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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
>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

>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
>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
>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. 108841 ID: 22c903
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>this is mee while annontating your person4l life story for futore refarence



>> No. 108844 ID: 6057a8
It's like we got our own Penguin of Doom, I feel all fuzzy inside.

>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.

Feels a bit like how all the CNCs at work are generally the same thing. One machine might be twenty years older or younger, but it's still pretty much the same layout. Buttons might have a different name or little diagram, or it might be on a screen menu, or to the left of the controller rather than the bottom, but even machines from companies that want to do their snowflake thing are very similar with a different coat of paint. They're basically like an Asian housewife, they'll do everything you tell them on the letter but sometimes flip a shit over a typo that doesn't jive with their traditions, like missing an end-of-block or something went and insulted their ancestors. Some machines come with more trimmings, like the well-off Japonski and her wardrobe of hand-woven kimonos or the Chinese princess and her heirloom vases, but again, same general theme, once you spend a few minutes getting through one machine's particular accent, you're good to go.

But then there's the Mikron UPC 600 Vario. German, fancy, but fuck it isn't like one housewife with more-or-less trimmings, it's three exchange students. They're all German, they're better than you, they don't care if you don't speak the language, it's up to you to learn it and not the other way around. If you piss off one of those three girls, doesn't matter if it's the milling girl, the pallet changer girl, or the tool magazine girl, they'll ALL get super sour at you until you make it up to all three of them. Sure, they'll make you a nice lunch with some good beer, but shit you basically have to learn the black magics just to say hello.

Must be a cultural thing fuck.
>> No. 108845 ID: 22c903
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>just f4 you beebs

*slurp noising*
>> No. 108847 ID: 957e9b
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I don't think I've ever owned a vehicle with a transimission dipstick.

Always took off the fill plug, then the drain plug, refilled with the widest range 75w-whatever gear oil I could find (current truck calls for ATF+4 but that is new manuals for you), and then kept filling until it started to weep out the fill plug.

CVTs can be picky as fuck about oil and they are designed with the average consumer not taking care of them. They are sadly disposable. If you can source the exact fluid it needs then go for it but even then it could grenade on them in a few thousand miles.

Kinda sad since CVTs are really the best transmission for a daily grocery getter.

Pic related. G238 is the transmission in my Ram 1500. It and the 3.7l V6 caught a lot of shit from the press for being shit designs when they came out. Nowadays I'm seeing people with 400k+ miles on them without any major happenings. Auto-"journalists" suck
>> No. 108849 ID: 9dcda2
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Picture unrelated, I recently finished DXHR and unlocked INAFT difficulty. (That game is really gud.)

> I just wanna read comfy stories about turbine maintenance and shit.

I'm glad someone enjoys them.

This post strikes again... >>/arch/10840

> show up to customer site tuesday morning
> different site... actually this place again >>/arch/10669
> customer: What are you doing here? We rescheduled for next week.
> my face drops, not again...
> cust: Ah we're just fucking with you
> me: You dicks, you don't know how much that actually happens to me.

There's probably more story to tell, but I've been working too many 14 hour days to think right now. I got a new rifle, so that's pretty coo..... zzz.....
>> No. 108905 ID: aadd02
Rewind to two weeks ago. The first day of the new job, and my boss has me go to this community meeting for the Safe Village Initiative. She briefly runs through a list of people working on this initiative, and an unrelated but overlapping community group, D Street strong. Included among the usual cops, probation officers, religious leaders, local residents, she mentioned the Fruit of Islam. That caught my attention and put me off. So I get to this meeting and see it's run by the NOI motherfucker I mentioned previously. For the last two weeks, I've been wondering if I should approach my boss and get out of these meetings or just keep my mouth shut. I remember he struck me as kind of odd. He cooperates with police and talks to whites; their kind usually don't. So I do a little reading up on him this afternoon. He's very big in "The Community", he's consulted by local media on matters of race, he's the head of a business or two, and then I notice his mosque.

Dude's not NOI. He's just some Muslim. I saw an African American man with an Arabic name dressed sharply in a suit, and I made an incorrect assumption.
>> No. 108913 ID: ae1f02
>> No. 108924 ID: 77a59f
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So gamechanger, brothers.

In the quest for bigger tips and social experimentation, I decided to change things up and divert from years of looking like a bearded Dale Gribble. I got a haircut and trimmed stuff up. I just gave the barber this pic and he hooked me up.

Seriously, I never thought something so simple would change so much. Bigger tips and I'm getting hit on left and right.

I'm keeping it. Tank u Matt Best
>> No. 108971 ID: 19518e
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>how to move 16 cubic inches of 304 stainless in 59 seconds

I have a bit of fun sometimes at the job but I'm thinking of quitting, and moving to a city with a bit more in the way of machine shops.

Might be fun. The downside is that potentially, it could also rape my savings. I'm still not sure if it's worth the risks, even if the daily grind is becoming a lot more grind and a lot less slaaneshigans.
>> No. 108972 ID: 1d1f00
>I'm still not sure if it's worth the risks, even if the daily grind is becoming a lot more grind and a lot less slaaneshigans.

Do it. Moving to a city with more resources is the best thing I've ever done.

I'm actually learning the benefit of networking out here.

