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Old 06-02-2011, 07:04 AM   #1076
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When does the freedom bird arrive?

I am supposed to be off of here Monday morning, but I have to go spend a day or two in Macae doing my annual physical and extending my Visa...

I am scheduled to depart Brazil Wednesday evening and be home late Thursday Morning...

Hopefully I get my upgrade for the flight home and can sleep and am rested up enough to go and pick Brandi up Thursday... My company still makes us ride in the back of the bus, but I have acquired enough miles that with a fee and trading in miles I can upgrade if there is space available. The fee is worth every penny to me...
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I got a little update from Corey,

He said that the transmission upgrade parts should be at the tranny builders Monday, and so it'll go together real quick, no problem there...

And, apparently there is something going on with my clutch, as the owner of the company ACT is taking a personal interest in it.... I'm happy so far with the customer service and concern... They told Corey they wanted to make sure it's right, and appear to be taking the necessary steps to insure it is... to ACT...

We'll get an update Monday as to what they are going to do with it...

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I scared the crap out the guy in the other lane in my one pass at the Fest... It was a hellishly loud bang... but it wasn't from the transmission, it was from the exhaust when I WAYYYYYyyyyyyy over reved it in second gear and blew flames out both pipes about fifteen feet long.... It was really really loud... Funny thing is he was ahead of me with his window up and still heard it really clearly...

I rolled out pretty easy in first, hit second, hammered it and immediately slammed into and beyond the rev limiter when the tires smoked up really bad... Short shifted into third, same thing but got out of it before I hit the rev limiter. I tried slipping the clutch a little but that wasn't working, (further driver mod needed) so I short shifted into 4th at about 75 mph, still spun them through the lights and went somewhere around 12.2 at 117... It was an awful run...

ooops, original question answer... Nope...


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Reason I asked, no clutch shift will really BANG if the gears aren't meshed.

Throw some quickrete bags in the trunk next time, prolly grenade the diff but the wheelie will be SO worth it!
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Reason I asked, no clutch shift will really BANG if the gears aren't meshed.

Throw some quickrete bags in the trunk next time, prolly grenade the diff but the wheelie will be SO worth it!
I gotta be careful with the diff, already have two people that have offered to buy it if I don't grenade it...

Pics, you want pics, you can't handle pics, cause deep down inside in places you dont talk about at parties...... you want to see pics, you need to see pics, [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

ok, here are some really random pics of a project I worked on a couple of weeks ago....

This is a pump system to provide hydraulics for a couple of sea chest valves...

These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...
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I gotta be careful with the diff, already have two people that have offered to buy it if I don't grenade it...

Pics, you want pics, you can't handle pics, cause deep down inside in places you dont talk about at parties...... you want to see pics, you need to see pics, [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

ok, here are some really random pics of a project I worked on a couple of weeks ago....

This is a pump system to provide hydraulics for a couple of sea chest valves...

These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...
haha, I read the whole post in the character you started with. LMAO

Wasn't the same the last half.

I LOVE to restore shit. Very nice job. So now they can go abuse it again.
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I gotta be careful with the diff, already have two people that have offered to buy it if I don't grenade it...

Pics, you want pics, you can't handle pics, cause deep down inside in places you dont talk about at parties...... you want to see pics, you need to see pics, [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

ok, here are some really random pics of a project I worked on a couple of weeks ago....

This is a pump system to provide hydraulics for a couple of sea chest valves...

These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...

Damn, I wish you were around for the rest of the Firebird's hardline. It took me forever to do stainless -3 lines for the brakes and -4 lines for the fire suppression system and some -8 and -10 for the fuel. My biggest problem was getting the -3 brake lines to not leak at high psi. I used a 37 degree flare to keep everything AN compliant. I had to add those little Earl's plumbing aluminum washers to make them seal. Stainless on stainless just never quite sealed for me.


So doing that hardline is an art and then some. Nice job R.
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The weather has turned to straight up doo doo out here. Appropriate since Doug crapped in here anyway...

We are currently experiencing Gale Force winds and the sea have continued to build throughout the day....

