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Conex Box Delivery

by on Oct.28, 2018, under Conex Box

We worked with a great company for the purchase and delivery of our 40′ shipping container.  GTLogistics was very easy to work with, and provided a container that was in excellent condition. I found an ad on craigslist for the company, and filled out a form requesting a quote for a 40′ High-Cube (9.5′ tall) shipping container.  I received an email on the next work day for a quote of $3600.00 delivered to Seligman.

40′ High-Cube Shipping Container drop off

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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 as we continue to build our ranch.

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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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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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.  The house heater will be mounted on the North wall, near the northwest corner of the house.  We hope to have solar radiant heating run under the floor throughout the house, but the propane will be our backup heating system.

The other appliances are all located in the kitchen area, along the north wall of the kitchen.

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.

Propane manifold

Propane manifold

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More Solar Equipment Work

by on Apr.27, 2014, under Electrical

I made it up to the Ranch on the weekend of April 11th. I had four goals on this trip:
1. Install a temperature controlled fan in the solar equipment box
2. Open the place up after winter
3. Replace the water pump for the cabin
4. Collect pictures to support creation of a how-to guide for the Ranch

Fans Installed in Solar bay

Fans Installed in Solar bay

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