Wednesday, October 12, 2011

just snug enough

35 longhorns grazin' at the end of my driveway all day...only a few ventured in and even fewer allowed to stay by the house.













Borrowed a pump from the good neighbor and transferred 300 gallons into my house tank from one of the greenhouse tanks.  I've caught 4,000 gallons off the greenhouse roof so far since we finally got rain out here. 













Finished up the last framing bits on the east door and snugged it into place.  Cut all the pieces for the little bit of roofing needed for the bump out above.

Got my GameCam today and did a quick read on the manual.  Strolled down to what's left of the swamp to set it up.  Found 15 ducks lounging.  That looks like a wildlife habitat to me...  77,92,62,0,C  

15 comments:

Allison said...

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baba said...

beautiful picture of ducks, John, if that was the only reason for the damn dam, it was worth it...

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deguello said...

Looks as if the "Occupy the Swamp" movement has reached The Field Lab.

2 Dogs said...

John Wells said...

"personally....without a garden or a cow to water - I use about 25 gallons per week."

I did some tests here at my home on city water to see how much water I could get by with. I was comfortable with six gallons a day and that included a three minute Navy shower everyday and water for my critters (no moos, meows). I could cut that back without much of a problem.
If necessary I can shower with only three liters of water. I do it when camping.

EvilBunnySlipper said...

When I go camping myself and the two kids shower in 1,5 liter(almost half a gallon) of water...I use one of those hand pump pressure spray bottles...pump it up...good spray then soap and shampoo and then spray it all off.

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oildriller said...

John,
Do you have to do anything to the green house tanks in the winter?

John Wells said...

oildriller...Nope: Last winter my house tank had about 300 gallons in it and the the top 1' of water froze during our abnormal cold spell of 38 consecutive hours of below freezing temperatures. It would take a lot more cold to freeze 2,000 gallons of water.

John Wells said...

correction...that was 68 hours not 38

Pablo said...

when would the airstream be available ? admire learn yur FL on paid guest stays ?

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oildriller said...

Gotcha, I have a couple of those on the property I am buying down there. Wondering if I should winterize. We live with them on the rig and they have a little heater they use.

Allen Hare said...

Very nice work on the door.

Thanks for the update on the greenhouse roof catchment system. I've been wondering if you got any water out of it. That seems like a lot of water you captured, but, it also seems like this was an abnormally dry year. Would be interested to know the difference between this year's rainfall totals against the average.

Ok Hwa is getting excited about coming down to see you again. She looks at your pictures with me most days, and marvels at your creativity and industriousness.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Best of luck with everything!