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Driving around the North part of the Ranch

by on May.30, 2006, under Area

While we were out looking for buffalo, we decided to continue exploring. We headed East on the road that skirts the western edge of Black Mountain. Even though our map didn’t show a connection to El Portal Road, we were able to get there by some exploration. The route wasn’t even off-road.

El Portal Road

El Portal Road

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The Buffalo Ranch down the road

by on May.30, 2006, under Area

26 May 2006
We heard that someone down south of us was raising Buffalo, so we set out to find them. They are down in the flats about 3 or 4 miles southwest of our place. Here is a view of the Buffalo Ranch.

Buffalo Ranch

Buffalo Ranch

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Washhouse Electrical & A Little Paint

by on May.28, 2006, under WashHouse

Power Distribution

May 27, 2006.

Power for the water pump comes from an on-board 12 volt marine battery. I know, a real deep-cycle would be better, but we had this available, and it works for now.

We had been hauling the battery back and forth to Mesa for each trip. I was visiting Harbor Freight in Mesa one day, and came across a 5-watt solar panel for $39.99

For that price, I said why not try it? I know it can only replace perhaps 2.5 amp-hours per day, but we are normally only here once a month, and usually only for a couple of days. So we have maybe 20 days of charging between visits. So that’s about 50 amp-hours of replacement charging between visits.

So we installed the solar panel on the roof. All of the books I read say that charging a 100 amp-hour battery at 300millamps will not overcharge it, no matter how long you leave it on. It supposedly has to do with internal losses in the battery compared to the very low charging rate. So we’ll see how it does this summer, with no charge controller in place.

Included in the control panel is a 300 watt pure sine wave inverter from Circuit Specialists in Mesa. It was somewhere around $119.

Power Panel

Power Panel

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Water Tank Installation

by on May.24, 2006, under Water System

Water System
For a few years, our plan is to have water delivered as needed. We can get 2500 gallons delivered for about $70. Later we will add a well, so that we can support growing fruit trees and a garden.

First Water Tank

First Water Tank

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