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Old 11-23-2020, 11:00 AM   #451
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This place is amazing. It has been a blast watching the process!
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:46 PM   #452
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Sounds like the boys will go back to SD with some border stories. Keep up the good work
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Old 11-25-2020, 08:45 AM   #453
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Sounds like the boys will go back to SD with some border stories. Keep up the good work
Oh yeah they will! I still am amazed they had the gall to open a blind.... I have often just left my rifle in the blind between the morning and evening hunts. I can tell you that will never happen again. I also keep a Heater and a pair of Binoculars in there full time. I may just build a lock box for them; if I leave some canned food and waters in the open they may just only take them.
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Old 11-25-2020, 09:10 AM   #454
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We had to do that on the our lease in Leakey just leave a couple cans and a case of water out or they would destroy the whole place.


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Very Nice!
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Old 12-03-2020, 10:51 AM   #456
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Looks really great. Please post up details, and several pictures, once you start on the solar install.
Here are the details:

Solar Panels: (3) 180Watt 12v Solar Panels Model KC180 made by Kyrocera $600.00 (I had these already but $600 IS TODAYS cost)
Solar Charge Controller: Sun Yoba 60AMP 12/24v $46.00
Inverter: Yue Qing 3000W Pure Sine Wave inverter $308.10
Batteries: (6) Duracell 6V Golf cart Battery Model GC2 $699.20 Sams club

I have about $400.00 of other cables and parts needed to complete the project:
Battery cables: 1/0AWG (3) 12", (6) 24" and (2) 36"
Solar Panel Cables: outdoor 10AWG 100' roll
(3) 30AMP inline fuses
(2) 60AMP 12v Breakers
(1) 250AMP 12v Breaker
(2) Red 250A 4 post Power Distribution blocks 3/8" terminals
(2) Black 250A 4 post Power Distribution blocks 3/8" terminals


Setup (See Pic 1)
Solar panels - each Solar Panel has its own 10AWG cable coming from the Panel into the Equipment room. The Negative side of each panel gets combined by one of the 4 post 3/8" Distribution blocks and then a 7AWG cable combines those three to the charge controller solar negative input. The Positive from each panel has inline 30A fuse between the panel and one of the red 4 post 3/8" distribution blocks. A 7AWG cable combines the three to a 60AMP 12v breaker. From that breaker another 7AWG cable goes to the charge controller solar positive input

Batteries: The 6V Golf cart batteries are connected in series and Parallel. (pic 2) 3 sets of (2) 6v batteries connected together in series is then connected in Parallel by 1/0AWG cables. This combines the 6 batteries to create a large 12V 630AH battery. The negative Leg of this battery is connected to a black 4 post 3/8" distribution block, with a 1/0AWG cable. Then a 7AWG cable is connected from the block to the negative of the charge controller battery input. The Positive Leg of this battery is connected to a red 4 post 3/8" distribution block, with a 1/0AWG cable. Then a 7AWG cable is connected from the block to a 60AMP 12 v breaker. From that breaker another 7AWG cables goes to the positive of the charge controller battery input.

Inverter: The inverter is connected to the Batteries with 2AWG cables from the 4 post 3/8" blocks to the Positive and Negative terminals on the Inverter. There is a 250AMP breaker inline on the positive cable.

Power outputs: The inverter will provide the 115v for the refrigerator, and 3 power outlets in the cabin (one in each bedroom and 1 in the living room) The charge controller has a 12v output for up to 12AMP's. All the lighting in the cabin is 12v. I am installing a 12v distribution panel with fuses to each light to provide the power to lights and also the 12v RV water pump.

To calculate the Power and solar requirements I used a excel document attached. On the electrical load sheet you put in the devices you are going the run with the watts and the hours per day. On the Main sheet you put in the size and voltage of solar panels you plan to use and the battery size and voltage you plan to use. The worksheet will calculate the number of panels and number of batteries you need.

