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  •  OMG. Glad I am making my own catsup. So cool (7+ / 0-)

    about being lighter then the tare weight. Bet that made your eyebrows rise???

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:50:32 PM PST

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    •  Actually, it kinda PO'd me... (7+ / 0-)

      Everything about working at that GE plant sucked - odd production schedules, tiny vents we needed to sample with flow rates so low we could not measure directly (one time we put a 55 gallon bag over a vent and times how long it took to inflate in leiu of an actually impact pressure).  I had no illusions this gig across the street would be any better...

      And in the field it was horrible.  After one test I had to do a leak check and had a state regulator watching it.  Something got into one of the orifices in our dry gas meter, and the needle was going backwards at times.  The regulator's comment was something like "that's not normal"...and that test was not up to standards, but fortunately the emissions were so low it made no sense to re-do the test.  I did have to spend several days of intense data reduction to try and see what went wrong, along with having to completely dissasemble the gas meter to clean it (which led to another fun story about having to acquire a rebuild kit for the gas meter - that raised red flags with the manufacturer, since most of their meters are used in gas lines, and they were worried I was trying to steal natural gas...)

      In the lab we already knew that this material was difficult to handle, so were anticipating needing the anti static gun for it.  We were quite surprised how long it did take to get rid of all the static, however.  Initially the lab manager thought it would take 2 or 3 zaps...

      Fun job, but I'm happier working in an office all the time now, as well as not having to travel much.  But the job did expose me to a lot of different industrial environments, which usually had some fascinating aspect.  And it was and odd combination of duties - one day I might be setting up and running a pollution dispersion model, or doing some sort of chemistry at the lab bench, on other days I might be climbing a 100 foot stack in 5 degree weather and collecting samples for 8 hours alone in the crows nest near the top of the stack...

      •  I am envious. I worked medical labs, water labs (0+ / 0-)

        and wastewater labs. The work at times was mind numbingly boring repetitions. Especially medical labs. It seemed that 99% of test results were all in the normals range. Terrible to wish for exciting results. I can especially remember doing a test on the outflow from a wastewater plant that was always near zero (we were told it should ALWAYS be zero... though I was enuff of a rebel to say if I got a no-zero I would record it). Wish I had went for your line... Did try for a refinery lab job, aced thier test but they thought I was too feminine to climb the tanks... Now that I think of it I tried for a resin plant lab job and they told me sorry but...(I just realized like 30 years later...it wasn't me it was the guys working the plant. Wow).

        I loved field work. Once while collecting samples of water from selected sources around town I saw some evil slimy electric green water at the railroad yard and collected it for fun... I ran BOD and COD just to start... It was off the charts... so I let the lab sup know and he let me run with it ( I always documented samples and times of collection in my personal lab diary)....anyway the longshot is that they found that they were using a very toxic chem on the trains wheels (so to speak) and letting it run into the storm drain system which depending on the city either goes to the plant (like a diluent) or straight into surface waters...BAD boys had to pay a fine and desist.

        I loved working labs.

        Fear is the Mind Killer...

        by boophus on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:51:57 AM PST

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