I took a few pictures to show the force of the weather... Bare in mind that these are takne from approximately 50 - 60 feet above the water line... There are 15-20 foot seas with occasional 25 and 30 footers rolling through... This is expected to continue to build through the night...

Anyone wanna go for a boat ride...

There are two boats below and as you can tell, the seas are rough... These are about 40 foot boats. The closest one is tied off to the rig and is approximately 110 yards off the rig... Despite this, and our height above the water, they occasionally disappear completely out of sight... For them to try to head in right now would be rough as it would be side seas for them the entire trip in... By tying off to the rig, they maintain some degree of stability and if gets too bad, they always have us to help them...

There have been offshore rigs worldwide that have helped in various ways to mariners in trouble... Safety Reps, (the rig medic) have launched in fast rescue craft, (Semi Rigid inflatable craft with a pump drive) and gone out to meet fishing boats with injured or severly sick persons, to bring them back to the rig for delivering them to a helicopter... One of these was offshore Australia... A guy was injured by some form of marine animal, and it was about a three hour boat ride out to meet the vessel he was on, and then the same ride back to the rig... The FRC was much faster than the boat the injured person was on... and no, other than a handheld GPS and a Compass, there is no navigation equipment on the FRC's.

We've had large work boats pull along side to transfer a sick or injured person via a crane man-lift basket to the rig for handoff to a helicopter... and we've taken on people and treated them on the rig as best as possible until weather and flight conditions or the seas allow for some form of transportation to a shore based facility... I'm still a certified Paramedic and was actually hired on by this company as a Safety Rep... but I transferred into Subsea as soon as I could, No Regrets...

Everyone helps everyone out here... We can't call 911... Well we can, but no help would arrive...
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Heres a couple of shots down through the moonpool area... Again, keep in mind that we are 35-40 feet above the water line here in the moonpool...

Ordinarily there is a slip joint located here but since the stack is on deck and we are not currently drilling, there is no need for it...

Unfortunately the pics do not portray the depth of field and therefore the height of these splashes... Some of them were almost up onto the deck... and I was getting quite wet from the spray coming off of them... In one of the shots, you see a hose hanging down through the image, this is a jumper hose for the Choke/Kill lines... It has a gooseneck at one end of it, and it is part of the well control system... This hose is rated for 10,000 PSI, and it has a 3.0" ID, and is around 6.5 to 7 inches OD... It's really big, and looks pretty puny in the image...
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haha, I read the whole post in the character you started with. LMAO

Wasn't the same the last half.

I LOVE to restore shit. Very nice job. So now they can go abuse it again.
Tinkering with stuff is my favorite pastime, and I love running tubing, especially small tedious jobs like this one... The long runs with few bends bore me to tears... give me a little one with lots of tight bends and hard to fit areas and I'm in heaven... It drives one driller and an Asst. Driller nuts... They'll stand there and watch me and when it's break time they want me to go to chop chop... (the galley and food) and I'll usually walk with them, smoke a cigarette in the designated smoking area, and head back to the shop while their still eating... They'll come back out 20 or so minutes later and find me with my MP3 player plugged in listening to New Age (Yanni) or Country (Trisha Yearwood) or Rock (38 Special, Van Halen, Bon Jovi) and having a ball, tuning the whole world out...

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So doing that hardline is an art and then some. Nice job R.
I'm not big on flare fittings, preferring compression (swage) fittings and my personal fav is Swagelok fittings. My supervisors in town would stroke the F out if they caught me using a compression washer... I'ld be looking for a job for sure...

We deal with up to 30,000 PSI fittings... Those come pre made for the most part, and I use only Swagelok with tubing going subsea... We also have parker compression fittings but I do not care for them at all... I'll use them for surface applications if I dont have the necessary Swagelok fittings for a specific purpose, but other than that... We make our own hoses with a Parkrimp machine, and subsea guys are the only ones on the rig that are supposed to make them, due to the variations in fittings and hose compatabilities... Too many hoses were blowing apart at the compression fittings and so....

