Advancements in camping technology continue to impress me. Check out the Sawyer water filter that I purchased from REI. It can be attached to a faucet, a hydration bladder, or even used directly in a stream or pond—simply stick one end in dirty water and suck up clean, pure H20 as if you’re using a straw. Amazing! I plan to use the filter as a faucet attachment so that Jef, Sake, and I can feel comfortable drinking the water that comes out of the fresh water tank—who knows where we’ll be getting the water from (hopefully not a pond).
This particular model comes with a little rubber piece that stretches to fit over a typical faucet aerator. I had to buy a longer aerator for the faucet so that it would be long enough to accept the rubber piece. It looks kind of weird, but I think it’ll work just fine.
The absolute coolest feature of this filter is that it comes with a one million gallon guarantee. Gypsy’s fresh water tank holds 30 gallons. Even if I were to filter 30 gallons every single day, according to the manufacturer, the filter would last over 91 years. I wonder if that’ll be long enough.
Installation of the large floor panels and trap doors has begun. I’m using invisible spring hinges from Rockler for the trap doors. While the instructions very clearly specified the correct orientation, after mocking up the hinges in both the ‘right’ orientation and the ‘wrong’ orientation, I found that the ‘wrong’ orientation works much better for my purposes. Of course it does.
I had quite a bit of fun using my new forstner bit to countersink the screws in the floor. The kind fellow at Rockler gave me a little tip which I found to be very useful: first use a forstner bit to create the countersink then drill the pilot hole. The forstner bit leaves a nice little divot that will perfectly center the pilot hole. Nice.
Yesterday was mostly spent taking care of Dad. With only about an hour or so of daylight left when I got home, I quickly got to work assembling the second refrigerator dolly.
It’s not the most attractive design, but it’ll have to do. The other option was mounting the refrigerator on heavy duty drawer slides, but the slides themselves cost well over $100, and I just wasn’t willing to part with that much money for something as boring as drawer slides. The total cost of the toggle clamps and the wheels, at $45, was much more palatable.
Next up, um … we’ll see where my meandering nature takes me.