My total cost was about $1,500.00 (2,100.00 - 600.00 from the panels I already had)
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Old 12-03-2020, 03:16 PM   #457
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wlee15, thank you for taking the time and posting such a wealth of information on your solar setup. Much appreciated, Senor.
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Old 12-03-2020, 08:04 PM   #458
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Wow that solar write up is impressive. Thank you so much for taking the time and sharing with us. I always love looking at your progress.
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Old 12-11-2020, 09:10 AM   #459
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I went to the ranch this past weekend to celebrate my 49th Birthday. I went up early on Friday. My Son, Chad, and Chads Son come up Friday night. Saturday morning my daughters boyfriend and his buddy came in and Saturday afternoon Kyle came down. My neighbor at the ranch and his wife also came by and decided to stay the evening with us. Needless to say Saturday night was a Party!!

So as said before I never go out without working, and this weekend was no exception. I brought along with me 2 nightstands, 1 kitchen cabinet that my dad built when he was still alive, a set of steel lockers like from high school, and a brand new refrigerator. (pic 1)

Saturday morning Chad and the boys began working on the cedar trees behind the cabin. They cut and burned 38+ pretty large cedar trees. (pic 2)

While they were doing that I worked on getting the electrical outlet installed for the refrigerator. When the daughters boyfriend and buddy got there I had them help me haul the nightstands, cabinets and fridge from the truck to the cabin.

I started up the generator to get the refrigerator down to temp, this also gave me the opportunity to verify that the wattage I used for the calculations were correct. I used a device called Kilowatt, it plugs into the wall and when any appliance is plugged in it will tell you the volts, watts, amps and frequency of the appliance. It also keeps a 24hr a total and 1 hour averages. It is pretty cool and I was able to verify that the fridge actually uses less than I thought.

We moved everything in the cabin and swapped the power on the fridge from generator to solar. (Pics 3-4)

I was very pleased with the performance of the solar array. I plan to keep the fridge on 24/7. It is been on solar since about 2PM on Saturday. Andy and his dad went out the hunt on Monday and Tuesday. I was still running fine at that time.

I plan to be back there on tomorrow morning. I will double check the batteries and other components. Right now I only have 2 of the 3 panels connected to the array. This weekend I will connect the 3rd panel and move the lights from the cabin onto the system.

Last pics were from the party and the cleared area around the house.
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Old 12-11-2020, 04:16 PM   #460
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Awesome is going on here. Every time I open the DIY forum, I do so hoping to see an update to this thread. I love the cabinet your father made as well.
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Old 12-27-2020, 03:19 PM   #461
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Old 12-27-2020, 04:36 PM   #462
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Wow!! Looks like a great place!
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Old 12-27-2020, 08:07 PM   #463
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Those end tables are AWESOME! The lamps are pretty cool, too!
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Old 01-01-2021, 02:01 PM   #464
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On Friday 2-28-2020 I purchased a 600 gallon tank to be used for the septic system. We picked up the tank and loaded the truck late that afternoon but decided not to leave out until morning.

Saturday we left San Antonio at 6:30 and headed out to Rocksprings. We made a stop at the lowes in Kerville for plumbing supplies need to connect the Tank to the bathhouse.

We arrived at the ranch at about 10:00 AM. We first had to build a level base for the tank to sit on. Of course we used metal. 100% of the metal was scrape metal we got for free. We used an 8' round off a metal spool for the base and then leveled it up and added the uprights and supports (pics 1-3). After creating the base we decided to add a cover over the base to ensure there was nothing on the base that could wear a hole in the tank underneath. I believe that I shared the story about the old Valero awning panels that we got for free previously, so we used those panels. The panels are Aluminum on the inside and coated with a plastic coating and a plastic print design on one side. The opposite side has an all white coating on it. We laded down a layer of the panels and cut the to fit the round.

