under inside diameter, 0.03" long
>hacksaw a groove down the center of bar stock
>pry open with screwdriver
>I now have a tiny, tiny part vise that holds the rings from the inside, letting me deburr the inside and outside edges
>see plan
>"material must be 316 stainless or 6061 aluminum"

I just about laughed myself silly, that's like saying you're fine with your house being made entirely out of Inconel, or drinking straws. You know, both those materials are fine.
>> No. 109972 ID: fb3bdd
>>109971
Wait, aluminium for a fucking bushing? What the fuck are these niggers smoking?
>> No. 109975 ID: 19518e
>>109972
I got no fucking clue man. Drawing just says "spacer bushing" in part name/description field. Length and ID are unilateral 0.002" tolerance, except OD that's +.004/-0.008".

What made me laugh more is who the customer is.

It's fucking Canada Post lmao

Christ I hope we're charging an arm and a dick for this shit.
>> No. 109976 ID: 8c968b
>>109975
So did you make the rest out of 6061?
>> No. 109977 ID: 19518e
>>109976
Nah, I had to make the order of 100 pieces with the provided material.

Once I had it all set up I was rolling them out one every forty five seconds or so, same for deburring.
>> No. 109978 ID: 56a253
>Get a phonecall from a pissed off sounding gentleman
>He's a police chief from a city a couple hours away
>Apparently he called one of the stores in our company looking to buy some gear for his department and some newfag employee blew him off

>IGotThis.jpg

>Talk it out with him and smooth things over
>Rather than transfer him around the company, offer to handle his order request personally on the spot
>He's looking for body armor
>High end shit, several units
>Look it up
>I can get it. MSRP $1400 apiece, yowza
>He needs an official quote, but no problemo
>Get it all set up
>I know we're gonna be competing with my nemesis - a giant police supply co from down south who sticks their dick in my eye all the time
>Say fuck it, it's free money since its a prepaid contract
>Make a quote with a $20 per unit markup
>Gotta get final approval because loadsa company money
>Run it by the head-head honchos
>They're happy I'm handling it, but won't go lower than 10%
>Know my nemesis regularly goes 3 or 4% just to keep the market cornered
>Submit the bid at 10%, because gotta
>No reply after all that work

Blueballed by them again. I hate GT Distributors so fucking much. I'm gonna eat their lunch some day if it's the last thing I ever do.
>> No. 109981 ID: 9dcda2
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109981
>>109971
>"material must be 316 stainless or 6061 aluminum"

Lawl. Maybe it just needed to be corrosion resistant?

>>109978
> I'm gonna eat their lunch some day if it's the last thing I ever do.

That's fucking funny.

Pic is of an old job. Definitely the scariest bathroom I've been in.

> job this week: borescope two engines, check for product update notices
> Mon and Tue, scope the engines, no problem
> customer is a old A&P mechanic, we get along just fine
> he wants me to check our equivalent of "Airworthness Directives" to see if the engines need anything
> product has been around for 30+ years
> whole FUCKTON of notices
> 230 since 2009... everything from "this shit explodes" to "new USB cable available"
> gotta figure out if it's N/A, applicable, and then if it's a "watch" item or "fix right now" item
> working from home today, so I can have a big monitor and a decent internet connection
> get through about 80 by lunch time
> fucked up and bought non-caffeinated soda
> fucking fall asleep
> wake up, eat some leftovers and watch InRange TV
> get through another 80 ish
> practice some dry fires and reloads with the rifle and pistol
> get to #200
> get some dinner

Fuck. Turning wrenches is the easy part of my job. Unless it's an engine exchange, then it's back breaking labor for 12 hours a day for a for 11 days.
>> No. 109982 ID: 4eccba
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>>109975
They're probably decorative and they just wanted the silver shiny.
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>get speakers for work
>turn them on at home to see what's what
>sound isn't perfect, highs a little thin, but overall passable
>BWAAHH
>look at the fucking sides wew

Webm related, took it in 30, 240, 480, and 1000 frames per second.

>>109981
Bathrooms at new job are the best, cleanest, and most functional I've ever had. I think I'd still take your spooky bathroom before my old job, at least the toilet might flush in yours. At some point in old job I'd just bring a bucket of water because the fucking cunt toilet would clog on piss. I'd do my business, and dump the water in the toilet so it would all flush properly.
>> No. 110042 ID: 162423
Funny thing about being a server. People will pay for you to cover their shift.

