Friday, February 12, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Feb 8 - 9

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Monday, February 8, 2016
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NNW 5 & gusting to 10 Mph, Humidity 98%, sunny.
Afternoon 67 Degrees, Wind NNW 10 & gusting to 21 Mph, Humidity 21%, sunny.

Failed valve

There is a valve on the inside to isolate the water heater and the stem was blown out. I put it back in and used ty-wraps to hold it in place. No luck still leaking and another work night. I will have a RV repair deal with changing the valve.

New valve installation, cold water in to tank
The new parts were installed and the wall replaced so quickly I did not have a chance to get a picture with the wall down. The new pipes are color coded with red for the hot water and blue for the cold water.
This is the top hot water out. the brass fitting to the right was replaced last summer

Work at the gate (traffic in and out) was constant last night and tonight in addition to the regular shift change traffic. Mostly sand trucks in and out. They we coming and going two at a time. But you never know sometimes they are together or they are five minutes apart. The gate must be kept closed whenever I go into the shack to sit. So not really knowing if the second one is coming I close the gate and go inside to keep warm. Only to get up and open the gate again. That was an out eight minutes later there are sand trucks coming in and again opening the gate, then the second one comes three minutes later. Then there are deliveries of diesel fuel for the Frac pump trailers, regular tank truck that deliver to gasoline stations. Chemical trailers come also but not a frequent happening. Water is another component of the Frac operation that is piped in using temporary water mains and pumps, pumps needs diesel fuel, this water is pumped from a Frac pond.

Hot water out of the tank
Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Morning 35 Degrees, Wind  variable & calm, Humidity 70%, sunny.
Afternoon 66 Degrees, Wind ENE 4 & gusting to 5 Mph, Humidity 24%, sunny.
 
Getting home this morning and getting some sleep I contacted the gate coordinator for recommendation for RV repair guy in the area. I got a telephone number and he was here with the hour. Two hours after calling water job complete water on propane gas tank empty, NOW. OK switch to Busters internal propane tank for hot water and my wife to take a shower. Tonight I am not working I go to Kenedy for propane, gasoline $1.319. Getting back to Buster I connect the propane tank and the valve is so tight I cannot open it, so out come the pliers and the stem comes out. Well that will go back for exchange tomorrow.
Looking in the gate





Thursday, February 11, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Feb 6 -

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Saturday, February 6, 2016
Morning 40 Degrees, Wind NNW 10 & gusting to 20 Mph, Humidity 42%, sunny.
Afternoon 51 Degrees, Wind W 9 & gusting to 17 Mph, Humidity 80%, .
 
Worked last night into today getting home to Buster about six in the morning. Went right to bed but only slept for three hours knowing I was to work again tonight I laid down again in the afternoon and was at the gate before five-thirty. We work six to six but, are asked to arrive a half hour early. Shift change for the workers inside is also taking place. It seems the person going off duty logs the workers going in and the guard coming on duty logs the workers going out the gate, or basically the ones you signed in the previous shift.

This was a slow night after the shift change traffic was done and the day person has a television here so something to watch passing the time. There were a few trucks spread out over the night but the morning in’s started just before four-thirty they woke me from a deep sleep as the gate was open and they came to the shack door waking me. The day person showed about five-twenty. While he was arriving and also checking in other arrivals the night company man come out to to the gate checking on me. This oil company is very safety minded and they were concerned for my safety. I am ok and made it home to Buster fine just later than I should have.


Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Sunday, February 7, 2016
Morning 36 Degrees, Wind SSE 3 & gusting to 4 Mph, Humidity 70%, sunny.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind SSW 9 & gusting to 15 Mph, Humidity 30%, sunny.  
   
