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  1. #11
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    while I had no set schedule I have realized the last couple days that things are slipping a little behind what I wanted originally but one can only do one thing at a time and though we have not been putting in 12 hour days, we have been doing something every day.

    yesterday for instance saw the arrival of the backhoe, though it was delivered more than an hour later than agreed upon. once we got it in the gate I played with it about ten minutes, then shut it down and we went to inspecting and realized we needed quite a few zerks so once we got a count off to town we went and while there I went ahead and got a 3/4 inch piece of plywood ripped 1x8 for shelving and the remaining 3x8 will be a big work table in the barn. got a 4x8 pegboard and hangers to put on the wall to hang tools and hoses and such. came home and went to replacing zerks and lubing and just generally cleaning spots like the hydraulic cooler in front of the radiator and the pump area itself which was packed with sand.

    dark caught us with still three points to lube but the grease gun went to acting up so rather than try to fiddles with things by flashlight I called it off for the day.

    sunday morning here, I didn't get up till 830and im still sipping coffee and have no plan to get moving for at least another hour.

    so things are happening, though not in the exact direction I originally planned because of details like the mentioned work table and tool storage area that needs building. getting tired of working out of the bed and backseat of the truck; getting all the tools in one place where they can be glance-inventoried will be a plus. working on equipment like this carries a very high tool loss potential so I reckon its a good thing and I really wanted a work table to mount a vice and shop grinder.

    also looking to build a lean to on the barn to place generator and air compressor.

    on a sad note I confirmed my missing log splitter was taken out of the barn and taken down to my mothers place on the coast "so it would not get stolen". it along with two perfectly working generators and one project generator disappear out of my mothers back yard one fine day. I got that little thing for only 75 bucks at tractor supply because it "has some kind of leak" which I quickly determined in store was actually the electric motor armature froze up. I paid the 75 bucks and as soon as I got it to the farm, took a pair of channel locks and one little twist knocked the armature loose and it split logs like a demon.

    now the ones I see around are at the least 400 bucks up to 2000 bucks.

    dang...


    so many things lined up to do. I know I keep yammering about chickens and rabbits and I really do want to get them going but I really should bust the brush to the well area and get it ready to pump and I really should get to clearing the area I kinda want to install septic tank and field system and I really should work on the road going down the hill and I really should go ahead and bite the bullet and get a dumpbed trailer or dump truck to haul the sand to work the hill road and get to leveling the top of the hill for the houseplace(s). I really should go ahead and get the big solar panel purchase out of the way and I really should go ahead and get the big battery bank purchase out of the way and I really should I really should I really should...gee whiz.
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    glad you are having so much fun.
    how's your eye?

    p.s. I know the feeling of the growing to do list, should do this, that,the other and before you get one done you add three more to the list.

    pss. still haven't done any more on the micro hydro since you were here, so this affliction is got me too!!

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    the eye seems to be healing very very slowly. last few days I can make out more and more detail.

    appointment Thursday I think with corneal specialist.

    still lots of pain in face, but its down in my cheek now and around the right side of my mouth.

    got the table built today. its a sort of temporary thing and we just went and cut two little sweetgums and used em for six legs, then angle bracketed it to the wall inside the barn. real sturdy.

    got the backhoe cooling system flushed pretty good and its got the stuff in it right now. directions said leave it five days using the vehicle a few hours every day.

    funny note on that. I thought we was gonna have to go down the hill, clear out to the wellhead, bring the genny down to pump water. at tractor supply I was looking at little water pumps and there, for $8.99 was a water pump with a shaft sticking out the side. you chuck it to a drill, put hoses on and it pumps water about 20 or so pounds we later figured.

    saw it, bought it, went and got one of the 55 gallon plastic drums and brought it over here to rv park and filled it before going to the farm yesterday. worked like a champ!

    tomorrow we take out a split lightening struck pine to clear for plowing.
    also want to hit the power line right of ways with plow and then disc and toss oats in those areas.


    a funny note, we brought up this old, old steel drum and cut the top out of it for a paper burn barrel and my helper was trying to get holes in it and he is all over there in his tool bag lookin for drill bits and I had went to truck for ear muffs and brought him a pair and told him to put em on because I was about to make noise.

    he put em on with a real questioning look on his face and I brought out the little xd nine and shot three holes in the bottom of the barrel and then told him to put that drill stuff up because:

    "with a table with sweetgum legs on the place it makes perfect sense to just shoot holes in stuff that needs holes."

    yeah, im getting back to being a redneck...

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    HAHA! That's the way to do it.

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    decided to clear out area for rv arrival on the farm. though we got a very late start we managed to clear off a goodly portion of the pine grove. one leaner will have to go, but that's tomorrow.