To give you an idea about the problem with mismatched hoses and fittings, a rig may make as much as 500,000 per day... If they are in Ultra Deep water, over 6000 feet, and something happens to a hose, they may have to shut in the well, pull the stack, or at least the LMRP, and recover it to the surface... make the necessary repairs and run it back down... So, 10 minutes to make a 20 dollar hose, fittings and hose included, and it could cost the company literally millions of dollars in down time.... Plug the well if the bad hose is on the stack, rig up to pull the stack is a couple of days. Pulling the stack can take a couple of days, and making the repair takes ten minutes, (swap a hose) testing the function takes a while, and run the stack back down, a couple more days, relatch to the wellhead, test the entire stack... and then drill out the cement plugs... Your looking at a week minimum... 3.5 million, maybe two weeks, 7 mil... It's a problem... we don't take it lightly...
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These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...
Ok smarta$$ I was gonna compliment your bending skillz but I think I see a kink in one

How do you paint anything? Can't paint over rust but I'm betcha you can watch bare metal oxidize right before your eyes out there
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The weather has turned to straight up doo doo out here. Appropriate since Doug crapped in here anyway...


Yeah...the first couple pix of the waves and I"m like....that don't look bad. Then I see the next one and I'm like, "where'd the boat go?"

Oh...there it is...
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Ok smarta$$ I was gonna compliment your bending skillz but I think I see a kink in one

How do you paint anything? Can't paint over rust but I'm betcha you can watch bare metal oxidize right before your eyes out there
We use a thick nap roller...


Actually, we use a needle gun and buffers and take the metal pretty much down to bare metal... What rust coating remains is treated with a compound that converts the rust to a form of primer. We then prime it, seal coat it and then apply the color. It takes time and we loose mil thickness.... While it didn't apply to this pump assembly, there are some pieces we have to be strategic with what gets painted or it wont go back together... A production riser hanger is one example... If you paint the steel pins and hinge locations, the areas that rust the worst, then the dang thing wont go back together... So, we clean it as best we can, wipe it down with paint thinner and grease the hell out of it....

We paint pretty much anything that doesn't move, including the occasional roustabout....

Roustabouts are entry level employees, (they chase the big yellow ball hanging from the crane) and there are a world of funny stories about them... Notable ones earn a life long nickname during this time... Tie Wrap is one that comes to mind... He had never seen a tie wrap when he first came offshore...He was playing with one and cinched it down on his finger... tightly... He thought there was a release... He had to go to the rig medic who used a ring cutter to get it off... Nope, no release, and he is known pretty much only as tie wrap now... You can call the office and ask where tie wrap is working and they'll 1.) know who you're talking about, and 2.) probably know which rig he is on...

We had a roustabout on a rig I worked on a few years ago that loved to lean on handrails... It mattered not where on the rig he was, he could manage to find a rail to lean on... (loved to watch work being performed)

The people that work out here are for the most part, a "little touched" and are very non-tolerant of laziness... So, I had seen this trend of laziness and decided to fix it...

I got two scrub brushes and cut slits in them so a belt would slide through it... I drilled holes and after slipping the belt in to them, I bolted the brushes in place so they would stay in front of the bearer... I added some suspenders, and presented it to the hand rail fixture... His crane operator (supervisor) watched the proceedings... I told him if he was going to lean on the rails all the time, he could at least be scrubbing them while doing so... He had to wear it the rest of his tour, (pronounced tower, cajun translation) including to dinner... He got the message and actually turned into a great employee...

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Yeah...the first couple pix of the waves and I"m like....that don't look bad. Then I see the next one and I'm like, "where'd the boat go?"

Oh...there it is...
I wish I could get and post video of it... As I type this, the worst of it has moved through for now... Now it's just dang cold and the wind is still blowing rain horizontally when the squalls move through... We are hoping the flight that couldn't land yesterday for part of the national crew change makes it today or tomorrows flights will be further backed up, making it tough for us to get off the rig...
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Looks like a dangerous place to work...Do ya'll watch "Deadliest Catch" video's and call em' pansies?

.... So... Robert.... What's your nickname?
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Those are some serious seas Robert. It is always so hard to get a sense of just how powerful the ocean is. Crazy stuff. Maybe someday (when it becomes public) you can see some of the stuff we are working on that allows unmanned vessels to operate in any sea state. People such as yourself that are familiar with open water really appreciate it.