We placed the tank on top and began plumbing the tank to the bathhouse. The tank is 40' away from the bathhouse, and because the bathhouse sit up pretty high on its own the pipe is suspended pretty high. when you look at the pictures it is hard to tell but the pipe is about 5-6' above the ground. We built some temporary supports for the pipe as seen in (pics 4-8). I do need some ideas on how to build permanent supports for the suspended pipe. My first thought is a concreted drill stem supporting the pipe with a rock facade, basically rock pillars.. But I and not convinces that will look the best. IF you have seen any cool ideas please pass them on to me!

We have some really old fashion steel gutters that are like half rounds (pic 9) We have enough to cover the top and bottom of the pipe so it will look like a old steel pipe going from the bathhouse to the tank. I think it would look cool to make the tank itself look like a wooden barre. By putting vertical wood pieces from the base up to the height of the pipe so it will look as if the pipe empty's into the barrel. We have some old strapping from a old wooden water tank that we will use as accents to create the look of a giant barrel.


Next weekend will be the maiden voyage for the wife at the ranch. She has been out before but only for the day. She and one of her girlfriends will be coming out with me on Saturday, and staying the night Saturday night. Hopefully everything will go as planned. I still have to set the toilet in place and plumb it in but that will only take a few minutes. Then I have the install the 20w solar panel on the bathhouse to provide power to the water pump and lighting system in the bathroom.


Hey William,

I've been watching your cabin build thread. Awesome stuff. I recently purchased some property in Rocksprings as well and had a few questions for you about the septic you're doing.

Obviously, below-ground septic seems almost impossible out there because of all the rock. Is below ground just really hard or is it also just not possible as the ground isn't' permeable enough?
I can't find any resources for how to setup an above-ground septic like you're doing.

Do you have some sort of drain lateral off the tank or will it just fill up and then you'll eventually service it?
Did you have to get it apporved by the county or are you doing an off the books sort of thing?

Really been enjoying your build and you've inspired me to one day to the same thing. I'm sort of just stuck on how the septic part of a cabin would work out there.

Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:45 AM   #465
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Man those look amazing! I am going to see if I can get a few things together and make something similar!

thanks you for sharing!!
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:47 AM   #466
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Hey William,

I've been watching your cabin build thread. Awesome stuff. I recently purchased some property in Rocksprings as well and had a few questions for you about the septic you're doing.

Obviously, below-ground septic seems almost impossible out there because of all the rock. Is below ground just really hard or is it also just not possible as the ground isn't' permeable enough?
I can't find any resources for how to setup an above-ground septic like you're doing.

Do you have some sort of drain lateral off the tank or will it just fill up and then you'll eventually service it?
Did you have to get it apporved by the county or are you doing an off the books sort of thing?

Really been enjoying your build and you've inspired me to one day to the same thing. I'm sort of just stuck on how the septic part of a cabin would work out there.

Thanks!
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I do not have any lateral lines. It is a closed system. I have a 600 gal tank, with weekend use it should last about a year between servicing. I will have to keep any eye on it. I think I have had it 6 months out there now and it is less than 1/3 full.
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I do not have any lateral lines. It is a closed system. I have a 600 gal tank, with weekend use it should last about a year between servicing. I will have to keep any eye on it. I think I have had it 6 months out there now and it is less than 1/3 full.
I gotcha, thanks for the tip! Makes sense to do out there.
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Old 01-14-2021, 10:34 AM   #468
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Man that is awesome.
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:41 PM   #469
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wlee,

It seems you used 14 gauge square steel for most of the structure?

Where in San Antonio did you source it?
Wood prices as they are i'm thinking of doing the same thing you did with steel.

Are you using Mig welding?

How did you come up with your span calculations for the rafters and studs? I'm imagining steel doesn't need to be 16" on center and can span way more than wood can?

Thanks for the tips and insight!

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Old 01-20-2021, 11:43 AM   #470
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wlee,

It seems you used 14 gauge square steel for most of the structure?

