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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. 111433 ID: 1519ac
>>111430
Did you get some 6'0" to 6'1" outside mics to check the insides too? The worst I have to deal with is 10' calipers.
>> No. 111435 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111433
At that point, it's as the Machine God wills.

>>111431
> I want to see how well it would go over if I brought a bunch of Nerf guns to work, now.

Great, until someone gets triggered.
>> No. 111436 ID: c60044
>>111429
Brought up the acceleration in a turn thing again today. Think we might have just had a bit of a disconnect? Not sure what originally happened, honestly, but I guess my coworker isn't a moron. She had been more annoyed that I basically said I'd look it up later and just dropped the whole thing right then than anything about what I said being too blunt. So glad I pressed the issue.
>> No. 111460 ID: e266a3
Hired last week at a shop one of my classmates works at. I start the beginning of next year. 15 an hour, 40 a week with sometimes 5 hours OT on Saturdays.

Won't get in the way of my other job. Will be picking 10 hours today and 8 tomorrow for that sweet holiday overtime.
>> No. 111485 ID: bf2165
>>108836
>graduate with Business admin degree after using up GI bill
>working for a concrete company after college as an intern
>things are going really well and I am finishing projects ahead of schedule
>begin picking up extra work to help out around the shop on top of regular duties
>3 month internship coming to an end
>ask to stay
>"we don't have it in the budget to keep you on staff, but we will keep you for another month.
>who knows what will happen. Maybe you can start fixing equipment with the mechanics!"
>take the extra month but tell them I don't want manual labor, Iwenttocollege.jpg
>Get told I'm starting next week out in the shop with the shipping and receiving crew
>fuck that I quit (stupidly at the beginning of November)
>still unemployed because no company will hire at the end of the year
>only had 2 interviews and a few phone calls promising hiring at the starts of the new year

Never quit a job at the end of the year, you'll be unemployed till the new year... at least I hope so. I am also waiting to hear if the folks from VOC rehab will be able to help me with my small business.
>> No. 111488 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111485

>take the extra month but tell them I don't want manual labor, Iwenttocollege.jpg
>Get told I'm starting next week out in the shop with the shipping and receiving crew
>fuck that I quit (stupidly at the beginning of November)
>still unemployed because no company will hire at the end of the year

Grade A millennial shit right there.
>> No. 111489 ID: bf2165
>>111488
Eh I make enough from my retirement that I'm not too concerned with finding a job or keeping that one. I was hired to do business analysis and given the choice between working in a shop or being at home I'm going to chose doing what I want at home. I've done my share of manual labor and chose to get out of it. Why would I go to college and get a degree just to go back to what I was doing before? I'm just surprised that I haven't had any interviews or calls given the amount of positions I've applied to. But that's because I didn't put any thought towards the fact that companies wouldn't be hiring at the end of the year.
>> No. 111490 ID: a083c4
>>111485

I mean yeah manual shit sucks, but it's still a thing. Especially if you want to start a small business.

My job title is "Senior Management Analyst" and I still find myself packing and shipping shit or installing/tearing down things with regularity because it needs doing. If I waited to pawn it off on a noob, it wouldn't get done in time.

From a business perspective, there is a line you have to draw when it comes to tasks, but be extremely wary of deeming things beneath you due to your education, experience, or self image.
>> No. 111491 ID: bf2165
>>111490
I get that there will always be manual labor associated with things and as this was a concrete company I didn't mind helping them out. Its when they tried to transition me to doing only manual labor that I left. I'm all for helping out or doing my fair share I just didn't like that they hired me for one thing and then tried to get me to do another.
>> No. 111493 ID: e266a3
I used my GI bill specifically so I could do manual labor.

One of the reasons I quit one of my previous jobs doing maintenance at the cardboard plant earlier this year was because they stuck me with the operators when I thought I was cross-training to be a better mechanic. They'd tried to pull that on their forklift drivers too. I wasn't the only one who left -- I'd only been there 9 months but when you've got your 10+ year folks taking a pay cut to go somewhere else, the writing's kind of on the wall.

When I was doing a walk through at the company that hired me at the end of this year, I saw the owner in the metering one of their products for a customer visit and the operations manager interviewing me was in the middle of testing something else when I came in, which I think is a good sign.

