July 26, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — Kim @ 4:58 pm

Some of the things I end up doing in China are bizarre.

This weekend I will have to put on a suit and read out 10,000 words to the camera about the proper upkeep and maintenance of some Dalian washing machines that are due for export and need an accompanying video to fulfill some new legal requirements.

I got sent the document tonight for a preview and learnt that I am going to have to try to say stuff like the following with a suit and a straight face…

Firstly inspect all the piping joints, flange connections, valve rods and shaft seal for leakage. You can use phenolphthalein test paper for ammonia system.

Adjust the oil return valve according to the oil level shown in sight glass of oil return pipe. After start of compressor, check and judge the bypass solenoid valve is closed / leaked or not by hand touch.

Over high oil spray pressure will conquer spring force to open the sealing surface of movable ring and fixed ring, resulting in oil leakage. Before start compressor, adjust the oil pressure at 0.4~0.6 Mpa. After normal running compressor, adjust oil pressure at 0.15~0.3 Mpa.

If oil temperature is too high, the oil sticky degree will reduce and oil film effect becomes weak. It will lead to leakage on shaft seal. In addition, high oil temperature will quicken the aging distortion of O type ring.

Jesus wept, this is gabbledy gobbledygook. And what the hell is a flange anyway? And how do you pronounce “phenolphthalein“?

I’m going to need a few stiff drinks after this one. The pay’s good though!


  1. First! The really bizarre thing is that you are going to be wearing a suit. BURN!

    Comment by Sean — July 26, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  2. Phenolphthalein – /’fi:n@lf’θei’lain/?

    Just trips of the tongue, doesn’t it?

    Are you sure they’re paying you well enough to say this stuff?

    Comment by Mr Bamboo — July 27, 2007 @ 3:51 am

  3. Haha… if it’s any consolation, I went with a colleague to a military base out in Jinzhou to watch her do a similar (but just audio) reading for a presentation on a product – and I’ve still no idea what the thing was.

    And she did it as part of her contract. No extra cash. No suit though.

    Flange – that’s the stuff that congeals to the wall behind the cooker in a Chinese kitchen, right?

    Comment by The Humanaught — July 29, 2007 @ 2:20 am

  4. @ Sean
    Dude, that’s like a seriously lame “BURN” dude. I don’t even feel faintly singed.

    @ Mr Bamboo

    Flange is my favourite snack then!

    Comment by Kim — July 30, 2007 @ 6:56 am

  5. […] Now the university summer holidays are here I have time for silly season work, and it’s not just flange. […]

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