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  1. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    Retired electrician, I have also owned a KOA Kampground and I presently own a photography franchise.

    Tom C.

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  2. mlarson

    mlarson New Member

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    Digital Control Specialist. I design programs for when the Heat and Air turns on in buildings.
  3. madge69

    madge69 Member

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    Manufacturing Test Engineering Manager for a multinational company.
  4. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Kudos to you! I really enjoyed woodshop in school. I built a cedar stip canoe with the industrial arts teacher at my junior high school when I was in 8th grade. Still have the canoe and love it! Now I design mechanical and plumbing systems for commercial buildings.
  5. TLHinCanada

    TLHinCanada Feeling the Heat

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    Retired carpenter, retired civil engineer, now finishing season of playing golf and fishing. Looking for new trade for winter.
  6. jimbom

    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    Two guys from my company(Papa) in 1969 went for the Rickover interview. One was a dirtbag and the other was two blocked. We were floored when the dirtbag was selected and the squared away guy was not. Didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for his selections. But nobody could debate the quality of the picks. The nuclear navy is truly elite.
  7. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    My first job was working at Newport News Shipbuilding on SSN688 class Submarines. Didn't know much at the time, but it was a cool job!!
  8. Trickyrick

    Trickyrick Feeling the Heat

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    Cool I'm working for Sonoco now. Sr manufacturing engineer for the plastics division.
  9. dragracer300

    dragracer300 Member

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    Steelworker for 18 years until i started building performance engines full time. Now under contract with one of the big three doing development work on gas and diesel engines. I have two engine dyno's running 8 to 10 hours a day 6 or 7 days a week. Proudly keeping the neighbors mad for many years now! LOL!!
  10. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    In that case, I have a BETTER porn star name than you >> Jim Cherry!!!!
  11. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    Yea, I think it was just a formality by the time you got through all the other interviews and marched into his old, cluttered office.
  12. kofkorn

    kofkorn Feeling the Heat

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  13. RSica

    RSica Member

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    Wow, where to start:)

    Worked on the farm next door to save money to equip my shop to do body repair 79-80

    Opened and ran my own Body/Collision + mechanical repair facility from '81-'91
    While running the business, became a sub Bus driver for our School District in '83, became fulltime Driver '87-'91

    Had an opportunity to go fulltime as a Bus Mechanic in '91 and bid the job, did that from '91-2003

    Became Transportation Director at the District in 2003, which I am still currently doing.

    On the side:
    I became heavily involved in computers in the late '90's, eventually getting into modifications and
    competing globally in "overclocking" and 3D Benchmarking under the moniker "MrIcee". Was involved in the
    early supercooling era(2001-2004), starting with water, then chilled water with -40c refrigeration custom built units, then got involved
    in a testing program with a company in Denmark involving direct to CPU refrigeration at -50c which allowed us to overclock
    even further.

    These exploits eventually got me involved with websites that support the hobby, and I became Senior News and Review editor at 2 sites.
    This led to reviewing and publishing alot of computer hardware articles, and gave me the opportunity to test for company's such as Abit, OCZ
    Corsair and the aforementioned company that produced the Prometeia in Denmark.
    This job involved alot of web work and email administration for staff at both sites.

    After an Editors day I was flown to for 3 days in San Jose by ECS(Elitegroup) to meet with reps from Intel, AMD, Nvidia and ATI on future product intro's and releases,
    I met a Senior editor from the largest tech review site in the industry "Anandtech". I eventually signed on with them and wrote several mainboard reviews
    which are still online. I ended up giving up the career when both of my parents took ill, first my Dad in late 2005 with a malignant brain tumor and later my Mom in early 2009. I've not returned to that part of my career.

    What I do do on the side now is Computer building + repair, virus cleaning and OS cleaning and tuning in my spare time. I also administer our school districts website and email system.

    Sorry for the long dissertation.

    Randi
  14. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    Great. I built the IBC plant in Lavonia, Ga. Intermediate Bulk Containers > the big plastic 275 gallon bottles inside a cage. We also make plastic drums there. Helped with the other plastic drum plants upgrading equipment. Was involved with injection molding in our fibre drum plants as well.
  15. BUBIBEAR

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    Retired.Machinist,Toolmaker,Toolgrinder,Welder,Equipment Reliability Tech,in paper industry.Also Avaition Machinist in U.S.Army,in The Panama Canal Zone, foe three years. 1962 to 1965. And have been using pellets since , 2008. Have 1 Englander 55SHP22,and 1 55SHP25EPI." LOVE THESE STOVES. Easy to take care and operate, well built,solid construction, Being an American Made Product,dosen't hurt it at all. Love and enjoy this forum thanks to all who share all they have with others. Its the way it should be.
  16. Northeaster2010

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    35yrs Wastewater Treatment Facility Chief Operator, woodworker puttering by night.
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    Technical Support in schools.. There's nothing tech-related that I'm not expected to know and support.
  18. vinny11950

    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    22 years working with investment banks creating their business presentations with fancy charts and pictures. Have always dreamed of doing more manual work like the other members here.

    It is amazing how skilled every one here is. Must be the lure of the pellet stoves, the concept must capture the imagination of the mechanically inclined. And frankly, pellet stoves are not for the people that don't like to get their hand dirty.
  19. bbone

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    elementary school teacher, 5th grade
    baseball umpire and some kind of pysical labor during summers
  20. vinny11950

    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    i have always found waste water treatment facilities fascinating. cool job.
  21. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    I chase bad guys....
  22. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    I'm gonna guess Superman!!! LOL
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    A German Shepard?
  24. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    Best time of the year is the Little League World Series!!!!! So much more exciting with amazing plays than Major League baseball with the millionaire prima donna's.
  25. wazilian

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    Software Engineer for last 10.5 years, all with the same company right out of college. Looking forward to my mid-life crisis so I can take up archaeology and have me one of them Indiana Jones adventures...but without the snakes!

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