Saturday, October 14, 2017

Buster’s Gate, Laredo, TX - Oct 7 - 11

Buster’s Gate, Laredo, TX -  Saturday, October 7, 2017
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind SE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 95%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind E at 6 to 13 Mph, Humidity 49%, mostly sunny.

Well the mmorning came and went with only a few pickup trucks nothing large until almost noon when the two skid trailers came thru the gate. Latter in the afternoon housing trailers and a couple of rig loads came in the gate.
Expanded metal walkway
During the morning a welder came and installed expanded metal on top of the cattle guard to allow us to walk there safely. Stepping on the pipes to on latch the gate is not very safe as we are also holding a I Pad in one hand. He also welded a pin to pin that gate open or closed, it will not blow in the wind. The pin will drop down thru the expanded metal walkway to hold the gate closed. I talked to the coordinator about stopping by the Home Depot for some wood for me when he come to deliver our sensor for the gate.  He came and delivered the sensor and wood late when my wife was working.


Buster’s Gate, Laredo, TX -  Sunday, October 8, 2017
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind ESE calm, Humidity 88%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 93 Degrees, Wind SSE at 7 to 12 Mph, Humidity 46%, mostly sunny.

Rig parts coming in today one got stuck turning into the gate needing a large forklift to push as he was turning in to the gate. I walked in further to allow the rig tower to clear the turn in thru the gate. Another rig part was following behind that one.

Rig tower coming in 
When I got up this morning my wife said the wood I ordered arrived last night. The delivery made a busy morning for me making a wood deck walk and checking vehicles in and out.


Buster’s Gate, Laredo,, TX - Monday, October 9, 2017
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind SSE at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 88%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind SE at 10 to 14 Mph, Humidity 42%, mostly sunny.

The last of the rig parts are here today with water tankers coming in for the “Drilling Mud” along with other chemicles. A crane came in to lift and assist in the assembly of the rig parts. 

Rahlee checking the tape holding the foil in place

Buster’s Gate, Laredo,, TX - Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Morning 77 Degrees, Wind ESE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 92%, cloudy.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind N at 13 to 25 Mph, Humidity 53%, partly sunny.

I saw the neighbors for the first time today picture, they are on the ranch across the road from our location. Vehicle traffic is still high with parts and material being brought into the work site. 

neighbor cattle
We have our area setup complete now as I was able to have a roller come to flatten the ruts in our normal walking area. I did have to move most again while the roller packed the ruts in the local area. The decking is laying flat now and when we step off into the dirt there is no stepping into ruts.


Buster’s Gate, Laredo, TX - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind N at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 70%, cloudy, light rain.
Afternoon 74 Degrees, Wind NNW at 2 to 5 Mph, Humidity 62%, mostly cloudy.

It is back, the rain, started last night just enough to make mud and stick to our shoes. Well that got me into gear and setup our shoe brush and hoe to scrape and clean mud from our shoes before going inside Buster. Slower work day for me and nights have been easy for my wife. 



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Oct 4 - 6

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Morning 77 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 96%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind NNE  at 6 to 14 Mph, Humidity 75%, mostly cloudy.

.13 rain today, this is our fourteenth day at this gate (over nine inches of rain so far at this gate) and we have had rain seven days this is not fun.

Packaged inside the canopy case was a cardboard stiffener I pulled that out and put aside. Later my wife said to cut in half and bring it inside Buster for Rahlee to use as a tunnel as he enjoys running into them.

Rahlee in the box
Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Thursday, October 5, 2017
Morning 84 Degrees, Wind NNE at 6 to 8 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy.
Afternoon 8 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, mostly sunny.

 We had a nice day, no rain with things drying out. My wife got up before two this afternoon and it is shopping day. I was on the road by two-thirty headed for Laredo
Dollar Tree, Walmart and HEB leaving HEB I stopped at Market Brisket for take home dinner. Not the best we have had by far, not McBees or Pleasanton HEB. We will try some place else next time.

Our flow back crew moved out today so things will slowdown until another job starts inside or they close the gate (release the gate guard).

New Gate

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Friday, October 6, 2017
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind W calm, Humidity 89%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 8 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, .

