Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Propane hose

Day 13

Tweaking to Perfection

8:33am:
Little by little, the Scampy Team's progress on our many projects, inches it way forward.

It seems to take a lot longer than it should take. For example, the tweak to get the propane hose off of running across the center of Scampy's floor. This hose tweak was hanging fire for several weeks while waiting for a propane quality quick-disconnect valve to be found and received [Link].

With this tweak now complete, we have two situations:
1. When Wave3 Catalytic Heater is not being used, the hose is disconnected from the heater and is stored in the under-sink cabinet.
2. When Wave3 is being used, the hose runs along the edge of the floor as shown in the pic below.


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Mounting board
There are often un-perceived things to consider when doing a tweak. For example, in this Hose Tweak, we find that the mounting board now must be changed out. The new mounting board will be made of plywood instead of fiber board. And, the top-to-bottom dimension must be increased so that the board may be properly secured to Scampy's wall.

Connected hose running along floor edge





1:30pm:
90℉ in La Mesa
As usual, we were running doing a zillion things. Then, Little iPhone piped up: 
"Look! It's 90℉ outside! Why don't we head out to the beach?" 

Scampy pondered that idea a bit. Then announced,"Why not?"

A half hour later we had made an Afternoon Camp, a few yards from the sand at Mission Beach. Checking the temperature, we found it to be in the mid 70s 😎.

Do you see the Giant Dipper roller coaster at the far upper left? 


6:17pm:
Card Laundry
We went to a coin laundry. But it was not a coin laundry. It was a card laundry.

Ok. So we have to buy a card. The machine instructs, insert $1 to buy a card. Then increase the value of the card after purchase.

So, I put in $1. Out comes a card that I figured had a value of $1. Wrong! The $1 is only to buy the card. The card has no value until value is added. What?!

Ok. So I got taken for $1 buck. So I insert the card to add value. The machine states. "Card cannot be read."

So, I throw the card in the trash and go to a coin laundry that accept coins.







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25 comments:

  1. Why are you in a hurry to complete a task remember Cinderella eventually came out ahead the hair and the tortoise eventually cross the finish line and if it rains why not take your shoes off an splash in the rain,enjoy relaxation what's the rush
    When projects take longer than you predict why do you predict the time
    When you attack a problem and you finish it. that's when the time ends
    And when it's done, you can Pat yourself on the back. as a job well done

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    1. Dear Mister Ed,

      Are you having a bad day? You figure that your day will get better if you comment/pick on Old Georgie?

      Won't help you doing that. How about taking some kids to the zoo? Or take them out to a parK?

      Your pal,
      Georgie Porgie


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  2. You plan on having them all done when your time is up
    My simple philosophy...... I'm 74, I'm gonna leave some of the hard projects to somebody else

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    1. Ed,

      Please read my comment above. Take that comment as a perfect reply to this comment of yours! 😎

      Georgie

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  3. Hope you cover the heater when not in use, as airborne dust, dirt, moisture, etc., will shorten the life of the mat.

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    1. Barb,

      Have you had a, "....shorten the life of the mat...." experience under similar circumstances?

      George

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    2. No, have had my Wave 3 for almost four years, always covered when not in use.
      Do you have and did you read the installation guide which, in the "CARE OF HEATER" section, says "Heater and its surroundings should be kept clean and free of dust." Also, "It is recommended that the heater be kept covered at all times when not in use."

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    3. Barb,

      Please read my comment to you and others by clicking [Here].

      George

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    4. Barb,

      The reason that I replied to your comment originally, was that I did NOT understand when you used this phrase:

      will shorten the life of the mat

      What is a mat?

      George


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    5. Jeeze George, is it that far a leap from mat to pad that you couldn't figure out what I was referring to? Especially since you'd asked me if I'd had a similar experience not covering. Now I'm wondering why, with your Wave 6 experience you had set up the Wave 3 with no shutoff, improper connections and no quick disconnect. You also showed both the Wave 6 stored without a cover. Did you use a cover then and are you doing so now?

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    6. Hi Barb,

      I have to state, that I was not able to figure the mat/pad connection.

      Shut Off Valve: Back in 2003 when I got the quick disconnect valve that served me well for over 13-years, it had no backup shut off valve. I just did not know about that 2nd valve.
      Quick disconnect question:My Wave-3 had a quick disconnect valve. However, that valve was for air circuits, not propane circuits. I paid for that valve by getting badly burned in a propane fire.
      Covering heater: I've interpreted the covering instruction to mean, "When stored for the summer." Not every time the heater is turned off.

