May 2018 Visit

by on Oct.26, 2018, under Area

With about a 2-hour drive from our Ranch, there is a beautiful place to visit.  The Havasupai Indian Reservation is north of Peach Springs.  With a bit of hiking, you are immersed into a Sangri-La atnosphere of blue waters and 200 foot waterfalls.  IT is well worth the trip, if you are up to it.  The only way in and out is to hike 11 miles each way, or take a helicopter.

In early May, Tara, Jessica and I went up to hike to Havasu Falls.  We spent 3 days hiking in, around and out of the area near the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  It is an amazing trip, and was well worth the effort to get there.

Ready to go down

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April 2018 Visit

by on Oct.26, 2018, under Communications

I came up in April to get the Littlehouse ready for the warmer weather.  When I checked my tractor, I found that the darned packrats had eaten the battery cable again!

Packrat Damage!

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Plumbing Maintenance

by on Oct.26, 2018, under Plumbing

Selfie at the Ranch

Tara & I made a trip up last fall (Oct 2017).  While we were there, we noticed that when the outside faucets were turned on, they leaked from various places.

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Tractor Maintenance

by on May.09, 2018, under Ranch Maintenance

Last fall, I went to Tractor Supply and got some oil to change into the Ford tractor.  After making the trip up to the Ranch, I found that the tools I brought with me were not able to get a good enough bite on the oil drain plug to remove it.  I tried borrowing a different socket from our neighbor up the hill, but that one didn’t work, either.  So I ended up making a second trip a couple of weeks later, this time bringing my impact wrench and a good 6-sided socket.  That did the trick, and I was able to complete the work.

Here is the oil filter on the side of the tractor…

Oil Filter on the Ford 2000

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Screen Door Repair and Other Maintenance

by on Jan.18, 2017, under Insulation, Plumbing, Ranch Maintenance

Sometime last year, the mice or birds chewed a hole through the screen on our screen door.  We brought up some new screen and spline from Metroplex Windows & Glass to make a repairs.

We started by removing the screen door from the frame.  This involved adjusting the rollers on the bottom of the door for as little pressure as possible, the prying the door up and over the bumps which the rollers run on.  We set the screen onto our floor to work on it. We started by locating the end of the spline, and pulling it out of the channel to release the screen material.

Removing the spline

Removing the spline

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