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The Sun of a Fall Day

Tuco the Dog takin' in some fresh air

Tuco the Dog takin’ in some fresh air

Best time of the year to be off down this way — from right about now until the first of the year. Little to no AC is required until mid afternoon if then.  Low traffic numbers and real gravel mean little dust and I am able to leave the  door open with a fan running.   Nice and simple.  A good life.

There is a right way and a wrong way to leave a gate when you are done guardin’.   I came in behind some folks once that had piled kitchen garbage in white plastic bags higher than my head in the corner of a high fence  next to their trailer —  in August no less.  I had to stick a filter cigarette in each nose hole to take care of that mess.   I picked up a coffee can full of Marlboro Light butts at the Porch House Gate.   I smoke but you ain’t gonna find cigarette butts haphazard on the ground around my place.

These folks did it up right here.  There is always an accumulation of pallets, wire screens, boards, blocks and what-not when you set an oilfield gate long term.  I appreciate a good supply of these items when I get to a new assignment.   Everything they left behind was needful and usable.  They didn’t leave their cast-offs for someone else to take care of.  The pallets, blocks and boards were neatly stacked.  The deck of the service trailer was not overflowing with useless flotsam.  There wasn’t a muddy discarded porch rug rolled up in the edge of the brush.  Thank you Barbara,  I appreciate your effort.

Outside filter setup

Outside filter setup

One thing and not the fault of the previous folks at all is when a service trailer sets a good while at one location the water tends to get murky and near-to-skanky.   Being as how I am the onlyest gate guard I know who is on record as drinking that water off the service trailer,  it ranks as a higher priority for me.   I run a 3 filter setup outside the NO Princess Palace – just the standard cartridge housings  in a triple set. The first one in line  is a 1 micron spun polyester sediment filter, second is a carbon filter and the third one is a the most important of the group.  It is a Doulton Imperial Sterasyl Ceramic Filter.   The water is pumped into The Palace onboard tanks then and I use it for showers and washing and such.  You cannot use this setup and hook it to your city water inlet because you will have too little pressure if your service trailer has a standard 12v RV pump on it. If you have a 110v shallow well pump you can go to the city water inlet as your supply.

The drinking and cooking water go through another carbon filter, Sterasyl ceramic and a Ultraviolet Light setup under the kitchen sink in The Palace.  I talk more about the whole setup  in great detail here.  But today we are concentrating on a 650 gallon tank of murky water me and That Dog needs to drink.

Chlorine is a great water disinfectant but you can’t just throw it in your tank willy nilly.  I use the SenSafe Free Chlorine Water Check to make sure I am getting it about right and I dose it with Kem-Tek 1-Inch Chlorinating Tablets.

Yeah, yeah these are Amazon affiliate links……..  How do you think I afford to buy Tuco the Dog the primo Alpo chunky stuff instead of that Dinki-Di garbage???  I was pulling these affiliate links today for this post and every one of them carried a note something like  “You purchased this item on August 5, 2013.”  What does that tell ya?

 

SenSafe results. Out of focus because I have a crap camera-- the caliche dust just eats these cameras up!

SenSafe results. Out of focus because I have a crap camera– the caliche dust just eats these cameras up!  Anybody got a leftover from a camera upgrade they would donate to the cause?

In this specific case it went like this here. I tested the water and it showed zero chlorine present. About that time, my water guy showed up and I told him to stick that discharge hose all the way to the bottom of my tank and really stir things up.   I added two chlorine tabs and then recirculated the water through a single canister filter with a 5 micron sediment filter for 12 hours.  Changed the filter 2X.  It polished the water pretty good and oxygenated it too but still not good enough.  I tested the water and showed about 1ppm chlorine.  Normally I would call that almost good enough but I want 2 ppm to start with on this set up.  I added two more tabs and recirculated some more and got the results in this pic which I am calling 1.5ppm.  Oh, a neat trick……..  fold the strip over so the part that turns blue has the white strip behind it as a background.  Lots easier to read that way!   I added one more Kem-Tek tab and got my 2ppm.  I never have chlorine smelling water inside the RV.  Ever!  The carbon filters take care of that before it gets to my coffee cup or shower head just in case you were wonderin’.

