Wednesday, June 18, 2008

An Update on Yesterdays Mis-adventures

Well I got on the phone this morning with River Marine, they can provide me with an adapter for the outflow hose, but when I described the way the water kept leaking through the closed valve,they said it sounded like the valve was clogged and it would be better to replace it. Of course that means waiting till I can get hauled out. Im hoping to have the boat out of the water by the end of July but thats another 6 weeks without a toilet.

I talked to the sateliite people as well and apparently you can't split a satellite connection like you can with a cable tv signal. They had me rewire things the way they were and the reciever works ok again, but I will have to order a separate reciever for the new tv. Its only another three dollars a month but my main issue is where to put it.Im running out of room here for bulky appliances. Thats why I bought an LCD TV, nice and flat, low profile, can just hang it on the wall. Now I will have to build a big bulky shelf for the reciever, Bah ,Humbug!!!

I guess I will bite the bullet today and try and tackle the kitchen shelves.Lets see how I can screw this up, lol.

Tana has some great pictures on her blog of the kind of damage a deadhead in the freshet can do.I wouldnt have believed it if I hadnt seen it with my own eyes.Docks are expensive to buy and its unreal to see that a huge log can float underneath one and shove itself straight up through the dock breaking it apart like toothpicks.The one that came up and almost poked right through Tana's houseboat looks absolutly evil.I thought after a year of living down here that I had seen all the possible dangers and mishaps that could happen, but I am so wrong.Each day is a new surprise,another emergency, another challenge to face. I still dont regret a moment of it, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger and all, I just wonder how the stress will affect me in the long run.I never dreamed about boats in my life but since living here have had at least 15 dreams of various boat sinking type incidents. Me worry!! No way, just roll with the flow and keep a life jacket close by.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Some Days Nothing Goes Right

So to start things off, it was sunny all weekend while I was working ( indoors in a windowless room)and when I wake up on my day off, its clouded over again.I could cry, all I want is some sun on my bones and some social time at the beach. In frustration I went to the tanning salon just to get a vitamin D fix, but have to say it irks me to have to pay for sunshine in June.

I have not had much luck with my Jabsco manual pump toilet. In the ten months I have had the boat, its worked maybe 3-4 weeks in total. Ive taken it apart four times now, replaced all the hoses and the handle and it still plugged up after 2 uses.I found a deal on Craigslist(where-else?) for an electric toilet with a macerator.I picked it up and took it in to River Marine to get all the hoses and battery wires ect I would need to hook it up.

I carefully looked over the whole situation and was feeling very confident that I could install it myself. The first thing I did was unbolt the old toilet from the floor. That was my first mistake, I had no more leaverage on anything else I was trying to do with it flopping around everywhere, still attached to its hoses. I pulled off the intake hose which had been shut off for a long time as the ball valve is seized. ( I had been filling the toilet with the shower head for months). Then I shut off the valve for the outflow hose and proceeded to take it off the through-hull.Smart cookie that I am, I had placed doubled up green garbadge bags under the hose, so that as I pulled it off, all the crap would drain into the bag and not my hold.That worked fairly well and I managed to bolt out of the boat with it and not puke or spill any ( a minor miracle as the boat was in chaos state and the bag stank to high heaven)

It was looking like the problem wasn't the hose after all but the though-hull itself was plugged. With great trepadation I opened the valve almost all the way and using a long screwdriver, started poking and feeling around for some kind of opening. Finally a trickle of shit made its way out of the pipe, gradually flowing faster and cleaner. I wasnt sure how fast it should be able to come in but didnt want to push my luck and so tried to close the valve.I had it turned as far as it would go but there was still a steady trickle pouring into the boat. I started to panic and tried putting the old hose back on but it was still leaking like a sieve. I hauled the hose off so I could get some clamps around it and jammed it back on again. By then my neighbor Mike had heard me thrashing about and came over to help. He got the hose back on and clamped down but it was still leaking!!( this boggled my mind as the valve was shut tight)He ended up using half a roll of duct tape around the joint to stop the leak, but what a mess.

My next dilema is I discovered that the hose from the new toilet to the through-hull is too small. Now I have to find out if there is some kind of adapter. On top of all this I had guessed at how much battery wire I would need to run from the battery manning the bilge to the toilet switch. I didnt take into account the extra length it would take to tuck it all out of sight and came up quite a few feet short.As I was told its better to have a straight line then one that is spliced together, I didnt really want to have to waste what I had paid for and buy more. I gave it some thought and decided to buy another battery instead and put it up under the couch. It was on my list anyway as I have always wanted to put in a second bilge pump.I got a deal on one from a friend and it fits where I wanted to put it, so thats a good start.

Mt last issue was that because my intake valve is seized, I needed to figure out a way to get water into the toilet. My first thought was to just attach a garden hose right to the toilet, but was told it would be too much pressure and that the toilet was meant to pump in water not just accept it. I finally decided to run a hose over- board into the river with a strainer type fitting on the end of it to keep out debris.

So tommorrow, Im on the hunt for a hose adapter and need to ask someone why my through-hull is not shutting off completely.Once I get that sorted out, the rest of it should be easy and not too time consuming.Wish me luck please, Im so tired of the plumbing thing, what a horrible job. I should be an expert at it by the time Im finished.

I went on quite the little shopping spree today(retail therapy to soothe the soul). I liked my new light so much, I decided to put another one on the other side where I cook. There isnt any lights on that side at all,so it was really needed. I wasnt sure if Rona had closed their store yet or not and was happy to find it still open. The only one they had left was the display model and a very patient store clerk risked his neck climbing amongst all the hanging fixtures to get it down for me.

Next it was off to Best Buy where I picked up a 15 inch LCD tv for the living room.It seems so decadent to have two tvs in such a small space, but its a drag when I want to cook ect and cant finish what I was watching. I also had bought a survalence camera awhile ago and was wanting a monitor for it.This tv also comes with a built in dvd player which is nice because some times I like to rent a movie and cant figure out how to get my dvd player that is separate from my other tv to overide the satellite. I got it home and tried to hook it up. I turned the sateliite reciever off before moving it like they tell you to, but when I turned it back on , it wouldnt work anymore. I already killed one a few months ago, so it looks like tomorrow I get to spend a few more hundred dollars on a new one.It never ends ...sigh.

As it seemed I wasnt get to get anything accomplised that I had set out to do, I decided to go and help Davids cousin Paul scan his resume and rewrite it. David had bought a scanner some months back but I had never used it before and it took the last of my patience to figure it out. I finally got it downloaded onto my computer but for some reason it wont open in microsoft word. Wrong file extension or something. Anyway, I had had enough for one day and called it quits.

I can only hope that tommorrow goes smoother. I called Otter Marine today and they had finally recieved some part they needed for the 85 outboard and were working on it. I cant wait to get the motorboat running, I might just run away lol