Somebody just offered me $50 to cover their night shift on father's day. So now I'm working a double shift on a busy day with a guaranteed good payout and I'm already $50 ahead.

I'll never understand people paying to not work. But I'll take it.
>> No. 110043 ID: 813f6b
>>110042

What is there not to understand?

Most people work because they have to, not because they want to.
They want to get out of work for reason X, but the company needs the shift covered. So they offer someone an incentive to take over shift Y, not realizing that you'd have done it anyway because you're wired different than they are. They offer what they believe is necessary to guarantee they can have time off?
>> No. 110044 ID: a8dbe2
>>110043
Because it's incredibly simple to get a shift covered. There's always the servers with low PPAs that don't get scheduled a lot, so someone is always looking for a shift. And this is a holiday night, people want this shift.

A little patience and posting once or twice on the group FB page is enough, you don't need to pay to get out unless something JUST came up and you're trying to cover it now. $50 to cover a shift that is almost a lifetime away on the schedule and on a night everyone wants is just funny.

I'm not saying no to $50, though.
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110099
Had an interview today. Got an offer on the spot. Any advice for a brand new bartender?

I'll be working at several locations, plugging holes in schedules for swing and graveyard.
>> No. 110100 ID: a8dbe2
>>110099
Hoo boy. Have you ever worked bar or service industry at all?

Best advice I can give you is to run your patrons, don't let your patrons run you. You're only one man, you'll get to it when you can get to it. Don't let your patrons dictate your next move. If you develop a system and consolidate tasks, it's a pretty easy job.

Easy, but stressful and fast paced depending on the bar that you work at.

As for actual bar advice? MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE. Overpouring is the biggest issue of any bar.
>> No. 110103 ID: ff7c80
I'm leaving my current job at a non-profit and going back to the university I used to work at. Except this time its a full time, union position. I'll be a unified communications systems technician. It's not that I want to leave my current job, but I don't see myself retiring from a non-profit organization.
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>>110099
drink as much as you can at the start of your shift. Trust me, it increases business and tips.
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>>110099
Hell of a job for a guy with an alcohol problem.
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>>110104
Got it.

>>110105
Concerns have been expressed, but they've generally been silenced by a household wide desire for me to not be unemployed anymore.
>> No. 110110 ID: 49e1e2
>>110100
>As for actual bar advice? MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE. Overpouring is the biggest issue of any bar.
Amateur. I free pour. Then again I spent hours and hours and hours developing the ability to free pour and making it look like Im pouring a lot of extra in your drink without ever going over by even a drop.

Study up on popular drinks. Make flash cards if you have to.

Will you be tending bar at a food place or a club? Because at food places you can generally take your time because the patron isnt sitting there staring at you. If its at a club, 100% study popular drinks. You dont want to look like an idiot when someone asks for a dirty martini and you have to ask what that is (I had a waiter who constantly told me he could do my job ask me what a dirty martini was)
>> No. 110114 ID: 268d3e
>>110110
>amateur
Yeah, it's good advice for him. Some bars are super strict about overpouring.

Free pouring is a good skill and I should save up some bottles and practice.
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>>110110
Here's the thing.

Las Vegas is a hard place to be a brand new bartender. Most places expect experience. The only place I could find to hire me with no experience is Dotty's. It's a chain of seedy little slot machine casinos that has spread across the valley like a biblical plague. Most of the common mixed drinks are served canned. Most patrons come to gamble, not drink. Those drinks that are ordered will be beer and an occasional Jack & Coke. I won't get much in the way of tips, but it's something to put on a resume. A skilled bartender can make a great living in this town, but before you're raking in $500 a night in tips at a high end club or lounge on the strip, you gotta pay your dues.

Pic is the inside of every Dotty's. Somehow, these dimly lit, sad looking gambling halls running Plain Jane video poker and slots are blowing the fuck up right now at a time when the huge, flashy casinos are worried about their profits.
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I dunno how much this applies to the walmart of casinos, but I honestly value how interactive and attentive bartenders are over their technical prowess. Anyone can fetch me a beer, I want someone who can convincingly pretend they are happy to fetch me a beer.

