Our water heater, generator, propane and pump are all housed outside and are an unsightly mess. We are relocating them and building a shelter.
1. This will keep the wind from blowing out the pilot light on the water heater,
2. protect it from the sun (see my next section for why this is important),
3. remove the noise the generator makes away from the house,
4. clean up the unsightly mess....I am sure there is a 5 and 6 too.
My husband has made huge progress, but it will look even better when it is stuccoed and finished. The structure that he is putting it by was the old showers/bathroom stalls used by the coffee pickers. This will be getting a make-over soon too. The building has not been used for quite a while, so it is time to fix it up. I know it will look great in the end, but right now it is still pretty ugly and messy out there.
The cap to the hot water heater was so brittle and sun-damaged that it broke a few years back. We have been using pliers every time the wind blows out the pilot light. Imagine how much my husband likes going out there with his flashlight, pliers and lighter at night when we realize there is no hot water while doing dinner dishes or trying to take a shower at night, because the wind blew out the pilot light sometime during the day. Thankfully, we have access to a 3d printer and now have a new knob. Until the shelter is finished, he now only needs his flashlight and lighter! (The new knob is not pretty, but it will not be seen, nor needed much in the new shelter.)
Now, on to the fun stuff. We had fun making a sales video for someone we know. They are selling some beautiful land near Caldera. Rick was able to use the drone to get some great pictures and I had fun playing with the video software. Here is a link to the video. https://youtu.be/VMC9Kc3nrCE
Unfortunately, the drone crashed the other day and we will soon see if our repairs worked. It took some plastic melting, epoxy, some new screws......okay, so I nodded off after he explained all the things he repaired. It looks like new again, just hoping there was only external damage!
Tomorrow, we get to try and finalize a different kind of mess. We have some property paperwork that needs to be registered, but they need paperwork from us. The odd thing about this, is that they want a letter from the water department in David saying that we do not have any outstanding water bills. The problem with this, is that IDAAN, the water department, does not service our area and has no idea who we are. So of course we do not owe them money. That is like buying property in California and having them say that we need a letter from New York saying we are in good-standing with a utility bill. The hoops we sometimes have to go through....haha.