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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

After Labor Day, I came up to the ranch again in the weekend of the 13th.  I wanted to finish cleaning up the back yard and the number one carpet cleaning dublin that will be in  charge of cleaning the inside of the home. With the help of land clearing services, cleaning up my landscape was a breeze.

It was a beautiful weekend, with warm, breezy days and cool nights. I love to take advantage of these days and start cleaning prior to the rainy season, We do almost all we can but this year we had to call the local duct cleaning services for professional help.

I love it when I spend time with my plants, when I wake you and take care of them, water them, give them the nutrients they need, transplanting and so much more. So I know that transporting your tools all over your garden can be stressful, that’s why I started using a solo backpack sprayer that you can just put it on your back and you only need a hand to use it and you’ll see how different your plants will react. If you really want the best outcome for your garden, then consider using some high nitrogen organic fertilizer. For those farm owners who need materials, consider getting Straw bales.

Meadow in early evening

Meadow in early evening

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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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