Slow morning and about twelve-thirty I got the phone call, gate closed. This is the hardest part, waking your wife during her night saying gate closed, go to work making ready to move Buster. I started outside and she started inside. Picking things up and packing away for the move all thethings around Buster and the outside lights. We loaded something’s into the trailer instead of packing away inside Buster. The coordinator arrived about two-thirty to move the generator trailer. With everything picked up and Buster ready slide outs in and off jacks move out in the road and connect Tan Jan to the tow bar and we are on the road.

Sunrise at our gate
We have another gate and start receiving vehicles tomorrow morning, so it is a thirty one mile trip to the new gate. Mostly west and a little south from the last gate. The last four and a half miles were dirt road that will be difficult in rainy weather.

After evaluating the location I backed Buster into position. I like Buster pointed to the road allowing us to look out the drivers and passengers side windows for vehicles coming to or leaving the gate. I block the large front windshield with insulation helping to keep Buster’s inside cool. With the “stuff” out of the pickup and the generator positioned and powered up, water connected we are into ladero for dinner out and some small shopping. 


 Thought For The Day – I don’t mean to brag, but this puzzle says “2-4 years” and I finished it in three months.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Oct 1 - 3

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Sunday, October 1, 2017
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind NW calm, Humidity 87%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind E at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 47%, partly cloudy.

Not as many water removal trucks today he work over rig was moved out. There were five flatbed trucks that came in to take out the other equipment used with the rig.
Canopy back up
Latter today I tried to straighten the canopy poles and put the canopy back up. I will need some shade to sit outside waiting for vehicles to come to the gate and during the ten to two in the afternoon the shade is needed to see the I pad screen. Other times I turn my back to the sun or use the side of the vehicle for shade. But the ten to two o’clock is the hardest time of the day to see the I Pad screen.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Monday, October 2, 2017
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind NE at 2 to 3 Mph, Humidity 96%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 8 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, partly cloudy.

Water removal truck
Water removal was still the item of the day but they are slowing down, not as frequent. We are still having trouble with our outside lights. The receptacle is a ground fault type and we are running two lines of extension cords. The first is plugged into the bottom and the second is plugged into the top. Trouble shooting I have found the bottom which is running to the light tree is ok by itself. The top I have tried many combinations but the only reliable one is only the bottom extension cord plugged in by itself does not pop the ground fault. I called the coordinator to replace the receptacle.

Buster - Portable A/C - Outside lights

The ground fault receptacle replaced today and both extension cords plugged in and the lights are staying on. The two extension cords are working fine now.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Morning 78 Degrees, Wind NE at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 96%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 90 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 19 Mph, Humidity 57%, mostly cloudy.

It was an ok day until near sundown as a thunder storm moved in from the east dumping a third of an inch of rain in short order followed by light rain. I got the canopy up Sunday evening and had to dump water out of that after the big rain. Yes a couple of trucks arrived during the rain. I waive out the door (so they know I am coming) as I was putting on my rain gear (old warn out rain gear) to go out and check them in. We are still able to receive San Antonio television stations here, (I could switch by why bother and have to do it again when we move to another gate). The noon weather map was showing “weather” coming out of the gulf and swirling east and then to the north, I thought it would not come in as far as where we are located, it did.

The oil company was picking up and moving out water hose (twelve inch wide) that was used during the fracking job that finished just before we arrived at the gate. They have trailers with large spools and roll the hose onto the trailer spools in sections.




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Sep 28 - 30

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Thursday, September 28, 2017
Morning 83 Degrees, Wind NE at 5 to 10 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy rain.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 22 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy rain.
Light tree
After daylight and after letting a truck in the gate I turned off the outside light “tree” and closed the gates. Looking to go back into Buster I notices the lights at Buster were off I thought my wife had turned them off. As I opened the door the television was not on, ground fault. The lights connected to Buster popped the ground fault, so I disconnected them and reset the ground fault.

These are little puddles now they were all part of one puddle
More than an inch of rain that ended this morning. Drying is taking hold again slowly. I made a shopping trip to Laredo shopping in a big Walmart Super center and a BIG HEB store and refilled our drinking water.

We had Water removal trucks, after dinner five came in at once and another one a little later. My wife will have then to sign out later. Flow back crew must be working hard getting water seperated ans ready to be taken off site.

