May. 12, 2022

''The Tango''

''The Tango''.......Saturday morning, 1978, Dyeline,....Older Men, during this time, didn't care about working on Saturday, and often met with Management, about the schedule, they always complained about this , and especially, when we had too work on Sundays, some had their own Church's and would take a vacation day, instead of working on this Time and a Half, day....money didn't matter too them when it came too their day of Worship, ...however this Saturday, would be a bad, for me, their were only a handful, of us, on the Dyeline, Daytime shift, Ronnie Pendry, Claude Douthit, Cleo Douthit, Fred Lochart, Rayvon Barringer, John Stewart, Jessie Hampton ''Peas''.Chemical Man, ..James Hauser ''Py'' , Pastor Tim Lyons, Pastor, Larry Gordon, and myself, ....I operated the Gaston County Atmospheric Jet's, 1&2,.the only style at that time, ...the rest of the Dye Machines were open becks, 1-8, and one being the double open beck, two becks made in one machine, operated by Fred, ...Ronnie, operated Dye back 1&2, after Cleo, Retired , Claude, his brother, operated 3&4, , Fred operated, 5&6, Rayvon, operated 7&8, the rest of the dye machines were Thies and Eco Softs, Tubular, from Germany, their were 4 Thies, and 4 Eco Softs, , these machines topped out at 220* temperatures, however the Gaston County's climbed too under pressure at 265* degrees, the open dye becks topped out at 180* degrees, ...this particular, Saturday would change my Life, and my opinion about being a Dye machine operator, forever, ...I loaded a new color and style of fabric, I had never experienced before, a synthetic nylon and cotton blend, fabric called 50/50,.. 50% cotton and 50% polyester blend, man made, this fabric was light in weight, unlike one hundred percent cotton which is heavy in weight once it is wet, and 50/50, doesn't hold water, and is lightweight even after saturated with water it's still lightweight, I was dyeing this color, called 630 witch is a bright deep Red, ....here we go, ....I loaded the machine, no problems, set the template for the fabric too scour, at 180* for times, and then added my chemicals and dyes, no problem, set the template for 265* degree Farenheit, for 30 minutes, at 3 degrees a minute until it reaches 265* degrees, no problem so far, and midways through the dye cycle, a red light came on, on the control panel indicating a tangle in port number 3, I look in the port hole, and the fabric is tangled, I made adjustments with the flow valves and nozzles, trying too free the tangle without bringing the machine down from under pressure, which is normal procedure, when dealing with tangles, while machine is under pressure,, nothing is working, so I cool the machine down by opening the check valve witch allows cool water too enter the heat exchange chamber, takes about 40 minutes, before you can open the port doors, safely, normally at 190 you can open the doors, and work with the tangle, mind you this machine was midway, of the dye cycle, you must put on all your safety gear, and get ready too ''Tango'' ...long insulated gloves, apron, face shield, googles, and hopefully, ....hopefully you can untangle this knot without having too climb the catwalk, and open another section of the port hole, up top of the machine, I dragged the tangle out onto the floor, and began my journey too free the massive web of soaking wet ball of confusion, it was horrifying it was a huge tangle, help, came and help left, ...it took, me about 4 hours too wrestle with this monster, I was soaked, and covered from head too toe, in red dye, I was exhausted,and frustrated, and somehow, made it through the rest of the shift, pissed and determined too sign off on these, 2 machines the first chance I get, this was the worst tangle I had experienced while operating the Gastons, and it was my final, I took on the Chemical Man, job, the first opportunity I got.....and I'm so, glad I did......OMG, I use too feel sorry for anybody, that took on these Monsters.........God is Good....