Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Fairbanks, AK

Monday (SSD Day 1) -  Strict social distancing (SSD) here at the house according to the state of AK requirements. It's a balmy 1°F right now as I am trying to get the truck running again. The batteries were dead and I have a charger connected to then trying to get them resurrected. I don't have a lot of hope for them but they are six years old according to the sticker. I was checking on prices and was surprised that Batteries and Bulbs had the correct size and was cheaper than Costco. Pretty shocking. The charger claims that they are actually charging but I'm not sure I believe it. I did install a small trickle charger but it wasn't plugged in. Plus, I had left the air compressor switch on which draws more power than the trickle charger would have able to provide anyway. So, they've been dead for a couple of months.

My old sous-vide stick is here at the house and I found a large enough plastic container to make a roast. Remembering that the temperature sensor reads high, I set it 5°F higher than the target temperature. The meat thermometer seems to agree that this may be a reasonable correction. We'll see how it turns out.

Later - After sitting on the charger for several hours, the batteries barely cranked the engine for a fraction of a second. They are toast. I pulled them out and placed a curbside delivery order from Batteries and Bulbs here in Fairbanks. I found an online coupon for 10% off. Actually, an app called Honey found the discount. My son is picking them up during his lunch break.

Even later -  Batteries installed. Most of the snow shoveled off. I ran the truck for about 45 min in the driveway just to make sure that the fuel wasn't gelled. I had added a half bottle of anti-gel back in September as winter fuel was not available at that time. I needed to add air to the drivers side rear tire again. It must have a slow leak. I then went to Sourdough and filled up the tank with winter blend fuel. I don't really need the truck until the weekend but I knew that it would need work to get it running.

Tuesday (SSD Day 2)
 - The ham radio club board asked if someone with a Verizon phone could check the signal at a specific location. I volunteered as I could easily drive out and check. No need to interact with anyone. Plus, I can get a few more miles on the truck. I needed to use the drive-thru at the bank. The picture is our house not the location to check out. That was out on Murphy Dome Road.

Anyway, the task for today was replacing the bathroom sink faucet. When we renovated the bathroom, we found a really cool faucet. But finding replacement parts has proved to be a challenge. It sprays water onto the counter whenever it's used. So I picked up a new faucet at Lowe's today. Do you know how hard it is to find a faucet without actually seeing them? I found one online and had it delivered curbside this afternoon. It took all of 30 minutes to replace it. The challenge is that most of my tools are in Texas.

I've been debating on whether to dig out the Ural but after driving around, I think I'll pass due to all of the ice on the roads. I don't have studded tires and taking on a project like that for only a few days seems silly. Maybe if I'm really bored tomorrow...

Later that evening - I guess I was feeling bored. The Ural had been packed away in the garage back in  the summer of 2019. I spent a few hours digging it out, added some gas, added a little air to the tires, and it started on the second kick. Not too bad!


SonjaM said...

Well, you keep yourself quite busy with all the chores. Do the shops charge extra for the curbside delivery.

I am not at all surprised that the Ural came to life without further ado. That's probably one of the reasons the brand is still around ;-)

Geoff James said...

You've tired me out just reading about your activities! I guess it takes a particular mindset and routine when you live in Alaska! They might represent normal routine to you Richard but I find them really interesting!

redlegsrides said...

That's outstanding, the Ural starting on the second kick! Didn't try the e-starter first?

RichardM said...

They do have a minimum purchase requirement but no extra fee. At least not now.

RichardM said...

Just trying to keep busy. And doing some things that I’ve put off for a while.

RichardM said...

One of the benefits of the carb version. I assumed that the battery may be kind of low. Plus, I was using the kick starter to spin the engine anyway.