Once you get the water where you want it as far as cleanliness and purity, it is not hard to maintain in that fashion.  I guess I am close on my fifth year of drinking water other folks won’t even think about putting in glass.  One of the things that prompted me to write another post about clean water was a thread on one of the forums I read on the same subject.  Actually there were two threads; one of ’em was from a guy that recently acquired a translucent tote and wanted to know the best way to use it and the other was from a fella that wanted to drink water from his lake. Well sir,  I got years of using one of those translucent totes and my filter system handles lake water just fine;thankyouverymuch.   But those poor pitiful Kondo Kids on that forum are thinking they can buy one of those LifeStraw Personal Water Filters and filter effluent straight out the end of a field line or boil that lake water and everything will be muy bueno.  Hell,  I own several of those LifeStraw filters – one is in my Go Bag in the Big Ass Suburban this very minute. I used to try and tell ’em there is a vast chasm between reading and doing.   When I say stuff like I would be hard pressed to make enough good water out of one of those LifeStraws to see a man and Dog through a hot Texas day – day after day –  or the fact that lake water would still look like murky lake water and taste like lake mud once they boiled it,  I get treated like I am some heretic preaching on the street in front of the Temple of the Internet Commando.   They been reading too much internet hooey and watching too much Bear Grylls reality TV I reckon.  Can’t blame ’em for their clueless raisin’ but treating me like I got something growing out of the middle of my forehead is ill-advised, foolhardy and just plain rude behavior.   Their disappointment when faced with reality will be much greater than getting the wrong cafe latte espresso grande whatever at the Starbuck’s drive thru.  Just sayin’………..

End Note:  Flatland Boogie by Charlie Robison from the Good Times cd.   Charlie covers a Terry Allen song pretty damn good.  Texas music through and through but you feel it when you listen to Terry sing it on out.

 

 

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4 comments to The Sun of a Fall Day

  • ken

    Andy, once again you point out that the latest whoopdedoo filter is unable to do all things. it’s a shame people will still be hoodwinked. Saw one of them advertised the other day. My word, ya gotta be a dunce to believe the pseudo science being spouted.
    On another subject, the idiot in chief has shut down the Excel pipeline to “save the environment”. Christ on a cracker. The tar sands is not gonna shut down. The oil will be produced, it will be transported at a much higher carbon footprint at greater safety risks, and then processed elsewhere not under the control of decent atmospheric concerns. DAMN. Just how stoopid do you gotta be to miss what he is really doing? The greenies are dancing in the streets claiming victory. Back in a past life I had to deal with the ignorant bas—rds. They never had an answer when challenged to verify their clothes and food did not depend on petroleum and its’ products. From the synthetic materials they wore, or the fuel to till the field that produced the food and fiber, let alone the transport and energy to preserve and prepare the food. They must operate in a whole ‘nother world instead of reality.
    Sorry for the rant, but I gave up screaming at the TV today. Kinda like teachings pigs to sing. Irritates the pig and frustrates the teacher.

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    • Andy

      Hey Ken

      Couple of things here that you already touched on……. The Canadian Oil field life is measured in decades of consistent production VS the frac wells in the Bakken and Eagle Ford that see a prodigious decrease in production in just months. So the oils is going to go somewhere as you said. Will the pipeline lower our gas price? No. Do we need the crude oil to keep our refineries humming? No. So it is going somewhere and that somewhere seems to be via existing transportation means – pipelines, trucks and trains. Which of the 3 are safest? Which of the 3 have the lowest carbon footprint?

      I remember reading last year that if we did not approve the Keystone that the Canadian Plan B was to pipe it to their West Coast via an existing network and ship it to Asia.

      I read something this morning running the traps that is really sticking with me today……..

      ” A country deserves what it tolerates. “

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  • ken

    The only problem is that we have to tolerate things until the next election. This one has severely tested my toleration level. I saw it as huge mistake the first time then a buncha idjits elected the twit again.
    Seems to me they are reaping what they have sown. Unions thrown to the wolves, black youths unemployment approaching 25 percent. Real unemployment up to about 15 percent, no matter how much the administration twiddle the facts to make him look good.

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  • Joel

    The world isn’t ending.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426029/economics-wealth-global-liberal-democracy-free-markets

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