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Title: RE: Steel in very cold temperatures

Dear Mr. Yang:

It is important to heed two fundamental laws of physics -

1.)  That (fluid) which goes in must eventually come out.

2.)  Skin adheres to cold metal.

Hopefully, this is adequately descriptive.  You shouldn't have any problem tomorrow, but watch out in another month or two. 

Also, avoid company-issued safety boots with steel toes.  I built an island 5 miles offshore of Prudhoe Bay in December and January of 1973.  This involved 12 hour shifts outside in pitch darkness at -60 deg. F.  Another engineer and I drove sheet piling by climbing up the diesel pile driver trestle and manually squirting ether (automobile starter fluid) ahead of each stoke of the hammer.  The steel toes acted as heat sinks, and I ended up with no feeling whatsoever in my feet for almost three months. 

Best Regards,

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., in Sunny Dallas, Texas
Home of the Stanley Cup Champions

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-----Original Message-----
From: Yang, Liao/ANC [mailto:LYang(--nospam--at)CH2M.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 11:55 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject: RE: Steel in very cold temperatures


Could you please explain why never drink coffee before heading into the
field? I have been Alaska for many years and will go to a job site in North
Slope tomorrow. It may not be too late for me to know this.
 
Regards
 
Liao Yang PE.
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 6:09 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject: RE: Steel in very cold temperatures



Based on my personal experiences in the Alaskan arctic in the early 1970's,
never drink coffee before heading into the field, and never wear
company-issued arctic gear with metal zippers!  This is not a mistake that
you will ever make twice, nor an experience that you will ever forget!

Stan Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas

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Don't touch the steel with your tongue.

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.