Water removal truck leaving the gate

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Friday, September 29, 2017
Morning 79 Degrees, Wind N at 4 to 9 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind NNE at 8 to 10 Mph, Humidity 63%, cloudy.

Slow start to the day and water removal trucks are still the vehicle working the most. Flow back, that is the task under way where the water used in the fracking operation flows back up and is removed. The water is coming back up with the oil and goes thru oil water separator the water is waist and trucked off site for disposal.

Shopping yesterday I purchased another canopy, ten by ten foot, a little smaller than the one we were using. I got that set up and staked down and tied to Buster mirrors
 
Five lo-boy trailers came in today to move out equipment from the site along with the leader in a pickup truck, wait a minute wrong site. They came right back out empty and went north of the interstate exit where the oil company has another well site under construction.

About six the rain came back, it was drying out all day until this and did it come down.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Saturday, September 30, 2017
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind N at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 89%, cloudy light rain.
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind ENE at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 42%, mostly cloudy.

Other than water removal trucks it was a slow day work wise. Well the canopy did not last one day as the canopy collected too much rain and bent under the weight of the water.
That post should be straight 

My wife got the water off and removed the canopy cover from the frame overnight. I was able to  get the frame closed and down this morning. At least it is not too hot outside. Besides I can sit inside and watch television.




Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Thursday, September 28, 2017
Morning 83 Degrees, Wind NE at 5 to 10 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy rain.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 22 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy rain.

After daylight and after letting a truck in the gate I turned off the outside light “tree” and closed the gates. Looking to go back into Buster I notices the lights at Buster were off I thought my wife had turned them off. As I opened the door the television was not on, ground fault. The lights connected to Buster popped the ground fault, so I disconnected them and reset the ground fault.

More than an inch of rain that ended this morning. Drying is taking hold again slowly. I made a shopping trip to Ladero shopping in a big Walmart Supercenter and a BIG HEB store and refilled our drinking water.

We had Water removal trucks, after dinner five came in at once and another one a little later. My wife will have then to sign out later. Flow back crew must be working hard getting water seperated ans ready to be taken off site.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Friday, September 29, 2017
Morning 79 Degrees, Wind N at 4 to 9 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind NNE at 8 to 10 Mph, Humidity 63%, cloudy.

Slow start to the day and water removal trucks are still the vehicle working the most. Flow back, that is the task under way where the water used in the fracking operation flows back up and is removed. The water is coming back up with the oil and goes thru oil water separator the water is waist and trucked off site for disposal.

Shopping yesterday I purchased another canopy, ten by ten foot, a little smaller than the one we were using. I got that set up and staked down and tied to Buster mirrors
 
Five lo-boy trailers came in today to move out equipment from the site along with the leader in a pickup truck, wait a minute wrong site. They came right back out empty and went north of the interstate exit where the oil company has another well site under construction.

About six the rain came back, it was drying out all day until this and did it come down.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Saturday, September 30, 2017
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind N at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 89%, cloudy light rain.
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind ENE at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 42%, mostly cloudy.

Other than water removal trucks it was a slow day work wise. Well the canopy did not last one day as the canopy collected too much rain and bent under the weight of the water.


My wife got the water off and removed the canopy cover from the frame overnight. I was able to  get the frame closed and down this morning. At least it is not too hot outside. Besides I can sit inside and watch television.


the other bent post



Friday, September 29, 2017

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Sep 26 - 27

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Morning 79 Degrees, Wind SSW at 2 to 5 Mph, Humidity 93%, cloudy, rain.
Afternoon 76 Degrees, Wind S at 2 to 3 Mph, Humidity 89%, cloudy rain.
During the rain this was all puddle

Rain all night and day more than 3.25 inches and there were more than fifty vehicles in and out today. Sometimes the rain was very light and a couple of times it was heavy rain but mostly just raining all day. The ground fault for our lights outside to light the driveway at night is popping and the lights go off. I need to put plastic on the connections preventing water from getting in to the connections. Too wet to do anything else outside today.

Light Tree
The coordinator was here this morning checking the generator trailer (raining very lightly) and latter my wife said there was no water, what? Well I remembered seeing him on the trailer in the water pump area. I went there and saw the wire was not connected, wire nut. I reconnected and water pressure is back. I do need to do more to correct this as the wire nut is small and the wire is fraying. 

