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My name is Rob, I live extremely remote on Afognak island in Alaska. Afognak island is 30 miles north of Kodiak island. I am an Ohio transplant to Alaska. I work for Afognak Native Corporation as there mechanic. We get 100% of our power from 2, 60kw cummins gen sets. So they need a mechanic on site 24/7. I fix everything in our camp, from leaky toilets, pickups, dump trucks, heavy equipment, septic & water system, sat phones, sat internet, road maintence, generators, off load fuel from the barge, pretty much every single thing that could go wrong in your world. Most of which I do single handedly.

I am an ASE, auto & light truck master tech, but dont have much expierence with the direct injected diesels. Looking forward to learing a lot, and contributing where I can.

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I used to work for a company that put in Computer-aided learning systems in schools. I had to go to Toksook Bay, AK (NW of you, around on the Bering Sea) right after Thanksgiving. Being from the lower 48, I'd never been in a place so cold in my life (there 3 days, averaged -45*). They have two diesel generators too. Probably pretty common. They'd run one a week, fire up the other one to get it to temp and then switch them over before shutting the other one down.


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I used to work for a company that put in Computer-aided learning systems in schools. I had to go to Toksook Bay, AK (NW of you, around on the Bering Sea) right after Thanksgiving. Being from the lower 48, I'd never been in a place so cold in my life (there 3 days, averaged -45*). They have two diesel generators too. Probably pretty common. They'd run one a week, fire up the other one to get it to temp and then switch them over before shutting the other one down.
Two diesel gen sets in Rural AK is very common. Ours are set up with an automatic transfer switch. They "switch over" everyday at 5 AM & 5 PM. That way I can check oil, coolant, and have a general look at everything on both of them daily. Both have coolant & oil heaters. If one dies, the other one automatically fires up.

The whole setup is basically a hospital backup unit. Instead of the transfer switch going between the grid and the gen, it goes between 2 gen's. The transfer switch can be programmed to do what ever schedule you want.

I do a lot of "public works" stuff, but the main reason I am on this island, is to babysit these B model Cummins gen sets.

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WELCOME to the site! If you ever get bored and feel like posting some pics of were you are at and whatb you drive/work on that would be great.
Oh, and I have a Honda generator and a leaking shower so you see we are in the same boat.....kinda! lol

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My name is Rob, I live extremely remote on Afognak island in Alaska. Afognak island is 30 miles north of Kodiak island. I am an Ohio transplant to Alaska. I work for Afognak Native Corporation as there mechanic. We get 100% of our power from 2, 60kw cummins gen sets. So they need a mechanic on site 24/7. I fix everything in our camp, from leaky toilets, pickups, dump trucks, heavy equipment, septic & water system, sat phones, sat internet, road maintence, generators, off load fuel from the barge, pretty much every single thing that could go wrong in your world. Most of which I do single handedly.

I am an ASE, auto & light truck master tech, but dont have much expierence with the direct injected diesels. Looking forward to learing a lot, and contributing where I can.

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Glad to have you. Stay warm up there, Rob.

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