It's about time.

Many of you can relate to Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Accomplishments, Reschedules and Belated Celebration.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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Being Saturday my starting time wasn’t until 8:00 and the door at the Plant mysteriously flew open with just minutes to spare. Calling out my typical “Morning” greeting when I retrieved the Compound Key would be the only word I would hear from Paul the entire morning.

Even with the best laid plans most fall to the wayside. I started by applying the PCV Glue to the Balancing Tube telling the operator not to totally fill the Tanks today so the it would cure. By 2:00 they forgot my instructions so we’ll try again next weekend.

The next job should have been replacing the constantly Dripping Valve. We were just about to crack the line when we checked the Hose next to it only to find it still fully energized. We searched for the shut-off but found no way of turning it off. Considering the Plant was built over Ninety Years ago it would be easy to understand but the Paint-Line was only installed Thirty Years ago. Another job to the wayside.

We went upstairs on the Mezzanine to the Compressor/Air Dryer Project. With all my planning it only took Forty-Five Minutes to break loose the old piping and connect the Air Dryer. Other then anchoring the Unit and adding Braces to support the Pipes it is now usable.

We started unfastening the Spool Piping and Anchors on the Station One Pump. This unit had layers of Cardboard and Tape to stop it from wetting the nearby Line Workers. With Ivan on the Forklift sporting the Fully Extended Lifting Boom we soon had the Pump on the High Sawhorses. It took both of us nearly Fifteen Minutes of scraping the Gunk off that had built up over the years just get to the Fittings we needed to replace.

While we were doing that Saad was cleaning out the Tank where we had just taken the Pump from only to discover the Automatic Filling Device down in the bottom. The Fitting it was mounted to had broken off so it was in effect constantly filling the Tank which would cause the waste of a lot of Fresh Water.

After getting both repairs made we only took a Fifteen Minute Lunch before returning to reinstall the Pump itself. The Spool with its Four Connections went in easier then it came out. Probably since it was cleaner. I had the Pump rewired by 2:15.

I had Ivan bringing Tools back to the Compound while I closed up the Job. I was surprised to find him cleaning the Gunk off the Tools when I returned which something that many fail to do. He went to start shutting Lights while I started packing up to leave. He came back telling me about needing to adjust the Automatic Filling Device because it wasn’t filling the Tank with enough Water. It’s amazing how a Four Foot Pipe Wrench made that a quick chore. Paul showed up just then and was surprised we had finished the job so quickly. We reported on the other jobs but he continued to insist there are Shut-Off Valves where neither of us could find one.

I had the Truck loaded and punched out by 3:00 because we had something special to celebrate today. After taking a shower we were on our way to our daughter-in-law’s home in Essex by 3:40. Yesterday Kathy helped our Dear Friend Vera celebrate her Birthday early. This afternoon we were all gathered to celebrate our grandson Conner’s belated Birthday.

It felt good seeing everyone knowing that we had all been vaccinated and could breathe easy. It seemed just like yesterday when we were first introduced to Conner but now Sixteen Years later he has grown into a fine young man. When the Coronavirus shut things down here in Ontario including Cadet Training so he let his Hair grow just to see how long it could get. With things opening up he’ll be visiting a Barber soon. We visited with everyone but headed for home around 8:00.

Conner dancing to Metalica with Jack in the Background.

The Weather Network showed our high temperature today felt like 48 F (9 C) with near Freezing Temperatures overnight. Fall has definitely arrived.

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It’s about time.


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1 comment:

  1. my goodness, was anyone doing all that maintenance before you joined that company? Seems like a lot of stuff slipped between the cracks over time