I'm focusing pretty heavily on metal working right now. Mostly welding and forging, but fabrication is also on my list.
>> No. 108976 ID: 1d521e

Our city is pretty dead when it comes to manufacturing jobs, compared even to somewhere like Toronto. The beauty is someone with your skills should be able to hunt for the kind of work you want to do elsewhere while still working and getting paid at your current job. I wouldn't be surprised if the right company offered relocation benefits and such for your skillset.
>> No. 108977 ID: 19518e
I'm going to look really closely at Mississauga. It's isn't a hellhole like Toronto, from what I can see. Rent is lower, and there's tons of machine shops, and it doesn't seem to give out that vibe of Toronto liberal elitism gun-hating and super urban concrete jungle. I'd love to find a quiet basement apartment in the outskirts close to a shop, maybe somewhere not too far from a range of some sort.

I'll fluff up my resume and send a few applications out. I still need to save up a bit more but at this point I want to be out of here within 2 months, give or take.
>> No. 108980 ID: aadd02
I've gone from one end of social services to the other. Welfare helps all of the poor people but only a little bit. The Housing Authority helps only a small fraction of the poor people, but it helps them a fucking lot! We've got 17,700 residents in the projects, scattered sites, and using section 8 vouchers. In comparison, Clark County has over 300,000 people living below the poverty line.

A former coworker of mine is a Chinese-Canadian chick who grew up in Toronto. That place makes San Francisco look downright affordable. Talking about where she wants to settle down, she mentioned "I can't move back to Toronto."
"What, you didn't like it?"
"No, I CAN'T move back!"

She'll probably be stateside for life. She's in love with the national parks of the American southwest, and she's hasguns.
>> No. 108981 ID: 9dcda2
> "No, I CAN'T move back!"

I'm having the same problem with Southern California. The house my parents bought for $80k in the late 70's is half a mil now. I make pretty good money now and couldn't afford a mortgage. So then you need two incomes and your kids get raised with English as a second language.

And then I'd have to get a permit to buy ammunition. I'd have to ditch all my magazines and neuter my rifles, until those modifications become illegal too... Fucking hell.
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I took the m.best haircut challenge too. We'll see what happens. Can't quite do the beard or the action-figure wrestler arms, but whatever. Maybe I'll be a little less generic looking.

> meeting with customers at hotel conf room
> going to the bafroom
> hotel staffer lady starts talking to me as if resuming a conversation
> lady stops, looks closely at me
> "Wait, you're not Brian."

I wonder if I missed my calling in life as a secret squirrel or some shit.

Also, I just looked at my work schedule and somehow I got the highest utilization rate of our guys. How the fuck did that happen? I've told my boss I'm perfectly happy sitting at home getting payed base salary to play Battlefield.

> get email from boss
> "Sometimes it sucks to be reliable. I need a favor..."
>> No. 108999 ID: bc78c2
>be me today driving around town fixing boopbooters under warranty for our corporate customers
>case for a desktop failing to boot giving error beeps
>have trouble reaching him with 2 calls to voicemail over 2 days so decide to show up on site
>wait 15 minutes while they get the guy
>get down to IT dept
>machine's case already open, wires disconnected, heatsink off
>dis gon be good
>placing out needed tools and prepping provided new sysboard for install
>site's IT guy: "lemmie get that for you"
>snatches processor out of machine and sets it on counter, contacts down
>"OH SHIT NIGGER WHAT ARE YOU DOING" yells in my mind but outwardly I maintain slight smile to hide my usual mudermood.
>before i can say anything he grabs Lysol wipes and uses it to clean the thermal paste off, processor sliding around on table as this is happening
>struggling to hide any signs of disgust
>put new board together and pray as I put processor back in.
>system comes up fine thankfully and I put serial# and other info back in.
>2 hours later get a callback that the Intel ME is giving a manufacturing mode error on boot, this rare but happens. whatevs
>go back and attempt to use our sekrit manufacturer usb tools
>hey can we get a copy of that? don't you need to go to the bathroom for a few minutes?
>system bluescreens as it tries to load up our win8 pe stick
>it's the goddamn processor because of course it is.
>smile as I say I'll be back tomorrow with a new proc
>> No. 109002 ID: 1d1f00
Dude knows what's up, man. Ever since I changed it up, I've been getting hit on by more than just old gay guys. Young, attractive women have been hitting on me now. Feels weird.

I can't pull off his beard or have the huge arms, but I am in shape. Guess that helps.

servs girlfriend and about half the population says I look like a 20 year old Billy Bob Thorton, it pisses me off.
>> No. 109003 ID: 6ca38e
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Had my review at work, got a raise. During my review, I pointed out that I'm doing the work of a Quality Inspector in addition to material handler, and because they NEED a Quality Inspector at night I said they need to give me the bid or put me back on days. They opted for the former. Got the bid, and the raise that comes with it retro'd to the first of the year. I'd have preferred, like...September, but I think I pushed that one as hard as I could. Chalking it up as a win.

Also, the electrician and millwright apprenticeships came up and I applied for electrician apprentice. Chances are pretty slim that I'll land it, but for as long as I work at that company, I'm going to chase that job. It's basically the whole reason I've stayed with this company as long as I have. As a journeyman electrician with an industrial focus, I could live and work pretty much wherever the hell I wanted, and make good money doing it. The downside is that if I get the apprenticeship, it fucks up my "Be in a swing state by next presidential election" plan, but it'd be a better long term move anyway.

