Now the fun part - getting the tank on top of the stall. Fought with it about an hour trying to get it up my 2x4 ladder. Close but no cigar - was being extra cautious as I was working alone. It's not real heavy...but just enough to be unwieldy. Took a breather to think about it for awhile. Suddenly I saw in happen in my mind by using my long extension ladder. Got that ladder set up and in about 2 minutes, the tank was on the high perch! Was so easy, I thought about bringing it back down and trying again see if I could do it even faster. Decided not to press my luck.
Ended the day by adding some bracing to the shower stall structure. Filling the tank up there will add about 400lbs of dead weight above my head. I would rather it all stay up there until called upon to lightly sprinkle down on me. Word at the Field Lab is: I'm good for at least 3 more days without a shower!
Got an email this morning from the writer - the article was out in the Big Bend Sentinel today, and he apologized that they credited him for the fab photo I sent.....no big deal as far as I'm concerned. This was the reporter I happened upon when I stopped by to see my friend Bennett last week in Alpine. The writer offered to buy me lunch next time I come in out of the outback - I'll order the most expensive thing on the menu to get even. Nice blurb about the Field Lab.