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Rain, Finally!

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Seasons

It has been raining for about the last month nearly every day at the Ranch.  Two of our neighbors up there said they recorded more than 10 inches of rain this summer.  That’s more than we’ve seen for a very long time. There has also been very cold weather coming with the rain, I got to make sure our residential heating is  running perfectly to make sure we stay nice and warm inside.

Here are some pictures of a little greener ranch…

Black Mountain

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Water at the Ranch

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Water System

It has become increasingly difficult to get the water man out to deliver water to the LittleHouse.  Due to health issues, he is not able to serve as many customers as he had previously.

Our solution for this was to equip ourselves with the equipment to haul our own water. This is the same equipment that modern well drilling companies use. Primarily, this comes in the form of a 210 gallon water tank to fit in the back of our pickup.  We purchased this from Tank N Barrel, in Apache Junction, AZ.

With the help of a tank installation company, we fitted the tank with a shutoff valve and a filter.  It hooks up with a 3/4″ hose to a pump we purchased at Harbor Freight.

We get our water from a public well in Seligman done by the local water well drilling company.  It costs 75 cents to fill the 210 gallon tank nearly full, and takes less than 10 minutes at the coin operated well.  Once we got back to the Ranch, it takes about 20 minutes to transfer the water from the small tank to our 2200 gallon main tank. If you have your own well on your property and you are not getting enough water like before, then consider getting a well pump repair.

It’s not ideal, but at least it puts our fate in our own hands a little more.  We also have a couple of shared wells in the Ranch development that we can access, if necessary, but they are not as convenient as the Seligman well. We are also thinking about getting a hot water tank installations in silverdale wa.

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Pumping water to our big tank

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Solar Installation – Part 3

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Electrical

Once the exterior of the job site boxes were complete for the solar installation, the next step was to bolt them to the porch deck.  I used carraige bolts to minimize the chance of someone removing them from the outside.

Next, I started work on the interior.  The equipment was set in place and moved around until a satisfactory arrangement was found for the solar panel installation.

Finding positions

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Solar Installation – Part 2

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Electrical

Once the ground wire was routed from the panels to the ground, they were attched to the ground lug in the combiner box.  This box is used to combine the outputs of the two strings of panels into a single pair of wires going to the charge controller.  There are circuit breakers installed, mostly to use as switches to isolate any problems.

Combiner box installed

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Solar Installation – Part 1

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Electrical

In mid-September, I went up to install the remaining pieces of the Solar Installation.  These included the charge controller, inverter and batteries.

 

Solar Equipment installed in job-site toolbox

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