Honestly I could probably do ok for myself right now anyway. I have a few years working in steel manufacturing as a material handler, with extensive use of gantry cranes and overhead bridge cranes (two bridges operated in tandem most of the time too) and I'm not too bad on a forklift. Plus the focus on quality and testing that the past six months have had (with a year prior to that being certified and doing the job on and off to give the other guys breaks from it for a week or two at a time)

If it sounds like I'm trying to talk myself into looking for other work, well...thought has crossed my mind.

Also, I'm on-call for jury duty this week so they had me work days instead of grave this week. Jesus fuck, I'd forgotten how obnoxious it is to have this supervisor micromanaging what you're doing all fucking day long. Exhausting in and of itself.
>> No. 109004 ID: aadd02
Well done! How are you going to spend your back pay?
>> No. 109005 ID: a073b8
Welp, lucked out and things are working out great besides my car having transmission problems (won't shift).

Worked part time as an armed guard for a small security company that does contracts throughout Los Angeles. For $20hr for a dude with only 3 years of military service (not even deployed), pretty decent gig despite the fact I was working in Inglewood and Compton. That and I should be picking up my service firearm for Paragon Systems very soon. Outside of tackling a fuckton of homeless people on federal property and a high standard, should be easy fucking bread on the table.

My only concern is finally fucking finishing my associates in computer technology while working full time. I was actually digging my campus despite it being liberal arts campus.
>> No. 109007 ID: f5c3ed
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I left my current job today (after a proper 2 week notice) and start a new one on Monday. I'll post more after I get drunk if I remember.
>> No. 109008 ID: 6ca38e
It didn't really amount to that much, especially post taxes, but that MKIV 22/45 Lite I picked up was largely a back-pay bonus.
>> No. 109009 ID: f5c3ed
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So here we go. Since September of 2015 I used to work in a medium sized airport for a concessions and retail company that had a contract with said airport. I genuinely liked my coworkers who are in the management level with me and most of the non-management people were ok. I never really talked about it here or on any chan because it was an airport job and hence security concerns. So my first boss left for a corporate job, my second was fired for running a scheme where he hired his brother and law's company to do refrigeration repairs exclusively and got cash back, my third boss was a bully douchebag and my fourth boss was never really my boss since the third one told him he "couldn't be due to seniority." This all happened within the past year. So my bully of a boss is basically a tard who inhabits the body of a normal person. He would give me and other people a list of things to do, but then forget about them and never follow up. Being IT I could differentiate between essential IT projects and dumpster fire projects that don't matter.

However my ex-boss would sometimes pick managers to hover over and criticise for extended periods of time, which is why people started to leave. Then out of nowhere he wanted to move my office to a storage room, think Milton from Office Space. He said it would be good since I would have "more room" (less) and have more "privacy" (he checked in on me constantly). So naturally what I do is apply to other jobs, use PTO to go to "appointments" (interviews) and end up getting a new job doing IT work that's a 10 min drive instead of a 45 min drive.

This asshole gets furious after I put in my 2 weeks and starts giving me nonsensical tasks like removing point of sale registers that "aren't used by anyone" (they are there for people covering cashier and bartender breaks). I straight up called our vice president and told him what shit I had to deal with, and all that ends up happening is I get a ceiling and lights in my office (PIC RELATED).

So yeah, I'm out of that place. I feel bad for my former coworkers that are still there. I hope they get out soon.
>> No. 109011 ID: 9dcda2
> my third boss was a bully douchebag
> He would give me and other people a list of things to do, but then forget about them and never follow up. Being IT I could differentiate between essential IT projects and dumpster fire projects that don't matter.

>> No. 109014 ID: 71ae68
I had a similar boss when I worked in private computer repair for a couple weeks for a friend. My buddy ran his own small computer repair business and had been getting majorly behind, like backlogged by a week and pushing into two. I needed some money so he gave me a temp job where I knew a hard drive from a hard on.

The manager of the store was a dumbfuck who liked to micromanage every goddamn thing but only to a point. He'd give a job to somebody and for a few hours constantly badger them until he decided to give them a new job with the previous one half done. He didn't know shit about computers himself, not even the tried and true "google shit" method of computer repair, but seemed to think he knew enough to constantly offer "advice" which consisted of saying that such and such component might be broken but being unable to actually name the component, just pointed at it like a fucking toddler.

Now before this my friend was whining about how he was behind on jobs, whining that he couldn't keep employees for very long, and after my two weeks I told him straight up it was his manager. The fucker was actually his brother in law his wife badgered him into giving a job because he totally knew computers and stuff. Strangely when he shitcan the cock his business improved, like magic or something.

Between the asshole manager and shitty customers it made me remember why I got out of private computer repair in the first place.

Why I'm so glad my current boss is relatively hands off. Gives me a job and so long as I do it I never really see her. Don't even see her during the normal workday because all my work orders come through the iPhones everyone is issued, the only time she is more hands on is when her own superior is onsite. Some days I don't see anybody the entire day. I may not love my job but I certainly wouldn't want most any other.
>> No. 109016 ID: aadd02
I think a fucking Piru at Marble Manor did it. Shady ass nigga was too god damned close to my Vic when I clocked out. Apparently, not even my white ass can wear blue.