Where in San Antonio did you source it?
Wood prices as they are i'm thinking of doing the same thing you did with steel.

Are you using Mig welding?

How did you come up with your span calculations for the rafters and studs? I'm imagining steel doesn't need to be 16" on center and can span way more than wood can?

Thanks for the tips and insight!

I called around every time I needed something to find the best price. Most of the steel was from PMI. R Panels came from Metal Mart or Ashley Salvage.

I went with 2' centers on the rafters. Rafters and a lot of the load bearing steel was 11ga.

internal framing on floors and in walls was all 14ga.

We used a flux core wire welder for 99% of the welds. The rafters we used a stick welder only because it had longer leads.

Make sure you plan for plenty of gussets. They really help keep the framing solid. And paint the metal as soon as you get it welded in place. I spent more time than i needed to prepping for paint because I left hem out in the elements a few weeks or months.

I agree wood prices are ridiculous right now.

Good luck and create post for your project when you get going.

I haven't done much work the last few months. My whole family caught the Rona during the Christmas break. Luckily we all had little issues with it.

This weekend I will be out there doing some work and meeting with a water well company to drill me a well!
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Old 01-20-2021, 12:29 PM   #472
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Thanks for sharing. Neat place you have there.
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I called around every time I needed something to find the best price. Most of the steel was from PMI. R Panels came from Metal Mart or Ashley Salvage.

I went with 2' centers on the rafters. Rafters and a lot of the load bearing steel was 11ga.

internal framing on floors and in walls was all 14ga.

We used a flux core wire welder for 99% of the welds. The rafters we used a stick welder only because it had longer leads.

Make sure you plan for plenty of gussets. They really help keep the framing solid. And paint the metal as soon as you get it welded in place. I spent more time than i needed to prepping for paint because I left hem out in the elements a few weeks or months.

I agree wood prices are ridiculous right now.

Good luck and create post for your project when you get going.

I haven't done much work the last few months. My whole family caught the Rona during the Christmas break. Luckily we all had little issues with it.

This weekend I will be out there doing some work and meeting with a water well company to drill me a well!
Thanks for the info!

I just called Ashley Salvage 5 minutes ago funny enough. Their 14 gauge 2"x2"x8' is almost the same price as a 2x6x8 piece of wood crazily enough.

Sorry to hear about the slowdown but glad no one got too sick.

I realized my place is right off the same road you're on. I'm in Comanche Hills area right off 450 as well. Just bought the place last month and already was able to get 2 whitetail and 1 axis this season. Tons of deer out there.

Interested to see how your well project goes. I got a preliminary quote just before i bought the place for around $15k. No idea the details just wanted to get a rough idea.
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Old 01-22-2021, 08:57 AM   #474
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Thanks for the info!

I just called Ashley Salvage 5 minutes ago funny enough. Their 14 gauge 2"x2"x8' is almost the same price as a 2x6x8 piece of wood crazily enough.

Sorry to hear about the slowdown but glad no one got too sick.

I realized my place is right off the same road you're on. I'm in Comanche Hills area right off 450 as well. Just bought the place last month and already was able to get 2 whitetail and 1 axis this season. Tons of deer out there.

Interested to see how your well project goes. I got a preliminary quote just before i bought the place for around $15k. No idea the details just wanted to get a rough idea.

It sounds like I built just in time. I think your in the first subdivision on the left off 450 correct? I met a great couple in there about a year ago. Names are Steve and Karen, really nice people. It is a great area.

Here is what I was paying 2 years ago for my steel & wood:

3x3x24 14ga - $42.09 each
2x2x24 14ga - $27.80 each

Wood for deck was:
2x6x8 treated - $5.98 each
2x6x10 treated - $7.67 each
2x6x16 treated - 12.67 each

R Panel for roof was a total of $800.97 that was 27 aprox 9'3" panels.

current prices are crazy high right now.
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Love seeing the updates - Yall take care!
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It sounds like I built just in time. I think your in the first subdivision on the left off 450 correct? I met a great couple in there about a year ago. Names are Steve and Karen, really nice people. It is a great area.