Probably the key to finding work at the end of the year is to not be not working. After I left the plant I'd picked up one-off contracts every couple weeks doing stuff from installing wifi antennas at ice cream factories to cleaning bathrooms in luxury apartments, while still going to school. Most importantly, I also never quit my part-time job at the call center when I was at the plant, and I'm still keeping it once I start work at the shop. Their shift scheduling is too flexible not to. Otherwise I'd have done something like pick up the seasonal jobs retailers usually offer from Thanksgiving to New Year's, which is a lot less chill.

The only things I'd actually refuse to do would any restaurant work with the one exception of dishwashing. The tips may certainly be good but I have too much emotional baggage with that industry compared to anything else I've ever done.
>> No. 111494 ID: 9fa8d9
Law says no glass on the vegas strip tonight. So we are breaking other laws and pouring everyone's liquor into big plastic coca cola cups. Expensive bottles of champagne, entire 750s of hard liquor, one motherfucker bought a bottle of remy xo. I wanted to yell at him.
>> No. 111559 ID: c9fe43
>>111490
>>111490
>From a business perspective, there is a line you have to draw when it comes to tasks, but be extremely wary of deeming things beneath you due to your education, experience, or self image.

This times 100%. Having managers that will bust their balls with you doing shit work that needs to get done, goes very very far in getting loyalty.

I've had CFO's making packets with me before. Shit goes good.
>> No. 111563 ID: 9dcda2
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> not scheduled to work
> text message from boss
> B: Hey want to go to X site to help coworker?
> Me: Can do.
> check phone for weather, 10'F with 17 mph wind. "Feels like" -6.

Fuck.

> coworker: Well we've shit to do outside and inside... and oh by the way, I didn't bring any warm clothes.

Fuck. I guess I'll handle the outside unit.

> cold weather selfie
> photoshop out opsec

> failed 0-15 inches of water pressure transmitter
> none in stock
> someone incorrectly ordered 0-1 psi transmitters
> 1 psi = 27.7 inches of water
> rescale it in the software
> close enuf

> intermittently failed exhaust thermocouple
> try to remove
> completely fucking seized

Fuck.

> penetrating oil everything
> put closed end wrench on it
> hammer the wrench gently
> breaks free
> doesnt fuck up the threads
> have all the replacement parts and fittings

Thank the Omnissiah.

All in all, not too bad. I totally saved coworker's ass though.
>> No. 111564 ID: a083c4
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>>111563

>I don't have warm clothes

That's ok bro, I have lots of spares here ya go

pic unrelated
>> No. 111566 ID: 128ea0
>>111559
>This times 100%.

So times one?
>> No. 111567 ID: c9fe43
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>>111566

Yes? No? Maybe?
>> No. 111583 ID: e79e4a
>live 40 minutes from work
>work the first day of ojt 730-400
>get told I need to come in at 1130 tonight
>can't fall asleep
Kill me now
>> No. 111601 ID: a46f01
My third boss since I started this job is a returning manager. This guy was transferred right before I came on, and I have not stopped hearing about him. He's the boogeyman. Everyone who has worked for him hates him. Especially one socially inept, neurotic middle aged man he likes to pick on. After three years in social work, there ain't shit some petty retail tyrant can do to me. I don't give a fuck. But they way he treats my coworker really sticks in my craw. So boss is talking to me and another new employee he hadn't met yet laying out expectations, new boss shit, he asks for questions.
"Why'd you fuck Bob's schedule the minute you walked in the door?" I was so beyond giving a fuck. He said Bob knows why, and it doesn't concern me. That's a lie. Bob was not given reason. Asked him the day before.

Today I decided to count my drawer before running it. He shorted me $26.
>> No. 111627 ID: e79e4a
I spent 1 hour leading convicts to the Messhall, 15 minutes looking at nuts and butts, and 6 hours and 45 minutes sitting around doing nothing while we waited for a late inmate.

Boredom is the greatest enemy
>> No. 111631 ID: 9dcda2
  > this music plays when I pull up to site

> new startup project
> lots of delays, finally gets going
> got new guy for training, he's doing well, get him configuring the display computer
> got a site guy for help and training, he's sharp, got him taking shit apart for borescope inspection
> talking to electrical contractor about status and termination points
> talking to commissioning electricians about point-to-point checks and reassigning RTD's in software
> talk to mechanical contractor about missing instrument air connections
> borescope engine, like flying a X-Wing down a trench
> teaching site guys turbine theory and while scoping

> goin' to lunch
> site inspector guy bought a new truck
> window sticker still on it
> sit in back seat, carefully remove sticker

And then the most interesting part of my day:

> I'm totally fucking captivated by peeling the sticker residue off the window for 30 minute round trip
> pick pick pick

Just a mental break I guess.