Or my tires are just old. Don't know how often they were replaced in the 100,000 miles put on the car before I bought it.
>> No. 109017 ID: f5c3ed
>he couldn't keep employees for very long

Oh yea same here, before I left 2 managers resigned because of this asshole and another no-called no showed and got fired. I know one of them got an insurance related job and makes more money now. Theres also 4 managers who are definitely looking for new jobs and a few more I suspect are too but didn't tell me on my last day like the others did.

Leaving a job because of a shitty boss is sort of like the whole "vote with your wallet" or "if you pray, move your feet" ideas in a sense. And I get that some people can't find other jobs due to a number of reasons, but sucks to be them. If you aren't marketable in your field or in multiple fields then you aren't trying hard enough at life. If all you have is food and beverage management experience with no outside education then odds are you'll only work in that industry.
>> No. 109020 ID: cb6d3e
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There's a date code on tires, near the DOT number. They actually use the same system as microprocessors: WWYY. In pic related, this tire was made during the 6th week of 2016 (0616).

I think the climate is about the same between there and here, and down here you get about 4 years MAX before the sun burns out the plasticizers from the tires.

Oh, another thing to consider: NEVER put two different sized tires on a drive axle. That includes mixing a new tire with a worn one. What happens is, the tires rotate at different rates, and that causes the spider gears in the differential to spin constantly when they should only be rotating when the car turns.

So don't be a cheap bastard and only replace one tire. Do them in pairs if you're poor, or all four if you can.
>> No. 109027 ID: aadd02
I got four brand new yokohamas at Discount Tire. I feel confident I got the best I could for the climate. I let the salesman know I was prepared to spend more, and he said "honestly, this is your best option for the climate."
>> No. 109055 ID: 19518e
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This was like ten minutes after the plow cleared the parking lot at work, we took off pretty quick because you'd clean off the back of the car and the front would get covered again.
>> No. 109057 ID: fd8a72
Is that the normal you or do you crank the Canadian all the way up when there's a camera nearby?
>> No. 109058 ID: 6057a8
These days I kinda just do it for giggles whenever the mood strikes.

If you can't laugh at yourself, what can you truly laugh at?

When I finally churn out a video or two so I can unpaid-shill for OPchan you guys will mostly get a less satirical warpierad.
>> No. 109059 ID: aadd02
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Fuck all this professional shit. I'm done. I'm fucking done. Filled out an application for a machinist apprenticeship with the local union. I'll drop it off Monday.
>> No. 109060 ID: 19518e
I just want to know if you understand that quite a bit of machinist stuff ends up being boring, tedious, often a little dirty/uncomfortable. The pay is "meh" to "okay", rarely does it get "good". You can end up making decent money, but it takes quite a while. My childhood friend as my age and we went through schooling around the same time, he's a smart dude and computer programming basically has him making almost double my salary.

Yes, this job has decent perks in many ways, especially if you're not huge into very socially active things, want to work nights, like machines, and so on. All things considered, it's not a bad gig. If you got any questions, feel free to ask anything you want, but keep in mind I've only worked at three shops and went to two trade schools; if there's one thing I learned it's that every shop is its world. Stuff you do every day in one could be unheard of in the other, even if you are making practically the same parts.
>> No. 109063 ID: aadd02
At least it's the kind of tediousness that produces something every second you're doing it. I don't even feel like I'm earning my check anymore.
>> No. 109064 ID: 19518e
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Oh fuck I'm not half as useful as that renaissance handy-man bundle of japes, joy, and wonder. I don't really see myself as a homosexual but I'd let him give me just the tip, only the tip, for a quickie or for the full two minutes. Whatever he wants~NOTICE ME AVE SEMPAI.

True enough, even when I have days that are particularly boring monkey-work, at least I can see physical evidence of having been useful.
>> No. 109065 ID: b47bf6

Have you heard the good news of nondestructive testing?
>> No. 109066 ID: 9dcda2
  > water wash big ass turbine engine
> wait for cleaner-solvent to dissolve gunk from the capital wasteland
> reading wtt:csase thread

Damn man.

> rinse engine
> restore plumbing
> vacuum up water/oil/soap
> restart engine
> check for fuel and air leaks
> work on turbine colonoscopy report while engine heats up
> take running and vibration day-ter, and lube oil sample
> shutdown engine, beat feet

Even my routine work ain't bad. A lot of my "customers" are facility operators, who are absolutely the most lazy people I've ever met. I'm pretty sure they're only dimly aware that they're alive. They're like cows: They stand (sit) around all day, eat, get fatter, and occasionally look at you because something moved in their field of vision.

Even worse are the ones who work for the government. Holy fuck.

Back to RM. So what kind of talents do you have? Any specific aptitudes? We know about writing. Any mechanical, computer, wood working, art, webpage design, sales, marketing, fire fighting, logistics, card dealing, teaching, fighting, manipulating people?
>> No. 109067 ID: 13f512
I'm telling you, NDT is the thinking man's trade for working with metals and shit.
>> No. 109086 ID: aadd02
You know about writing as was said (even if I never finish shit. Fuck, I need to finish something). After three years of doing what I do, I can handle most anybody. I am not very handy. I attribute this to a lack of experience, not some natural inability... Made a 2 string cigar box guitar once.
>> No. 109087 ID: efeb68
Hands on training is how to learn. Having someone teach you how to do shit in the flesh is 1000X better than book learning. Fucking up and making mistakes is how you learn, having someone call you a retard and shame you for those mistakes ensures you won't make them again.

