Monday, September 26, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sept 23 - 25

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Friday, September 23, 2016
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind N at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 90%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind E at 2 to 12 Mph, Humidity 44%, Scattered Clouds.

Slow Friday to a slow weekend. The frak tanks remaining on site had liquid remaining in them and they need to be empty to transport off site as these tanks are not designed to move down the road with liquid inside them. There were two water tanker trucks working to remove that liquid. At the end of yesterday’s work I was told we will be done here at this gate Tuesday or Wednesday. I am expecting the crew in Monday to pickup the last of their equipment they have remaining on the well site.
Cattle grazing in front of Buster's left side

Cattle show again tonight about ten total slowly walking and grazing coming to Buster from the left they came close lingered eating and them did the unexpected as they returned back the same way they came. All of the other times they would return to the dirt road continuing behind Buster going to Busters right side and continuing up the fence line. This is the first time they turned at Buster’s left side and went back from where they came from.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Saturday, September 24, 2016
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 4 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind SW at 8 to 13 Mph, Humidity 43%, mostly sunny.
Frak tanks moving out the gate

Water, Propane and oil tanker trucks, college football and NASCAR races on television to keep me busy. Our granddaughter’s softball team played a late game although she was not there she was visiting and interviewing at a college in South Carolina.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sunday, September 25, 2016
Morning 78 Degrees, Wind NE at 3 to 4 Mph, Humidity 88%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind sw at 5 to 14 Mph, Humidity 44%, Scattered Clouds.

The last of the frak tanks (4) are removed today and our granddaughter played in four games two games back to back and a game brake then repeating the back to back games. These are “showcase” for college scouts and the “play” of the player is the important thing not the score of who won or lost. With that there was another NASCAR and pro football. It is also Sunday and going to town shopping again after my wife got up from her day sleep. Another small shopping list but there are always two important things for a shopping day, drinking water as we do not drink the water that they deliver to the generator trailer. We do have a filter we use on Busters incoming water but we do not drink that. And we need to dispose of our garbage. Gasoline for Tan Jan was $1.769 this week. When gas is less than $2.00 it seams cheep but I can rember gass in 1972 at $0.239 per gallon, now that was cheep.


Thought for the Day:
First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down. — George Burns

Friday, September 23, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sept 19 - 22

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Monday, September 19, 2016
Morning 77 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 2 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 99 Degrees, Wind NE at 2 to 7 Mph, Humidity 39%, mostly sunny.

Flow back crew are done this late this afternoon they took some of their equipment with them when they left but will return tomorrow for the rest. A slow day with just two water trucks removing water from the flow back.

Tonight about five thirty or six we had a cattle show, strung out as the first seen were a threesome then a short while later a few more then a few more then we had a propane tank truck leave the site. The truck caused the cattle to scatter on up the road and into the brush as they are very frightful.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly suny.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind SW at 4 to 6 Mph, Humidity 42%, Scattered Clouds.

Back to a slow day with a couple of vehicles late in the day.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind NNE at 4 to 14 Mph, Humidity 33%, sunny.

Right next to nothing here at our gate. Two vehicles came today and plenty of television time for us to pass the time. We did have a cattle show tonight with it ending after six thirty. First was a group of three and a straggler walking and eating, what I do not know as there is not much grass. They did not come close to Buster or the generator trailer because when they got to about twelve feet from the generator trailer they diverted to the center or far side of the dirt road that goes behind Buster.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Thursday, September 22, 2016
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 91%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind E at 4 to 7 Mph, Humidity 46%, mostly cloudy.
Frak tanks before any were removed

We got some action here today with a wire line truck and support trucks coming to the well site. Frak tank removal stopped last weekend when there were two tanks remaining because these had liquid remaining in them. That required the liquid removed before they can move the tanks off site. Yes the frak tanks have wheels to roll down the highway but the wheels and springs are not there to carry the weight of the liquid inside them. So today we had the water tanker trucks hauling out the liquid.