      George

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  4. Page 8 of your Wave 3 manual recommends that your heater be covered at all times when not in use. The subject of a shortened life is a common recomendation among the community of users.

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    1. Beemer Dude,

      I was messing with Wave Catalytic heaters before you ever even dreamed about being an RVer.

      I likely have forgotten more about Olympian Catalytic Heaters than you will ever know if you lived three lifetimes!

      George

      PS: Just yanking your chain Beemer Baby. It sure needed a good yank! You are taking yourself too seriously. Chill out!


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  5. A cover is recommended in the heater manual. For years I used and old blanket for my old 20 plus years Wave 3. But now with my new Wave 3, I bought a cover on ebay. It's made for the heater, looks good, and easy to take off and put back on.

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    1. Hi David,

      Yeh, yeh, yeh! I know all about that cover stuff for the Olympian heaters.

      Really, David. Do you actually believe everything that you read in a literal manner?

      It is not necessary to cover the Olympian catalytic heaters every darned time you turn the heater off! Think about, using your common sense, OK?

      This cover thing in the manual was likely placed there by a lawyer for the Olympian Company. Kind of a Cover Your Ass thing.

      But I just posted a pic of my Wave-3 with a factory cover on it. Happy now?

      George

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    2. Your readers are mostly complimentary and/or trying to be helpful with their observations and suggestions. However, your snide replies to Beemer, David and Mister Ed seem uncalled for, harking back to the George you've long time been struggling to improve.

      Re common sense, I'd rather keep my Wave 3 covered when not in use than risk airborne dirt and dust settling on and shortening the pad life.

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    3. Hi Barb,

      You are correct when you comment:
      "Your readers are mostly complimentary and/or trying to be helpful with their observations and suggestions."

      However, lately some Readers, including yourself, have taken to going off on mysterious tangents, ie::
      ➜ Seeing logic in the comment of Phun with Phinch when several of you read in Phun's comment that wanted me to check out the Boat Parade.
      ➜ You Barb stated that Phun's comment was obvious.
      ➜ Mister Ed commented: "He was trying to tell you to park in front of the live web cam feed."

      Barb, I understand when some of you may wish to pull my chain, now and then. But now, I am calling you on that.

      So, give it up. OK? Goes for Mister Ed too.

      George

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    4. Mysterious tangents and pulling your chain?!? If trying to be helpful by pointing out the obvious when you don't seem to see it yourself, and then having you denegrate those who do, then yes, I'll give it up and just keep waiting and watching your self imposed train wrecks.

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    5. Remember Barb,

      ...When you commented:

      "Jeeze George, is it that far a leap from mat to pad that you couldn't figure out what I was referring to?"

      Well, is just so happens that right under my heater is a floor mat.

      So, when you wrote "mat" instead of "pad" it was confusing to me.

      George

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  6. Hi All,

    I got my first Olympian, U.S. Catalytic "Wave 6" heater in 2003.

    Back in those times, I was a revolutionary among RVers, because I used them. On RV.Net there were strong discussions whether or not these heaters would asphyxiate users. Since I used Olympians, I was criticized for my foolishness. Much as I am criticized here by some of you folks.

    Also, Olympian did not freely distribute the manual that you folks refer to. So, when I published a story about these catalytic heaters in my MsTioga Magazine, I put a link to that manual. I had saved a pdf copy of that manual on my own website.

    If you wish to read my Catalytic Heater web page, please Click [Here].

    George

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  7. You're laundry card story was hilarious ... sorry.

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    1. Hi Steve,

      Thank you!

      It seems incredible to me that laundry customers would stand-still for a company that offers card paying instead of coin paying machines.

      Card pay requires customers to pay more for their wash/dry than the actual cost.

      George

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    2. I had a similar situation in Lancaster, CA last month. The laundromat required purchasing a card from a machine, but the instructions weren't clear.

      The washer cost $2, so I put two $1 bills into the card machine and it spit out a card. When I put it into the machine it said I needed another 35 cents.

      Lo and behold, reading the fine print said 35 cents would be added to the cost if I used a credit card to pay. Nothing about 35 cents being deducted from the value of the card if I paid cash.

      I wound up having to buy a second card to start the washer. There was a "recycle" slot to return the used cards, I kept mine as souvenirs.

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  8. George, have you seen this laundry fix? Its inexpensive and can probably handle your needs. Lots of great reviews.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ICBLBL0/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2GUMCXR7HBXM2

    Good luck in your travels.

    Rich

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    1. Hi Rich,

      Thank you for your washing machine suggestion.

      George

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