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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5100 on: October 28, 2020, 09:01:45 am »
Those things are kak expensive 

Gary/Tom what amount starts getting a bit too expensive for clothing/toys/tools for you to spend on such objects?
Just try to figure out what the working man can/wants to spend on certain stuff there.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5101 on: October 28, 2020, 12:52:30 pm »
Those things are kak expensive 

Gary/Tom what amount starts getting a bit too expensive for clothing/toys/tools for you to spend on such objects?
Just try to figure out what the working man can/wants to spend on certain stuff there.

Chris you get good quality yeans like Wrangler at Wallmart for $21 and fleecelined yeans or cargo pants at &25 and then add tax and it is $27. You also get very decent quality (Dicky or something like that) heavy jackets for $29. Real wool socks $10 for a 2 pack and then good working boots like Carhartt at Orchelins for $100.
Good quality T shirts for around $12.
That is on my salary and the local guys working on minimum or lower income fair prices to pay.
Coveralls is almost non optional for people working outside like on the farms and construction.
I see even the Amish uses them, and yesterday saw a woman that farms as well with one so I would assume that although it's expensive at $100 plus (even $160 depending what you buy) it is ok and probably affordable because that should last maybe 3 years I would think.
There are also shops where you can buy secondhand clothing which I have no problem with which is real cheap but you'll wouldn't find something like coveralls there.
Clothing is actually compared to SA cheap to affordable but food is Very expensive.
One should never do the conversion straight to Rand and what you pay in SA.
Most SA guys on this program report a groceries/food avg of 100 to 150 usd a week.
Take it on the minimum at %400 a month  which is over R6000.
Airtime with unlimited data is $55 a month.
Guys with their own vehicles pays about $130 a month for insurance and fuel $250 a month.
All the above is quite ok within our income.
Hope this gives an idea?
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5102 on: October 29, 2020, 01:36:21 am »
Those things are kak expensive 

Gary/Tom what amount starts getting a bit too expensive for clothing/toys/tools for you to spend on such objects?
Just try to figure out what the working man can/wants to spend on certain stuff there.

Chris, I don't work in cold weather here in Florida, except for maybe a couple of weeks in the mid-winter, where I will wear long pants and not shorts. I generally wear shorts for around 50 weeks of the year, and I usually buy them from Walmart in the bargain bin section. Generally between $8 and $12 a pair. Because I work with chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, PVC glue and primer, and other stuff that bleaches or stains my shorts pretty badly, they tend to last about 3-4 months before I need to replace them. So that's why I only try to buy the really cheap stuff.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5103 on: October 29, 2020, 03:23:30 am »
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS  I don't know if you ever tried the American cookies like chock-chip, almond and so on.
I have also reported recency about the Amish that will have bake sale next to the road.
Today as I return from the Summerfield area after completing a dry fertilizer tender job a lady jumped out her car at the stop sign and approached me with a bin of cookies! It was my boss's wife and she recognized me and though to share in her mother's freshly baked cookies.
All I can say is "next level"!! Like you get chocolate and then you get Lind chocolate.
I dont really have a sweet tooth and never or hardly ever buy a treat but I got a weak spot for baked stuff.  :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5104 on: October 29, 2020, 05:54:18 pm »
Fertilizer tender is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work  :laughing4:
Great service to the farmers, no need to invest in expensive machinery and time/labour.
A win win relationship  :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5105 on: October 29, 2020, 10:46:43 pm »
Yesterday I ran 2 x fields with the dry fertilizer spreader to see how the machine functions.
It is amazing, you do the outside perimeter and then you put her on auto steer and the gps takes care of her.
However; you need to be alert and obviously do the sharp turns manually.
You got to control the feed of the spreader by taking density samples and feed in the results etc.
Not terribly difficult but one got to pay attention.

Meanwhile in SA my son is working on a farm, currently baling. He is however a qualified millwright and he has set his aim on Neu Zeeland. Still need some additional examinations to get in, but I support him 100%.

I got 6 weeks before heading back home, hope to be here next year and will do some things different. All part of a new career I hope, who knows. First of all I need a doctor that will give me cortisone injections between my vertebrae. If you can refer me to someone in Pretoria area I'll greatly appreciate.
Only have 2 months break so I need to take care of my ailments.
Hands recovered very well, using cream and gloves and it's not cracking no more. :lol8:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5106 on: October 30, 2020, 08:50:06 pm »
I see some trailers now got very wide rear tyres, instead of 8 they have 4 x wide on the rear which makes life easier I suppose to patch, although I dont know if it is easier or worse to remove that extra wide tyre.
Some reason that may be a safer option since in the event of a blowout the one tyre runs against the other making it warmer and then the other one Carrie's that extra load and it may burst at any time.