Here is what I was paying 2 years ago for my steel & wood:

3x3x24 14ga - $42.09 each
2x2x24 14ga - $27.80 each

Wood for deck was:
2x6x8 treated - $5.98 each
2x6x10 treated - $7.67 each
2x6x16 treated - 12.67 each

R Panel for roof was a total of $800.97 that was 27 aprox 9'3" panels.

current prices are crazy high right now.
Yep that's correct!
I bought the place from a Steven, Lynn, and their son Matt. I wonder if Lynn sometimes goes by Karen? Maybe the same people. I'll keep a lookout for Steve and Karen.

Those material prices seem like a dream.
I think 2x2x8 14ga is like $23 at the moment.
2x6x8 is $13.
You're cabin just tripled in value just based on material prices haha
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Old 03-01-2021, 12:10 PM   #477
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It has been a while since I last posted any progress. I have spent more time hunting and enjoying the property. I am all of a sudden covered up in Axis.
There is a pretty good buck coming to the feeders and I have spent the time just hunting that one buck. I passed on many other axis deer just trying the get him. Every time I was there he didn't show up, but right after I leave the ranch to head home he would show up. It was frustrating but there is a reason he is still alive... Pic 1 is a picture of the buck. I have so many trail cam pictures of him, but still have not seen him in person. Since the ice/snow storm I haven't seen him (the last 2 weeks) I just hope he is still around and didn't die from the freeze or from someone else's bullet.

Over the last 2 months some things we have accomplished:

1) Added 3 sides to the future Saloon (right now it is being used as a garage for the Can-Am. (pic 2)
2) Added a TV to the inside and outside of the cabin (pics 3-5)
3) Added barn doors for the bedrooms (Pics 6-7)
4) Built a custom ships ladder for the loft. (pics 8-10)
5) installed the ships ladder and added the loft railing to inside (pics 11-15)


After the ice storm and deep freeze I had some plumping issues. All of them were inside the bath-house. The toilet valve froze and broke, the shower water heater broke and one PVC pipe fitting broke. I am going to have to repair the toilet and install a new shower water heater. The last pictures are some freezing rain pictures.
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Looking great! Good luck on the axis buck.


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Old 03-02-2021, 09:36 PM   #479
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The ladder is exactly what I need. Did you just make it up or see it somewhere

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Old 03-03-2021, 07:26 AM   #480
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We made it with 2X6X16 white Pine lumber. it is only 11' long but had to use 16' because all the 12's that Lowes had were crap. It was pretty simple to make. I bought bunk bed hooks off amazon ( https://www.amazon.com/Eforlike-Insi...4777916&sr=8-8 ) to secure it to the wall when it is both upright and extended.
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We made it with 2X6X16 white Pine lumber. it is only 11' long but had to use 16' because all the 12's that Lowes had were crap. It was pretty simple to make. I bought bunk bed hooks off amazon ( https://www.amazon.com/Eforlike-Insi...4777916&sr=8-8 ) to secure it to the wall when it is both upright and extended.
Cool, thanks

I'll have storage space above the bathroom in my shop Id like to utilize and dont want to take the space up with stairs
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:23 PM   #482
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I am in on this! Very nice work. Love that it is steel framed.
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Old 03-09-2021, 11:39 AM   #483
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Efficient, and awesome!
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:27 PM   #485
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Old 03-12-2021, 10:39 AM   #486
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Sunday I went out to the ranch to fix the water issues in the bathroom. When I first setup the bathroom I put it together quickly and used 3/8" rubber hoses inside the bathroom from the pump to the fixtures. Since I had to fix the toilet and the shower I thought I would do it right this time. I bought 1/2" PEX pipe and all the connectors needed for it. I removed all the old tubing and replaced it with PEX. I also replaced the water pump, the toilet valve and the shower. I ordered a larger water pump and shower so I could get better water pressure. Since I have a water well scheduled to installed later this month to early next month I am not so much worried about how much water is used as I was before.

