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New TV in the RV

The TV in the front of our RV was damaged when we bought the RV. It had a DC transformer that no longer worked and a streak of damaged pixels. We just didn’t use it and instead I installed a … Continue reading

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Meters, Meters, Everywhere

Perhaps you noticed the graphs in my last post. One side effect of creating an energy saving house is being watchful regarding our use of energy and any other measure that affects the home environment. I particularly like WiFi connected … Continue reading

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Below Zero

Our house is built and insulated for cold weather here in Colorado. That’s why these below zero temperature spells are so rewarding. I have a pair of MCCREO WiFi temperature meters on the Trombe wall. One is outside under the … Continue reading

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A Birthday Thank You

My son-in-law Robert Felty works for Automattic, the company that produces WordPress, the sophisticated website software I use for this blog. This was a challenging summer for Rob and his family. While on a business trip to Montenegro he fainted … Continue reading

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Shelter Over The Spa

Our exposed skin was too cold in the water since the spa was fixed this fall. We have used it in the winter before but noticed the little ones got cold fast and could not stay in long. I was … Continue reading

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Another Spa Fix

The spa has not been working for over a year. In April of 2020 I wrote about installing a new spa pack and controller. In June of 2022 while starting up the spa we burned through the spa heater! So … Continue reading

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Home 30 Amp RV Outlet

We had friends arriving in September who would “Moochdock” in our driveway. They needed 30 amp power because they had to run the air conditioner and other power at the same time. I had always wanted to install a 30 … Continue reading

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Mr Cool Mini-Split Troubles

It sure seemed like there were several repairs that had to be made this summer. I had issues with the RV water supply, with the pool, with the spa, and also with the air conditioner. I installed the Mr. Cool … Continue reading

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Summer Spa Repairs

Last summer we had big problems with the spa equipment and it was replaced. We had discovered a leak at one of the jets in our exercise spa. I tried all kinds of patches for the leak, caulk, pool goop, … Continue reading

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A Little More Camping

Making our way back home we drove another couple of hours and stopped by the Yampa River State Park. This one is right on highway 40 and was a pleasant camping area. The first evening walked down to the river … Continue reading

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Dinosaur National Monument

Dave had proposed visiting this out of the way Colorado/Utah park with the grandkids some time ago. We didn’t think we could handle all three but at seven, Wolfgang is old enough to appreciate ancient history or so we thought. … Continue reading

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End of Summer Camping Trip

Our half Korean grandkids spent most of the summer visiting their aunt with their mom on Jeju Island in Korea. The children are very bilingual and knowledgeable about their mom’s culture. My son went to join them for the last … Continue reading

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Pool Disaster

Last time we set up the pool the various leaks in the aging liner were getting more and more difficult to repair. I had a choice between buying a new pool altogether or ordering a new liner from Intex. The … Continue reading

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German Grandkids Visit

We had our 12 year old granddaughter and 15 year old grandson visit us this July. That kept us busy with fun kid stuff. We took them camping in the mountains to reacquaint them with their home state. We stayed … Continue reading

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New RV Toilet

When the plumbing leaked in the RV the toilet also overflowed with water. I had read that the valve often breaks in newer Thetford toilets so I ordered the kit, watched a couple of YouTube videos and took the pedal … Continue reading

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RV Water Woes

I installed a pressure tank next to the water pump in the wiring and plumbing bay under the bed. I had winterized the system before I did the installation when we returned from Arizona in March. When I was getting … Continue reading

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DIY Motorized Outdoor Rollup Shades

After observing the cool outdoor shades John Avenson installed on the exterior of his passive solar wall, I wanted to add solar shades to the Trombe wall to prevent it from heating up in the summer. I priced automatic shades … Continue reading

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May

Of course May is crazy for everyone with it being the last month of the school year here. I also have a tradition of spending a weekend camping near my birthday. This year we did it the weekend before and … Continue reading

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Springtime Activities

April is a busy month. Both our grandson Leonidas and his mom Haewon have birthdays and we prepped for an early 5th birthday party for Clementine and our 50th anniversary cruise to Alaska. Plus there were a couple of new … Continue reading

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Germany at Easter

We always have a wonderful time visiting our daughter’s family in Germany. This year they met us at the Frankfurt train station to tour a few German cities. We walked to our hotel in Frankfort and the next day we … Continue reading

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