Electrical Excitement on the Plantation

This is the improved version

Here at the Swamped! Plantation and Electric Consultation Service, every day is a learning experience.  The above photo is the revised, improved version.  The electrical extention cord from the service outlet at the pole goes in through the passenger window, covered here by vinyl protection that came with the RV, and then the cord connects with Mr. Seabreeze Thermaflo, the hot Canadian. 

If you look again at the service outlet system, you see the yellow plug-in cord connection that is the master connection for the entire RV.  The yellow part is the new version that replaced the one I melted last year.  Little bit scary, no?   

If you look past the power pole, you can see a bit of one of the sweet gum clumps in which the cats have built a tree house with ledges and climbing ramps.  Use your imagination, and imagine the shed about 15 feet to the right of the sweet gum cluster.  So I have a little courtyardish area here at the country club.

Hay Before

There’s a nice doghouse that the dogs never used.  Cali the cat would get into it when it sat at the edge of the woods facing the south.  She was conducting experiments about the proper orientation of a habitat to get maximum solar benefit, and she would curl up into the doghouse for hours, enjoying the sun.  I dragged the doghouse to sit under the awning and facing the southeast.  Nobody, dog nor cat, was very interested in the doghouse.

You choose

I’ve been buying small bales of packaged hay at the pet store for about $5 a bale for the guinea pig.  Sugar, ever resourceful, bought a bale of hay at the local feed and seed store.  His plan was to buy a bale of straw for bedding for the doghouse, but they had no straw.  That just makes me shake my head and wonder again where I am.  No straw?  They didn’t even seem to know what he was talking about, because they informed him that they had pine straw, which I always called pine needles.  So Sugar made the big transaction.  And one giant economy size bale of hay cost about… $6.

Cali prepares to conduct more solar experiments in proper orientation for maximum winter solar gain.

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5 Responses to “Electrical Excitement on the Plantation”

  1. Simba Says:

    I note a PVC conduit dropping off the right hand side of the service disconnect box. Does that go to a pump, the shed, both, or neither? Do you know what circuit breakers control which circuit? For example could you immediately shut off the C/B to your Canadian if he got too hot? Is there a single valve that would shut off all water to the home if you were to develope a major leak, and if so can you immediately locate it, and shut it off? A small strip of styrofoam rolled into the top of the passenger window, maybe a half inch thick or so, leaving a small space for the cord, would seal against air leakage, yet still protect the cord as it enters. Is there an exit light for the cathouse?


    • ruthrawls Says:

      The conduit goes to the pump.
      All the circuit breakers are marked. There’s not that many. Couldn’t I just unplug Mr. Seabreeze if he got too hot?
      The water valve is at the pump. There’s another one on the RV.
      The passenger window is actually a slider. I’ve used that window stripping stuff for insulation.
      The large electrical pole has a night-time security light that is directly over the RV due to the way that I pulled the RV next to the pole.


  2. Simba Says:

    Let us hope that it shall not happen, but that umbilical cord to Mr Hot Canadian could be smoking hot when you want to disconnect. It may be better to be able to switch him off rather than unplug.


  3. Becky Says:

    I think mechanically minded Simba plus your warm and fuzzy Canadian are a great combination!! Not to mention Sugar and his economy hay. Good living does take a village.


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