Monday July 31, 2023 Guerneville CA.
From there we rode on up to our water tanks with the ladder. After trying the ladder on the tank I decided it wasn’t safe and was too short for the job, so we took it back home. I’ll be back with my big one later this evening.
Ride up into the forest
I got the rigs out to go for a ride. Earlier in the day, I checked the dirt bikes tire pressures and found them real low. Like the back one had three pounds in it and the front one wasn’t much better. Watching how to change tires on YouTube the other day, the guy said the magic number is 13 pounds, so I added the air in both tires. The lower tire pressure wasn’t too bad when the ground was wet, but when the ground dried out, the tires were slipping all over the place.
What a different the right tire pressure made. I wasn’t checking them with a tire gauge earlier, just looked at them and felt them which obviously wasn’t good enough.
We rode around some and stopped to look for tracks at the pond. No tracks. There’s two springs coming out of the hill here. Don’t laugh. It’s the only pond we have. I guess it’s more of a water hole for the animals.
Another break spot
We headed on back to my house from there and Marty took off for home.
Fixing the Pink Ribbon gauge
Up with the ladder
Up the ladder
I went on up to see how the old ball was attached to the cable so I knew what I needed to fasten the new larger ball onto the cable. This is the pulley system to get the steel cable over the side of the tank to the gauge indicator below.
I had to drive back home to get some stainless steel wire to hook the new ball up and rode my dirt bike back up to the tank.
Adding the new ball
Then I hauled the new ball up to the top of the tank and installed it after removing the smaller black ball on the left. The new ball is much larger and much heavier so the system should work better with the extra weight.
All fixed up
This is the weighted indicator that shows how much water is in the tank. The tank is full when the indicator is on the ground. I call this the Pink Ribbon Gauge. The ribbon is so I can see it from further away easily.
Then I went back home and put my chickens away for the night.