Here's something for you all who think that I should just buy a tractor and skip the hassles of trying to build one.
To start with, I guess it would certainly be a lot easier, but I have never been the type of guy that would always take the easy way out of things. A lot of things yes, but still yet, I love a challenge and I love building things and trust me, I am full of off the wall ideas.
While many of them are really way out off the wall ideas, chances are good that if I say I can do something, you can just about bet I can do it.
And that is especially true if I say that I can do it, or build it and someone else says I can't.
And if I say I can even after they say I can't, you can bet your life on it that I can do it. That is if I stop and think about it whatever time it takes me, and then I say that I can do it again.
I am not trying to brag there. It's just the determination that I have in me.
When I went in the Army, my dad went off and got all mad at me saying I'd never make it through basic training and all kinds of things, but nothing as bad as he was when he found out that I had also went into the 82nd Airborne to boot.
I mean he really went off then, and I'll be truthful with everyone of you here. If he hadn't have told me that I couldn't make it through Jump School, that little 114 lb., 20 YO young and naïve boy that had joined the Army like a fool and an idiot, "Would Not Have Made It Through Jump School" period, and that isn't a lie either. I thought them suckers were going to kill us all but I couldn't give up.
They told us when we first got to Ft. Benning that between 50% and 60% of the class wouldn't make it through the course, but they were wrong there. There were 68 point something or another percent of the class I was in that fell out and it was more than one time that me hearing "You won't never make it threw Jump School" coming from my dad's mouth again kept me from raising my hand.
And I told him that when I got back home and he told me that was the only thing he knew that he could say that would cause me to finish jump school.
He told me that he knew that I was going to make it from the look on my face when he said I wasn't. And that's about the size of it.
OK, with that said, about the house I rented and the boat I ended up in by doing so.
We moved into the house we have now last January 4th, and I was thinking that I was getting a great deal moving here because I am the one that remodeled it and did so to suit myself which also includes what my wife and daughter was looking for.
OK, the rent was $100 a month less, plus it has a well and septic system and the rent man pays the bill for the electric pump and upkeep of course, for the septic, and the water and sewage disposal at the last house we rented was over $70 a month every month and over $150 when I was watering the garden a couple months a year, so all toll, that should have been $170 to $250 a month I'd save, "BUT" the heat is electric (Which was the only thing that I couldn't talk Thomas Lee out of) and January's utility bill alone was $588.40.
We had gas heat in the last house and the bill hardly ever went as high as $300 a month, and most of the time it was closer than $200, so there went all the savings and even at that, I didn't keep the heat on enough for us to really be comfortable.
OK, I started remodeling the house in May of last year so I went through the heat in here and knew that this was a hot house which was going to take some cooling bad but that wasn't a problem. That is where is where my brain went to work and the thinking began, but my ability to think something up is a lot faster than my ability to sp9it it out.
There is a small creek about 65 yards below the house and there are three springs that feed into it but they have all three been rerouted from natures drive into a, well heck, I think it is a 36" concrete culvert pipe buried in the ground and then the water goes to the creek and joins it.
The last time I checked the water was 57 * (57 degrees) and I am using it to cool the house with.
Now before anyone says anything at all, this is not the first time that I have done this, but what we have right now is just a jury rigged but if things keep going as well as it has been the last few days, then just maybe I will have a unit set up next summer that will not only cool the house, but will look nice (as in it could have been produced in a factory nice) while it is doing so.
That is just on hold until winter for now.
My boiler is the hot item I am dealing with for right now so as soon as I get back, I'll explain what I am doing to beat the high cost heating bill from last year, just in case anyone might be interested.
I figured that if you all like small tractors as I do, you'd probably enjoy hearing about the boiler to.
And I guess I could tell you all about the water powered air conditioner if anyone seems interested in that to. The tractor is still in it's designing stage, the boiler has been designed and the work on it is probably 50 to 60% complete, but as far as the money end of it, the cost is only at about 10%, so that will become the hold up on it shortly, but as far as the air conditioner goes, this will be the fifth one that I have built and all four that I have completed worked, to a certain degree, and they have gotten better each time, even with the last one, but that one truly looks like a redneck ac, LOL.
Later & Godspeed