After a long night of worry and unplanned planning, we were successful today in making repairs to two blower units at the City waste water plant today. Yesterday afternoon, when the electrician finally powered up two new Cutler-Hammer control panels, the blower units locked up. It was around 8:00 p.m. and we didn’t even know we had a problem with them. Needless to say, we got on it quickly and this a.m. called the Gardner Denver distributor in Big D. They had two of the old (1982) units in stock!
The arrangements to hot-shot both units was made and we immediately began the laborious task of removing the bad units from their positions. Once we got them both freed up, we were unable to remove the galvanized 4″ nipples from the housings. The decision was made, and off we went to our friends at the (Keystone) pipe yard project to help us break down the two and prep the nipples for the incoming new ones. When even they couldn’t get one of the nipples out, we managed to locate a new one, 10 miles away, in the old oil town of Talco. (BTW, special thanks to pipe yard mechanic, Dan (aka: Turtle) from Nebraska.)
The two new units were delivered from Dallas as planned, and our people all pulled together to install them into their new homes. When the electrician finally got them checked out and hooked up, we turned them on and they cranked up for the first time. Both units ran like a charm. They are both running as I write.
Several things to mention include, the fact that the supplier in Dallas told us later that we were indeed lucky. That they had a call come in for three more of these units, after our early morning order was placed. His boss had wanted him to take one promised to us and send to the other customer. He didn’t do that, but instead honored his commitment to us. Bullet dodged.
Then our plant operator, whose Father is in ICU some 60 miles away, had to leave for the day. He wasn’t around to help. Everyone stepped up to get the job done. Bullet dodged.
Electrician was able to program the two units he had never seen before. This took the local electrical distributor and the Cutler-Hammer people. Bullet dodged.
Had the units gone down today, instead of 8:00 p.m. last night, we would have been dead in the water for the weekend. Shit would have been ‘going down the creek’. Literally! We are expecting rain all weekend and plants without aeration go septic quickly. Both are bad news. Bullet dodged. Bullet dodged. Bullet dodged.
This was a case that reminded me of a book written by an ex-UPS CEO, titled Determined Men. In the book Mr. Smith once wrote, “Determined men, working together, can accomplish anything.”
Nothing could have been more true today. Thanks go out to all!