Friday, February 04, 2011

A BURST PIPE SPRAYS WATER EVERYWHERE

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A PYRRULOXIA HEADS FOR THE BIRD FEEDER (700mm at 1/4000th of a second)

Another one of those up at 2 a.m. capers, so another very long day.  Thursday night did indeed turn out to be even colder than Wednesday night & despite heaters & furnace going, the icy cold just radiated through the thin fiberglass Motor Home walls & kept me awake waiting for the sunrise.  Thermometer said 2 degrees as I sat huddled in a big blanket with the computer on my lap.  Didn’t take me long to get a good grumbling rant going but I mellowed out during the day & ditched the rant.

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THE SILVER CARDINAL IN THE CENTER OF THIS PHOTO IS THE SAME ONE AS PREVIOUS PHOTO SECONDS BEFORE FLIGHT

We were frozen solid again this morning with nothing coming out any of the taps.  A quick check of the sticks & brick house told me it was still frozen as well.  Nothing we could do but sit & wait & stew about our situation.  Well, Kelly did the sitting & waiting part while I did the stewing part!!  I’m good at stewing:))  I was totally convinced our water lines were shattered.  How could they not be.

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UNDAUNTED, KELLY SITS IN THE MORNING SUN, BOOK IN HAND, COMPLETE WITH WINTER MITTENS & A HAT…DAUNTED, I REMAINED IN THE RIG WITH AN ELECTRIC HEATER STUFFED INSIDE MY SHIRT

The outside thermometer garnered all our attention as it began it’s slow rise towards the freezing point.  I was sitting outside by the campfire soaking up some warming rays when Kelly stuck her head out  the Motor Home about 10 & hollered, ‘the taps are all working.”  Figured this was it, time to put the Scuba suit on & go looking for all the leaks & broken pipes.  Flashlight in hand I went through the under sink cupboards, the water pump compartment, fresh water tank bin, hot water tank & even under the rig looking for the expected drips.  Nothing!!  What, how could that be….but it was.  No leaks that I could see.  How nice to have the water working again.   Hot water especially.

DSC_2631THIS LITTLE FELLOW DISGUISED HIMSELF AS A CHRISTMAS DECORATION  >>>

However, the house water lines were still froze so we just waited it out & about 2:45 this afternoon Kelly pointed out the windshield to a tap about 50 feet away gushing water.  Yaaaaay, water line to the house is finally unthawed so two hot showers coming right up:)))  Oh Oh……..not so fast!!

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While I was turning the water off at the tap I could hear a noise over in the pump house where the water pump was located.  Figured it was just the pump catching up & filling the lines.  And then I saw water all over the ground surrounding the pump house.  It was looking like a Louisiana swamp over there.  I clumped through the gathering gumbo mud & approached the big noise going on inside the small building.  Slowly opened the door as water came ricocheting off the tin walls.  I could see  where the main waterline from the well heading for the house had burst in several places.  There was a blue main shut of valve but I was leery of trying to close that with so much water pressure in the fractured line just inches away.  I knew there was a pump shut off switch on a pole nearby so ran over to that & shut down the pump.  Returned & closed the blue main shut off valve.  So much for those long awaited showers I thought:((

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THIS IS THE BROKEN WATER PIPE IN THE PUMP HOUSE

Kelly phoned Ray over at the ranch & he said it sounded like something he could fix & would slip over.  Yaaaay, the showers are on again.  An hour later Ray phoned saying all the PVC pipe in Elfrida was sold out because of bursting pipes all over the area.  He is going to try & get some pipe  Saturday morning .  There went the showers again!!  We can’t go anywhere until we’ve had showers because we would be arrested for environmental pollution!!

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JUST HANGING OUT WITH MY CLOTHESPIN PALS

Apparently Cochise County has been hit hard by this cold spell & many people are still without water & heat due to broken pipes & some kind of problem with folks running out of natural gas.  Despite my grumbling over the past couple of days we sure have got off lucky compared to other people here in the valley.  We have enough water on board to last us until the pump house line is repaired & we have two thirds of a tank of propane.  We have hot water & the weatherman is promising much warmer temperatures starting tomorrow.  Cold tonight again with predictions of 16F but not as bad as the 2F we had this morning.  I’m cautiously optimistic when I say, the worst is over & we are on our way to much warmer temps.

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And, here’s the icing on the cake for the day.  Kelly has finally mentioned the ‘TRAVEL’ word.  Nothing planned yet but it’s the first ‘winds of travel’ I have heard from the Boss since we arrived here two & half months ago.  I can already feel the excitement of travel stirring & I can already feel the sadness of leaving.