The new Shower was larger in physical size so that was a little challenging but it went in fine. Everything works soooo much better with the new larger diameter piping and better pump. also the pump is a lot more quite than the other one.

My daughter and her friends were coming up Sunday evening to spend a few days for spring break so in my haste I didn't get any pictures of the bathroom remodel. I will get those posted next time I go out.

Sunday evening my daughter showed up about 30 minutes after I completed the bathroom. Since this was her first time coming to the ranch (her boyfriend has been out before) I told them I would stay Sunday night with them. I showed them the ropes and we had a nice dinner. The Stars were very bright and she got to experience what a real starry night is like.

On Monday morning she made breakfast (pic 1) and then they all had fun riding around on the toys at the ranch, and shooting cans with BB guns. (pics 2-6)

I left Monday afternoon and she stayed until Tuesday night. She enjoyed t very much so I think she will be wanted to go out more often.

Thanks for all the previous comments. I am very near the finish line on the cabin. Next step is fencing in the entire property and building the garage for the Can-AM and Grizzly so I can begin the Saloon project.
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:43 PM   #487
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You inspired me over the last few weeks to build an "outhouse" out of steel.
Very crude but it'll work.
Welding has been fun and the steel holds together great!

I'm thinking of dragging it out there this weekend.



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Old 03-22-2021, 06:08 PM   #488
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Living OFF the GRID! That's some skill you have my friend to build a place like that! Awesome job!!!
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Old 03-23-2021, 09:29 AM   #489
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[QUOTE=joel1618;15533504]You inspired me over the last few weeks to build an "outhouse" out of steel.
Very crude but it'll work.
Welding has been fun and the steel holds together great!

I'm thinking of dragging it out there this weekend.



That is great! Just need to cut in a half moon on the door for the old timer look!

The steel will stay forever, only thing that would need to be replaced is the sides every 7 years or so!
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Old 03-23-2021, 10:49 AM   #490
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That will have a great view once completed!
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Old 03-30-2021, 12:54 PM   #491
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The Water well drilling has Begun!! Last Friday 3/26/21 the water well drilling company came out to begin drilling. They were able to get down 420' that day. The planned depth will be 425'. We are going with a Solar water well pump then collecting that into a 3000 gal tank. From there we will have 2" poly going to 3 destinations. Cost for the well and pump will be $21K. I am sharing the well with my neighbor. The well itself is on my property, but next to easement between us. It is high enough to get good pressure to his cabin and mine. The plan is to have one 2" going from each cabin to the tank and a 3rd going down into the pastures below for cattle and wildlife trough's. Pics 1-4 show the drill rig.

The Hummingbirds are back from down south. They are already stopping by the feeders on the cabin deck. Pic 5

My last post I noted that I changed out all the water lines in the bathroom to PEX. Pic 6 is a picture of the new lines and the new (better) water pump.

I still have to fine tune the cabin with screen doors, some touch up painting, steel gas lines to the new 120 gal Propane tank, and metal skirting. After that it will be an all out assault on getting the Saloon finished out by deer season!
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Old 03-30-2021, 04:00 PM   #492
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Very cool. Any idea of how good of a water vein you hit?
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Old 03-30-2021, 04:39 PM   #493
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I read you are using 2 inch poly. I recently tried using 2 inch poly & had a nightmare of a time. The place I bought it from warned me about it but I thought my experience would be different. The problems I had were the fittings / adapters couldn't get a tight fit so they kept leaking. I used a flame torch to soften the inside but still couldn't get it to work. I'm sticking with 1 inch from now on. Hope you have better luck with it than I did.

