Sunday, March 29, 2015

Buster's Gate Asherton, TX - Mar27 - 28

Buster's Gate Asherton, TX - Friday, March 27, 2015
Morning 46 Degrees, Wind WSW 4 Mph, Humidity 87%, cloudy morning.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind S 6 Mph, Humidity 35%, mostly sunny.  

We have been looking for these sunrises after the rainy cloudy weather we have had, because it means no mud. Welders and pipeline worker trucks today, oil pad and pipeline work we were busy during the day but there is no night work going on. Bonnie has only to be "available" if someone comes to the gate. There was one last night only one all week, and early, before nap time. In the morning the trucks start coming after six o'clock, still dark here.
Generator ready to travel
Buster's Gate Asherton, TX - Saturday, March 28, 2015
Morning 50 Degrees, Wind SSE 7 Mph, Humidity 71%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 83 Degrees, Wind S 6 Mph, Humidity 45%, mostly sunny.

Our site generator went off last night about eight-thirty, the generator just shut off. I had fueled it earlier so that was ok the twelve volt gauge on the control panel was zero, that was not good. Called for support and they were here in forty minutes. Even before going outside I started Buster"s generator for power. Troubleshooting found the engine alternator failed, that was replaced. But there was wiring issue that did not give us a warm feeling.

That fix lasted all night and about eight-thirty this morning again the generator went off. Again I started Buster's generator and called support. He said "will be here about eleven with another unit". I went outside and made the trailer unit ready to travel by disconnecting our electric cables and water hose. I lowered the light tower. Later when he came and parked the "new" to the site unit and pulled out the onsite unit. Now latter in the day the "new unit is working good.


Generator moved out
With all this going on I worked on something I wanted to try, Buster's windshield sunshades. Buster's windshields are facing west and get the days longest sun exposure here at this gate. We have two different types and I wanted to try using both at the same rime. I have been reading another blog where they are trying magnets to hold the shades in place to the outside of the windshield. These shades were purchased for inside use with suction cups to hold the shades in place. There are shades that can be purchased for outside use at three times the price using magnets.
these were trimmed to fit inside
It is getting more difficult for me to place these inside (reaching over the steering wheel) when setting up in a new location. After a while the suction cups loose suction  requiring me to wipe the glass and suction cup and reapply to the glass. Because of that and when arriving at a new location it will depend on how long we are going to be there if I will install these sun screens. For the shorter stays to me it has not been worth the effort to put the shades in place and using the foil bubbles is easier and quicker.

Using double side tape inside the glass to hold magnets on the glass inside windshield and gluing magnets to the shade then placing the shade magnetized to the windshield is what I have been reading. This type supposedly will not require the use of a ladder to install the shades. What i did yesterday required me up on the ladder to make the installation.

Well I am trying the suction cups on the outside, so far so good. Still not the best for setting up at a new location. We are also using the bubble foil inside the windshield as Buster is looking into the west setting sun. The sun is the longest time on the windshield each day, "we have sun". As the sun screens are laying directly on the glass, the wind does not seem to be a problem, today we only has wind of moderate speed.

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