The Ranch, Lakewood, New Mexico 43 degrees and mostly sunny to 79 degrees and sunny and windy.
Breakfast was MEWS - (Men Eating Without Supervision) eleven of us went to The Paddock restaurant about five miles east of Artesia, NM. On the way to Riverside I stopped to get a 30 pound propane gas bottle filled, Buster's main propane tank would get emptied when parked here at the Ranch for more than a month.
|White plastic pipe with water shutoff valves|
Electric extension cord is for the heat tape
Our temperatures have been only in the high twenties this year and electric cost is averaging eights cents a day for the heat tape inside the foam insulated four inch plastic pipe. (In December the temperature was down to one degree. In February 2011 the Ranch experienced many day of single degree temperatures over night and there were many water leaks to be repaired). The four inch cap is the access to the underground shutoff valve.