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Old 03-31-2021, 10:39 AM   #494
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I read you are using 2 inch poly. I recently tried using 2 inch poly & had a nightmare of a time. The place I bought it from warned me about it but I thought my experience would be different. The problems I had were the fittings / adapters couldn't get a tight fit so they kept leaking. I used a flame torch to soften the inside but still couldn't get it to work. I'm sticking with 1 inch from now on. Hope you have better luck with it than I did.
Thanks for the heads up. We are using 2" because that is what my neighbor already had on hand. He is experienced at it so I hope we don't run into that problem.
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This last weekend I went by myself and added a water trough to the feed pen. it was a fun project to work on but it was pretty hard work. I think it turned out nice, we will see if it all works correctly after a few weeks. Pics 10-14
Mind me asking where you got that galvanized water trough? I'm was thinking of building a concrete one but decided to go the galvanized route due to weight of the concrete.

That well project is awesome!
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Old 03-31-2021, 02:56 PM   #496
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Mind me asking where you got that galvanized water trough? I'm was thinking of building a concrete one but decided to go the galvanized route due to weight of the concrete.

That well project is awesome!
I just bought a galvanized metal tub from Tractor supply for it. I think it cost 14.99.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/se...ized%20bucket?
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Old 04-01-2021, 11:10 AM   #497
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I have so enjoyed this thread. I wish I knew you personally because you're the type of person that I enjoy being around. You don't cut corners you do it right the first time.

Congratulations on a job very well done. That house will be there long after we're gone.
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Old 04-01-2021, 11:30 AM   #498
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Very cool. Any idea of how good of a water vein you hit?
At this point we are not sure exactly how big the vein is, the only thing that they could tell me is that "we have a well not a dry hole" They will be installing the solar water pump next week so we should have a better idea in terms of gallons per minute. We expect to get between 4-6 gpm. At that rate we should be able to fill our 3K tank in 2 days or less. Considering we have been using a 275g tote that I fill 3/4 of the way once a month, we shouldn't have any issues with water. Of course we have been very conservative with our water use (shower times etc.) up till now. We can be a little more liberal and even water the plants a bit now hopefully.
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I made a trip out the ranch on Friday afternoon. When I arrived I got a call from the well contractor. He told me that they are going to start the install of the solar pump sometime this week. He told me that my well was 445' deep and that water table is at 283. That means that I have 162' of water in my pipe. I am not exactly sure if that is good, great or really what that means. Maybe one of you can tell me if that is good or not. Either way we do have water!!!

Since I was by myself I decided to get some electrical and gas line work done. I installed 2 new electrical outlets for the TV, one inside the cabin and one outside. Pic 1 is the inside and pic 2 is the outside. The outside one does not have the weatherproof cover on it when I took the picture. Getting those installed and wired in was all I got done Friday.

Saturday morning I was woke by a thunderstorm at 4:30AM. It was all bark and no bite so only a little bit of rain but enough makes things wet. I decided to stain the wooden barn doors and stain a faux chair rail on the wall that has the barn doors and the ladder. I think staining them and adding the chair rail really tied in the color of the ladder and cabinets. Pics 3-5.

After that I needed to add the iron gas lines for the permanent 120gallon propane tank I am getting delivered. This propane tank will only be used for heating inside the cabin and for the shower. I ran the lines under the front deck of the cabin and came up through the floor for Heater. Pics 6-8

Updated the Final cabin plan with propane tank location Pic 9.

My wife and her friend will be coming with me next weekend. we are going to do a shrimp and crawfish boil Friday night. Hopefully we can get the new water well plumbed in the cabin this weekend!!

Thanks again for all the kind comments they are much appreciated and if know anything about wells please let me know your thoughts on the water level I mentioned in the first paragraph.
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In my experience, it will be a net positive that you have water stored in your well pipe. All of ours do, and they have been good wells.
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