Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More Potential Bad News!



I've seen on the weather where we are supposed to have another cold front come in and this time with a high probability of precipitation. This is NOT a good thing because now I'm wondering about parking this trailer out there and possibly getting it stuck. Also my help will only be here from tomorrow afternoon to Sunday morning so this could put a damper on being able to get anything done. At this point all I can do is hope the weather people are wrong on the precip!

And on another note I did get out to the land just long enough to build a makeshift microwave dish to try out the WiFi connection. It worked for a connection I hadn't intended it to work on, but not the one I'd made arrangements for. Hopefully that will be straightened out pretty soon. Also I decided to try my cell phone standing in front of the DISH??? or what ever it is and was able to place two different phone calls from my cell phone by aiming the gizmo back toward Study Butte. (18 miles away and behind the mountains!) Now I have an artificial cell phone hot spot from my land also. I had the gizmo on top of my car and had to be standing right in front of it for it to work.


Just took me about 15 minutes to make this thing out of blue foam board, aluminum foil and duct tape.






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15 comments:

  1. Posting this from the land with a makeshift WiFi reflector.

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  2. I book marked it, well see if I can figure it out.

    once you get your trailer out there u dont need to move it right?

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  3. OGT, the trailer will only be there from Friday until Sunday morning. Rather than me have to pay up for the extra days my brother in law just decided to take it out there so him, my sister and I will have a place to stay while I'm trying to finish up the build in. So it sure doesn't need to get stuck there!

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  4. oh gotcha, maybe the legion let you park it in their lot for just a few days?

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  5. if you can, you might drop the tire pressure a few pounds if it gets very spongy, IF it's not on caliche, which shouldn't give you much trouble at all if it's packed well enough. if you're on a 'grassy' road, you'd get less sinking, sticking and more traction on the 'pull' when you move it out as well by dumping some air. only if you can put it back in at the highway though. we do this for flatlanders at the rv park we hang out in during those glorious (but wet) ruidoso summers.

    OGT's parking lot idea is pretty smart though. i thought they had a level back lot on their property. been a while since i've seen it. i forgot you'd moved off the other property, so you're living in high cotton now!
    jack b :-) in midland, tx usa

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  6. OGT, that is a good idea and I'll see what they say at the legion if need be.

    themacway, I don't think there would be a problem with getting stuck. Will just have to see what my bro in law thinks when they get here. Actually the trailer will need to be pulled out of here in the morning Friday which should put it on the land before the rain (if any) If it was snow then I don't think there would be a problem because it wouldn't be that much moisture to start with and it should melt and dry pretty quick. I just hope we don't get any precip period though.

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  7. Tffnguy, what we gonna do with you. You come up with the simplest stuff and by golly it works! Are you sure you aren’t some kind of hidden gadget guy? I’m so tickled you have figured out a way to have your communication out there with you. Now you will be able to set time aside to communicate with all us simple folks. Can you tell if rock is pretty close to the top of the ground? Maybe a solid bottom is not too deep and getting stuck might not be a big problem. Sure glad to see things working out for ya. I’ll keep watchin

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  8. if you build a wizard of oz tin-man type of foil beaner to wear around with a 'borg' implant in your ear for your cell phone, you'll fit right in with the marathon crowd whenever you pass that way for books or ice cream. note: it's pronounced mare-uh-thun by the locals, as i guess they want to feel texified, for want of a better term, since most of em are just poseurs anyway. not many originals left in town there. kinda artsy-fartsy these days. real good water though...
    jack b :-)

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  9. What an ingenious idea!! Hope you don't get any precipitation either so you and your help can finish up your metal cabin.

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  10. if your container isn't quite sealed, it might be a plus. i stayed in a converted oilfield frac tank out on a deer lease once that was so tight that condensation rained down on us at night. he'd cut in a door and a window for ventilation, but got it sealed for weather. problem is the things need to 'breathe' some or all your respiration in the warm interior creates humidity and then runs down the walls when it hits the cold exterior, sorta like a ship, even through the finished out interior walls he'd put in. it creeps up high, finds a weak spot in the ceiling, then drips. they actually build houses out of frac tanks over in russia. some pretty clever designs too, fireplaces and all. have fun workin' on the tardis manana! jack b :-)

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  11. Tigger, doubt that its over about 3 or 4 inches to rock in that one area because its more or less where all of the rain drains off from the higher part I plan to build on.

    MsBelinda, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for no rain or snow. Guess I won't have much choice other than to deal with it if it does.

    themacway, I hadn't thought about condensation from my breath, but had thought about it from the flame of the heater I'll be using. The sealing and walls will be several layers of tarp so I hope that doesn't happen. Guess that might be something else I'll have to deal with. I don't expect it to be all that air tight though.

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  12. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/gallery/0,23816,5064142-17382,00.html

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  13. tasty! love to see that falcon fg pickup over here since gm's canceled the holden/el camino rebirth. we had a blue '69 ss 396 el camino and loved it.

    jack b :-)

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  14. Yep... Falcon has always been to Australians like Mustangs have been to Americans. Now the UTE will be the only survivor because Ford has decided to do away with Falcon cars. Too bad because the Aussies know how to build them better!

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  15. Thanks, John, for the great link to the Falcon Gallery. I had no idea they still made them. My first car was a '62 Falcon Station Wagon. I had it in 1971 - '72. I loved it.

    The home made micro wave cell phone range extender thing is amazing. Glad that it works for you. I was wondering if you were going to be able to continue the blog after you moved away from BBMI. I guess you'll have your own DSL line before long, but, I guess this will tide you over. The container looks great. Good luck with all.

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