We have had no less than 3 blowouts in the grain pit area and it made me jump and take cover  :o but the truck would have been ok under load while driving.
When you order a nee grain trailer you get to specify everything from the operation of the hopper traps, the tarp mechanism and spring or air suspention, where your gauges must be located as well as axles....conventional placed or spread out.
Most hoppers are uniquely specified by their owners, especially those that haul grain in the trucking industry.

Anywayz, I find it interesting to see some of the designers ideas good or bad  :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5107 on: October 31, 2020, 02:25:11 am »
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I dont really have a sweet tooth and never or hardly ever buy a treat but I got a weak spot for baked stuff. 

Apple fritters, apple fritters... We had some last weekend and were thinking of you  :P

I'm sure they sell them in Kansas  ;D
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5108 on: November 02, 2020, 12:52:10 am »
After a very long shift Friday night my boss gave me Saturday and Sunday off, wow my body appreciated the rest!
I have watched 2 x movies on the laptop and baked twice some breadrolls!
More good news is that I'll be doing a bit of trucking some days this week  :laughing4:
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5109 on: November 04, 2020, 03:27:35 am »
It's all about teamwork, and if one guy is absent the rest of the team may suffer.
I have made a decision yesterday when I was given the option to either drive the dry fertiliser tender and have an easy day or to stay and help with maintenance work (hard physical work)
I chose to work with the team; not only is it good for the moral but even for one's self consciousness (hope I have translated this correct: 'gewete')

After work the boss called and asked me to go get the small (smaller) lowbed at Hanover and take it to Jansen in Nebraska - he will meet up with me that side.
I had no idea what we were up to till I pulled in and saw the one million bushels bunker and 4 x rolls of tarp.  :o

We started off and someone had to volunteer to climb over the little mountain of corn to get the webbing to the other side so that we can pull the tap over with the payloader. I volunteered and regret doing just that halfway up that mount....pok  :patch: that was a (pardon me) bitch wading through that loose corn!!  :lol8:
Anyhow, it all worked out fine and I end up climbing that mountain 4 times since you join the tarps with hundreds of zip ties and then the flaps close with velcro to make it watertight.

It was quite a mission but lekker, and we got free cheese burgers  :drif: There was a great vibe and we were 3 x South Africans working together which was a first since we came here.
Once the bunker was fully tarped we went around with impact drivers and clamped it down with 'screws and boards'
I had to endure remarks like: Tom are you screwing around today and 'hey Tom this is probably your first screw in a while  :imaposer:
Well, what is life without humor  :laughing4: 8)

Tomorrow we do another 1000 bushels bunker at Hanover, and probably the next day 2 x smaller ones (600 000 bushels each) at Frankfort South.
Lifes good  :thumleft:

Looking fw to coming home soon; should start flying the 13th of December.
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5110 on: November 04, 2020, 06:52:22 am »
Nog steeds n goeie spanmaat :laughing4:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5111 on: November 06, 2020, 04:52:05 pm »
Ja ne. Kaptein, span daai Seile ;)

At least you put on a protective covering before you started screwing around.

I sent you a PM about a back specialist :thumleft:
For the love of it.
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5112 on: November 06, 2020, 08:07:24 pm »
Ja ne. Kaptein, span daai Seile ;)

At least you put on a protective covering before you started screwing around.

I sent you a PM about a back specialist :thumleft:

Much appreciated  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5113 on: November 07, 2020, 06:36:15 pm »
Wow harvest season almost over, we are receiving some more late corn but it has slowed down and finally I can have a weekend.
We worked till 12H00 (Saturday) and tomorrow I plan on a walk about town with the camera.
Will post pics obviously  :biggrin:

Yesterday got to cover the last corn bunker, se the picture I have taken on top of the pile. Wading through the grain is rather tough but I weirdly enjoy it  :lol8: my legs not as much  :)

I have also seen how a contractor unplugged a milo (sorghum) direct fill pipe and must say these guys have iron balls working at heights with power tools at potentially combustible grain dust. They know what they are doing though and all went ok.

