What do you do for a living?

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: KLook On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:29 pm

Some really ecucated and talented people in here.
I grew up lobster fishing, cutting pulp wood with chain saws and old tractors, loading it by hand and unloading it by hand, digging clams, tipping(breaking brush to make christmas wreaths), worked for Ashplund, went to the oil fields of Texas, painted cars,towers,bridges,houses. For the last 25 years I have been in construction. I am very much like the fellow above with picking up other vocations. I envy the machinist in here. I would like to work on my pocket watches and I would like to learn machining to work on my guns. Maybe when I move to Tenn. I have traveled all over the US in persuit of my atheletics, softball and Basketball. Passed up a D-1 shot coming out of high school in baseball. Living here in Maine, naturally I hunt and fish, ride my 4-wheelers.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

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PostBy: Jim503RI On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:04 pm

In 1976 I sold my Bike and purchased a pick-up truck and a table saw. I went to the contractor my boss was working for, took a chance and started doing finish carpentry on plat houses. I Did finish a few years and have been a remodeling contractor ever since. I work alone. I can guarantee my quality that way. Cost too much to teach someone,Anyone that knows anything wants more than you. I do kitchen remodeling, stairways and most other remodeling jobs.
Coal Size/Type: Nut & pea
Other Heating: none
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

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PostBy: Cap On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:39 pm

Cryogenic gases field technician from '85 thru '02 in the Delaware Valley. Learned OJT electrical, mechanical. welding & cutting, plumbing (gas piping low & high pressure), gas systems, silver brazing, anchoring , etc.

Moved up here '02 when I took promotion as service & project coordinator for customer equipment installs, repairs, upgrades, etc. Company got bought out by another major gas supplier '06 based out of Germany and found many positions axed including mine 1 yr later in '07. Now I get paid by old company but work for a smaller company based out of France acting as a shop supervisor for cryogenic pump repair. I hate it. Wanna get back into field.
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: types_with_fist On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:05 pm

Cnc machinist, and then whatever else is paying when OT is down.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodak
Coal Size/Type: Nut

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: sterling40man On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:15 pm

Joined the Army after High School and did a 6 year hitch. Got out in early '94 joined the National Guard and worked for my dad as a carpenter til 2000. In January of 2001 I was hired by the Federal Government as an Immigration Inspector working on the Canadian Border. People used to always ask me if I worked for US Customs. I said no! I'm and Immigration Officer. We work alongside Customs.:D We wore the white shirts. In 2003 Pres Bush conbined Immigration Inspectors and Customs Inspectors into 1 branch of Homeland Security. It's now called US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Whenever you cross the border and return to the US, were are the people that ask you questions. Check out this link. http://abc.go.com/primetime/homelandsec ... x?pn=index This is what we do. It plays on Tuesday nights on ABC. In '04-'05 I was deployed to Iraq. I retired from the National Guard last year with 20 1/2 years of service.

Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: snooze913 On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:07 pm

Security Guard 4 years, Corrections Officer 10 years, Pigment Plant 10 years, getting prepared to move on to something else by taking classes at the local Community College. I really enjoyed the Corrections business and I miss it but, I didn't want to be 60 years old and wrestle with someone twice my size until my back up got there. A lot of more hands on at the Pigment Plant but Union rules prohibit too much or you are taking away a maintenance job.
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading Stoker, Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: RS-96C(Reading) 10.1475(Belge)

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: Paisan On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:21 pm

I am a Mason. Brick, block, and real stone not the lick and stick stuff. I do lots of fireplaces that are made to burn wood. But most people put gas logs in there fire box.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: D.S. Circulator
Stove/Furnace Make: D.S.
Stove/Furnace Model: Circulator

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: rewinder On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:34 pm

I run an electric motor rewind/repair shop with my brother. we repair and sell industrial/commercial electric motors, pumps and controls ect. Been doing it for forty years. my hobbies include a love/hate affair with out late 1700's farm house, furnature making and wood turning, and radio control electric airplanes.

This winter I returned to burning my old VC stoves, after a 20+ year oil binge!
Stove/Furnace Make: VT Castings--early models
Stove/Furnace Model: Vigilant, and Resolute

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: Yanche On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:38 pm

Retired electric engineer. Learned both vacuum tube and transistor circuits in college. Worked my entire career at one university research and development lab. Designed mostly electronics hardware for spacecraft. Designed everything from DC to microwave. Lot's of tough design challenges because many times it was a first. I was one of three engineers that designed the camera that took the first full disk color image of earth (1967). Picture made the cover of National Geographic magazine. Designed hybrid navigation systems during the Vietnam war. Combined the Navy's Transit (not GPS) satellite navigation system with Loran. Allowed aircraft to return to a known spot in bad weather. Did a lot stuff for Regan's SDI star wars program. Spent several months at Cape Canaveral for spacecraft launches. Spent two years in California as a field engineer at Vandenburg AFB supporting navigation systems on reconnaissance satellites. Supervisor for a electronics design automation group. Lots of very expensive software. Annual service contract over $750K. Retired in 1995 during a RIF. Got bored went to work for Westinghouse Radar Systems (now Northrup Grumman). Stayed a couple of years and retired for good. Joined the Lions Club and got involved in local government service. Mostly long range zoning planning. Founded a charitable foundation for the local Lions club, plus several others. Self taught C, C++ programmer. In Maryland when you turn 60 tuition is free in any state school. You still pay fees, etc. I went back to community college taking every trade school type course offered. Finished the HVAC apprentice program two years ago. I've have a wonderful career. Still learning though.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: Hunlock On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:42 pm

Chief Engineer for a Hilton Hotel....................................And no, I've never met Paris!
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire II

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:25 pm

Machinist here. Running a Mazak CNC right now. I hit the jackpot with this job in 2000. Not like the 3rd shift hot as blazes screw machines I was running while going to college. I have an Associate in Applied Sciences from the local community college. :D Most people don't realize they give degrees for that. Apart from that, I've been known to turn wrenches for extra money here and there or help a friend of mine do auto restorations. I'm not too good with the putting back together part but I'm excellent at the taking apart!
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:20 pm

Plumber as my father was and his father before him.Started to work with my dad when I was 6(summers and Sats).Worked a little with my gramps but he died when I was 14.Wish I had more time to pic gramps brain.
For laughs I race R/C cars.restore old tube stereos(Fishers.Macs and the like).used to garden a lot and will resume again when I have more time,yeah right!
Stove/Furnace Make: USS Hot blast
Stove/Furnace Model: 1557M

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: hugg On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:19 pm

I am a papermaker. I work for Procter & Gamble and make charmin tissue. I hope people dont stop using toilet paper :( and me lose my job. I wouldn't shake anybodys hand thats for sure..... :D
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman / Gibraltar
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum / CFS

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: topper On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:28 pm

I spend most of my time working with farmers and other landowners helping them with initial site assessments for developing their own (not large corporate) wind farms. Coal and wind power - I love them both.
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: mike On: Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:44 pm

Right out of high school i was accepted into the IBEW. I went threw there 5 year apprenticeship. Now I work for one of the bigger coal companies as a electrician/lineman. It's a great job first off I'm around anthracite all the time! Plus we have everything from PLCs to some (alot!) high voltage equipment that is pre WWII and voltages anywhere from 6 volts to 66,000 volts so I always am working on something different. Hell the biggest dragline in the Anthracite is at our site and that bad boy has 3 3,000 hp AC electric motors plus a crapload of smaller DC motors and generators. Plus I work at a deep mine as a laborer and I also am a tour guide at the No.9 mine in Tamaqua.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Gentleman Janitor GJ5
Stove/Furnace Model: Reading utility stove