Cattle showed again tonight as a few (four) slowly walking up the far side of the dirt road. About the time they were going to go behind Buster and out of our sight more appeared walking towards Buster a couple in this group were “lookers” concentrating at  looking at Buster or our generator trailer. While other cows were walking closer and eating. Finally they also continued their walk and passing behind Buster out of our sight. And with that our last vehicle inside at the work area for the day left the site.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes it takes me all day long to get nothing done.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sept 16- 18

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Friday, September 16, 2016
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 97%, sunny.
Afternoon 97 Degrees, Wind ENE at 5 to 6 Mph, Humidity 44%, Scattered Clouds.

Slower day today Frak tanks are moving out and water tank trucks removing water coming up from the well. That is part of the flow back operation. The ground is slowly drying from Thursday’s rain. Each day one of the flow back crewmen goes out to town shopping and diesel furl for their truck. There are only two guys one day and one night. To us they just make a couple of gate openings each day. Being a slow gate it gives us something every day.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Saturday, September 17, 2016
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 95%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 99 Degrees, Wind E at 3 to 10 Mph, Humidity 44%, mostly sunny.

A second day of Frak tanks being moved out. Our grand children in North Carolina have softball and baseball games this weekend. They are each on traveling teams and both are in South Carolina but different locations. We are able to follow along on the computer with the site Game Changer. The action is posted and a scoring book. The play posting is updates pitch by pitch and outs are recorded in red with plays resulting in a run scored posted in green. The action is all there in black white and color words and a picture of the field to show where the players are positioned . Our grandson’s team did not have a good day but our granddaughter’s team did much better.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sunday, September 18, 2016
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind SSE at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 94%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 101 Degrees, Wind SSW at 1 to 4 Mph, Humidity 36%, sunny.

Ball games started early as the teams need to travel home today starting by eight this morning an hour earlier here at the gate in Central Time Zone. My wife was up early so I could make our grocery run into Rio Grand City, Texas. We did not need that much but we did have to deposit garbage as we do not have a “trash trailer” on site during the limited work schedule here. We have had this at other gates we have be located at with some being more difficult to dispose of the trash.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sept 14 - 15

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 91%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 97 Degrees, Wind NNW at 1 to 6 Mph, Humidity 41%, Scattered Clouds.

More of the Scattered Clouds are over Buster blocking the sunshine and cooling him off. There are rain showers in the area but not here at the gate.

We had workers here late last night and others back here early this morning. Fracking today and more people (pickup trucks) in for that operation.  This afternoon the Frak trucks were departing for other places so after a slow morning vehicle traffic picked up this afternoon. So all three afternoons have been busy this week. We are expecting to only be here two weeks, we well see if that turns out to be true, I think we may be here longer.

My wife was cleaning inside the microwave convection oven and the wave guide cover plate for the wave guide was crumbling (fiberglass). I got the microwave ovem part number and went on line looking for General Electric microwave ovens and found the parts breakdown and was able to order a replacement part $12.00 plus shipping. I am having it sent to our post office box and forwarded later with our next mail shipment.


Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Thursday, September 15, 2016
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 95 Degrees, Wind NE at 4 to 7 Mph, Humidity 48%, Scattered Clouds.

Slower day but I have been getting better signals from the sensors when vehicles are coming out from the well site. Other work is being done at the compressor station on site and “flow back” is continuing at the well.

A good rain after dinner for about twenty minutes after that the crew working at the compressor station came out before dark.



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sept 13

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind variable at 1 to 10 Mph, Humidity 92%, sunny.
Afternoon 99 Degrees, Wind NNE at 4 to 12 Mph, Humidity 39%, Scattered Clouds.

Sand trucks coming in the gate this morning and fracking company trucks this afternoon. Yesterday the trucks that store and handle the sand had come in and been placed at the well site. Also a trailer with chemicals, (pallet size containers) was parked.

Mighty Mule
I am having trouble with the driveway sensors alerting me to vehicles coming in and leaving our gate area. My sensor is good range of transmitting a signal about a half mile I am using that for out going vehicles. But there are two problem areas with that sensor one speeding vehicles there is no signal and heat/wind send false warning signals. With real or false signals from where i sit  in the passengers seat I can look out Buster’s left side windows for vehicles and still be out the door and to the gate in good time. Those windows are on the east side of Buster and i have an awning there to keep the sun out. But the speeders no signal are a different story. Sometimes I can tell there is a vehicle engine idling out side. Other times a horn works well. I have one Mighty Mule (we had two last time here at this gate) but I cannot get it to work?