> talking to mechanical contractor guy
> walk by our display computer
> MC 1: Hey man, the time's wrong on here
> Me: (Dismissive) Yeah I haven't set it yet.
> on to whatever I was doing
> come back
> MC 1 talking to MC 2: .... no reaction...
> ?
> MC 1: I was just telling him, I thought we'd get some kind of reaction out of you
> Me: Bah, you guys haven't even tried to kill me yet. Let me tell you the incidents I've had to run away from.
>> No. 111635 ID: 19518e
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111635
Around clamps, practice avoidance.
>> No. 111636 ID: 1aaf2a
>>111429
>She helped me to make the same changes to my machine. I have yet to see if YouTube streams will now be less throttled.
YouTube streams still pretty throttled. However, I have gained access to https://www.radioparadise.com where I didn't have it, earlier. Audio from there is throttle-free. Looks like I've got access to Spotify, too. I think I'm saved.

So many meetings and administrative things to deal with here. I hate looking at the clock and realizing it's time to leave and I haven't accomplished what I set out to do today. So I got in the habit of staying late to do so. Which more than doubles my commute home by bicycle. I've stayed at work late enough to make it basically impossible to get to work on time the next day and be well-rested enough to be useful. And being late is fine except when it isn't. Maybe I'm still doomed.
>> No. 111640 ID: 1519ac
>>111635
I love those little toe clamps. Unfortunately all ours are bent because idiots don't know when to stop tightening things.
>> No. 111641 ID: 19518e
>>111640
My clamps were mostly OK but the bolts and screws and threaded rod weren't. Had to run a die over pretty much everything and a tap through the T-nuts.

All in all compared to some of the stuff I had to deal with from the previous """""machinist""""" that was working at the shop I'm at, it wasn't so bad. Don't get me started, my blood pressure rises just thinking about it.
>> No. 111645 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111635
I love your videos but never have any idea of what's happening.

>>111640 >>111641

I kinda get it.

Follow up to >>111631. My new guy leaves to go have a baby or some lame excuse, and senior guy shows up to help. I kinda need his help for a few things, but most of the startup I'm fine with. While I try to do a thorough job and take advantage of our time on site, he just wants to fuck off and smoke in his truck. "Hey man, lets go smoke." "Nah, we got plenty of time." "Don't worry about that shit."

So electrical powerup is my olympic sport. He's more of a mechanical guy, but has like 10+ years of doing this. Working with him was like taking 3 steps back, and then wrapping an anchor chain around my waist. I basically have wait for him to fuck around trying to troubleshoot until I can get by him and actually figure out what's going on.

Then it's off for more second hand smoke.

My biggest problem with this guy is that I can't trust what he says. We joke he's 110% sure about things. 100% confident and 10% correct. And he's not lying, because he believes what he's saying. He just mis-remembers, or didn't understand, or connected two things that don't actually connect. Maybe too many drugs when he was younger?

There's some shit that I flat out ignore him on...

> previously
> doing procedure to make sure exhaust bolts/nuts don't seize
> remove nut
> apply ANTI-SEIZE compound
> install nut
> retorque

"Nah, we don't have to do that shit. It's gonna cause it to seize."

He'll have some bullshit idea, then credit it to someone else. That someone "told him". Either the supervisor, or the site boss, or an engineer in the company.

And if you call him on his bullshit, he'll just deflect it, or say that it applied in some specific scenario.
>> No. 111646 ID: 19518e
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>>111645
Big customer sent us a drawing of a part. Supervisor sends it to the laser, looking at what the part is for, that was the correct call.

Part needs a few threads so I get it after it's lasered. I look at the drawing and see ridiculous shit like "holes [true position] 0.002 A, B", long story short they tolerance'd it pretty much 15 times too tight as the part would require. It's basically a plate that would hold a thing with regular bolts, it could be off 1/16th and it wouldn't make a fucking difference but blueprint is a blueprint.