I got seven straight hours of sleep and feeling better tonight. My wife has a gate tonight on the way to Karnes City so we took a ride there to check the directions and get a daylight visual driving there. 
The same call for my wife’s gate told me to keep going to my gate until Monday night. That will make four consecutive days (night work) for me. 
Hot water tank isolation valve
While we were checking the directions to my wife’s gate Buster had a water issue. There is very high water pressure here in the park and I was not using a pressure regulator. There is a valve under the kitchen sink, that is the back of the water heater that failed. Water everywhere and draining outside Buster as I drove up. So we made due with no water tonight. We are working anyway. I turned off the supply outside even before going inside Buster. I will deal with it tomorrow. The valve is used only to isolate the water tank when not using hot water or putting the rig in storage. We do keep bottled water in gallon containers and another five gallon container. I refill these at the grocery store water dispensing machine whenever we go there. 

Glasses, lost right lens tonight no idea where or when this happened? I do not know when it dropped but the screw holding the lens in the frame was loose. Sitting in the shack I took my glasses off and there was no lens in the right side. 





Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Feb 4 - 5

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Thursday, February 4, 2016
Morning 33 Degrees, Wind N 3 & gusting to 5 Mph, Humidity 75%, sunny.
Afternoon 58 Degrees, Wind NE 5 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 52%, sunny.
 
We went to Victoria today and had lunch there BBQ Brisket ok not the best we have had. Gasoline $1.439


Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Friday, February 5, 2016 
Morning 32 Degrees, Wind ENE variable & calm gusting to 1 Mph, Humidity 77%, sunny.
Afternoon 59 Degrees, Wind SSE 13 & gusting to 16 Mph, Humidity 50%, partly cloudy.  
Contacted the coordinator about the next gate assignment as these gates have not been very long (number of work days) as the work being performed does not require a move in type of gate guard. Our last gate closed while we were off and he had a Frac site night work for me only, two nights starting tonight. We went to the location checking the directions then the opposite direction to shop and get supplies.

Went to Kenedy for supplies and Gasoline $ 1.329 for Tan Jan I have been up since early this morning not knowing I was to work nights.
Sand trailer
Work tonight, busy Frac gate moving in with some sand trucks with the rest Frac equipment trucks (maybe fifteen), kept me busy so I did not have time to think about sleep. I was up early and laid down for a couple of hours.  


Frac Truck


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX Feb 2 - 3

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind N 9 & gusting to 20 Mph, Humidity 30%, overcast.
Afternoon 72 degrees, Wind N 4 & gusting to 8 Mph, Humidity 38%, sunny.

My wife worked tonight came home to Buster for a short nap. We had a twelve-thirty appointment in San Antonio and arrived just after one o’clock, had to stop for gasoline, return with a full tank. Thursday I tried to extend the car rental another month and I could not do that because that would make it a lease vehicle. The system required me to turn in that car and rent another car. I explained that I could not be there before today and they were ok with that. Friday I made another reservation for today. Next time I will make the appointment for two o’clock to give my wife more sleep time. I originally thought this would be just me doing this as she needed her rest. But going to San Antonio without her was not her plan. There is other stores to walk and there are restaurants that need to be “inspected” for food quality (eatable) ha ha.
A new month already January flew by with the working and the off time spent getting things for the next work cycle.



Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NNW 5 & gusting to 11 Mph, Humidity 61%, sunny.
Afternoon 58 Degrees, Wind N 2 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 50%, sunny.  

Today was a stay home at Buster, rest day and getting domestic things done.



Friday, February 5, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX Jan 31 & Feb 1

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Sunday, January 31, 2016
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind SSW 12 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 90%, overcast.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind WNW 3 & gusting to 12 Mph, Humidity 46%, mostly sunny.
there is a longer distance from the equipment and the well head
Slower than Saturday, if it could be, the work slowed overnight, there was a couple of oil company “bosses” in early and the equipment was disconnected after daylight and then there was a reconfigure of equipment before the work moved forward again. Another company came to the site, and two special parts deliveries were made before the work was resumed. We had a visitor show and my wife invited him in to the shack for a while.  

Dog Resting under the shack trailer

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Monday, February 1, 2016
Morning 58 Degrees, Wind SSE 2 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity 97%, fog, overcast.
Afternoon 78 Degrees, Wind SE 13 & gusting to 15 Mph, Humidity 85%, mostly cloudy.

