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Old 10-05-2017, 04:33:42 PM
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What was Ed Sparks background with generators? He was a lot of help with questions we had just like yourself!
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Okay, school me..... what is a 'BUFF'?
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:36:09 PM
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I wanted to ask that question but had not yet!!!
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:50:07 PM
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Okay, school me..... what is a 'BUFF'?

B 52 Big Ugly Fat F%*#er.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:24:32 PM
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A plane that can plow up allot of ground. B 52 an old fart like some of us. That is still doing it's job.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:26:43 PM
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Not so much the BUFF but what was inside it.
SAC...Strategic Air Command

Reminds me of the time we went to military testing lab outside of DC in a rental car. We were defense contractor engineers, but civilians. The yahoo driving our car came up on the outer security check post driving fast. Guard started reaching for her pistol, had to tell the butt head driver to slow down.

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Old 10-05-2017, 05:40:09 PM
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Since the thread has morphed to buffs for a while I'll chime in.
I had an uncle that was a full gingerbread colonel. On one of his last flying assignments in the Vietnam era he engaged in some skulduggery. It seems a hundred colour tv's made their way into the bomb bay. He leaves Okinawa and arrives in England. Shuts the bird off and advises there's a weapon onboard. So that night the plane was guarded and lit up for security. The next morning he reported a no go squawk and it was towed to a hangar where for some reason the tv's faded into a lucrative obscurity. I never got the accurate story as he handled it as a need to know basis.

He then was assigned USAF operations for the war out of Thailand. Then he returned to SAC Offut and made a lot of peoople tighten their pucker strings when he mosey'd about. Then the Pentagon where he got fed up with the BS and retired.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:41:12 PM
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AngrySailor what are you implying? Yes indeed I recall the JFK assignation vividly. For that matter in a similar manner I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing at the time I heard about 911. I will never forget those two incidents in particular.
Was just joking that you could account for your whereabouts when JFK was shot and that you weren't lurking in some bushes on a grassy knoll...

9/11 I was working in a machine shop, the boys listened to that numbnuts Howard Stern in the am. We heard about the first plane, then headed to the coffee room and watched the rest on TV. The owner didn't care no one was working, we all just watched for hours.
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A couple of experiences with jails.

Worked on a yellow 3412 in a medium security jail. Went to leave and was missing a 6" flat blade screw driver. Nobody went anywhere until that screw driver was found. Took about 4 hours of searching, they found all sorts of other "contraband", including another screwdriver. When they found the first one, everybody was happy and ready to call it a day, until I told them, nope, mine is a Klein, yellow handle with black rubber grip with my name on it. Seems it was finally located under an inmate's mattress. He had no idea, or so he claimed, how it got there. Have no idea how it vanished or when, all I did was change out a jacket water heater element and the upper hose.

Another jail. This one near Laurens, SC, a female facility. Was working on it and heard knocking on a window above me. Girls were trying to give me a show. Guards finally showed up and found something else for them to do. Didn't need that sort of distraction.

Was doing a commissioning on a paralleling system at a brand new jail and was doing to 12 hour load bank. Pretty boring, sort of like watching pint dry. Wandered around and looked at the electrical prints in the control room where the remote annunciator was. Was looking at the fire alarm system and how it was tied in. Noticed that if any of the fire alarms were to be activated, it would unlock all the doors. Pointed that out to the Johnson Controls guy and he told me that was what code required. Told him that this was a jail and that probably wouldn't be a real good idea. He insisted that the code required that. Wrote it up in my notes and went on my way.
A few weeks later after they had filled the place, someone pulled fire alarm and everything unlocked. One of the maintenance guys that was there when it happened, said it was the darnest thing he ever saw, looked like cockroaches scurrying everywhere.
They corrected that the very next day. Took them a while to round up all the inmates though.
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Got an emergency call from the prison in Joliet Illinois. They were under an outage and one of the Onans wouldn't start. The transfer switch was in a room off of one of the cell blocks. Three guards with rifles escorted my partner and I through the cell block to the transfer switch room and then stayed with us and locked the door behind them. I jokingly commented about the tight security. One of the guards said "Well you realize that we are without power at the moment but what you probably don't realize is that the cell locks are operated by electricy. With no power, all of the doors are unlocked. None of the prisoners have discovered that yet"...... I sure was glad we were able to start the set and force a transfer while we were inside that room.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:51:34 PM
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Nothingbutdarts re your question about Ed Sparks. I do know he worked for the town of Harpswell, ME as a inspector. He was also associated with the fire department. I cannot really answer your question except to say he was well known in the area. When I told him we frequently visit his area, he invited me over to see his new JB installation.
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:14:04 PM
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Read a lot of his older posts. Especially about the cw10. Wish I could have met up with the guy. Heard he had quite a few onans and they were put up for sale being offered to the stakkers. Would have been an honor to own one of his gensets.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:37:08 AM
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Gunny will like this one. State jail down town Dallas. We backed two trucks into the loading dock. Unloaded everything we needed for a service and some repairs. No one checked a thing. Took it to the generator room where they locked it in. Then made us go to the lobby and go through the metal detector. Almost arrested my helper because he had a small pocket knife.

