First cold snap of the month, and there’s nothing but trouble.

Not for me, fortunately. The Lair’s water delivery system started simple and got simpler to the point where there’s little to freeze and little of that is prone to break if it should freeze. Today, though, I have special reason to be happy that the Lair requires no pressure pump or tank. I visited D&L’s place this morning at 10 to be greeted with the news that their pressure plumbing has sprung leaks everywhere in the pressure side where there’s iron to rust.

People who build country homes in hilly country usually want to build on top of the hills, presumably for the lovely views. That’s nice and all, but off-grid there are practical reasons not to do it. If you build down in a hollow and your well and water tank are up on a hilltop say fifty feet or more above the cabin, you get gravity-fed water pressure for free. If your home is on the hilltop you’ll need expensive and elaborate and power-hungry and fragile equipment to provide your water pressure, and your life will be ever so much more complicated than mine. Just saying.

That wasn’t the end of D&L’s troubles this morning. I was over there to help them load all the hay we just unloaded last week. Turns out the bales are so full of rocks and clay that the horses don’t even want to eat from them. So back to the feed store it all goes, no doubt to the delight of the guy who runs the store. D&L are supposed to come back with another load this afternoon, so I’ll be back to help do it all again later today.

Meanwhile in neighborhoodland, I’ve gotten yet another report of a crazy neighbor doing break-ins. Swear somebody’s going to get killed around here one of these days – again, since it won’t be the first time. So I’m back to locking things up, and unfortunately the report came just when I retired the padlock on the shed of the one place I get paid money to watch…

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I took the padlock home to lube it, but couldn’t get it working. There’s nothing to steal in that shed except the solar power gear, and while that’s valuable it’s not really smash-and-grab stuff. I figured I’d get another padlock next time I’m in town – and then came lurid tales of this not-quite-right kid on a burgling spree. Great.

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Fortunately D has a drawer-full of old padlocks, and gave me this one.

Yeah, of course I know you could get past that hasp with a tire iron or a big screwdriver. But if that shed gets burgled some night this week while the padlock is on the Jeep’s dashboard instead of on the door where it belongs, whose fault is it? I’m supposed to discourage theft, not facilitate it by taking the damned locks home. If I go an extra few feet to make sure it’s locked, at least the damage won’t be my fault.

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5 Responses to First cold snap of the month, and there’s nothing but trouble.

  1. Phil says:

    The desert is a big place I hear. Lot’s of places where no one goes to very often.
    Lots and lots of empty real estate.
    Emphasis on empty.
    Sounds like a very small, hard to get to, out of the way piece of it needs to be filled with something.

  2. Mike says:

    I can sympathize with your friends D&L about the water. While no where near as bad, tonight we had a power outage for several hours and no power means no water pump which means no water. But it was OK I have a plan B which I would have used if there was no sign of the power coming back on. I hope D&L manage to get their water issues sorted out.

    About the thefts in the area, I would not loose a lot of sleep over these stories. By all means put a lock on the door but your best defense is something you are already doing. You are already in the area most of the time and when you’re away it’s at random times. This takes away a level of security for the thief because he never really knows what to expect at your place. No thief want’s to get shot over something silly. Now if you had say a million kicking around then…

  3. anonymous says:

    I’ve had a little experience with people breaking into homes in secluded places. We live in south Texas and own a small ranch with a simple cabin. Illegal aliens often break into the cabin, looking for water, food, matches – simple stuff to make their journey North. No one lives within a mile of this cabin, which is only sporadically lived in. Happens several times a year, for many years.

    After replacing the locked door several times due to having it kicked in, using a padlock w/ hasp seems to be the best solution. The illegals unscrew the hasp screws and access the place. Doesn’t solve the problem but the cost of replacing the damage is far less than before.

    Ahh – southern border life.

  4. Kentucky says:

    If the hasp is installed properly the screws are inaccessible.

    If, on the other hand, the padlock is just there to deter not-so-serious thieves, then your only concern would be the opinion of your insurance carrier.

    :-)

  5. Sounds like the kind of troubles people have here in early winter. I sure agree with your thoughts on location.

    Break in’s used to be unheard of here. Now they are common. Building the good road from Atlanta to this county was the kiss of death for us.

To the stake with the heretic!