So they chuck the lasered parts in the scrap bin and ask me what do. I say the drawing is dumb but if they want it to print, laser it out with extra material so I can just clean up the lasered surfaces so dimensions, locations, surface finish and other GD&T will be bang on.

What you see is a little re-pass just to adjust cutter compensation after running the first part. The lasered "blank" thing is held down with a few bolts undersized from final hole size, the outside is machined, the clamps are installed and then the screws are removed so the holes and threads can be machined to match the other features. Yes I deburred the plate that the part is sitting on after taking it off.

tl;dr that particular webm was what happens when a big company with lazy engineers throw money at stuff.
>> No. 111651 ID: a083c4
Work should be fun tomorrow :D
>> No. 111654 ID: 180c9a
>>111651
How'd it go?
>> No. 111655 ID: a083c4
>>111654

Incredibly uneventful.
>> No. 111661 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111645

Friday was a heavy mechanical day, and warmer, so coworker actually hauled ass and we got a lot of work done.

Today, the electrical inspector comes up to me...

> E-Insp: Hey, did you hear about [Customer Startup Specialist]?
> Me: No. What happened?
> E-Insp: He had a minor heart attack. He's at the hospital. He's doing ok. But they keep calling him like he's still on the job.
> Me: Oh fuck. That dude needs to be out on medical. No part time anything.
> E-Insp: Yeah, fuck.

This particular CSS was on a previous, super high stress job, that coworker was on. Apparently it involved millions and millions of dollars of possible late penalties. Their VPs were talking to our VPs, kind of serious. I'm told there was plenty of yelling involved, including the CSS yelling at this electrical inspector, and coworker telling this guy "You don't talk to human beings like that."

So for this CSS to go from running that job, to having some personal life issues, I can imagine he was under a lot of stress. He showed up to our job promising it would be different and that we'd be in no hurry. And everything seemed ok. Now that I think about it, he looked kind of bad last time I saw him. Like his damn eyes were bulging out.

I figured out that I'm never going to take a job with that much stress. It's not worth any kind of money to have a fucking heart attack.

Come to think of it, another plant manager had two strokes. He's alright now, but I think he gave up on working and just smokes weed erry day.
>> No. 111667 ID: 19518e
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>engineer asks me to do a thing
>look the part model
>pretty simple save for a part feature that's kinda "difficult"
>ask him if he needs the feature
>he replies yes

So I made the thing, 0.5" diameter at the large end, part a hair under 1.125" long.

But then it gets interesting.

Please note that the little hole is 0.095" in diameter, and goes completely through the part.
>> No. 111668 ID: 19518e
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Baffled the old tool&die maker when I showed him this, guy didn't know about setting the lathe in metric and imperial at the same time to move 90 degrees in the 4th dimensional space so you can cut a feature by going "above" the part walls.

jk, if someone here figures what I did, I'll send them a cookie
>> No. 111673 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111668
Some kind of detachable counterbore tool, with the shaft going through the 0.095" hole?
>> No. 111674 ID: 19518e
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>>111673
Yep! Grabbed an old #8 drill (the internal counterbore is 0.200" in diameter), turned it down until I basically had a tiny stem with two little cutting flutes. Used a dremel with a zip wheel to grind something like cutting edges on the two tiny flutes. Slipped the stem down through the pocket, put the part in a drill chuck, used a second drill chuck to grab the stem.

Spun the part in a drill (in CCW rotation, because it's backwards cutting because of the drill flutes), and pulled on the second drill chuck gently until it cut the internal counterbore.

If it had been a longer distance between the face of the part and the pocket, I would have needed to make a two-part tool with probably a little threaded hole where the cutting flutes could be placed above the 0.095 hole in the pocket, and threaded onto the "shank". Of course, it would also need to cut in CCW so it wouldn't loosen off the threads.

Sure enough, all these shenanigans were so that the engineer could glue in a little wire crimp into the internal counterbore. As much as I suggested to simply do it like five other different and simpler ways, he's the smart one and he wanted his counterbore on the inside so he got his counerbore on the inside.
>> No. 111675 ID: 9dcda2
  >>111674
It's funny, using DMLS, this would have been trivial. I've got some homies that do all kinds of additive manufacturing, plastic and metal, and parts like this are completely normal for them. I walked in one time and mentioned something about a Wankel rotary engine rotor. The guy starts laughing, and pulls out a failed print of a rotor made of cobalt-chrome. It weighed a fuckton.