We have loaded so many trains, I'm so used to it by now and like it, all that gets me is the weather - loading train in cold wind and even snow 🚂🚃😅

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5114 on: November 07, 2020, 07:42:45 pm »
Hoe lank voor al die voorraad mielies weg gewerk is en julle het le bunkers en le silos

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5115 on: November 07, 2020, 07:54:57 pm »
Hoe lank voor al die voorraad mielies weg gewerk is en julle het le bunkers en le silos

We should start picking up piles at the end of Winter, with the exception of 'a couple open piles' which were not covered (tarped) because in order to tarp you need to have extraction fans and walls around in other words a bunker.
The ground piles (untarped) was to help accommodate our patrons in a year with exceptionally huge yields.

The silos (sement tubes and steel bins) will never empty out before the next harvest season regardless how hard we try. That goes for only our grain shuttles - train load facilities.
We are exporting a lot of beans to China and the Gulf and corn to the Gulf as well.
Regardless, it seems we can never have enough space since they are building a new 1.2 million bushel sement tube next year , people can you imagine how big that is? Even for me the size is unreal  :o
This is truly a great learning curve in my life and if I can get my back sorted this may be my last stop - I'll throw anchor and make the most of it.
Must say I did learn so much and my boss trust me these days with bigger tasks of which I'm truly grateful.
With the help of Wheeliedig it seems I have found the best medical help for my back once back on home soil Dec.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5116 on: November 08, 2020, 07:02:51 am »
On my drive to Middelburg / Bethal the other week, they were "reclaiming" corn, from what looked like row upon row of monsterous condoms laid in a field, I was guessing it was for seeding?  :o
When is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
 

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« Reply #5117 on: November 08, 2020, 04:30:14 pm »
On my drive to Middelburg / Bethal the other week, they were "reclaiming" corn, from what looked like row upon row of monsterous condoms laid in a field, I was guessing it was for seeding?  :o

Unlikely for seeding, it is the new way of keeping your corn (correct term is bagging)
We have also bagged a few fields last year.

Benefits:
No need to haul your corn and sit hours in a line or put up costly steel bins to store your grain with some risks involved and insurance cost.
Pick  the corn up (reclaim) when market prices are better.
Less manpower needed during harvest.

Cons:
You need to buy the bagger equipment and the bag (tube) itself and mount to a designated tractor which will now be married to this bag till you cut and move fields.
Critters like rats, raccoon and so on will eat through the plastic and now you have another problem: moist.
It occupies space for the duration it sits in the field and more 'traffic ' and as result damage to your soil. The more you can limit driving on your field the better.
Often in the reclaiming process thing go wrong like the bag may tear and the only way is to shovel the corn or write it off....

I saw a lot less farmers this year 'bagging '

It may work better in places with stable weather and less pests.  :thumleft:

 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5118 on: November 08, 2020, 05:21:55 pm »
On my drive to Middelburg / Bethal the other week, they were "reclaiming" corn, from what looked like row upon row of monsterous condoms laid in a field, I was guessing it was for seeding?  :o

Unlikely for seeding, it is the new way of keeping your corn (correct term is bagging)
We have also bagged a few fields last year.

Benefits:
No need to haul your corn and sit hours in a line or put up costly steel bins to store your grain with some risks involved and insurance cost.
Pick  the corn up (reclaim) when market prices are better.
Less manpower needed during harvest.

Cons:
You need to buy the bagger equipment and the bag (tube) itself and mount to a designated tractor which will now be married to this bag till you cut and move fields.
Critters like rats, raccoon and so on will eat through the plastic and now you have another problem: moist.
It occupies space for the duration it sits in the field and more 'traffic ' and as result damage to your soil. The more you can limit driving on your field the better.
Often in the reclaiming process thing go wrong like the bag may tear and the only way is to shovel the corn or write it off....

I saw a lot less farmers this year 'bagging '

It may work better in places with stable weather and less pests.  :thumleft:

Highveld climate it may well work.  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: November 08, 2020, 05:23:09 pm by Welsh »
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #5119 on: November 09, 2020, 03:00:46 am »
I was just plain lazy this weekend, and did as little as possible.
Cooked food for about 3 days, baked bread rolls and cleaned the house a bit and went on a walkabout round town.
I took a couple of pictures, not much and nothing special but thought to share it anyway.
The black squirrels is unique to Marysville, but nowadays you do see them even as far as Hanover (About 20 miles from here)
Place is rich in history, the famous Oregon trail (if you into this kind of thing worth a read/google) and the pony express station which was a mail route just short of 2000miles and the mail was delivered by horses and riders - a marathon in it's own.
Hope you all had a great weekend  :)
Mine was good albeit too short  :lol8: