What's Your View II

Threadcutter308

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I'll bet you $100.00 that an electric motor caught on fire in the collector. I spent 25 years in the motor drive industry and it was very common to see cast iron motors in sawmills with the cooling fins so clogged and caked with sawdust that you couldn't even see them. If they have to, they'll just dump the chips on the ground. They don't want to do that for very long though. Depending on market conditions, sometimes the chips bring in more money than the lumber.

This is a dimensional lumber mill. If it had been a plywood/veneer mill, you'd be looking at nothing more than concrete foundation by now. If the veneer catches on fire in the dryers, poof ! up she goes !
 

1J04

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Wonder why my guy said Planer Mill. His BIL is there. Weird. But ya, should be good to go. Lycly.
 

Mooseknuckles

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Wonder why my guy said Planer Mill. His BIL is there. Weird. But ya, should be good to go. Lycly.
Could be in the planner mill side of the mill?
I talked to a couple old timers around here and years back that same saw dust bin exploded. Kinda like a grain silo affect.
 
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Planers are downstream from the "Chip n Saw" and the saws that cut to semi-rough dimensions. They first go through the Chip n Saws (some know them as "double length infeeds") which is where they take the de-barked logs, scan them, computer optimize the cuts and run them horizontally through a system of chippers and bandmills to square up the logs and cut to rough dimensions. Then, they go through another set of saws that cut to semi-rough dimensions, then onto the planers for final dimensioning. All of those saws create chips. With technology, the feed speeds are carefully calculated/adjusted to optimize chip size. Pulp/paper mills pay a premium for consistent sized chips. There really isn't any waste that comes from lumber mills anymore, everything gets used/is worth money.
 
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powdahound76

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Dang.
I heard a grain bit blow once from 8 blocks away, inside the house.
We lived in a small town with a couple big grain elevators.
One bin about 1/2 full of corn popped one night. Blew the train beside it way off the tracks.

The bin was 120 foot diameter with about 40 foot vertical walls and then a significant sloped top.
We went and used the cement base to skate and ride bikes after it was cleaned up and before the new one was put in.
 

armorpl8chikn

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Wait till you hit 50, whippersnapper........the wheels start falling off a lot more frequently. You’ll end up looking forward to nice restful stays in the hospital, complete with demerol hits.
That's truth right there. I'm having a bad night. One day I feel like I want to put off my neck surgery. Nights like tonight, the sooner the better. Can't even stand to wear my hat tonight, and here I am hobbling around a fargin belt filter press trying to train my new crew.

Don't think I mentioned that this week. Got back from the keys, my fellow Lead operator, started texting me about AR pistol building, which was...."unusual behavior".
I asked him what was really going on. He told me to check my company email. At that point it became clear what he was up to. Everyone knows the quickest way to get cussed the F out, is to contact me about "work" when I am officially on vacation.
Long story short they played musical chairs with my 5 person crew while I was gone. I now have 4, one so green he's shitting yellow, and the one person I needed rid of, I still have!

I threw a Butch from Pulp Fiction "fuck fit". I told my boss if she was still my problem in February, she would be someone else's problem, it's nearly June. This is the first time in my life, I haven't carried through my threat.

Tomorrow is my first staff meeting since the 24th of April. I know staff changes are coming, but I'm going to let my boss know he still isn't off the hook. He fucking "asked" her if she wanted to move to day shift. You don't ask an employee that has been wrote up, and resides on permanent probation, a single fucking thing you TELL them.

I'm hurting, I'm stressed. I'm pissed. I'm tired.
The morning meeting is gonna be sporty if I don't get some damn good answers to some pointed questions.

I hate being stretched over a barrel because I'm in a compromising position.
 

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Hey Gramps, you know we dont really use Demerol “hits” any more except for post-op shivering and you wouldnt be with it enough to enjoy it.

Have fun being old. Better than the alternative.
Seems you have a pretty good gig and enjoy a lot of good times with your special lady.
Hah! That’s exactly what happened to me (P/O shivering). And yes, it was quite enjoyable. It’s a good thing it’s virtually impossible for one to get their hands on it......

Oh, been meaning to mention to you that it looks like you’ve got the family/future wife program dialed in quite nicely ! Congrats, you’re on the right track ! ;):cool::cool::cool:
 

powdahound76

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I hate pain meds. Hate em.
Years back I busted my leg back country skiing. Over 3 miles from the car. On the way out (skiing) took a couple old expired 5mg Oxycodone tabs from a ski injury (smashed face) 2-3 yrs prior, figuring it might hurt a lot and between that and not being able to call for help until at car that it would be a while until I got to the hospital (took 6-7 hrs).
My world was spinning so bad it wasnt worth it.
Pain before wasnt fun but I could deal with it.
Took no more after that. Just motrin and beers.