They do all kinds of materials including Titanium. I guess with a 400 watt laser you can melt whatever the fuck you want.

However, it's not always easy. Last time I was there he was showing me some of the mutant parts the machine made. There's a lot of skill and knowledge that goes into making a part, even with additive.
>> No. 111676 ID: 19518e
>>111675
Yep, additive manufacturing is awesome... Until it isn't, or the settings aren't right. Engineer showed me his prints from his home 3D gluegun, and I immediately understood why he wanted me to machine his things. It wasn't a mess of melted wire, but the part was simply bad enough I was impressed it had even printed completely. Still, I wish I could get something additive, the advantages are clear and measurable when you have really weird geometry and want to just prototype something before you order like 12k monies of custom shape extruded aluminum. I have high hopes for the technique in the future but there are still many massive hurdles to overcome before it could even get close to a lot of old fashioned swarfmaking.

>400 watt laser
Cute! I wish our laser could add material. It's pretty much only 2D contour stuff but at least it's 8000 watts. It's from a while back when additive was but a budding flower and problems were solved with MOAR POWAR.

Still gives me the willies when it's running blazing through half-inch thick steel like it's a hot wire in foam, the windows are clear and it makes me think it'll fry my eyeballs right out of my head just from a reflection of a refraction of a refraction. Not sure how that all works, some guy has been using it for like ten years and he can still see. I'll have a gander at the manual tomorrow or something...
>> No. 111677 ID: b2299c
Young man, ratty hair, tatted up, gauged ears with soda tab earings, cigarette hole in his jeans, came into the store and said to me "call 911. Medical." He went from lucid and mobile to curled up on the floor drooling in about 30 seconds.
>> No. 111680 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111676
> home 3D gluegun

Heh, yeah the home 3d printers take A LOT of tweaking to get usable. Pic is my bro's Rep Rap and an Elite Dangerous space ship that seems to have pulled out of hyperspace violently...

>>111677
Probably an undercover cop.

Also, that sucks dude.
>> No. 111681 ID: c3b8cf
>>111680

looks like a Babylon 5 Shadow vessel.
>> No. 111699 ID: 1aaf2a
>>111636
My coworker, the physicist, got a job offer working for a government contractor outside of DC, making more than twice what she's been making here. There was an attempt to get her hired on with a contractor that does a lot of work on base, with similar pay, so she could justify continuing to do what she's been doing, but I found out today that that fell through. She hadn't even been looking for another position. This company found her info on Indeed, brought her in, and basically said, "You are what we want to hire. What would it take for you to leave what you're doing, come here, and work for us?" She gave them what she thought was an insane number, and they went for it. So she basically had no choice but to take the job, at that point.

We've also lost a more recent hire in our group to private industry elsewhere.

The skills the government needs for what we are doing are worth a lot in industry, and the government pay system just isn't set up to account for that. My boss has been trying to make the case that he should be able to get his employees paid more, but he has to show that we've already lost people to industry. It doesn't sound like there's a way to act preemptively. And now we're losing someone that was doing a lot of important stuff, one of the two people who've been working in the labs day to day for this group for more than six months.
>> No. 111700 ID: 9dcda2
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>>111699
But, but, women get paid less than men do! Wage gap!

Sorta related:

> coworker calls me
> CW: Hey man, you'll never guess who just called me?
> Me: Santa Claus?
> CW not phased: It was our old coworker who's now the plant manager at the hospital. He's asking if I knew anyone who'd be interested in a job as their turbine / general maintenance guy.

This coworker is not someone who's well connected...

> Me: Hah! He was asking if YOU wanted the job.
> CW: Yeah what's what I thought!

A few hours later...

> Plant Manager guy calls me
> PM: Hey Avgas, how's it going? What have you been up to?
> Me: Hey PM, I heard you've been doing some poaching.
> PM: What? Naw. Who told you that?
> Me: I heard you were trying to get CW.
> PM: Who told you that, was it John?
> Me: What? No, CW told me.
> PM: I was just seeing if anyone was interested, and just lettin' you know there was a job opening.

Right. I've heard our customers, as part of the standard terms and conditions, have to agree not to try to steal our employees.

Also, I hate that fucking place. I previously told him "Not for all the tea in China."
>> No. 111710 ID: 1dec8f
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Alright, I got one for you IHC.

