Finally Going Back To Work!

Ugh, I’ve been off now for for way too long!

I love being off for weeks at a time but, three months is way too long. I really love my job; well, the being outdoors in the middle of nowhere part of it anyway. It’s so great to get away, be alone, contemplating this or that while being surrounded by the flora and fauna Spiderthat just doesn’t exist in your everyday world. After about four weeks out in the field, however, I start missing being around people as well so, there has to be some kind of balance but, I’m not quite there yet. I think three weeks on and three off would be perfect, honestly.

I’m going to ‘West Texas’ on this job so, it should be quite an experience; I’ve yet to have any work out there. From what I understand, everything is a lot more dangerous, from the toxic gas coming out of the ground (H2S or Hydrogen Sulfide) to the types and sheer amount of spiders and snakes and who knows what else. My brother once said it was like working in the setting of The Hills Have Eyes but, I’ve never seen it; maybe I’ll watch it this evening to give myself something more to look forward to over the next few weeks!

I plan on getting a lot of painting done while I’m out there. I’ve recently gotten into a game called Infinity (expect some posts about it soon) Infinity and have a small number of minis to get painted up. The problem is, is that they’re so god damn beautiful! The quality and amount of detail is insane and very intimidating so, I’ve been procrastinating on getting it done. Depending on how long I’ll be out there, I’ll probably take care of my orcs I picked up for my game as well, Syndicate: Clash.

I don’t know what kind of cell or data service I’ll have out there at all so, if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’d be why. I do intend on writing all I can while I’m out there though so, maybe the days I manage to make it into town there will be updates on here; we’ll see.

Wish me luck!


Cleaning The Witch’s Hat

So, today I get to clean the ‘witch’s hat’. This is basically a fuel filter for these massive compressors out here in the field; pretty much a huge engine that runs on the natural gas that’s coming out of the ground. The gas comes out of the ground with oil and water and is sold to be refined but, not before being purchased back and ran through the compressors to be pumped back into the ground to push up more water and oil. It’s a pretty efficient system, albeit dirty and corrosive to the environment.

Kodiak Compressor

I didn’t manage to get any photos of us actually doing the job but, here is what a witch’s hat looks like outside of the pipe…

Witch’s Hat

Obviously the picture is of a brand spanking new one but, they can get pretty damn gross. Of course it’s nothing more than mineral build up but, still, pretty bad.

It was fun to learn, a quick job and, I think I could figure out how to do it again in the future!

Steps to cleaning a Witch’s Hat

  1. Turn off the chemicals – not sure what the chemicals are (I believe it’s some sort of anti-foaming agent)
  2. Turn off the Compressor and blow it down (blows out any excess gas in the system)
  3. Remove the chemical line (it’s attached to the pipe we need to move)
  4. Shut the valve flowing gas into the compressor
  5. Loosen the pipe to swivel the Witch’s Hat
  6. Unbolt the Witch’s Hat, remove and clean it
  7. Follow all steps in reverse order!