Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Final Stretch of Two Projects
No she can't drive a standard. And NO teaching her is not something I want to even think about. Riding with her in an automatic is scary enough thank you very much.
Truth be told the Mrs. was getting excited about a new car so today was chauffeur the wife around to every dealership she could fit on her clip board of day ending shopping doom. I knew this was going to be like shopping for appliances were she has to look at every appliance in every store even the ones she knows she doesn't want to buy from.
Why? Seriously Why do Women do that? It drives me absolutely crazy to look at things I know I either cannot afford or don't like to begin with. Nothing but a simple waste of time but it does seem to make her happy.
At least she is thrifty I must say that. One reason I married her was she has one of the best self control personalities when it comes to money. After finally paying off all the bills my Ex left me with, bad spending habits would have been a deal breaker plain and simple for any possible marriage. In fact thrifty "no nonsense" spending habits seemed to be such a rare thing to find in today's "modern" Woman that until I met my wife I didn't think it was a trait I would ever see again.
Anyway I digress.
So although she was looking for a new car it was one we could afford to pay cash for and one that wasn't a luxury model. Still we were looking at about 18K plus another 2K in taxes and other fees.
The verdict isn't in yet as I am letting her make the final decision without my input but I think she is going to get her old car repaired now. At first I didn't think it was all that good of an idea but the shop is offering her a three year warranty on the replacement engine and 4K is alot easier to swallow right now than 20K. Although her old car is 11 years old it has less than 50K miles on it and was in good shape. Too good for a timing belt to go like that. So we will see what she decides.
After finally getting through all the dealerships I made her go to the hardware store with me (HAHA serves her right) and picked up the last few items I need to finish up at least two of the projects I wanted done before Winter this year.
First on my list is the hand pump for the underground cistern. If I figure everything right a simple hand pump with a 10 foot PVC pipe and some fittings is all I need to finally get this project finished. That and I need to build a stand for it. I even got a connection fitting that comes apart that I can put some screen in to act as a filter at the bottom of the pipe for drawing the water out of the cistern.
If everything goes according to plan this project should be completed and covering the hole below by tomorrow afternoon.
And before you ask the plant pictured has been acting as my hole cover for the last few months.
That is the new cover I poured over the old cistern earlier this Summer. The old cap had cracked but rather than remove it I used a sheet of aluminum and poured a new cover with metal mesh support over it and reduced the access hole slightly. All I should need is about 10 foot of pumping power to reach almost to the bottom and by my estimation the cistern holds about 1300 gallons.
As old as it is I am not trusting it for drinking water but hooking the entire thing into my rain catchment system as overflow storage for the garden seemed like the best way to use it.
If we hit a dry period when the rain barrels run dry I can pump the water directly out of the cistern. This should give us overall around 1400 gallons of stored rain water for the house and garden areas. Next year I will worry about the barn system.
The entire system is designed to be removable and stored dry during the Winter months although I could still access the cistern by hand if needed and will also be able to rout rain water directly into the cistern without the catchment barrels if it needs more water during warmer periods.
I would just have to watch the water level.
The entire thing used to be attached to the house gutter system but had been disconnected long before I arrived. I thought about using it that way once again but the rain barrels actually afforded e enough height to flow water directly into the garden so the cistern became the overflow and backup storage.
I also picked up the lumber needed to finish the gas generator storage unit I am placing to run the wood furnace and freezers in the case of a power outtage. More pictures of that project this weekend I hope.
Other than that I have no clue what's been up in the world today and plan on catching up with other bloggers and the news this evening.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!