Experiential education > Theoretical education
>> No. 109095 ID: 334c17
>Experiential education
From experienced person, mind you. You can teach a bear to ride bicycle, of course, but on the other hand, theoretical education (if it's not too late to be delivered in full) will give you much more expertise in more general area. Without knowing the basic stuff you are going to make same mistakes over and over again until someone gets hurt, it is same principle for every area of knowledge.

Specifically, it can give you the words you need to explain things to other people, or memorize them yourself, which is a very useful skill. This is how I understand it - a lot of people ask me about simplest things you can just read everywhere, again and again after every considerable intermission. I'm getting surprised somebody can have trouble memorizing them once and for all - though I probably can have some trouble by myself, but just don't mind it too much.
>> No. 109096 ID: 8c968b
To give examples. I work in a big shop for a bigger company and it's union. Pay and benefits is pretty phenomenal. Starting is 19 bux but you max out in 6 years at 42 something bux as a normal machine operator. There's a lot of other places where you can't get to 20 bux no matter how many years you put in. Starting at a little above 10 bucks is not unusual.

Embrace the tedious days. Grab an educational book and learn something. I read a shitload when I was a mill operator making the same damn landing gear beam over and over again (24 hour run time for both sides to make one part!). The program and tool package was pretty reliable so it was just relaxing.
>> No. 109098 ID: 13f512
  Srsly tho. NDT.
>> No. 109099 ID: 8c968b
No! He's already ours.

>> No. 109101 ID: 92fb9d
>embrace the tedious days, grab a book
Hard to do when a boring day is ~6 machines, all running different parts. Cycle time all under 15 minutes, I memorize the dimensions on all of them within an hour or else I play catch up all night.

Less boring days are 4 to 9 machines, but with a setup for a new part with an unproven program (machining a fixture, gathering tools, taking zeros). Due to the nature of the parts we usually get, I often end up rewriting portions of the code by hand. If it's mostly sensible, I'll optimize feed/speeds and prove it out.

Tonight I'm running three completely different ITAR regulated parts, one is titanium, two other are 304SS, four odd aluminum parts, one copper part, and the evening isn't too boring because one of the day shift guys brought me a Winchester 22 pump to TLC.
>> No. 109102 ID: 3bccd4
Man. Kind of a shitty day.

Bossman and I spent the last two weeks framing 22' tall 6" stud walls. We had that down to a science, especially since I learned how to horsecock those fuckers around.
Then we ran out of shit to do (on Thursday) and were sent to work with another crew on another part of the site today. Building soffits in hotel rooms. Boss knows how to do that, I don't. So cue about 7 hours of me flopping around trying to learn, while Boss is hollering at me, and only one room getting done. For as much as went into that room, we should have been able to do 2 or 3 in a day.

Tomorrow will be better, especially now that I have an idea of what the fuck is going on.
>> No. 109103 ID: aadd02
So I'll be fully engaged by my productive job my entire shift? Awesome! No more sitting at a desktop, beating back the existential dread!

My exam is March 28th.
>> No. 109104 ID: 92fb9d
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Pretty nice rifle, all things considered. The wood is pretty beat up, worst being the front grip that's cloven in twain, rest is a bit of rust. Mechanically, the functioning parts are in great shape, bore is dirty but pretty good. I cleaned most of it, rest is gonna be gentle rust removal, nothing drastic in any way. Just clean, oil, sight in.
>> No. 109105 ID: aadd02
Is that a technical term?
>> No. 109106 ID: 92fb9d
How is horsecock not a technical term?
>> No. 109107 ID: 224014
He's going to regret it the first time he drills through his hand or gets metal shavings behind his eyelid.
>> No. 109108 ID: 19518e
Most machine tools are a lot like guns. They have a dangerous end, keep trigger finger until target is confirmed, etc.

Most dangerous part of machining is not wearing safety glasses, loud compressed air whistling when blowing off parts with holes (wear earhole pluggers), some swarf can be a little sharp/pointy, and any hand tool. Seriously I've given myself retard skin signatures with hand tools and burrs more than any machine tool. None of those required stitches, so they're really not bad. If you're unlucky/dumb enough to get caught in a machine tool, regretting your career choice will be the least of your worries because a lot of mills/lathes can blender a person into spaghetti without slowing down. As long as you don't look down the barrel of a loaded gun, figuring out how not to become mixed-racer all over the walls is pretty damn easy.

RM if you can handle papercuts and one or two tweezer-removable metal needles, you'll be fine.
>> No. 109110 ID: 13f512

I'm well aware, but I spent a few years working with machinists (and inspecting their work)... it's easy to get complacent and injure yourself. I've seen some pretty gnarly shit, especially in tech school.

I just think our racemixing friend is jumping into a new trade thinking it will fulfill him, potentially without looking at the tradeoffs.
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>>109105 >>109106

Horsecock is the technical term. >>/arch/9995

Along with monkey spunk and weasel piss, for thick or thin liquid products, respectively.
>> No. 109114 ID: 9dcda2
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RaceMixer, check this shit out.


StrengthsFinder 2.0

And some format of the DISC assessment.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (for research into careers)

Meyers Briggs is the other assessment everyone does. I did the strengthsfinder thing a while ago and found it to be mostly accurate. I then went through the archetypes, read the descriptions, and picked out what I thought fit better. (Because I do what I want.)