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.... So... Robert.... What's your nickname?
It's only dangerous if you let it be... We pay attention all the time to our surroundings... We have to... Military pilots call it situational awareness, and if you don't have it when you first come out here, you soon develope it, for yourself and others as well...

we constantly look out for others to make sure their focus on a task doesn't cause them tunnel vision and get them in trouble...

Happy Feet... :(

I have a healthy dose of self imposed chicken factor...

When I was working in Mexico, we were suffering a really bad storm and it was decided that we were going to disconnect the completion conduit and testing hoses running down into the hole... There were some chicksan lines that had to be disconnected... This is hard to explain and probably harder to follow if you don't know the equipment and lingo, but I'll try...

A chicksan is a high pressure pipe with a hammer union swivel on each end... we use them to run from say the Choke/Kill manifold to a cement head on the drill string... the pipe going down into the hole...

The pipe going into the hole is held by the elevators, which are held by lifting bails... Think of a dog bone 15-20 feet long, solid steel with a hole at each end... they weigh several thousand lbs each...

so, the roughnecks were hiding behind the draw works since the chicksans were clattering from flat on the deck to fully extended as the rig was heaving up and down...

The driller and asst driller were trying to hammer the union loose, with a 16 lb sledge hammer, and since they were at risk of getting hit by the chicksans, I got a rope and lassoed the chicksans and was holding them back from the Driller and AD, and warning them when the pipes were coming back down so they could move...

Well, about this time the olmstead valve on the drill string compensator locked and so the top drive and stuff were no longer heaving with the rig... The elevators hit the drill floor, the bails started leaning out to the side,, the chains on the link tilt broke, and by the time the rig heaved the other way, the bails were close enough to me I could have tiptoed and kissed them... Yup, my feet were going 90 to nothing, but I wasn't going anywhere... I wanted to, but I was still trying to keep the chicksans off the driller and AD... hence... Happy Feet...Most of the guiys on this rig dont know that though... the AD does, he was over on the other rig when this happened... he was off tour but on the rig...
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Those are some serious seas Robert. It is always so hard to get a sense of just how powerful the ocean is. Crazy stuff. Maybe someday (when it becomes public) you can see some of the stuff we are working on that allows unmanned vessels to operate in any sea state. People such as yourself that are familiar with open water really appreciate it.

Very cool pics.
AUV's, or UAV's depending on the company that designs them...???

I've worked on one or two in the past...
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..... we use a needle gun and buffers and take the metal pretty much down to bare metal... ...
OMG... totally having flash backs... One of the very worst experiences of my life...

As a Helo crewman/SAR guy... ship's company hated us... we got head of the line during flight ops, wore flight suits, had time to work out (mandatory), worked behind closed doors due the the classified stuff related to our jobs...

One time when I was pretty junior, (met the ship while they were already on cruise). I accidentally called a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate, "Chief" while in my flight suit headed back to the shop...

I ended up going TAD for a week to the Foc'sle (Forecastle) and working for him....

needle guns, buffers, strippers, nappy rollers with paint the consistency of Jello... brasso... I've always been a hard worker. worked a few miserable jobs as a young man before I joined the Navy... But damn man, that sucked... I earned the BMCS's respect, he didn't think I'd last the week... but I would have rather he hated me than have to go through that week again....

Sorry I keep hijacking your thread... but you just keep reminding me of my time at sea.



I used to love to get up early and go to the Fan Tail (most aft part of the ship) and watch the water churn behind us... it's weird... you can't hear anything but the water churning... No ship noise, no wind no engine noise, not even flight deck noise... it's like the churning water just Nulls every other sound out...

I also used to love going to the cat walks and looking at the different colors the ocean would turn... Some days it would be black like black marble.. so black it wouldn't reflect anything.. other days it would be green or so blue you'd swear you can see 7 miles deep.... And everything in between... The ocean has many personalities...

