Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Pepino Swamp Cooler
Spent 3 hours online this morning delving into my G9 snafu. Couldn't find a viable DIY solution but discovered that the camera is still under warranty. Decided to send it in for repair and cleaning. Took another hour to dig up my proof of purchase, box the sickly camera up, and print out the repair authorization and the UPS label. Headed to the Grub Shack and hung out there for 2 hours as the heat of the day began to build. Caught Uncle Jerry (UPS) as he pulled into the Ranch Supply Store around noon. Told him "I got a box for you this time"...he replied with "well that's awfully thoughtful of you". Took a look at my label and said it will go out on a plane tonight. I love great service.
The swamp cooler was on the afternoon schedule. Cut a new chunk of 4" thick cardboard padding I bought last year to try out. It is the same material they use in industrial size green house evaporative coolers. Cobbled together the parts from last year and fired it up for some afternoon cooling. Only problem I see is that I need a bit more water flow what with the new evaporative media. Also need to upgrade some of the plumbing and the water tanks for the system to make it more efficient and purdy....but at least it still works!
Had a problem with my refrigerator today as well. The compressor was tripping out the inverter and not starting up. Did some brain surgery on the guts of the machine and found a doo-dad not where it was supposed to be. Not that it really matters...but I don't know what it does but now that it is in place, the fridge makes cold again. Ended the day by moving my winter ice box inside. Bought my first block of ice since November last year just to chill down some brewskies and see how it works out as a chest style fridge.
Photo of the day from yesterday. First sign of a yellow headed black bird this year at the Field Lab. Got this shot just before the camera locked up on me.