My career/life advice is this:

1. Figure out what you've got, what your aptitudes and talents are.

2. Based on that, brainstorm what kind of work you'd be decent at.

3. Focus in on specific careers.
3a. What you would be good at.
3b. What you would be interested in.

4. Figure out how to get there. What kind of school or training you would need.

5. ???

6. Profit.

>> No. 109115 ID: f11f4d
Yeah, lathes are fucking impressive. I've got like three lathe accident webm/mp4's somewhere, two of which are fatal. I'm as wary of spinning things as much as the end of a gun, but I would say the most dangerous part of a machine shop is when someone else doesn't care. When your senior says "ah your don't need to bother with that", that's a sign from god that you do in fact need to bother with it. Most of the people I've worked with have been pretty good about that stuff, but you eventually find someone who's opinion on safety is equivalent to murder-suicide.

As long as you can handle peer pressure and tell a more experience guy to get fucked, then things are fine.
>> No. 109116 ID: 8c968b
Man. Your work sounds hard. For the most part. We just run one at a time. That's union for you I guess. There's talk of the higher ups wanting to get multiple machines per operator though.
>> No. 109117 ID: 6057a8
It's only hard sometimes really, lathes a bit challenging because I have less experience with them. Now I'm realizing that a lot of my troubles stemmed from management trying to push lower coolant concentrations because coolant is expensive. They tend to water it down to 2%, but on lathes that's a bucket of headaches. More than you can imagine.

Supervisor knows I'm just one fucking guy, but they try to get as much done as possible. Worse than all of that is I'm making less than you, a I'm making a LOT less after US/CAN currency conversion. Welcome to Canada, I hope you brought your lube, because you won't be able to afford the maple stuff and they'll go in dry.

15+HP spindle motors moving a foot+ in diameter chuck with chuck jaws bigger than a brick will do funny things to a guy ;)

Yeah I keep my hands to myself.
>> No. 109120 ID: aadd02
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AGAIN! Same fucking project! I could see the screw sticking out of my tire. It was in the tread though, not the sidewall, so it may just be a hell of a coincidence.

So, uh... Short sleeves then.
>> No. 109121 ID: d4c8ee
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Short sleeves, tucked in shirt, watch goes in the back pocket, any rings removed, hair trimmed short or in a bun, wraparound safety glasses at all times.
>> No. 109122 ID: aadd02
>tucked in shirt
I'll have to change holsters.

I'm gonna level with you, man. Your posts in these threads are usually full of jargon I don't understand, so I skip them. I'm now going back through archived work threads and reading all of your shit and watching the webms. I still don't understand much of what you say, but someday soon.
>> No. 109123 ID: 6057a8
If you want me to explain shit, just ask.

As long as the t-shirt isn't super baggy, I usually don't tuck. Tucking shit is a good way to have chips in places you'd rather not; in addition to that, keep the pants over the boots, don't tuck those in unless you want to fish out curly razor blades from your socks. I'd also recommend tall work boots, there's often shit around ankle height that can suck to bonk against, like a vise handle spigot poking out from a shelf. Obviously, shirt tucking should be at your discretion if you're on a machine that's got spinning/snagging things at waist height.

Wear nitriles when sanding shit or when lots of oil is around, none of that is good for the skin. Heavier gloves when lifting stuff that might have sharp bits (like a less-than-clean vise). Never wear gloves when operating a bench grinder or anything that could snag the glove. Having a grinder take a bite of skin isn't fun, but having a grinder inhale a couple fingers because you had work gloves is a whole other level of bad day.
>> No. 109124 ID: aadd02
Well, for instance

>she can fucking cold form tap a 6-48 at 4000RPM
4000RPM is the only thing I understand in that sentence.
>> No. 109125 ID: 6057a8
Cold-form tapping is making a thread in a part without cutting any material. You drill a hole that would be a little too large for a regular cutting tap, then you make the thread in the part with a strange-looking thing that's like a threaded rod with weird angles. That's a cold-form tap, and it forges the thread by pushing material out of the way. There are no chips to plug up in the hole, but the hole size and shape are important to the CFT itself, as a tapered/oval/undersized/bad finish in the hole will often break CFTs.

6-48 is a size of thread, thread pitch being 48, or 48 threads per inch. It's about the size of threads used on scope rings. A thread that relatively small is usually carefully done, to avoid breaking taps.

A machine that can rigid tap (perfectly synchronize feed and rotation of the spindle) that fast is pretty impressive. Most of the time a tapping head would be used, the tapping head allows for minor error between the spindle rotation and downward movement of the tap, but rigid tapping is done with a regular tool holder that's clamped to the spindle taper. There's no slack or give in any direction for any errors, but you can usually get a thread very close to the bottom of a hole without smashing into it because the rigid tool will always stop at the same depth, where a tapping head might engage a bit sooner or a bit later.
>> No. 109126 ID: efeb68
  This shit I why I only use hand tools, and the occasional power hammer. With hand tools the worst that will probably happen is you hit your hand with a hammer because you're a fucking retard DO NOT LEAVE CUTTING TOOLS IN YOUR HARDY, YOU WILL LOSE FINGERS Or you'll get the occasional steel chip if you bang hardened steel against hardened steel.