Now of course this has limits. If I ask for a drink and you don't know how to make it, that's fine - I'll tell you and you can maintain the experience by working with me. If you say you know how to do it and fuck it up royally without saying anything... we're going to have issues. If you just flat out refuse to engage with stuff you don't know, we're also going to have issues. I'm going to belittle you and leave you a shitty tip.
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I'll give you an anecdote. The bar right near my building here was kind of shitty. Poor selection generally, middle of the road prices and lackluster food. The bar staff was great though, even the guy who was about to go to county jail for like a month. Right up until the night before he had to go, he was serving drinks with a smile and chatting everyone up. I actually stopped in to visit him while he was there for moral support. That's the kind of bartender you need to be to succeed.

Ya know, since you don't have tits.
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>>110138
Being a hot female was going to be my suggestion.
>> No. 110140 ID: a8dbe2
>>110137
>>110138
This is good advice for serving in general. Attitude is everything, this is why I have so many regulars.

My menu knowledge helps too. Unlike most of the serving staff there, I have time in the kitchen. I know the product very well and I have a decent enough vocabulary to describe it seductively.

"It's a grilled chicken breast topped with avocado, pico de gallo and melted jack cheese, all while marinaded in our new honey lime sauce. The sauce makes this stand out as it has granulated sugar, honey and crushed red chili pepper in it making it really sweet with a spicy kick. Perfect for chicken, but I honestly mix it with anything that we marinade with a lemon pepper butter."

I'm #4 in sales percentages at work, out of 80 people.
>> No. 110141 ID: aadd02
At about a quarter to five this morning, as I was cock blocking a patron receiving a handjob from a big breasted transgender prostitute (true addict that he was, he was still playing his machine during the act) it dawned on me that I have never really held a "normal" job. The elderly guy openly groping the barely contained tits of two hard drinking young Latinas seemed cheeky and tame in comparison; their reaction was giggling, not outrage. I suspect they were milking him for a few bucks to keep gambling. The number of people present in this place in the wee hours of the morning kind of depresses me.

>>110137
Thanks for the advice. I doubt I'll be making anything complicated, and acting interested isn't going to be a problem. This crowd is nothing if not interesting.

>>110139
Flattering older women (and there's plenty) also works.

>>110140
Our food is shit. It's rarely ordered, pre-packaged schlock, and half the items on the menu are actually stocked at any given time. The food merely exists so that Dotty's can operate under a tavern license instead of a casino license. It's actually causing them legal trouble.
>> No. 110152 ID: 49e1e2
  >>110114
Ask if you can take some empty bottles home after your shift. Buy some pour spouts from your local booze store. Fill the bottles with water and get a jig and practice that way. Youll get good enough with enough practice that one or two more drops would cause it to spill.

>>110122
One of the teachers at the bartending school I went to traveled the world bartending. He was telling us that if you end up in a night club in vegas be prepared to work your ass off and make brain damage level kinds of money. He was in vegas from like 2000-2005ish and he was saying his slow nights were close to $1000 a night in tips. Granted he was a really talented flair bartender, so that explains the dosh. Flair video related. I got decent at it in my spare time. Never got to use it for realzies.

>>110141
I enjoyed the fuck out of bartending. Im a night person, and I enjoy doing the bartender psychiatrist thing (even more so actually having a psych degree). I also get a lot of satisfaction out of customer service for some weird reason.
>> No. 110153 ID: 1519ac
>>110152
>video
Jesus. I don't go to nightclubs and I know that's specifically an exhibition, but if a bartender ever pulled that shit with my order I don't think I'd tip them at all. I just want my fucking drink.
>> No. 110157 ID: 49e1e2
>>110153
Well that level of flair is only ever seen in competitions or specific bars where the flair bartending is part of the party feel or whatever. Id agree with ya, I just enjoy the craft of it.
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This place is so motherfucking depressing. These aren't tourists or weekenders having fun. These are addicts. All of them. The looks on some faces, you can just tell they lost their rent money. And I go around comping drinks, keeping them at their machine, providing "service", all to keep them feeding us cash they can't afford to lose. A coworker told me the busiest time is the first of the month, right at midnight when their disbursements drop. I am an anti-social worker. I sell vice and misery.

>MFW I am the moral equivalent of a crack dealer.
>> No. 110164 ID: bd9907
>>110163
Better keep looking for other work.
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