    I mowed two of the power line right of ways and its just about time to get the disc on and get some oats tossed.

    we cut and stacked about half a rick of little pecan wood for later cooking and about the same amount of sweet gum and dead pine for firewood. im gonna use up all the old dead pine and sweet gum and tallow before I go to cutting oaks and elms. in fact id rather leave the hardwoods alone and get wood from off the place. currently this stuff we are cutting is in the way of either living space or crop space so I don't feel bad about cutting and stacking it.

    we raked up a bunch of pine needles and lit em off right before dark. got the lawn chairs out and sat and watched the fire burn.

    this is the way its supposed to be...

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    Outside of Livingston huh? I grew up not too terribly far from you off of highway 19 north of Huntsville.
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    well its been a while and some of my plans have changed a lot. im actually living on the farm here in the "pine grove"

    I have the 34 foot travel trailer here facing east and the 34 foot southwind motorcoach is parked about 75 feet south facing west.

    currently I have 2370 watts of solar panels deployed with another 4500 watts waiting for me to buy charge controllers.

    I have 8 Trojan t 105 wired for 12 volts currently. I am torn on my next move here. more t 105 or go with L series or go with 12 volters ganged to 24 or 48 volts.

    though my controllers will go up to 48 volts the current inverter I have will only accept 15.3 volts. its a xantrex prowatt 3000 I got from a cowboy in Washington(I think he was actually some kind of sheep hand instead of cowboy). it was still in the sealed box and though its modified sine wave it does the job. I have one 900 pure sine wave inverter but im not using it yet.


    one controller is a xiandamnifiknow that is rated 30 amps. the other is a morning star 60. neither is mttp but the prices were good so I went with them for this first set up. later I definitely want the mttp controllers.

    the panels are not placed optimally as the best place still requires some brush clearing and my backhoe is broken and I need it to dig in the underground ac feed that will be coming from that location to a powerpoint in the "pine grove". I don't get full sun on the panels until around noon and lose good sun an hour before dark because of the towering trees to the west.

    once I get the area cleared out over there ill be deploying almost all this round of panels. that location will give me much, much longer suntime.

    though I could get away without it, everyday I run generator for two hours starting around dark. I make a pot of coffee off the genny and plug in my 9cubic foot freezer and put 50 amp battery charger on the batteries to ensure they are topped off. every morning with laptop running, onboard furnace running, I usually see around 12.4-12.3 volts on the batteries in the morning. by 9am I am getting a trickle of power from the panels and by noon its a flood of power.

    currently down here I have 250 foot of pex hose ran from the wellpump to the "pine grove" and I run the pump off generator long enough to top off the 60 gallon fresh in the coash and the 32 in this trailer. I have a scheme to go get one of those food grade 275 gallon containers and put it about five foot up on blocks and fill it from the well and then just slow gravity feed into the rv tanks.

    sewer is by a wheeled 40 gallon blue boy and I hate loading that thing on the trailer and having to haul it off to rv park to dump. soon soon SOON I hope to have septic tank and field system in so I wont have to take black waste away.

    grey water runs out 60 feet into a thicket.

    im running the travel trailer fridge on propane and I don't use the fridge in the coach.

    in fact this moment the coach is disconnected and empty. I had an employee living in it and as soon as it got down here we ripped out all the 25 year old carpet, put in tile flooring and installed a little wood heater right beside the entrance door. put metal plate on the wall behind it(but funny thing, that metal plate stays cold) ran the pipe out the window beside the door through an insulated piece and when you fire it off it warms the tiles and keeps the whole front of the coach toasty warm. we installed silver bubble wrap in the windshield and drivers and passengers side windows and it reflects the heat very well. (as I was typing that a couple of coons went to snarling and fighting down by the creek!)

    he decided to go back to California because of what sounds like a sweet deal developing for him and the thing is sitting empty now.

    ive got probably three cords on the ground and split(bought a 22 ton gas engine splitter and it works like a champ) and a bunch more down and a bunch more to take down.

    it looks like ill be putting roughly 4 acres under plow come spring. I bought a 5 foot pto drive tiller and, WOW! its the cats meow! love it!

    I plan on building some tater boxes and though that damn chicken coop build project has been put on hold soooooo many times, I think its gonna happen soon.

    ok, so im down here, off the grid for the most part, use about a gallon a day maybe for genny. im still kind of dependant on propane but as I get more and more solar deployed ill be able to go to electric for the fridge and begin to use the microwave again. currently ive pretty much retired it for using the stove and cooking over a wood grille.

    theres a lot more but im just plain tired and so there it is.

    ogun lives on the farm


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    HAHA! Glad to here it, friend.

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    Good to see things are going your way.
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    living the dream i see.
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