Posts tagged: plumbing

There used to be a table there…

By , August 25, 2009 4:46 pm

BareKitchen

I’m not going to bother showing the other rooms, but we’re now rid of a table, a couch and loveseat set, a bed, a bunch of lamps, a weight set, a treadmill, a patio furniture set, a bunch of pictures, a couple hundred DVDs, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember right now.  We’ve got more friends coming over to get some more furniture and rugs and we’re well on our way to emptying out the last ten years of “gathering” we’ve done in our house.

We’ve done some other necessary fixes as well…  deck has been refinished, tile ordered to replace a few cracked ones in the bathroom, problematic electrical sockets rewired, screw holes in drywall respackled, wood repainted and sealed, etc.  Nothing major, just a lot of little stuff to get done before we roll out.

Of course, there are some bigger things that still need to get done…  The huge and heavy bedroom set has to go to Dasy’s brothers’ place, along with the dining room set.  I have at least one motorcycle to sell, maybe two (I’m still waffling on the second one), a camper trailer to find a home for, a set of off-road Jeep tires to get rid of (and probably a ton of other Jeep parts), piles of computer stuff to get rid of, etc.  Oh… and the fish tank.  :S

And finally, we’ve still got some RV stuff to take care of.  There were some issues with the title, so we’re still on temp tags and aren’t registered.  We need to get inspected, install some new vent fans, fix the plumbing (done!), wire up some more electrical bits, clean out the black water tank, replace the black water drain valve (leaks – ick!), replace the screen door handle, etc. 

I did find out one of the sources of our dead batteries though…  someone installed the battery charger backwards, so it was constantly draining the main battery whether it was plugged in or not (that’s now taken care of and the battery is charging as I type). 

So, not much exciting stuff going on, but plenty of work. The goal is to be on the road by mid-September, which is rapidly approaching.  We’ll let you know how it’s working out.  Expect a post or two a week until we actually get going.

Starting on the list…

By , August 1, 2009 3:31 pm

…the list of things to be fixed.

There are a number of small issues with the RV that need addressing.  Some need to be fixed quick, others are on a to-do-in-the-future list.  The first one I tackled was the plumbing. 

We had a rather nasty surprise on our first night in the RV on the way back from Texas a few weeks ago.  We turned on the water pump (which provides pressure to the shower and faucets when we’re not connected to city water) and found water gushing out of the bottom of the RV.  Needless to say, we turned it off and used city water instead.  We had an outside sprayer (like a sink spray nozel) installed in one of the bays and I suspected that was the culprit.

I crawled under there today and found out that the installer had used a bypass valve instead of a cutoff valve.  The bypass wasn’t hooked up to anything, so it sprayed all over the place the minute the water was turned on.  I simply capped off the bypass and all is now well. 🙂  The pump pressurizes the system, water stays where it’s supposed to and the outside sprayer works.

One job completed successfully!

The second job was just discovered today and it pretty much trumps everything else.  Our house batteries don’t seem to be charging.  More on that in a future post when I figure out what to do about it. :S

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