Power hammers are actually pretty safe, at least the newer ones. They normally have a foot lever that you can depress activating the clutch. When your foot is off the hammer is idling, with a little bit of force the hammer will make very light taps, with more force you'll get very hard taps, and if you depress it all the way the hammer will slam down and rest against the anvil at least the ones I've used

Basically, everything in a workshop wants to kill you really really badly, and if you give a machine half a chance it will take it and maim you. DON'T RUN YOUR HANDS ON PIECES STUCK IN A LATHE. DON'T TRY TO JERK OFF THE CHUCK
>> No. 109128 ID: aadd02
Forgot to mention, the tow truck driver that picked me up apologized for the late arrival. "They knew I needed to get gas. They should've sent someone else." And then he finally came out with it; he didn't want to go into Marble Manor. Even said he feared for me seeing me leaning against my car in there.
>> No. 109129 ID: f11f4d
You may consider getting a few cameras for your car.
>> No. 109131 ID: e466da

Everything's dangerous - essentially my main concern is that racemixer is committing to a new career field based on a superficial understanding. In my experience, metalworking can be awesome and also incredibly shitty, especially at lower levels. When I say tech school I'm talking about the Air Force and our structural maintenance folks - many got there only to realize they didn't really like finagling machinery and metal all day, despite their love of the idea of working with metal. Now that warplanred mentions it, most of the actual injuries like people drilling through themselves were hand tools. But I also saw a guy, and this was in the operational force, crush his pinky just bending an aluminum tube... Shit was grisly.

NDT, for me, was a great fit because I love all this metalworking stuff, but if I had to do it all day or night I would be miserable. Doing inspections put me hands-on just enough to still enjoy it, while maintaining enough of a variety of activity to keep me from hating life, since from day to day you might be using any number of different inspection methods on tons of different projects.
>> No. 109134 ID: 8c968b
2%? And it's not rusting? If we get south of 4% it tends to rust wherever it can sit and collect. I admit I often like my coolant on the lower scale (but by that I mean 7-8%) since the higher end tends to get bubbly. You really need the cooling on ti as well.

Yeah, I don't tuck in either. But again, I don't wear super loose shirts. Not hipster tight or anything. The danger here is from the lead screw or the feed shafts on a lathe.

To expand, on the gloves shit, the general rule of thumb is, hands near spinny moving shit, no gloves. Or anything for that matter. Don't try and get smart and hold your lathe cutter in a rag as you grind it cause it gets hot. First of all, don't let it get that hot, and second of all, it can inhale the rag and your hand all in one go, rip off a finger or two, and knock your head again't the motor or guard all in one go.

Any self respecting school will teach you that safety stuff thoroughly, and if your shop is run by businessmen who know what they're doing, they won't tolerate unsafe behavior. Safety engineering is improving by the day as well, and some stuff can be retrofit into older machines as well. Instead of this: http://www.dieselduck.info/historical/01%20diesel%20engine/Doxford/works.htm

where dudes are all up in that shut most machinist/machine operators in a modern shop are standing outside the work area with a metal and bulletproof glass enclosed box completely sealing off the work envelope with a miniature firehose of coolant going off in there. Or if you are working at my shop, the dude is sitting with a book and his feet up.
>> No. 109135 ID: 6057a8
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>2% no rust
We use this weird Cimcool shit, it doesn't rust or smell, but it'll eat almost any plastic known to man. All the machine lights are covered in good thick hard plastic, they've all cracked to bits even if they've never been physically touched. We replaced them with glass, as new plastic ones crack in less than a month.

I worked in this small shop for a bit, the boss told me to wear gloves while I was grinding a 2" diameter HSS drill. I looked at him really funny because the grinder was the biggest I've seen/used, a bit bigger than pic related.

Also, general safety thing, a ballcap is great in the shop.
>> No. 109149 ID: aadd02
He truly is thick headed and insists on learning the hard way.
>> No. 109150 ID: a2ccc7

You should get in IRC and compare life goals and career plans with gerry
>> No. 109165 ID: aadd02
But nobody is ever on there anymore.
>> No. 109167 ID: 0a198a
In #/k/?

Ho, yeah, it's pretty lively. Just as active as i remember it being in 2012, if not more.

#operatorchan, however, hasn't had anything said in it for days.
>> No. 109169 ID: aadd02
Right...how do I get to /k/? I type in "#/k/" as the channel on mibbit and get nowhere, but when there's a link for it somewhere, it works fine.
>> No. 109170 ID: aadd02
never mind.
>> No. 109181 ID: 813f6b
>#operatorchan, however, hasn't had anything said in it for days.

Everyone that's in #operatorchan is also in #/k/, so not a lot of chatting going on in the smaller channel.
>> No. 109225 ID: 589a7d
Working an office job in operations (mfg eng) for a government contractor can seriously get painful sometimes.

>anon, customer won't give us blanket permission to use customer owned tools between programs, they want a list of individual tools.
>okay here ya go.

>2 months later, hey anon, can you give me that list again? Customer still won't give us blanket permission
>um. Okay.

