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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,878
    Now? Or before I retired 17 years ago? Before I retired, professional (Civil) engineer. A few other things before that. Now? Lay brother of the Order of Saint Benedict.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Intplm.CLamb
  • GroundUp
    GroundUp Member Posts: 1,862
    15 years as a union pipefitter and buying up rental properties while doing residential radiant heating on the side. "Retired" 2 years ago from the pipefitter gig but apparently I have a hard time saying no to the residential work so I work a couple days per week doing boiler installs and a little service to stay occupied. Got my accounting degree a few years ago thinking I wanted to be a CPA but haven't put it to use. My dad is going to retire soon so I'll have someone to hang out with, I'm sure we can get into some sort of trouble.
    EdTheHeaterManAlan (California Radiant) ForbesIntplm.
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,477
    HVAC self employed most of my life. Worked for others for some short times (2 years max) as a salesman for HVAC residential HVAC Contractor(s), and worked at a plumbing supply company. But most of the time I worked hands on with tools. I specialized in oil heat and hydronics. while most of the competitions in South Jersey went with schorched air and central air conditioning. The few Plumbing and Heating guys that installed boilers knew little about steam boilers and nothing about oil burners, so I had lots of referrals from my competition and we worked well together.
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
    Intplm.
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,477

    Now? Or before I retired 17 years ago? Before I retired, professional (Civil) engineer. A few other things before that. Now? Lay brother of the Order of Saint Benedict.

    He also likes to name the boilers he has charge of. Like "Cedric". I hear he gets a little steamed up about it!
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
    Alan (California Radiant) ForbesIntplm.PeteACLamb
  • old_diy_guy
    old_diy_guy Member Posts: 11
    I'm retired now, but 55 years ago I started working as an oil burner tech. After a few years I decided it wasn't for me and I became an accountant for 45 years.
    Intplm.
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 878
    Me, nothing spectacular, after high school I worked at PPG, then the U S Navy, 6 years in residential HVAC, 35 years commercial and industrial steam and hot water boilers, worked on nat gas, propane, hard and soft coal, #1, #2, #6 fuel oil and a few sewer gas burners. installing and service of almost all the equipment in a boiler room, Retired in 2007. I wish I could go back and do it all over again. Loved the work loved the job and the pay was pretty good.
    Intplm.Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,601
    I spent a decade or so as a commercial sparktrician before I came over to HVAC. Just starting into my second decade of it, but I just do the fun parts (controls, piping, etc.), not the tinning side of things.
    Intplm.
  • ScottSecor
    ScottSecor Member Posts: 839
    Wet heat contractor
    Intplm.kcoppSuperTech
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,477

    Wet heat contractor

    I will send you some towels, You should stay out of the rain. Or perhaps you can repair all those boiler leaks. Then you can stay dry and still work on boilers.
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
    ScottSecorGGrossIntplm.
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,691
    edited December 2023
    Designer/Draftsman for BGE power company in Baltimore (7 years) and now a Mechanical Designer of industrial HVAC and Refrigeration equipment (17 years).
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    Intplm.Hot_water_fan
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,574
    I was a programmer/IT Director at an aluminum door manufacturer in Michigan for 17 years then I moved to the NYC area to develop iPhone apps (NYTimes Reader and Crossword apps, Meetup, and Priceline you might have used). Now I work at Apple on these apps: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/

    I do have mobile repair tech cred as a photocopier technician in 1993. Personal car full of copier parts :sweat_smile:
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
    Intplm.Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,788
    Licensed Master Plumber/Heating Licensed Tech.
    Now Semi-retired.
    -Trade school instructor.
    -Specializing in commercial, industrial, and residential installations and services both union and non-union.
    Over forty years of experience.
    -Numerous repetitive motion injuries, (nothing too serious that my orthopedic surgeon couldn't handle. We are on a first-name basis,) put me in the semi-retired category.
    Now I work less. Pick and choose what I will or will not do.
  • dko
    dko Member Posts: 549
    edited December 2023

    . Now I work at Apple on these apps: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/

    fcp native auto captions???


    as for me, I run a supply house. but aim to be informed and knowledgeable about things I sell.
    STEVEusaPAZmanHVACNUT
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,574
    edited December 2023
    fcp native auto captions???