Water Pump and connections

Sunday there was a work over rig moved in to the site, good thing with this rain it could be a problem. It is still in there at the well site.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind NE at 4 to 8 Mph, Humidity 91%, cloudy, rain.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind NE at 5 to 13 Mph, Humidity 90%, mostly cloudy rain.

Another inch plus of rain stopping for a while so I took my rain gear off, it felt good. I was drying out the rain gear was drying out and the road was drying, you can see the color of the dirt change as drying is taking place. Another another drenching of rain with vehicles pulling up to the gate wanting access, get your rain gear back on. Four vehicles came just during the drenching. My rain gear is a couple of years old and needs replacing. And the rain slowed after the vehicles were past. 

The ground fault tripped last night turning off the outside lights. This means I will have to bag the connections to prevent water from causing a ground fault in the lights wire. We also have lights connected to Busters circuit so there was some light outside.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Sept 23 - 25

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Saturday, September 23, 2017
Morning 77 Degrees, Wind ENE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity %, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 30%, mostly sunny

Buster Parked
Busy day working the gate, that must stay closed when there are no vehicles entering or exiting. I did more outside setting up and still not where we want it to be for the long term but I get some down every day until we start breaking down.

Our walkway to stay out of the Mud
Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 7 Mph, Humidity 88%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 95 Degrees, Wind E at 9 to 12 Mph, Humidity 33%, partly cloudy.              .

Slower day gate wise and more setting up work done. We do have another problem that does have to be corrected before we move Buster. Putting out the table side slide out, the large one, we did not make sure the front was clear and foil got stuck in the slide out edge.

Visitors behind Tan Jan

We had stuffed foil insolation between the drivers chair and the front of the slide out. We use the foil in our front and side windows when Buster is parked to keep heat out. Now the slide out will not move. The slide out will not move now the electric motor is stalled. I tried the manual input but I can not move it with a wench. We can deal with this until we have to move Buster.
Train heading north

Did I say the train tracks are close, on the other side of interstate thirty-five, and they have these big horns they use to warn people driving vehicles to get off the train tracks. A lot of trains pulling all types of freight cars. Also truckers going by on the interstate have a habit of blowing their air horn (not all just a few).

Truck headed south on I 35

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Monday, September 25, 2017
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind SSW at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 91%, partly cloudy .
Afternoon 93 Degrees, Wind E at 7 to 17 Mph, Humidity 45%, mostly cloudy.

Now that th fracking is complete the gate traffic will be lower and the overnight gate traffic should only be water removal trucks.

Late today the canopy frame bent from the wind coming from the east (Buster’s left side). I should have used the ropes and staked to the ground on that side for the extra side holding power. I did not use them to prevent tripping over them.

Canopy frame bent





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX Sept 22



Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Friday, September 22, 2017
Morning 77 Degrees, Wind ESE at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 91%, cloudy.

We were up a little latter today as there were no workers coming in to Buster. We prepared for our trip today and went to brealfast then to HEB grocery shopping. I paid and had them move Buster into the driveway and I connected Tan Jan. The start was get diesel fuel next then take the I 410 Loop around to I 35 south.

When we arrived Tuesday after dinner I went to Home Depot for a piece of one quarter inch plywood two foot square to make a lock for the refrigerator. I cut a U in the center and added three pieces of three quarter inch square dowel one on each leg where the refrigerator freezer handle aligns with the U legs. The third where the refrigerator handles are on the plywood when it is in place. I think this will prevent the refrigerator and freezer doors from opening when the left turns are made.

Cut Plywood with dowels in place

Plywood in place
Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX
Afternoon 100 Degrees, Wind ESE at 10 to 20 Mph, Humidity 31%, mostly sunny.

Buster went down I 35 to Dilley, TX were we pulled off to a fuel stop to call our coordinator confirming gate we are going to. We got direction there and continued down I 35 to San Roman. Buster pulled up on the roadside just before the gate and went to talk with the people leaving the gate.


Then it is the “RV dance” changing places them leaving and Buster being spotted to go to work. Just before the change the coordinator arrived. Then it is setting Buster up and checking vehicles in and out the gate. I worked the outside setup and stayed up later than usual so my wife could nap before the night work she will have.