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Saturday, July 24, 2010

A little Modern Convenience

Today was a landmark day of sorts. It was Wet, rainy and cool. Didn't really want to work outside so I started thinking of something to do. I decided to check out the RV water pump we brought with us from the old camper we had.

I had a battery in the shop that the last owner left here, from his airplane (I guess). It says Aviation Battery. Anyhow, I hooked up some Pop system hose I had brought, gathered up some rain water and primed the pump. Fired it up using the little plane battery and Walla, it pumps water.

So, We haul water to the cabin and put it in a 50 gallon plastic barrel. Then as we need it we have been dipping in the barrel and filling a 3 gallon jug we keep at the sink.We pour water into about 10 pop bottles for quick drinking water. Well NOT anymore. At least not the jug or pop bottle part.

I took a small tote, placed the battery and pump in it, added some wires to the pump and a switch point and put it under the sink. I ran a hose to the water barrel, the discharge hose up to the sink and we have RUNNING WATER.

The pump has a pressure switch integral in it so we don't even have to shut it off, it shuts off at 45 psi. OK, so we don't have a faucet or a valve so we just fold over the hose to stop the flow and the pump shuts off. We stick the folded hose in one of the faucet holes in the sink and we have ready water for the next use.

It may be a little rudimentary but it beats a pitcher and jug and filling pop bottles with drinking water. The red wires are actually tucked out of site by now but they are the emergency disconnect if you loose control of the hose. Just pull the wires apart to disconnect the battery. It's only 12 volts, it won't hurt much, right?

On another note, we have never bought pop to bring to the cabin. Our drinking has been 100% water or water with crystal light. The pop bottles we have brought back empty when we buy it as a treat in town. The No pop thing is a huge change, but I believe a pretty good one. Many cravings for carbohydrates seem to have really dropped off. I also don't have near as much instance of my irregular heart beat (SVT).
Speaking of Modern convenience, Myra on the computer, in the middle of nowhere, with no electricity and no wires. Isn't it cool. We have a couple of deep cycle batteries and two little power inverters and we charge the batteries with a little generator. Now we hook all that up, use a wireless router in the cabin so we are both on line at the same time, then shot all of this modern technology through a satellite transmitter and shoot the signal 20,000 miles into the sky then back down to you all. Ain't it cool! we have that AND running water today.
Talk to you soon, glad you are here.
WOO HOO "running water". Progress is awesome. I won't miss having to fill the water containers and bring them downstairs and then fill the old pop bottles for the quick grab of water thing. It is important to stay hydrated when working up here just like anywhere.
I had one of those days where I just didn't feel like doing much of anything so I spent most of the day either reading or on the computer. I did help Roger install the water "system" and also made some chili for supper.
That's it for me today.
Blessings to all, Myra

1 comment:

  1. Wow...I'm sure it brings new appreciation for the basic things in life when you have done without them for a couple of months! You guys look so happy. Keep blogging. I really enjoy hearing your adventures and the pictures are great. Take care Nanook and Grizzly!