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Old Oct 22, 2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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I make 90 percent of my money in the Winter, repairing Boilers and Heating Systems. So, there's little time allowed for wild life photography (although I hope to get some shots of rats and water bugs... )

But I do take my camera with me...

The company I work for does mainly commercial work, and the buildings range in size from 20 family aparment buildings to midtown Manhattan sky scrappers. Here are some scenes from the Boiler Room.

This is the boiler that powers a ten story building




A larger building might have two such units.




There are two Boilers here for a Midtown skcyscrapper in Harald Square, right across the street from Macy's




The main control panal from one of the boilers above. A bit dated.




And a self portrait of the photographer...




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Old Oct 22, 2009, 11:43 AM   #2
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Pretty cool, Dave. I watched 'em haul out one of these bad boys from an office building that dated back to the early thirties where I used to work. Quite a task! At least you stay warm in the winter!

Nice shots!
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Old Oct 22, 2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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Pretty cool, Dave. I watched 'em haul out one of these bad boys from an office building that dated back to the early thirties where I used to work. Quite a task! At least you stay warm in the winter!

Nice shots!
Well, we certainly have an incentive to repair the boiler as quick as possible...

Years ago when I did small residential work, the boiler room might be as cold as the outside, but in these larger buildings, it just gets comfortable. In the last shot, I was overhauling both burners, and it was just to damn hot! One of the reasons I don't do this during the Summer.

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This is an interesting series, Chato! And good shots too. I like your DP2 - it must be handy to carry with you almost everywhere you go.

Thank you for sharing.


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This is an interesting series, Chato! And good shots too. I like your DP2 - it must be handy to carry with you almost everywhere you go.

Thank you for sharing.


Two Winters ago I went around with a little Canon Powershot 540. Did a wonderful job, all things considered. I forgot the damn thing in Long Island. But it didn't come close to matching the Sigma. Here's a full sized image of a boiler, followed by a 100 percent crop - Absolutely amazing!







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what a job! earth bound maintance astronaut!

i like the first set. the ladder in #3 is a nice effect.
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Nice set Chato. Machines are beautiful. The portrait is my best.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 7:01 PM   #8
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Well not so up scale pretty but they do the job... good shot though for the record of what its like to have boilers and what comes with themas long as the tank and lines stay sludge free and the radiators don't plug and run free and the pressure is just right yep those boiler rooms are nice and cozy... Yep that is what one should wear when working around them and the University House had one that's is how I know come the coldest parts of winter if any part was a mishap the house would freeze..PS the same clothes my grandfather would wear daily.. he was retired from the ship yards in his late years after he got out of the the other jobs..both him and dad were IBBMW (International Brotherhood of Boiler Maker Welders) workers..when I came around..

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