I almost had a decent day... Well ... Almost .
( Please understand that my references to "lunatic" is more tongue in cheek than it may sound.
I was almost OK until about 1:30 when I got a raving call from a raving lunatic from work.
He wasn't making much sense and handed the phone off to to a service engineer working on the printing press.
That call just aggravated me, then the storm started to come over my way. I had been in the back yard with
my buddy from ormond beach and we were pumping veggie oil from 55 gallon drums in the back of his truck
and the weather started to look nasty.
Then the REAL Raving and Ranting Lunatic from work called in Sheer Panic... Ranting at me that I had to get there NOW.
This was at 1:50 pm. He wasn't making any sense... He kept saying the air compressor exploded all over the equipment room. His
Printing press was down, he couldn't get any work done and GET THERE NOW....PANIC PANIC PANIC.. Insanity.....
By the time I got into the house the storm started to get looking real close. I changed shirts, scrounged up a few tools
and headed out in the van. Directly into HELL falling from the skies... Blinding rain, lightning and more stupid drivers
out than imaginable. Zero visibility, I-4 Grinding down to 15 mph. Waves of water everywhere and lighting striking light
poles 10 seconds after I went past them...... The van became a boat a couple of times...
I get to the shop. and Sure enough this huge air compressor had commited suicide blowing bolts, bearings, springs
and all kinds of parts all the way out the door. I then get a 6'6" Ranting Lunatic and his Shop forman both ranting at
me that The press is down, the press is down, No air pressure, Ohhh... The sky is falling... what to do, what to do....
To top things off, They called a rental place and were having a diesel portable air compressor delivered.
The kind they use for construction work.... ( Real Whiz Kids here... )
The little building that the air compressor is located in was not built to let air get through to cool the machinery.
The monster compressor even after being off for an hour was probably still at 200 degrees and too hot to touch.
The air in the room with the door open was over 150 degrees.... So here I am sweating my *ss off about to pass out
trying to find enough stuff to hook up a second compressor that should have been hooked up but wasn't because
they didn't want to pay an electrician to run new wires for it. Cheap B*stards....
The wiring that was for another compressor that was replaced by the monster was not quite enough capacity
to handle the backup unit. I wired it up, hooked up an air line feed and went inside. Then I couldn't get enough
power to keep from blowing fuses which were too small. I went to Ace hardware and bought fuses....
Well all this time it's raining, I am limping as fast as I can. I get the fuses put in, Then the breaker 200 feet away
that feeds the fuses died on me. Keep in mind it's raining, the lights are flickering, The raving lunatics are following me
around. Here I am with the cover off this 3 foot tall electrical panel changing breakers. 3-phase 240 volts @ 300 amps
panel. One slip and I am toast...... The lunatics continued... I was told that my attitude towards the plant manager had
I said to him.... Leave me alone while I poke around in this HOT panel please...........DUH....
So I got a different breaker hooked up. flipped it on and the wires in the conduit buzzed really loud for a second....
The boss lunatic turned white as a sheet, looked up and then ducked... I just told him the compressor motor just
started up.....Put the cover on the panel and went back to the pressroom..... HEY We Got Air Pressure again...
I rewired one item in the shut-off panel and everything came back online.....well almost everything....
I had to readjust the air compressor for the right pressures and stuff.... Easy.. Just sweaty work in the dark
because the light bulb in the room is burned out.
Now the printing press doesn't want to work right... Geee that's why the Press guy was there already.. Not my problem...
From the time I got the call to the time I had air pressure rigged back up was 3 hours including travel.
Then the Rental Air compressor arrives......Yup, Its a trailer... Yup it starts and runs.... But it has all the wrong
air fittings on it. I aleady had the backup compressor running so they are hanging onto that in case they need it...
( I didn't tell them that it is not the right kind or that it would not work because it's a demand type unit that speeds
up as the need for air increases.. ) That aint gonna work !!! I give up....
They feel that since they pay me a pittance weekly to deal with the irritating stuff on call, That I should kill myself
when all Heck Breaks Loose... MY saying that I told you So is getting very Old....I tell them, They don't listen
because it would cost money, But hey throw away $2,000 an hour because you didn't want to spend $150 when
it was needed....Then complain at me about it... I don't get paid enough for this...
So How was Your Day.....