Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'No Delay'

May 10, 2016
Early one January morning in northeast Montana, where even moderate winter conditions result in wind chills of 50 below, Twitch Griswold, facilities manager for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Big Beaver, calls his old friend Johnny Tundra in a panic—the building’s four boilers are tripping out on high temperature every time Twitch turns around. Luckily for him, Johnny has his back.

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Ebert’s Law and Engineering Content

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In film reviews and his Movie Answer Man column, critic Roger Ebert would remind readers of Ebert’s Law, which states: “A movie is not about what it is about. It is about how ...
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Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'High-Head Chiller Trip'

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It is back to school for Johnny Tundra, who returns to Rosebud County Vo-Tech. A chiller keeps tripping offline on high head pressure. How can the chiller have any load on it ...
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Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: 'Foundering Furnaces'

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Amid sub-zero temperatures and 80-mph winds, two of four furnaces serving the State Lands headquarters continually are tripping off. Could the problem be ice crystals in the fuel...
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Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: ‘Freeze-Protection Freeze-out'

Jan. 12, 2016
At Rosebud County Vocational Technical School, the freeze-protection thermostat on a new rooftop air-handling unit is tripping continually. To Facility Manager Jonas “Wooly” Wolcott...