Ever since I started this blog I have wrote about the happenings in my life including the good and the bad. Even though it may be embarrassing to me I try and hold no punches when it come to telling it like it is. I talk about what worked and what failed on the Mini Farm, the feast and the famine times, good luck and bad luck and even the ups and downs.
I have been persecuted for some of the things I have wrote that may have embarrassed some friends and family. I have had folks come to my house with print outs of the blog demanding I explain my actions. I have been asked by family members not to mention anything about any of the family's business. I have been in situations where at gatherings someone would turn and ask me not to put this on my blog. I have been told not to post pictures, names or anything that may insinuate who they are or what they have done. I have had to go back and edit posts taking out phrases and instances because I have offended someone.
I think it is funny how when people read about what they say to me and their actions, they automatically find offense that I would write such a thing about them even though I was the one offended in the first place.
I usually throw out the freedom of speech thing and "if you don't like it don't read it" statement, but that never works. This is why this blog has only been about me and the Mini Farm for the past few months with only one or two posts a week. I sure don't want to say the wrong thing on here even though the truth is hard to swallow for some.
Wow, I don't know how I got off on all that. This was really not what I was wanting to say in this post, but I am going to leave it in anyway. Apparently it needed to be said.
Starting over, I am not embarrassed to admit my mistakes. Here, let me explain.
Last week I treated the rain water tanks. I usually treat them with one half of a chlorine tablet in each tank a month. For some reason I thought I needed a full one in each one this time. Two nights ago I went to take a shower and when I turned the water on is started burning my skin. The gasses were so bad it burned my lungs and got light headed and almost passed out. I got out of the shower and crawled to the door and opened it to get a breath of fresh air. I held my breath and went back in with my eyes watering and burning the whole time. I turned off the water, went and took another breath, blew out the lanterns, grabbed my clothes and went out. I was standing in the garden naked, dripping water with burning skin. I made my way in the house and into he shower to rinse off. This was a close call. It took several hours to recover completely from it all.
Where did I go wrong? I have been in the water business for several years and I am certified to treat water and deliver it to consumers. I know dosage rates, detention times, demand and residual levels like the back of my hand.
This is what I finally figured out. Venting, I do not have any vents on the storage tanks. Yes there is a two small holes to keep them from imploding when the water is pulled out, but they are not big enough for gases to escape. When I double dosed the water the gasses built up and had no place to go and with the heat it multiplied making it a super chlorinated water. Plus I started using a different tablet that I knew put off more gases than the others.
The tanks are now vented and the water is being circulated. This was something I knew about, but overlooked at almost a fatal expense.
There you go, an embarrassing, dumb mistake that I knew better to do. I wouldn't call it complacency, I would call it lazy.
I hope everyone has a great fathers day weekend. Mine won't be so good this time for reasons I won't disclose. I agree some things are meant to stay in the family.