We've had a bit of excitement here at the nanofarm. Two days ago, the sump pump alarm for our septic system started blaring. Just for clarification, most septic systems use gravity to drain the excess water in the leach field, but the grade in our yard was not steep enough, and so we had to have a pumping station installed, which pumps the water from the septic tank into the leach field.
The only time the alarm should go off is when the water level in the pumping station gets too high, and if it's too high, that means that both the septic tank (1000 gallons) and the pumping station are full. The alarm was kind of a fail-safe measure, and it seems that it was a good thing we have it, because we wouldn't have known anything was wrong until the liquid started coming up in the yard ... or worse, backed up into the house (in the bathtub or shower, which is what happened when our septic system failed a few years ago).
So, we had the company who pumps our tank every other year, usually in the fall, come and check things out for us. Both tanks were full of water, which means the pump was not working. After the guy pumped out both tanks, he told us to give the office a call the next morning to schedule a technician to come out and look at the tank. As it turns out, the problem was just a faulty float. Phew! So, it's fixed, and our septic system should be operating properly.
If that were all of the craziness, it would have been no big deal, but around the same time, Deus Ex Machina's three year old desktop PC decided it was done (I freakin' HATE planned obsolescence! - I'm sure it's all a conspiracy to get us to buy more ... and it's working, darn it! - at least where computers are concerned ;).
We'd already intended to replace the desktop computers anyway as part of our plan to reduce our overall energy usage in the hopes that, someday, we'd be able to afford a small power generation system to provide for all of our needs, and so buying a new laptop was not such a big deal, except that Deus Ex Machina really wanted to try to fix the old computer. He hates planned obsolescence, too, and his fick Dich ins knie to the manufacturers is repairing things.
Unfortunately, like my computer, after some trial and error, we believe it is a motherboard issue (same brand of computer), which would be very difficult to fix, given that all of the components on this particular motherboard are soldered to the board, and while I can solder, we don't know which component to remove and replace.
So ... Deus Ex Machina has a new computer, and we're one step closer to reducing our energy usage.
Now, we just have to replace the girls' "school" desktop ... and get rid of the television and VCR and DVD player, and build a cold closet to replace the refrigerator, and ....
I found this fun software today and made my own "change" poster ;). It's got nothing to do with replacing the float on the sump pump or buying a new computer, but it's a fun picture :). What do you think?