>2 months later, hardware is stopped because no permissions to use customer owned tools.
>anon, customer still won't give blanket permission, please send that list again?
>suuuuuuuurrrreeee thhhiiiiinnnngggg

Seeing how gov. contracts work is like seeing sausage being made. I'm usually stunned any of our products work, and how rough government hardware can be compared to basic commercial goods.
>> No. 109232 ID: 13f512

It's a different world.
>> No. 109233 ID: aadd02
I think I got about a B. I'll know when my interview is in a couple weeks.
>> No. 109286 ID: c9fe43
How have you not burned the building down by now? I couldn't deal with that.
>> No. 109307 ID: aadd02
Another meeting with the aforementioned gentleman today. A newborn baby was killed last night in a gang related shooting. Metro is expecting retaliation ("We can pretty much guarantee it" -Metro Police Captain), and those gangs involved are entrenched in our properties, so we've been told to keep eyes open.

Our Koran reading friend remarked "I have not heard one word on this from Black Lives Matter. I'm about to call [prominent local BLM activist] and tell him that he is a hypocrite."
>> No. 109311 ID: a05e48
Because NASA is the contractor, and the business is a hard one to enter. I'm pretty young and somehow stumbled into where I am and have a stable opportunity, just the beuracracy is nuts.
>> No. 109312 ID: a05e48
*NASA contracted us* rather
>> No. 109322 ID: aadd02
I really need to get my head in the game. I've already mentally checked out of my current job. I can waste an entire day doing very little quite easily. While I am working on something else, it is far from a given, and I need to start taking things seriously, but I am having a very hard time giving a shit.

4th time in a rolling month that I've called roadside assistance for my car. Hit a curb on a turn and blew out a tire.
>"And what appears to be the problem?"
>"A witch has put a hex on my car."
The tow truck driver was an Iraqi fellow. We had an amusing conversation badmouthing Saudi Arabia and wishing ill health upon its king.
>> No. 109383 ID: 9dcda2
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> repair of turbine engine
> help repair team pull the ass end off the engine
> get to see things in real life instead of through borescope
> borescope kinda like a microscope
> GIGANTIC MASSIVE DAMAGE actually only 4 mm in size


Like the opposite of pic related.
>> No. 109384 ID: 303669
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Careful around those engines.
>> No. 109385 ID: 303669
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Back in 2006, a mechanic standing next to a Boeing 737 at El Paso Airport in Texas was sucked into the engine of it and killed, it has been confirmed.

Roland Herwig, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Authority stated that ‘Continental Airlines Flight 1515 was preparing to take off for Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when a maintenance-related engine run-up of the right-hand engine was carried out and someone on the ground was sucked into the engine.’ He also confirmed that this wasn’t the first time that something like this had happened, although it didn’t happen very often, which isn’t exactly that reassuring.

There were 114 passengers on the plane at the time and five crew members. I hope they managed to clean up all this mess before they got them to disembark (or deplane as they say in America) because I think I would be fairly traumatised if my flight got cancelled and I had to walk through see all this in the flesh. I mean it’s pretty traumatising just seeing it anyway and knowing that stuff like this happens in airports that are supposed to be safe and state of the art and developed, even if it doesn’t happen very often. http://www.sickchirpse.com/man-sucked-into-jet-plane-engine/
>> No. 109386 ID: 303669
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Saved money on the casket. Probably just needed a shoe box.
>> No. 109387 ID: 303669
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Now, there is a trend to use robots to inspect the fronts of running jet engines at the airport.
- Air-Cobot, one of several technologies integrated into the Hangar of the Future, is a collaborative robot that automates visual inspection procedures. During aircraft inspections, Air-Cobot performs a thorough diagnosis in any weather or light conditions.
>> No. 109388 ID: 303669
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And use really small robots for closer inspections.
>> No. 109389 ID: 9dcda2
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Yeah, turns out turbine engines use A FUCKING SHITTON OF AIR.

Imagine like 50 big ass K&N filters...

> doin' inspections
> engine intake <--- silencer <--- air filters <--- duct <--- atmosphere
> 8ft square duct has a man-door
> the filters are solid so there's no possible way to get sucked in
> try the handle, vacuumed shut
> try harder, crack door open, negative pressure relieves and door opens
> hold door open and peek in
> air rushing past feels like driving on the freeway Ace Ventura style
> filters look gud
>> No. 109390 ID: 9dcda2
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Danger zone!
>> No. 109392 ID: a6c95d
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I always thought how EAPS work was cool
>> No. 109394 ID: aadd02
Scored a 90%. Interview is in a couple weeks.
>> No. 109398 ID: d20d9d
We don't sing for birthdays at my restaurant, we scream them. The louder the better. And gentlemen, I stand the loudest. I make people jump on the other side on the restaurant. I sound like Ivan Moody was a drill instructor. I actually made a drill instructor think I was a former drill instructor, that made me feel proud.

I had a guy who was brought there because he didn't know what we did for birthdays. I screamed 4 birthdays while he was there.


By the time I brought the saddle over to him for his birthday, he looked so terrified. So I cranked it up to 11 for him, he didn't expect it.

I loved getting tipped more for embarassing the fuck out of people. And honestly, the way they do birthdays here has done wonders for my social anxiety.

By the way, black people live for this shit. Nobody enjoys hokey family restaurant shit more and they're the most interactive with everything we do, I fucking love my black patrons.
>> No. 109405 ID: d20d9d
So I may have an in into the film industry, quite a few different options.

This may be a huge opportunity because special make up FX and cinematography was my first serious career choice that I put a lot of time and effort studying and learning about. It may be worth picking back up.
>> No. 109408 ID: 649f2c
Do you know how to make those giant prosthetic niggercocks they use in porn?
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