The first time I saw a wave spray over the bow of the aircraft carrier 70' up..
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I had a friend in the navy way back when... He is quite a bit older than I am... He served on the Kitty Hawk... Went on a West Pac to Yankee Station, you probably know when... He said the stopped in Pearl to rep up, and then headed to Yankee Station... Enroute they ran into a typhoon... Had the Port Fwd elevator down for some reason and a wave took it off... completely... the Captain got relieved... He said at one point in the storm the destroyer escorts would literally submarine, come up shaking like a dog and do it at the next wave... He said that out of 3000+ men, 2500 were huddled a-mid'ships trying to minimize the pitch effects on themselves...
he didn't realize how big the seas were unitl they had two feet of blue water run all the way down the deck... He said they crested one wave, buried the bull horns in the next wave and when the bow came up,, it brought literally tons of water and it ran the length of the deck... spilling off the side the whole way... Now I have to take this friend with a grain of salt, but working out here, I came to realize just how big the seas can get... so...

I'm amazed how big the seas can get and how quickly it can happen... Slick calm now and four or five hours later your looking for some relief...
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:31 PM   #1097
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The first time I saw a wave spray over the bow of the aircraft carrier 70' up..
Holy *hit............ Serious? How big were those freaking waves? Damn.
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Cool stories... Why did he get pist at you calling him Chief?

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Hi-jack away...

I had a friend in the navy way back when... He is quite a bit older than I am... He served on the Kitty Hawk... Went on a West Pac to Yankee Station, you probably know when... He said the stopped in Pearl to rep up, and then headed to Yankee Station... Enroute they ran into a typhoon... Had the Port Fwd elevator down for some reason and a wave took it off... completely... the Captain got relieved... He said at one point in the storm the destroyer escorts would literally submarine, come up shaking like a dog and do it at the next wave... He said that out of 3000+ men, 2500 were huddled a-mid'ships trying to minimize the pitch effects on themselves...
he didn't realize how big the seas were unitl they had two feet of blue water run all the way down the deck... He said they crested one wave, buried the bull horns in the next wave and when the bow came up,, it brought literally tons of water and it ran the length of the deck... spilling off the side the whole way... Now I have to take this friend with a grain of salt, but working out here, I came to realize just how big the seas can get... so...

I'm amazed how big the seas can get and how quickly it can happen... Slick calm now and four or five hours later your looking for some relief...
That story about the Kitty Hawk is pretty well known... I don't think people understand how big an elevator is on the carrier... Like big enough for 2 F14 or F18s to fit side by side not opposing.....

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Holy *hit............ Serious? How big were those freaking waves? Damn.
Not necessarily 70 feet but when the carrier is pitching the flight deck can be as low as 30 ish feet above water... So you more plow through the next wave... But I can tell you this... We been crossing the Indian Ocean... and when you are sitting in the Galley on a ship the size of an Aircraft Carrier and your food is launched off the table cut the wave hits the bow so hard it's like she ran aground... That will rattle any one's cage...

I've been flying looking for good weather.... Literally, they'd send the helo's out to try and get above the clouds and look for clear weather to run flight ops... and just as we lifted off the flight deck the destroyer next to us literally disappeared.. I mean GONE... underwater... I thought for sure I was gonna have to rescue someone in that weather... but I'll be dammed if she didn't just breach the other side and shake it of like a dog getting out of a pond. I was astounded...



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Cool stories... Why did he get pist at you calling him Chief?

Chris, thanks for your service, and Robert, thanks for your gas

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Well surface guys are pretty anal about their actual rank..
Chief, Senior Chief, and Master Chiefs all wear different rank insignia...

And since I was an airdale on board ship, junior airdale on board ship, who called him by the wrong rank.... (You really only call Chiefs "Chief" Senior Chiefs "Senior" and Master Chiefs... "Master Chief"... Or CMC but only if they are the "Command Master Chief")..... He decided I was gonna be the example...

so to call a Senior Chief just "Chief" is robing him of one rank... and the fact that I was an "Air Wing" guy didn't help much...

And you are very welcome.. I'd be glad to paddle that creek with you guys should the need arise.
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Chris, thanks for your service, and Robert, thanks for your gas

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