>get nail in tire
>oh fuck whatever I can just put the spare on
>pull back into garage because at this point I'm gonna plug the shit anyway
>set the jack at the position marked under the car and in the manual
>start jacking the car up, jack is almost maxed out
>turns out Dodge/Chrysler just fucking hands out the same goddamned jacks regardless of make/model
>UrbanProne(TM) beside the car
>watch the jack fucking flex and go sailing past my head at Mach 5
>dent in drywall from impact

And that's when I found out my fucking car is literally 50lbs short of a Dodge Ram Quadcab with the same engine and they supplied the same fucking jack I had for the neon. (which back in the day mind you, didn't fucking fit underneath it when it was fully compressed)

And I keep a goddamned three ton in the fucking thing because of it.

Another one?
Another one.

>6 months after acquisition of new vehicle
>keep getting calls from dealership
>"Hi, we're just calling to notify you that it might be time to change your oil."
>well okay, I can do that myself but alright it's free so fuck it
>take car to dealership
>20 minutes later they come back out
>not bad
>3 months later it's fucking leaking from the filter
>go back and ask them why they fucked up putting an oil filter on the car

I'm not even fucking joking
Dude looks me square in the face and says
>well it's supposed to leak when you have to change it, that's how it notifies you that it's time to change it
>PotentialManslaughter.jpg
>we can take the keys from you and replace it for fort-
>Go fuck yourselves.

Fuck Dodge.
I love my car even though it's absolutely a psychotic tank of a car and relatively bullet resistant.
Which leads me to a local story

>some urban dude's wife decided to sell his car without him knowing
>dude walking up the main road in town sees his car with some random broad driving it
>tries to flag her down
>she turns into the nearest chicken joint
>dude decides an easy way to get the weird bitch out of the car is to just draw his motherfucking hipoint and start laying rounds into it
>5/10 rounds connect with vehicle
>three were deflected by the rear windshield
>one got stuck in the backseat through the trunk
>one punched through the windshield area (this was roughly 20-30m mind you
>bullet stopped in drivers seat headrest

Pretty sure it's just the US going into rampancy because I swear to god there's gunfights everyday in neighboring cities, we're getting a bit more firearms related goofy shit happening.

Like gyms getting shot the fuck up and cops not giving weapons charges to the shooter because of how lulzy the whole situation was.

Oh and to get all four fucking tires off the ground, the car has to be three feet off the goddamned ground.

Suspension is like a weird fucking monster truck.
Though hitting a ramp at 70 in it is comfortable as shit, fuck working on the thing.

Let me tell you about my girlfriends car though, it's a mashup of 6, no shit, 6 different vehicles.
It's the frankencar.

And there's no drain plug for the oil.
There are 5 of these things aside from hers we interact with, like friends cars.

So like, her's is the only one that's got this particular problem.
It's so fucked up, Ford is a shit.
>> No. 111723 ID: c70ed7
>>111710
Dude, change your damn garage, those guys sound like a liability.

My turn:

>Driving my diesel Alfa
>Taking then GF for meal out
>Engine suddenly sounds like it's eaten 4 spanners with no grease
>almost no power
>AlfaProblems.png
>Pull over pop bonnet
>nothing lose or leaking
>ok. home time.
>Stop outside house, kill engine, as doing so think I should pull this to the local garage
>local garage is 500m from front door
>turn key
>HAHAHA Alfa says no.

FUUUU

>get car into garage.
>"3 things it's most likely to be"
>timing sensor
>cranks
>dead piston

Knowing my luck...

>Timing sensor is a no go. FMAL
>"Head off time AB"
>O-ok
>"I'm hoping to see a twisted lug on the cams, easy fix"
>NOPE.jpg
>"Engine is like new, (88 thou) no scoring on the piston, piston is fine, everything is fine just no compression..."

Just my luck

>Choice is new (read salvaged) lump or he chases it round the engine (£££)
>Lump swap it is
>most places want ~£1500 for a shagged pos lump.

Ouch

>find breaker with a 40k Lump for 900 with guarantee,
>fucking buy it.
>lump delivered
>My garage tries to turn it over with a bar before fitting.
>NOPE_AGAIN.exe

My motor is on the ramp with no engine and some Northern Money has sold me a duff engine.

Apparently he sent the wrong lump by 'mistake' sending the other one now.

