Today turned out to be a really slow on, but probably the calm before the storm. We only had 58 vehicles through the gate. But Monday is when all the fun is supposed to start. They will begin fracking on the two wells here, and we will get 100+ sand trucks coming through, in addition to the normal traffic.
First thing this morning I called Galveston Bay RV Resort to confirm our usual Sunday before Thanksgiving arrival. Lauralee already had us on the books, but it’s always good to double-check.
My next call was to Coleman Outdoor Products, the maker of our 13 x 13 canopy. When we received it from Amazon last week and tried to set it up, it just would not work right.
And in continuing to fight with it, two of the cross struts snapped in half.
A little more investigation showed the problem. On all four sides, one set of the connectors where the struts crossed had not been tightened down. This allowed the struts to twist and bind as we tried to pull it open. And this torque caused the hollow struts to break at the weak point, which was where the hole was drilled through. I was able to repair the struts with Gorilla Tape and get it erected, but it’s still a little wonky. So I called Coleman to get some replacement struts under warranty.
But they wouldn’t give me any struts. In fact they wouldn’t even sell me any. Apparently their lawyers have decided it would be too dangerous for a customer to unscrew two bolts, replace the damaged strut, and tighten the bolts down. I’m beginning to agree with Shakespeare on this.
I was told I could send the canopy back under warranty and they would send me a new one free – with a two to three week turnaround. YEAH, RIGHT!
I’ll check tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure Amazon will send me a new one and let me return the damaged one in the new box. Hope so.
I finally got tired fighting with the low voltage problem on my generator. Apparently the regulator is bad and it will not keep the voltage high enough. So when I went over to get a bag of ice I stopped off at the office and told Jamie my problem.
He said that as soon as the guys get back from another run, he’d have a brand new one out to us. And two hours later he did. Great support.
The new one is holding 120 volts with no problems, and the AC’s are working better too. Nice.
This afternoon the water guys were running a new water line around behind our site and down to the fracking pond to help them keep it topped off.
Each reel holds 200 meters of 10” hose, and they just drive along and spool it off.
You see these hoses running along a lot of roadways in this part of the country.
We have a flare stack about 300 yards down the road and pretty much every night we get a fireworks show.
The flame is about 50 feet high and you can feel the heat even from 300 yards away.
Thought for the Day:
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere, restrains evil interface. They deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” -— George Washington
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