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Dec 7, 2010 -


I was going to start on the loft tomorrow after running out today to get the final missing bits. I’ve been waffling on the flooring in there, wanting to put in vinyl tiles, but thought I was being silly. Lying in bed last night I realised that I need to use vinyl for the loft flooring! The current flooring is porous fiberboard. Even though there is no longer any leaking there, there is enough condensation to get into the flooring and cause mildew. The ideal thing would be to complete spray down the existing floor with a mildew-fighting agent, apply peel ‘n stick tiles, and then caulk all the edges to make them water tight. Great, I have a plan, let’s get going!

The Home Hardware in Oliver is closing, so I went up there to see what they might have for the final touches of the reno projects. I got a few things at ridiculously low prices (like a large tube of No More Nails for $6), but they didn’t have any flooring materials left. No problem, I’d just hit the Home Hardware in Osoyoos on the way home. I struck out there, too!

Home Depot has what I want, but it’s available in store only. I’d feel rather silly going down to Omak for a $15 box of peel ‘n stick tiles, but that Home Depot is much closer than the one in Kelowna! So, next question: are there any flooring people in Penticton? In some ways, I feel as isolated in Osoyoos as I did in Dawson.

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Dec 4, 2010 -

Trying To Wear Down the Dog

Midnight has been really excitable today and no amount of puttering around outside with me seemed enough to soothe him. So, I finally pulled on his sweater and took him for long walk up the ridge into the desert, out to the main road that leads to town, and back, a distance of several kilometres. When we got home he curled up in his bed by the heater, so I think I succeeded in tuckering him out! Little does he know that a long afternoon walk does not mean forgoing the longish after dinner walk. He wanted exercise today and he’s going to get it, bwa ha ha!

(I’m not enjoying having a dog around. Not at all. 😀 )

It was pretty warm around noon, enough for me to be able to fill up the fresh water tank, but it’s since gone down considerably. We’re entering a stretch of very cold nights and above zero days. Suits me just fine!

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Dec 3, 2010 -

Living Off the Fresh Water Tank

During an unrelated discussion on a forum, I had a revelation about the fresh water tank.

I forget how we got on the topic, but I found myself saying that I don’t like to use my fresh water tank because the water is musty and I’m pretty sure there is some algae growth in it. I shock it with chlorine twice a year before filling it for my travels between locations, but that doesn’t seem to make a difference.

What the person said in response to that was that if I filled and emptied the tank regularly, that is actually used it on a day to day basis, there would be no time for water to stagnate and grow organisms. So obvious, but that completely escaped me!

So, I’m definitely living off my fresh water tank this winter. I’ll fill it up every time we go above freezing and use the weather forecast as a guide to how much I can use. We’re supposed to go above freezing for a stretch starting Sunday, so I need to make my current half tank last. That means showers every other day and being frugal when I do the dishes. But when we’re on a long stretch of warm where I’ll be able to fill every day, I won’t ration myself.

One of the things I will do when we hit the warmest day of the stretch is to work on the non-repair of the fresh water tank intake. What I did in May of ’09 has held up well enough, but it’s getting harder and harder to fill without getting a significant leak. I catch that leak in a bucket and use it to flush out the black tank, so there’s no waste, but it might be time to bite the bullet and do a proper repair.

For drinking and cooking, I am still using a BPA-free plastic jug, which I love, and which I fill with tap water. I’m so glad the tap water here is as good as it is. I fill up the jug every three or four days and getting water from it is no more effort than getting it from the tap.

The only downside to this plan is that every time I go out and fiddle with the water, a ‘helpful’ person comes by and tells me that I should invest in heat tape and insulation for my hose or that I’m welcome to string hose from their tap to my intake. The first few times this happened was fine, but it’s getting repetitive. I explain the reasons I’m not doing heat tape, such as my having to ration my amperage, but folks of a certain age have a notion about things needing to be done their way even if it’s not the right way for someone else. I did the heat tape thing back in Oliver and, frankly, I found that the expenditure wasn’t justified; I still had issues with the hose freezing. If I felt it to be a good solution I would spring for the $70 or so, but it doesn’t seem worth my while. Living off the fresh water tank is no hardship and now that I’m in the habit of doing it, I’m guaranteed running water to about minus ten, a luxury I never experienced while running heat tape.

With the water pump getting so much use, I wonder if I should be getting a quote for having it replaced. Just in case. 😀

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