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Frustration take 2!

Happy Hump Day!  Hope your all doing well and having a great week so far.  Mine’s been busy busy busy as the new semester kicks off and I’m still figuring out my schedule.  It usually take a good month to get into the swing of it. =)

The past few days have felt more like spring than winter – which, I know, some of you would like – however, there was one day when the temps got below freezing one night.  This isn’t a problem now that I have my garage set up and water lines all figured out…or so I thought.

I awoke one day earlier this week to no water.  WHAT?!?!  How can I have no water when I have a (very expensive) automatic electric heated water line to prevent this exact thing? See the plugs going from the well & hose to the electric box behind?

water connection from well

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Did you have a great weekend?!  I didn’t get a chance to ask you because I was celebrating yesterday.  =) My weekend was…interesting.  Let me explain.  So it felt like winter again here (yay!) with the night time temps reaching down in the 20’s (ok, that only happened 1 night).  I thought this would be the perfect time to try out the heat lamp idea – I also had just gotten the thermostat outlet.

automatically turns on if the temp gets below 45 degrees

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Hello!  Welcome back!

A few days ago I posted the idea about a heat lamp used for chicken coops….remember?

light shield

Well, I went to the local farm supply store (it happens to be 1 mile from my house and also where I go to fill my propane tanks) and discussed this with the folks there since someone where *hopefully* use these or at least are more familiar with them than me.

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Winterizing – take 2

Hello and happy Monday!!!  Welcome back!  Did you have a great weekend?  Mine was good.  The weather was warm – in the 60’s so I got to do some outdoor projects that I needed to do.  First one was winterizing my drain line.  As I only have greywater – and with going to try another composting toilet will remain that way – the drain line isn’t the biggest issue if it freezes but it is a pain in the butt!  If I’m home due to crappy icy weather then I want/need to get some things done such as laundry, washing dishes, etc.  and with a frozen (which means stopped up) sewer line, doing those things just isn’t going to happen until the afternoon when the weather warms up to thaw the frozen line. So, I decided to winterize my sewer line!  What does that mean, you ask?

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Toilet update

Hello, hello and happy Fri-yay!  Do you have any fun plans for this weekend???  Me, I’m just catching up and relaxing as we just finished the first week of the semester.  1 down, 14 to go! I really shouldn’t count like that…ha!

Today’s topic is a fun one…toilets! Remember (awhile back now) how I was unhappy with my composting toilet as it requires much more maintenance than the reviews/owner manual, smells (like dirt but a pretty strong odor), and attracts insects….


Well, I made a decision on what I’m going to replace it with…

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Ice storm…take 3

Hello, hello!  I know you all are anxiously awaiting what water heater options I have so I’ll just go right into it. =)

First option is to simply replace exactly what I have.  An Eccotemp propane tankless hot water heater.

water heater

I know it works well for my application and, while I have to keep a 1400w space heater in the bike garage during winter – it’s energy efficient and I haven’t had any issues with it working other than this whole freeze thing.  The plumbers will simply just take out the busted on and install this..boom – done.  I looked into purchasing just the parts that are broken (the heating element) and the manufacture doesn’t sell a replacement for that part so that wasn’t an option.  So this is option 1.

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Ice storm….take 1

Hello!  Welcome back!  I took a few days off as I went out of town again.  When I returned (luckily in the night after I had already flown in) we got an ice storm.  The meteorologist had been predicting this so it wasn’t like it took everyone by surprise and in fact it turned out to be a lot milder than originally planned.  However, I awoke Saturday to this…

Ice storm

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