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Shed Painting

by on May.19, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

While we were up doing touchup painting on the LittleHouse, we painted the Shed for the first time.

Front of shed painted

Front of shed painted

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Spring Maintenance

by on May.19, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

Tara and I decided to run up to the Ranch last weekend to do a little spring maintenance.  It hardly seems fair that we have to repaint/do touchups when we are still working at building the place!

Anyway, the paint on the front door trim never did stick too well, and had been peeling pretty good.  I blame it on poor quality primer that came with the trim, because that is the part that was peeling.  We have had no other peeling on the rest of the house trim, only that door.

We started by scraping off all of the loose paint chips from the trim.

Tara scraping off the old paint on the front door.

Tara scraping off the old paint on the front door.

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Water System Work

by on Apr.27, 2014, under Water System

For my trip in April, once the Solar Bay ventilation system was installed, I moved on to replacing the water pump for the Littlehouse.

New Pump Model

New Pump Model

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More Solar Equipment Work

by on Apr.27, 2014, under Electrical

I made it up to the Ranch on the weekend of April 11th. I had four goals on this trip:
1. Install a temperature controlled fan in the solar equipment box
2. Open the place up after winter
3. Replace the water pump for the cabin
4. Collect pictures to support creation of a how-to guide for the Ranch

Fans Installed in Solar bay

Fans Installed in Solar bay

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Winterizing 2013

by on Oct.30, 2013, under porch, Security, Trim & Paint

Wow, time went fast this year.  We didn’t get up to the Ranch nearly as often as I would have liked.

With October coming to an end, it is past time to go up and winterize.  I got a late start on Saturday, and started work in earnest on Sunday.

To start off, I wanted to take take some readings on the batteries for the solar install.  Since the hydrometer that I bought on the last trip was broken when I opened it, I stopped by a Checker Auto and picked up another.  I let the batteries charge until they reached the float stage, then let them sit there in float for 1 hour.  Then I let the batteries rest for 1 hour with no charging and no load.  The hydrometer showed all cells (3 in each battery) fully charged.  So I have a good baseline reading.  IN the future, as I make the reads again, I will have something to compare against.

The hydrometer was kind of hard to read, but the line in the picture below was at 1.275 specific gravity, which represents 100% charged.  Specific gravity is reportedly the only way to be sure of the charge level of a battery.  Voltages can be deceiving.

Specific Gravity showing 1.275 = 100% charged, cell in good condition.

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