ETA: had to wait at the car for help to drive to ER because I had a manual transmission and the fx was in my boot. I did not think I could get the boot off myself without displacing the fracture a lot.
Fun stuff! 😁
 
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Threadcutter308

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I hate pain meds. Hate em.
Years back I busted my leg back country skiing. Over 3 miles from the car. On the way out (skiing) took a couple old expired 5mg Oxycodone tabs from a ski injury (smashed face) 2-3 yrs prior, figuring it might hurt a lot and between that and not being able to call for help until at car that it would be a while until I got to the hospital (took 6-7 hrs).
My world was spinning so bad it wasnt worth it.
Pain before wasnt fun but I could deal with it.
Took no more after that. Just motrin and beers.
I agree with you when it comes to Oxy, Hydro and Dilaudid.......Not enough upside and plenty of downside.
 

powdahound76

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Good looking CZ there buddy!


Really though, Congratulations to both of you and celebrate the joys and for both of you being committed to the work it takes.
That rock seems a bit small for 25 years of dealing with any Hide guy..... 🤣

Girls want jewels. We want ammo and, well ya know......

Here is to 25 more!
 

armorpl8chikn

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My view? My view. My VIEW.
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Is not good. Made my pre shift inspections, been sitting here for 20 minutes contemplating seeing if this tank really will take me 407 miles in any fargin direction away from here.

Yeah.....that staff meeting was a doozy. My boss used a buzzword that he had been warned numerous times, was grating on my last nerve. He had the audacity to suggest I "put my foot" in miss Trouble's back......


It. Was. On. Very sporty.
I advised him that I had already put her head in the "Lion's mouth" 3 times, and HE(my boss) had NOT had my back. The last time HR had literally said "what are we doing here? Why aren't we firing her?" He crawfished then as well.
Didn't hardly sleep at all today. I'm still seething. I think I'll wait on him in the morning and Duke it out with him(not physically, but I'm sure I could take him). I ain't done speaking my mind, and a phone call is NOT how I handle situations like this.

My nerves are shot, on top of my physical ailments. I'm a mess.
 

Threadcutter308

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My view? My view. My VIEW.
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Is not good. Made my pre shift inspections, been sitting here for 20 minutes contemplating seeing if this tank really will take me 407 miles in any fargin direction away from here.

Yeah.....that staff meeting was a doozy. My boss used a buzzword that he had been warned numerous times, was grating on my last nerve. He had the audacity to suggest I "put my foot" in miss Trouble's back......


It. Was. On. Very sporty.
I advised him that I had already put her head in the "Lion's mouth" 3 times, and HE(my boss) had NOT had my back. The last time HR had literally said "what are we doing here? Why aren't we firing her?" He crawfished then as well.
Didn't hardly sleep at all today. I'm still seething. I think I'll wait on him in the morning and Duke it out with him(not physically, but I'm sure I could take him). I ain't done speaking my mind, and a phone call is NOT how I handle situations like this.

My nerves are shot, on top of my physical ailments. I'm a mess.
Beware of fighting and losing the good fight to a dirtbag. Principles mean very little in business anymore. I'd ask if your principles are worth more than your job, but I already know your answer. That's good.

Take care of yourself and your family first. Don't fall prey to the dirtbags.
(y)(y)(y)
 

Mike Casselton

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Back quite a few years ago I worked for an ammo manufacturer as the production mgr.
My boss didn't like firing people and asked me to do it for him.
I told him I would do it since he was such a chicken shit (my actual words to him).

I also told him if I fired that guy, I would have hiring/firing rights.
In seven months I got rid of five people he hired.
Only one guy I hired went down the road. Not because of his work ethic or quality, just due to him extending a leave of absence for over an extra 30 days without contacting us.

If you have permission to send her down the road, exercise your rights and don't consult him. Just keep good documentation of the issues you've had with her.
 

armorpl8chikn

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I'd ask if your principles are worth more than your job, but I already know your answer. That's good.
The ONLY thing keeping me from calling in a "retirement" strike, first thing in the morning is my need for neck surgery.
I stopped by HR on my way out this AM. I needed to check on these medical bills to make sure they were legit( oh yeah...they are, thanks Obama).

In an "oh by the way manner" I asked our benefits rep: "So to retire, I gotta submit my papers 3 months in advance?"
"You have 30 years in the state system?"
"Yep."
"You can call me tomorrow morning and tell me you retire today, and you'll get your check in about a month."
😈
 

tnichols

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I’m gone literally 26 hours (gotta pay the bills ya know) and in my absence the Grackles called all their deadbeat relatives and said come on over. I get home this afternoon at 1500 and within 30 minutes this is my take from the kitchen window and deck slider. Good barricade type practice.
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I took a “live” photo out my kitchen window, but it doesn’t post with the movement of the photo.

This is a rooster pheasant outside my kitchen window magnified with Binos.

Not as cool as a bear, but I love when wild life comes in close to the house. Except skunks. And snakes. I don’t like skunks, and I hate snakes.