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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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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.  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.

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.  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.

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.

Pumping water to our big tank

 

 

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Fresh Water Plumbing for the Littlehouse (Con’t 2)

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Plumbing

We went up to the ranch on April 16th for a few days to finish up the fresh water plumbing for the LittleHouse.
We plumbed up some 3/4″ PVC in the ground box to create a system of valves that let us select fresh water from the tank, or an antifreeze solution for winterizing the plumbing in the house.

Inlet Plumbing

Inlet Plumbing

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Fresh Water Plumbing for the LittleHouse (Con’t)

by on Mar.18, 2010, under Plumbing

So on Monday, after Sarah & Clan left for the Grand Canyon, we started on the north wall of the kitchen. First we worked on the water heater connections and the shower connections on the bathroom side at the same location. Again, a few 3/4″ x 1/2″ tees were put in use. The crimping tool from Lowes seems to make a pretty good feeling joint with the stainless steel clamps. We’ll see after we pressurize it…

Shower and Water Heater connections

Shower and Water Heater connections

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Fresh Water Plumbing for LittleHouse

by on Mar.18, 2010, under Plumbing

Spring is finally here, just barely… We arrived on March 13th just as a cold front was blowing through.  There was still a bit of snow on Black Mountain left over from the last storm a week ago.

A little snow on Black Mountain

A little snow on Black Mountain

Sarah and her family came up to visit overnight on Sunday.  The night before they arrived, we had a low of 20 degrees F.  Fortunately, the front had passed through by Sunday evening, and the low that night was only 34 degrees.  Much more comfortable for sleeping.

We got started on Saturday by climbing up to the inside peak of the roof, and using the vent screening material to force a tight fit between the roofing underlay and the sheathing at the top near the vent.  That seems to have stopped all of the flapping noises we have put up with over the last couple years whenever the wind would blow.

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