Bloody Hell. >:(
>> No. 111737 ID: d609af
At work. First time I've ever been unable to watch the super bowl.
>> No. 111742 ID: addd7a
>>111737
Count yourself lucky. I regularly miss 6 Nations games.
>> No. 111803 ID: 19518e
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111803
Welp I only have a few days of work left. New job, will be moving to another province, so shit will be weird for a while.

Last little workpost for the foreseeable near future, I assume.

>get to work
>old guy that used to own the shop wants me to make these things
>says they NEED this tiny little slot that's super deep and has a radius at the bottom
>long story short, tool required is over 12 times long as it is wide
>in steel
>order tools
>put them in collet tool holder
>check concentricity
>0.0012 TIR
>that's fucking TERRIBLE
>fiddle with the obvious fixes
>get it down to 0.0007
>still terrible
>actual solution is order a few precision collets
>no time since I'm gone next week
>hmmm
>index spindle
>put a sharpie marker dot on the "high spot" (most eccentric part of the rotation)
>disassemble tool
>paint sharpie marker on the inside surfaces of the tool, collet, and holder in the "eccentric" spots
>reassemble tool
>0.00005 TIR concentric
>bad but acceptable

thickness of sharpie ink ftw

Still chipped the flutes but the part is acceptable.
>> No. 111804 ID: 1519ac
>>111803
Huh. Never would have thought of that. Of course around here our machines are so beat .0015" TIR is considered good. I had a tool running out .005" because the taper is fucked that I got down to .0017" by yanking on the holder. Yay rigidity.
>> No. 111805 ID: 19518e
>>111804
The smaller the tool, the more concentricity matters. Some operations might be a little more forgiving, but when the tool is both long and skinny, best = no measurable runout.

I've done some really crazy shit to reduce runout. SOP at another shop that was better equipped in cutting tools, but still old machines/old tool holders was to say "hold my beer" and ATC to previous tool, ATC to current tool, dial it, mark the high spot. This ensured the tool would be seated exactly as it would be when the program ran. Then you actually tap the tool itself with a hammer, ATC to previous and ATC back to the tool you're working on. Dial it and see if it changed. If it didn't, tap it harder. If it did and it moved the correct way, you're getting warmer. There's a definite art to this, you usually hold the tool in your fingers with the left hand to dampen the vibrations while also holding a little brass punch against the tool body to prevent damage to cutting edges, then give it a little tap.

You can dial shit perfectly and consistently like this. I've actually only broken one solid carbide 0.125" reamer this way out of dialing tools probably a hundred times. At one job they couldn't get their 0.125 +/-0.0001 hole in (ran oversized), only had on-size spares, and no undersized. After the one broken reamer I had it spinning with no measurable runout with about five minutes of ATC swaps and hammertime.

I did give it a go with the tools I mentioned (10 to 12x extended sub-0.060" diameter shit) but I quickly gave up. I may have a decent bit of experience in precision percussive calibration, but fuck I don't have spares and those things are tiny.

Then there was that time I woke up an old tape-drive CNC Matsuura vertical milling machine for another job. It would chatter on any tool in any feed/speed, I scratched my head for a while before putting a bit of layout dye on a tool holder taper. Ran the tool for a few seconds, when I pulled it out of the spindle, there was clear rubbing around the taper, getting really bad at the larger diameter of the taper. Machine spindle taper was wallered right out (it's why that machine hadn't been turned on in years, the guys that knew this were long gone). Hotdog down a hallway.

Now the correct course of action is to get a spindle regrind. However, they declined this request and so I asked them to hold my beer. Then I used six small squares of masking tape on the tool holder taper to provide points of contact (three points at the bottom of the taper and three points at the top of the taper) and we were able to mill over 2000 feet of slots (slotting with an endmill) without a single whimper of chatter.

I actually don't know how concentric the tape was but it wasn't a super precision job and the tool wasn't very small so I guess it was gud 'nuf.
>> No. 111806 ID: 1519ac
>>111805
Oh I'm no stranger to fixing runout with a hammer. I've used stainless shim stock between the holder and the spindle taper too. I'm lucky in that it's very rare I need to use a tool under 3/16 diameter, and if I do it's usually just for engraving.
>> No. 111807 ID: 19518e
>>111806
Good to know I'm not completely mad and that this kind of thing has been done before. I've gotten so many funny rooms hitting shit with hammers, I was starting to question stuff.
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