Just getting started #1: New to Lumberjocks.

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Blog entry by lndfilwiz posted 01-08-2014 04:38 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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HI Everyone,

I’m new to this site so I will take time to introduce myself. I go by Landfillwizard and worked at the County Landfill for over 20 years. Previous to that I worked at the highway department for 17 years. My woodworking abilities began a young age (~8 yo) helping my dad build all sorts of buildings around the property. My first job was to learn how and when to stay out of the way.

Our first job, my dad had me and my younger brother pull nails out of boards salvaged from old buildings he had torn down. This lumber was used to make building around our place for storage. Once we pulled the nails he showed us how to straighten them to be used again on our storage building. We thought it would be easy. Little did we know. He finally showed us how to use the vice in our basement to straighten the nails.

We helped build the storage buildings with my dad explaining how and why we needed to put things together for a strong and safe building. These buildings were erected over 50 years ago with used lumber and are still standing today because of what he showed us and regular maintenance. He taught us how to safely use power equipment and hand tools.

My brother and i also learned vehicle repair from him. We learned how to rebuild engines, fix brakes, auto body work and painting, and how to regularly maintain a vehicle. My dad worked on small engines all the time and one summer he gave us Briggs and Straton Engine to tear apart. It didn’t take us long to disassemble the engine but then he told us to put it back together. The summer was about half over when we finally got it back together. He then asked us if it ran. Which it didn’t but with his help and showing what to do, we had it running by the end of the summer.

After graduating from high school, I went away to college. High school was easy so I never really studied. What a mistake. College was way harder and with no studying skill I had a terrible time. This time was in the late 60’s early 70’s during student unrest. I became disillusioned and figured I would save myself money by getting into the work force.

I had a few odd jobs until I started working for the County. I enjoyed the outside work tried to get to work on all the crews to learn all I could. After 7 years I worked my self up to a machine operator and got to operate everything the county owned. However, one day I jumped off a machine and herniated a disc. My day of operating a machine were numbered and I moved up to a supervisor.

A few years later an opening for an engineering aide opened up at the landfill so I took it and started my career in Solid Waste. There is a lot more to this story that I will tell at a later date. Don’t want to bore you. I’ll be back with more.

-- Smile, it makes people wander what you are up to.

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 05:04 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 07:42 PM

Hi Landfill,
Welcome and I am looking forward to seeing your projects!

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 10:53 PM

Welcome aboard. Sounds like a great story. Look forward to seeing your projects.


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#4 posted 01-09-2014 12:51 AM

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 04:17 PM

To continue my saga. I started working with the Solid Waste Department (Landfill) as a Transfer Station Supervisor. You want to talk about all the goodies that came through the station. I helped decorate our home with antiques and unique items that people threw away. That is a whole other story.

An opening for a Engineering Tech open up and I then moved up to the office of the landfill. With my college background in geology, I worked as a water resource specialist. I was responsible for installation and testing of the ground water monitoring wells surrounding the landfill. I became very interested in the siting of the landfill and read all the information I could find about the history of the landfill. If anyone wanted to know about something pertaining to the landfill, they came and asked me first. Thus the “Landfillwizard” moniker.

Because of my background in science and math, I also became the surveyor’s helper. I was able to learn very quickly how to layout jobs and the final survey for publication. I took every computer course the County offered and then began to take course dealing with Acad. I eventually moved up to a principal engineering aide and before I retired I was designing most of the expansions of the landfill. I also worked on our landfill gas to energy projects.

From 2005 to 2007, I went through a divorce and was put under undo stress from a new supervisor. I will leave this part of my life unsaid. Once my divorce was finalized and my ex would not touch my retirement I retired to spend the rest of my life on a golf course. After 1 week of being retired I went and got a “real” job working for the “real world and not the government”. I imagine I have put some of you to sleep, so i will continue my saga in the future.

-- Smile, it makes people wander what you are up to.

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