When last we met I forgot to tell you what I got to do Sunday night. You may find it inspirational….or boring.
So for the Dental Unit in Santa Clara, the Federal Government…..and I….2/3rds I….but still 1/3 Feds, purchased a bunch of portable dental equipment to be used for the Unit.
Well, it was packaged well….very well…but the element for the air compressor came out of its holder and rattled around like a bull in a china shop, breaking several switches, connectors and valves on the unit. After pulling my machine apart at 10pm on a Sunday, I had to face the music.
The bottom line, is my $6.660.00 unit did not work.
So what do you do? For Dental equipment, its like buying a bicycle. The fabricator of this unit is in the City of Industry….and the retailer is in FLA….I”m not supposed to contact the manufacturer….but I also have not used a dental supply house service center in my career as a private practice dentist because it is I who service and repair my dental office.
That flies with some dental equipment fabricators, but as the years roll, it is becoming increasingly harder and harder to get parts from the manufacturers….they want me to order through a supplier….and hope its the right part.
I don’t mean to whine too much….but there is no national certification for servicing dental equipment (much like being a bicycle mechanic), and to be honest, I’ve not been impressed by the caliber of persons in the dental equipment repair business. At my “old” office, I watched as the techs installed several pieces of equipment and was not impressed. One guy saw a leak in a dental handpiece and changed out the O Rings that had nothing to do with the water flow….I turned off the water to the unit..he felt the situation was solved…and I fixed it at the delivery unit after the crew left for the day.
For the addition of chair 3 to my office, my contactor, Verl, installed a dental cabinet faster, more secure, and more professional that I”ve ever seen it done. He’s a contractor by trade…who builds medical offices…..but has attention to detail.
Since I have that too, I decided to take matters into my own hands, and to make one of the first major financial decisions of my assignment, and fix that God Damn thing myself. That being said, I’d like give my respect to Dr. Bob Wilson, who apprenticed me for many years at my “old, old” office about dental equipment. My old partner, LT Kelley once told me “Dr. Bob can build a dental office out of Home Depot parts”. I think he said “Fucking Home Depot parts.” and that line has always stuck with me. So guess where I went? Yuppers….Home Depot. And guess what….they sell PE tubing and Watts plumbing products. Holy S. F! Through the magic of technology, the hosing diagrams for the blocks were available online…and before Lunch time on Monday, I had the hoses cut, coupled, valved and ready for re-install.
I think the only happier sound that I’ve heard in our shop other than the AC firing on when its 103 outside in the summer was the sound of my DTU firing up, and filling with air quickly….then humming quietly as the fans kept the compressor cool.
Handpieces tested…..water lines tested….tight as a drum.
I’ll be submitting my report for Officer of the Day.
Yeah, some of those hoses were so short, I don’t know how they assembled the unit.
Anyway, on to bikes…SSCXWC’s are going on….starting today at 13:00. Hollywood will be there….
Steve will be there…
The Colonel and Alice Cooper will be there….
Well, the Colonel may not make it…but hey, neither will I.
I’m a busy man….updating websites…looking at the facebooks….and calling people on the phone….
In all seriousness, I’ve got a bike shop to move today…and it ain’t goin’ to move itself.