Mighty Mule sensor laying n the ground

 Last time I had the transmitter in a orange cone and this time no cone, so I am using a box to support the transmitter and the sensor just lays on the ground. When it works it’s very good as there are no false signals it takes a vehicle to cause and alarm signal. The six hundred foot range of the transmitter is the limiting factor for me. I have tried three locations two on the far side of the road and one on the near side with no luck. The gate guard company gave us two sets of Bunker Hill sensors again limited range (six hundred feet for the transmitter) but they pickup every moving thing around. Outside the gate I have to be careful how I position the sensor so we do not get the vehicles going past the gate on the road. They have two volume levels and we use the lower as the upper level is too loud. This is all a work in progress.




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Sept 12

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX - Monday, September 12, 2016
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 94%, .
Afternoon 97 Degrees, Wind SSW at 3 to 9 Mph, Humidity 58%, sunny.
Decking outside Buster
When we step down from Buster we do not step directly on the ground. I have wood cut and stored in Buster that I assemble into sections of decking. One section I have is two feet by two feet I carry assembled in Tan Jan and use as the first step outside Buster. It is a nice firm footing when stepping out of Buster. The other sections are two feet by four feet and I have two of them assembled. I have placed one near the gate post and the other adjacent to the two foot section. The one by the gate post is “if” there is rain that area is a trough of water running thru under the cattle guard.
Walking deck boards assembled,
Decking at the gate post
I got out our new Omani cell telephone antenna and the support pole and got that set and connected to our cell phone amplifier. The signal is a little stronger than last time we were here but it is not the best signal. Mostly 3G with some 4G but we have not dropped down to 1X yet.


I was able to get this work done with very little vehicle traffic coming thru the gate this morning. Latter in the day vehicles were coming in for another Frak that will happen on Wednesday.



Monday, September 12, 2016

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX Sept 11

Pleasanton, Texas - Atascosa RV Park - Sunday, September 11, 2016
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind N at 4 to 5 Mph, Humidity 81%, mostly sunny.
We have a three o’clock appointment this afternoon to meet at the gate, our generator trailer and the gate key person. We had Buster packed and pulling out of the RV park at eleven ten.

Busters Gate Jim Hogg County TX
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 61%, Scattered Clouds with a rain shower.

Buster stopped in Tilden for a drink of diesel fuel ($2.229) not the best price but location and timing are everything. The butterflies got to Buster’s windshield during the trip but there was a good rain shower to clean them off. For a while after the rain shower we were bug free but they did start again near the end of the trip but not as numerous as the first part of the trip. One hundred and sixty-five miles mostly on TX 16 at about two-forty we arrived at our gate.

Buster’s generator and water trailer was already on site on our arrival at the gate. We drove right in and proceeded to disconnect Tan Jan from the tow bar and park Buster. Then spent the rest of the day connecting and setting up Buster and equipment we use at the gate. Then the hard part electrical problems. First was our portable air conditioner started then stopped. I use the thirty amp receptacle with and adapter and a twelve gauge fifty foot extension cord to power the air conditioner. Checking I found no power and went out to the adapter and it looked burned then I connected the extension cord into another receptacle on the generator, and we have power to the air conditioner (adapter no good).
In this picture you can see some smashed butterflies

I had put up the TV antenna and that was on and working as a program started recording. We had gotten things out of the refrigerator that is working then it is not. No power on the right side TV is not working. After checking circuit breakers and resetting it anyway nothing is working. Finally I wake up and remember check the receptacle in the bathroom it is ground fault, it was tripped. Let me back up here and say that first I worked to get the refrigerator on line. I did that by removing the panel on Buster’s left side where the refrigerator is located and ran an extension cord to thee refrigerator plug, we have power and a working refrigerator. After resetting the ground fault receptacle all power is normal. I can now plug the refrigerator into the regular receptacle. I got the outside portable lights setup and on if my wife needs to go out tonight in the driveway.
After the rain shower