    :smiley: I can't speak about any non-existing features
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 21,793
    Seems like an odd first question?
    What does  a highrollar do for a living?😉
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    DanHolohanEdTheHeaterManrealliveplumber
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,574
    edited December 2023
    Especially a high roller 420 :sweat_smile:

    Probably looking for password phishing clues LOL
    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
    GGrossEdTheHeaterMan
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 21,793

    Especially a high roller 420 :sweat_smile:

    Probably looking for password phishing clues LOL

    rollar with an a
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    ethicalpaul
  • dko
    dko Member Posts: 549
    surprised it's not actually in the English dictionary
  • CLamb
    CLamb Member Posts: 258
    I'm retired as a developer of computer graphics systems although I still take on jobs here and there and am still a member of one standards committee.
    Mad Dog_2
  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 869
    edited December 2023
    I'm a retired project manager for a large architecture and engineering firm, where I specialized in energy efficiency and renovations of existing mechanical and electrical systems.

    I am ASHRAE certified in HVAC design and have been fascinated by oil and gas burners, furnaces and especially boilers for as long as I can remember. Especially the older ones.

    Bburd
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,477

    I was a programmer/IT Director at an aluminum door manufacturer in Michigan for 17 years then I moved to the NYC area to develop iPhone apps (NYTimes Reader and Crossword apps, Meetup, and Priceline you might have used). Now I work at Apple on these apps: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/

    I do have mobile repair tech cred as a photocopier technician in 1993. Personal car full of copier parts :sweat_smile:

    No wonder you are so good at Steam Heat Videos
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
    ethicalpaul
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,878
    Before someone wonders... I do also have a couple of university degrees... and served my country many years ago... but i got my PE license the old fashioned hard way, starting as a labourer... Not much heavy equipment, except cranes, I haven't operated at one time or another. Building inspector... some surveying... some computer programing... but that's all behind me now.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Intplm.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,433
    Before someone wonders... I do also have a couple of university degrees... and served my country many years ago... but i got my PE license the old fashioned hard way, starting as a labourer... Not much heavy equipment, except cranes, I haven't operated at one time or another. Building inspector... some surveying... some computer programing... but that's all behind me now.
    Was that with punch cards or patch cables?  
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
    ratioCLambEdTheHeaterMan
  • pedmec
    pedmec Member Posts: 907
    Master plumber/HVAC. Master plumber who doesn't really like plumbing so much. spend 99% percent of my time working on all kinds of steam. hot water, and air. Mostly commercial now but used to do mostly residential when the gas company was giving away free boilers as part of their oil to gas conversion program. Now most servicing and installing one million and up condensing boilers.
  • PeteA
    PeteA Member Posts: 169
    edited December 2023
    Just finished 35 years various duties- helper, Mechanic A, splicer then supervisor working in electrical construction for utility in NYC
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,878
    Punch cards mostly, @ChrisJ , though I did have access to a line printer for outputs from the general circulation (climate) model I wrote. Also punched paper tape. Banks of big tape drives... I did have in later work a program I wrote for a Commodore 64 which allowed me to type in programs to the CDC 6600 control computer I was using at the time, though, and the CDC in turn controlled the Crays out in Colorado... all programming was in Fortran.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    GGrossethicalpaulIntplm.CLamb
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,601
    I remember punch cards, but my first foray into programming at a higher education institute was thankfully on terminals. Still frustrating, because the FORTRAN compiler was buggy.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,878
    Some of the early compilers for Fortran were buggy. The first one I used, for an IBM 7094, had some glitches in it I remember (vaguely!). The last one I played with, a Vector Fortran 7V compiler for the big Crays at NOAA, though, was almost incredible. But all that was 40 to 60 years ago. My old programs which used to take half a day to run on a Cray have, I've been told, been recompiled to run on some of the new graphics chips -- and can do in 10 minutes what used to take 10 hours, or the input can be redone for finer detail (very desirable!) without literally taking all day to run.

