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Bathroom Sink Install

by on Mar.20, 2011, under Plumbing

We are finally getting a sink in the little house.  This is a big step, as before we had to go down to the shed to wash our hands.  With the new sink, we are able to clean up better, and even fill pots and pans locally.

We chose an old-fashioned looking model with curved doors from Lowes.  It has a slide out drawer in the bottom, as well as a shelf inside.

Sink installed

Sink installed

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Bathroom Door Installation

by on Mar.20, 2011, under Windows & Doors

At the end of January, I had done a very temporary job of putting the bathroom door up.  Because the frame was too long for the opening, with the tile floor installed, I wasn’t able to install it in the correct position.  It worked for that weekend, but now I needed to finish the job.

So when I arrived in March, this was the state of the door:

Bathroom Door Temporary install

Bathroom Door Temporary install

As you can see, it is not set into the frame to be flush with the drywall on the other side.

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Better Living through Electricity

by on Mar.20, 2011, under Cooking

One of the real chores to working and living in a temporary semi-primitive setting is the cleanup involved with cooking.  Without a sink and hot water handy, you have to heat water on the camp stove, and wash things in a plastic bin.  Then you have to pour heated water over the dishes/utensils to rinse them, all the while trying to conserve water, so you don’t have to heat more up.

We had tried using a 1100 watt microwave before with our generator, but due to the length of the extension cord, the voltage drop was too much, and the microwave didn’t work unless we plugged it directly into the generator.

So I went to Kmart and found a very simple 600 watt microwave to take to the ranch.

600 watt microwave

600 watt microwave

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Generator Maintenance

by on Mar.20, 2011, under Ranch Maintenance

It’s Spring again, and time to get ready for a new year at the Ranch.  The Honda Generator manual said to change the oil every 8 hours of operation.  That seems a little excessive to me, so I change the oil once a year, whether it needs it or not!

The main problem with the EU2000 generator is that it doesn’t have a drain plug for the oil.  So in the past I have tried basically dumping the oil out of the fill tube.  That gets pretty messy.  You can see here that the generator gets pretty dirty after a year of operation in the dust and dirt of Northern Arizona.

Oil Fill Tube

Oil Fill Tube

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