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HOPPING DOWN OFF THE WATER BOWL

Noticed ERIK'S RV BLOG has just joined the Bayfield Bunch on their travels.  Welcome aboard Erik & that’s one mighty fine profile picture you got yourself there:))  We have also been joined by THE OLD GEEZER as well on our list of blog supporters.  After a long slow growth period it is nice to see the blog followers list growing again .  Welcome aboard guys:))

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TROOP CARRYING HELICOPTERS & AN A-10 THUNDERBOLT (WARTHOG) OVER THE SWISS HELM MOUNTAINS (EXTREME TELEPHOTO)

Here’s a bit of blog coincidence… Pidge from THE FRUGAL TRAVELERS had the same ‘Bean’ joke in her blog as I did last night in Groaner’s Corner.  Now, how often does that happen.  To find the face in the beans just look to bottom left or left of center near the bottom:))

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Note to Gerrit up there in that Wingham town of Ontario, Canada  Yes, we are happily using our new Mifi & it’s working flawlessly.  The real test will be if & when we ever get out of this area.  With Mifi we can’t use our Wilson antennae so reception will be the big question but I suspect we will be fine, just as before with our Cradlepoint setup.  Actually, our Mifi is working through our Cradlepoint. 

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  To get away from their high-stress jobs, a couple decided to spend weekends relaxing in their motor home. But after finding their peace and quiet disturbed by well-meaning, but unwelcome visits from other campers, they devised a plan to assure themselves some privacy. Now, when they set up camp, they place this sign on the door of their RV: "Insurance agent. Ask about our term-life package."

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17 comments:

  1. I think I can hear the big motor starting up Al... hope you tires are not frozen to the ground!

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  2. sorry to hear you had a 'frozen water pipe day'..geez...will the southwest ever warm up??..hope you can get things back to normal soon!

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  3. I can't imagine it getting cold enough to do that much damage to the water pipes. Hope it warms up for you soon. I always carry "The Wet Ones" or baby wipes for those times when showering is not an option. They work okay - nothing like the high pressure shower here at my apartment, of course, but almost as good as the crappy shower in my TC.

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  4. It seems like you are handling the problems well, even if you were not very happy earlier in the day. I enjoy looking at your bird pictures.

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  5. The last two days certainly been freezing and caused big headaches for alot of people. Hope you can get those hot showers soon.

    Parts of Tucson have had power and water outages for the last two days. We had frozen water pump one day but the light bulb in the bay helped on the 2nd night.

    Maybe Kelly will be ready to move on to warmer weather now.

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  6. Sounds like you've had quite an interesting and activity filled day. Glad to hear it wasn't your MH that was spraying water everywhere.

    How about that - the 'travel' word! Sounds almost as good as 'warmer weather'!

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  7. Your bird photos are amazing!

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  8. I really enjoy the bird photos and the picture of the Pyrruloxia taking off is just amazing! Sorry to hear of all of the cold temps and water problems. The temps here in northern NY have been fairly average for this time of the year, highs generally in the 30’s and lows in the 20’s.

    John
    relaxedrush.blogspot.com

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  9. Love Cardinals... and your pictures were spectacular! Sorry to hear about your frozen pipes... I would invite you down to FLorida (68 @ 7am) but I know it's to crouded here for you! But if you ever change your mind we'd be glad to show you around.
    Stay warm, have fun & travel safe
    Donna

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  10. We are SO jealous! Ever since last August when the strom knocked down our neighbor's mesquite tree we aren't seeing the silver cardinals at our feeders. Used to have several who would bring their younguns to the feeder, first just to feed them, then to teach them how to feed themselves. Your photos were fantastic -- thanks for sharing.

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  11. Glad to hear the "boss" may let you travel soon--we had cold here near Bouse but the coldest was 25 degrees, not the 2 degrees you experienced.

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  12. You and Judy take the most amazing bird pictures. I love them. And today looks so much more promising weather wise. I had hoped our propane would last longer but such is not the case with this weather.

    Hope you get those showers soon. A long hot shower will do a lot to restore a person's outlook.

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  13. You must have a bird book with you. How else would anyone know how to spell pyrrhuloxia?? :)

    Great head study of the black-throated sparrow!

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  14. Things are on the up and up. The heat is on the way. With pipes fixed soon, you could well run the hot water heater bone dry with those long awaited showers you anticipate.

    Glad to read that your rig suffered no damage. Yippeeeee!

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  15. I would be frantic without my hot shower..It's one of my favorite things in the Hiker. It sure is good that your MH didn't burst any pipes..and now..you and Kelly just need to "exit, stage right".

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  16. Loved the Insurance agent joke!! Sorry about the broken water pipe, but that's a lot easier to fix than your Coach would be.....Keep the smiley face on Al, we woke up to 31 deg over here at North Ranch this morning... Having a tropical heat wave for shore!!

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  17. I thought you Canadians came down here to escape the cold, not bring it with you. :)

    Time to move south and west more. We've been whining when the nights get into the mid 40's.

    Fred

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