    Fortran remains the language of choice for really gnarly number crunching -- but input and output has always been difficult, at least until you get the hang of it -- and "WYSIWYG" or graphics interfaces for the consumer are certainly not its thing!
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,433

    Some of the early compilers for Fortran were buggy. The first one I used, for an IBM 7094, had some glitches in it I remember (vaguely!). The last one I played with, a Vector Fortran 7V compiler for the big Crays at NOAA, though, was almost incredible. But all that was 40 to 60 years ago. My old programs which used to take half a day to run on a Cray have, I've been told, been recompiled to run on some of the new graphics chips -- and can do in 10 minutes what used to take 10 hours, or the input can be redone for finer detail (very desirable!) without literally taking all day to run.

    Fortran remains the language of choice for really gnarly number crunching -- but input and output has always been difficult, at least until you get the hang of it -- and "WYSIWYG" or graphics interfaces for the consumer are certainly not its thing!

    Since this thread seems hokey anyway......


    What about magnetic core memory? Any experience?
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Grallert
    Grallert Member Posts: 633
    Now I operate two big low pressure steam boilers and their connected load for a small private school in the Berkshires. Plus all the mechanical things that keep an institution like this functioning. Prior to this, 30 years as a service mechanic installer and technician of oil fired appliances, mostly boilers.
    Miss Hall's School service mechanic, greenhouse manager,teacher and dog walker
    Intplm.
  • Hydronicist from beginning to end. The end is coming soon.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
    STEVEusaPAIntplm.
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,021
    Just to throw some variety in the mix:

    Movie projectionist...does anyone know what "Dots" are and what they are for?

    USAF Security Service intercept operator....we were listening.

    But eventually self employed for over 40 years.

    State licensed electrical contractor.

    Also boilers, steam, HVAC and some commercial refrigeration.

    Hydronic interests from doing my own house 30 years ago.

    I got the "steam bug" from Dan's writings, have about 10 of the books.

    Semi retired and pick and choose jobs, mostly service what I installed over 40 years.

    Read Heating Help.com
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,433
    JUGHNE said:

    Just to throw some variety in the mix:

    Movie projectionist...does anyone know what "Dots" are and what they are for?

    USAF Security Service intercept operator....we were listening.

    But eventually self employed for over 40 years.

    State licensed electrical contractor.

    Also boilers, steam, HVAC and some commercial refrigeration.

    Hydronic interests from doing my own house 30 years ago.

    I got the "steam bug" from Dan's writings, have about 10 of the books.

    Semi retired and pick and choose jobs, mostly service what I installed over 40 years.

    Read Heating Help.com

    You mean the blips to tell you when it's about to run out?
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • CLamb
    CLamb Member Posts: 258
    JUGHNE said:

    You win the prize!
    They are on 4 frames of the film that runs at 24 frames per second, so 1/6 of a second. Few people would notice them until it was pointed out.

    It's amazing what folks can learn to see once they study it. I worked on motion picture restoration and film scanning. There was one fellow I worked with who could watch a scene and tell you the flaws and the numbers of the frames they were on. One time he tried to show me a water stain on a print. He had to stop the film and run his finger around the stain on the screen before I was able to see it.

  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,021
    Now thinking about the 1/6 second dot and seldom missing seeing one for 5 years or so, I wonder what the speed of an eye blink is. I don't recall holding back on blinking while watching for them.
    DanHolohanCLamb
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,788
    And to think that I only learned about this by watching the movie Fight Club.
  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 869
    We don't *talk* about fight club…😳

    Bburd
    GGrossIntplm.