The fog made for a slow commute in this morning, it really cut visibility.  
Yesterday I received e-mails from my sisters about a recent post. I am only admitting to not proofreading before posting the blog. I did revise the post adding the e‘s to show “possession” taking out the “es” that shows multiple.

Men on the man lift connecting the equipment

Sundays work configuration continued until about noon and they reconfigured again the removing the equipment the company brought to the site yesterday. He left the site shortly after loading the equipment into the pickup truck.   

The visitor dog was sleeping under the shack trailer and stayed for a while. He did wander off a couple of times checking around the pickup trucks inside and going across the road to another ranch, maybe that is home. He is looking for and food that he can get from any of the workers at the site. 

Dog resting in road







Thursday, February 4, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Jan 29 - 30

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Friday, January 29, 2016
Morning 41 Degrees, Wind WSW calm &, Humidity 73%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 74 Degrees, Wind S 7 & gusting to 18 Mph, Humidity 43%, sunny.
 

At a new to us gate by five thirty even tho the official start time is six o’clock. This is another coil tubing job being done here on an existing well site. The work was already underway so the “move in” was already completed just routine in and out gate traffic which is really a low volume. There are some “salesmen” coming to sell their companies service. Two ways to tell are the vehicle and the time spent inside, from the time in to time out under ten minutes. Vehicle usually are cleaner, no buildup of mud on the sides and washed more frequently.

They move these trailers from work site to work site for the company man to work and sleep in.
Usually two trailers one for the office and one for sleeping. Generator for trailer electric

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Saturday, January 30, 2016
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind SSW 9 & gusting to 11  Mph, Humidity 84%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 75 Degrees, Wind SSW 6 & gusting to 15 Mph, Humidity %, mostly sunny.

A slow day here at the gate as the salesmen are a weekday function. Just the shift changes morning and night. During the day there are deliveries of fuel for the equipment and service. These trailers are brought on site for the “company man” to live on site, usually a day and a night man.

Thought for the Day:

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Jan 25 - 28

Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Monday, January 25, 2016
Morning 53 Degrees, Wind SSE & variable gusting to 10  Mph, Humidity 98%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 75 Degrees, Wind variable calm gusting to 1 Mph, Humidity 56%, partly cloudy.
Four days off the gate for us we are enjoying the schedule of four on and four off. My wife was home at Buster by five thirty as the day person was at the gate early. After getting settled she was off to bed Kenedy for shopping and gasoline for Tan Jan with gasoline down to $1.389 a gallon.

After her nap she wanted to go to Cuero, well that did not pan out. We then went on to Victoria. Victoria a city of about sixty thousand and we can find any shopping or dinner options there.


Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Morning 58 Degrees, Wind NE 9 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 55%, overcast.
Afternoon 60 Degrees, Wind NE 10 & gusting to 14 Mph, Humidity 79%, overcast rain showers.
 
 Today is a rest day


Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Morning 40 Degrees, Wind NNE 6 & gusting to 10 Mph, Humidity 74%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 57 Degrees, Wind NNW 3 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 38%, mostly sunny.

Today is a rest day. Putting in twelve hour days and commuting sixteen miles each way. We pack a lunch and snacks with drinks all takes some time. Then it is of to bed for the needed sleep and needed rest.


Iron Horse RV Ranch - Yorktown, TX - Thursday, January 28, 2016
Morning 31 Degrees, Wind NNW calm & variable, Humidity 84%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 67 Degrees, Wind W 7 & gusting to 11 Mph, Humidity 34%, sunny.

Getting ready to get back to work going to a different gate site we decided to take a ride out there for a daylight visual. Well on our way there we get a call no not there call me. I had gotten this assignment on Sunday and things are changing fast. On the call I got directions to our next gate tomorrow morning. We made that trip and found a shorter way for the morning. The directions may have been simple either way and both ways have dirt roads but the way we left and used all work days the dirt road was shorter. Dirt roads are not good we are talking no more than ten miles per hour as going faster it is too hard to miss the pot holes.