I got upset and told them this was BS. Because we had just unloaded two trucks that no one had bothered to check. We could have had both trucks full of weapons. No one checked. Made them look like idiots so they dropped it.
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I ran camera cable in a torpedo factory when I was in high school. There were 4 of us on the job and we ran 7 miles of cable. 1 guard was assigned to watch us. We all had to be in sight of the guard at all times. If 1 of us had to use the restroom, we all had to go so we could be watched. Saw some cool stuff on work benches but were not allowed in the restricted areas.
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Billy, I know what you mean about all of the security hassles that you mentioned. I had rebuilt a DL6 Techstar for the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety at the old nuke plant in Zion. I had to take a 10 wheel crane in there to set it back on its pad next to the silo. Of course a guard had to ride with me and when I parked they were supposed to chain my brake pedal to the steering wheel so you couldn't move the truck on your own. I told them, whatever you do, don't chain up the clutch pedal because I needed that for the PTO for the boom. Well of course as soon as I turned my back, they had wrapped a chain around the clutch pedal and locked it up. After I flipped out, come to find out the guards that padlock that stuff up don't have the keys to unlock them. Had to wait almost an hour for another guard to get there with a key so I could go back to work. What a hassle but it all paid the same for my time.

Probably one of the craziest/stupidest things I did was at the Braidwood nuke plant. I had a new guy riding with me and I had him drive my service van so I could do paperwork. His name was Jerome, an ex Navy man. We pull up to the first security checkpoint and a women guard asked for our names. Jerome said "Moses". I must have been already irritated because when she asked for my name I said "Jesus Christ" without even looking up from my paperwork. The guard snapped and said "So let me get this straight, what you are telling me is that you two men are Moses and Jesus Christ, and are trying to enter the main gate. Is that correct?" I said, "Yes that would be correct" without even looking up at her again. The next thing you know we are completely surrounded by guards with their weapons drawn and aimed at us. Jerome said to me "Why the heck did you tell them your name was Jesus Christ?" I said "Well why the heck did you tell them your name was Moses?" He said "Because it is......My full name is Jerome Moses" ...... I had no idea that was his name. It all worked out okay though. We didn't get shot or arrested. They never did see the humor in it though
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:39:57 AM
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Onan dan Present well guys and gals I am still around due to my wife illness I have been caring for her and she is doing much better we did celebrate our 45th wedding Anniversary the 29th of Sept I try every day to sign onto the Stak and check you fellows out be sure your all behaving.
Ed Sparks was mentioned a wonderful person I only come to know him here on the Stak great fellow if you go to Ed,s profile and click on contact info you will see Cribstone Labradors Ed and his wife Colette and I would say she still is raising the Labs for seeing Eye dogs also last time I talked in email with Ed he was restoring an old Mansion house or something of the sort had just a few weeks to get it done Ed never slowed down went day and night in the winter time he lived at Baily Island Maine and they get some serious snow storms and weather and Ed would go about the neighbor checking on folks and plowing out folks snowed in .The Bridge picture on profile is made from Cribs crossing over to the island, well folks God Bless keep you all safe . and I thank all my friends here for helping me with my onan s and other problems . I hope to be able soon to get back to my garage and my green Machines.
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Have some relatives in Brunswick ME ~ across the bay from ED Sparks, I might have met Ed in past up there during Thanks giving and Christmas. But that was before I was on the Stak so his name didn't stand out.

About 10 years ago during massive NE ice storm and outage a generator magically appeared on relative's deck. Looking back I suspect it was a loaner from Ed Sparks, they were both volunteer fire fighters.

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I was just a "Young Pup" at UPS when the manager told me to get my browns on and go out to the San Luis Obispo, Mens Colony Prison, Prison Industry warehouse and pick up a bunch of license plate stickers. Never been there so I go check in at the main desk and they tell me where the PIAA bldg is. I back into the dock, open up the back door and jump up onto the dock. (I WAS young then!) I am looking for the civilian supervisor among a bunch of inmates that worked there. I hear off to my right "You-Hoo, You-Hoo....." I expect it is the civilian supervisor........ I look over and here is this skinny black inmate with a hair net on and lip stick giving me the "Glamour Eye".
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I have met, through typing out on a key board, MANY Generous people on this site. They're a few guys I would like to meet face to face if I am ever in their area.
I'd like to meet Billy Shaffer and have him show me ALL the good RIB JOINTS in his neck of the woods! I'm sure he knows a few!
Hey DAN...Hope your wife is doing well and congrats on 45 years! If I am a good Boy by the 22nd of this month, I hit 40 yrs with my wife and Adult Supervisor!
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...a DL6 Techstar for the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety at the old nuke plant in Zion...

Thinking about that will keep me and anyone who has ever worked on a TechStar awake at night.
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highly recommended to get to Centerville TX and buy Billy some BBQ, his joint is a good one, I haven't been through Centerville since the last time I was there some several years ago but Billy's a character and well worth meeting!
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