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Conex Box Preparations

by on Oct.28, 2018, under Conex Box

I have become fed up with the packrat damage to my tractor in the past year.  We’ve decided to add a 40′ shipping container to the property to park the tractor in, and provide a place to store construction materials and supplies like our industrial blower as we continue to build our ranch with the proper structural steel erection.

In preparation for the container, we applied for, and received a permit from Yavapai County.  In the past they had prohibited shipping containers larger than 20′ long, but they recently revised the rules to allow one 40′ container on a property once again.  The permit cost $90, and involved drawing a lot plan, showing existing structures, septic system and distances to lot lines and between buildings.  It was kind of a pain, but we got it done.

Conex Box Permit

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Gas Lines for the LittleHouse

by on Jan.18, 2017, under Gas Appliances

We came up in late October to run some propane lines into the LittleHouse.  These are to feed a wall-mounted, direct-vent propane heater,  gas water heater, oven/stove, and possibly refrigerator, to keep our gas full we will be constantly getting tanks for a propane gas delivery service so you can get a propane tank installation. For those who are worried that their new ranch homes have a gas leak, consider getting radon mitigation fishers to always be sure you are safe. And for those looking for a total Water Heater System Repair, get it at an affordable price. 

The house heater will be mounted on the North wall, near the northwest corner of the house, after we get a heater repair done.  We hope to have solar radiant heating run under the floor throughout the house, but the propane will be our backup heating system. If you ever need repairs done to your heating system, then you should contact this burner service for a proper heating repair.

The other appliances are all located in the kitchen area, along the north wall of the kitchen. Thanks to deep kitchen cleaning service in London we had everything organized at the end of the day.

We started out by installing a manifold in the Northeast corner or the house.  There are two 6″ black pipe nipples installed on the back, along with two plugs on the unused ports on the back, and one plug on the unused port on the side.  We also installed a gas valve at the inlet to the manifold. This is where the propane tank will tie in.  From there, we have one line run to the direct-vent heater location, and a second line running to the kitchen, for now, this is the process we’ve made but may need to get a bigger heating installation later on. 

Propane manifold

Propane manifold

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September 2014 Finishing Cleanup

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

Between lingering New Year’s resolutions and impending Lenten restraint, it’s the season when many people are inspired to get healthy by refusing foods they normally delight in.

And increasingly, we’re seeing elimination diets that promise weight loss and a tantalizing bonus: detoxification.

“Cleansing diets” trade on this most alluring idea: By limiting our intake of food to a few superpure items, we can free up the body to get rid of all the gunk accumulated in our cells. Learn more about healthy supplements such as revitaa pro.

There’s only one problem with the idea of using food, or a lack thereof, to detox: Medical experts say it’s baloney. What’s most ironic about the detox myth, they say, is that the body is already quite capable of eliminating toxins – a gift from human evolution.

“The body has its own amazing detoxification systems: the liver and the kidneys,” says Ranit Mishori, a faculty member in family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine who has reviewed the medical literature on colon cleanses. “Unless there’s a blockage in one of these organs that do it day and night, there’s absolutely no need to help the body get rid of toxins.” Learn more about exipure healthy benefits.

I happen to know a few people who recently embarked on the Clean Program, a 21-day diet created by Alejandro Junger — who was once called the “detox movement’s It Boy.” A cardiologist by training, the Uruguayan-born, Los Angeles-based Junger has managed to sell a lot of books (a best-seller titled Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself) and a lot of dietary supplements to people on his program.

One of Junger’s fundamental arguments is that our body is full of toxins we’ve picked up from food and the environment. These toxins slow us down and make us sick. As Junger recently tweeted, a “main cause of dysfunction in the body is the presence of obstacles [toxins] to the normal functioning of things.”

However, Junger writes, it is possible to get rid of them by giving our digestive system a break. That system is normally so busy breaking down irritating foods that it rarely has time to do the hard work of detox. In effect, Junger sees the average body on an average American diet akin to a dirty house that needs an occasional deep scrubbing.

His diet bans a laundry list of foods: dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, nightshade vegetables, soy and peanuts — all foods he calls irritants to good digestion. His website also actively encourages people to spend $425 on the Clean supplement package, which comes in vanilla or chocolate flavor.

After several years of promoting the Clean Program, Junger has hundreds of devotees who chatter on the Clean forum and elsewhere about feeling marvelous, and indeed cleaner after the program — like this writer from Outside. That group of believers includes such celebrities as Donna Karan and Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently launched her own $425 goop cleanse with Junger.

Despite its heavy restrictions, it’s not hard to see why Clean is compelling. Who doesn’t sometimes feel icky, or bloated, or displeased with his decision to wolf down a few too many cookies or french fries? And surely there’s a benefit to eating a lot more fruits and vegetables.

But will that change in diet really push out toxins?

“The body is constantly filtering the toxins in alcohol, food and medicines, not storing them,” Boston dietitian Maria Adams tells The Salt. “So they’re not going to build up. I think the reason people feel better on a cleanse is probably just they’re losing weight and are less bloated.”

It’s true there are plenty of very real toxins in the environment we could be exposed to: the ultrafine particulate matter we inhale from dirty air, asbestos from old homes, or heavy metals like lead or mercury. Unfortunately, there’s really no easy way to get these toxins out. Chelation therapy may work for some metals, but particulates in our lungs are probably there to stay, says Mishori. “A lot of these are irreversible,” she says.

So why, despite the science, does the idea of cleansing with food remain so powerful?

“We live in an era where there are daily assaults on our psyche and body, so cleansing may give you a false sense of getting the gunk out,” says Mishori. As for psychological gunk? Try a little exercise and nature, she says.

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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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