Hangin' Around in Ohio
Berlin, OH - Events of Tuesday, March 31 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Well, we don't have a lot to report this week. We are still resting up after our busy Memorial Day weekend with Lora, J. Michael and Lydia. We ate way too much over the weekend, so we haven't even stopped for a cream stick or fry pie even though we had to go right past Der Dutchman Bakery on our way to Walnut Creek Cheese one day to pick up some meat and cheese for a couple of recipes Margery was planning for our dinners.
Since most of the visitors had left town following the long Memorial Day weekend, we decided to head to downtown Berlin on Tuesday. We normally avoid downtown on weekends, especially holiday weekends, because of the heavy traffic. This year more than ever there is reason to avoid downtown Berlin because the whole downtown area is under construction. The main street is partially torn up, as are the sidewalks on one side of the street.
Work started last fall on building several new parking lots. The plan is to eliminate all on-street parking, add a turning lane through the downtown area and widen all the sidewalks. Weekend traffic through downtown was always heavy before, but during construction, it can be horrendous. You know what they say - temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement. Fortunately, should we ever have to get into downtown when traffic is heavy, we know several back ways.
We headed downtown not only to check on the construction progress, but also to stop in to Country Gatherings to look for some type of stand on which to put our pot of flowers back at the campground. We are currently using a plastic folding table, which works well, but Paul would like to free up the table so he can use it as a side table for grilling and smoking.
Country Gatherings had several nice stands to choose from, but they were all too heavy and/or bulky to carry with us in the 5th wheel. Although we didn't get a plant stand, we did enjoy looking around. In addition to lots of garden-related items, they had numerous container gardens. There was also a miniature demonstration garden planted along a wall.
We have though it might be nice to have some sort of water feature for our site in Florida, so we were attracted to the stone mushroom fountain at Country Gatherings. If we do end up with a water feature, we'll have to buy it in Florida because it will be much too big and heavy to transport in the 5th wheel.
We ended up hanging our flower pot from a metal hook we got at Keim Lumber. We originally were afraid the pot would be too heavy for a hook, especially since we get a fair amount of wind up on the hill where our site is located; but the hook we got from Keim isn't very tall, and it's nice and sturdy.
Other than our trip downtown and a stop at Walnut Creek Cheese and another at Walmart for groceries, we've been hangin' around the rig most of the time. One reason we hung around the rig so much is the ice maker in our residential refrigerator started acting up, and Paul spent several days trying to solve the problem.
A couple of weeks ago, we noticed our ice cubes were getting bigger. Instead of nice crescents, we were starting to get long strips with the crescents joined together. Then on Friday, we noticed a small iceberg over on one side of the ice bin. We cleaned it out, but on Saturday the iceberg was even bigger. By Sunday, the entire bottom of the ice bin was one big sheet of ice with all our ice cubes frozen together. Uh-oh.
Paul knew older ice makers had a screw on the side or under the outer cover that enabled you to adjust the size of the ice cubes, so on Monday, he started fiddling with ours trying to find the adjusting screw. Paul found out the hard way new ice makers don't have an adjusting screw. In his attempt to take off one too many covers to look for the non-existent screw and because he was rushing to do the work while the ice maker was still in the freezer, he ended up ruining our ice maker.
Paul found an exact replacement on Amazon and had it shipped next day. In the meantime, he figured the solenoid valve in the back of the refrigerator must be leaking and allowing excess water into the ice maker. He had a brand new spare, so he installed it while waiting for the new ice maker to arrive.
The ice maker arrived early in the afternoon on Tuesday, and Paul put it in right away. We couldn't tell much from the first batch of ice because there was still air in the water line from replacing the solenoid valve. The water overflowed when the second batch filled. Double uh-oh. We had a brand new ice maker and a brand new solenoid, and the water still overfilled.
To make a long story short, after many hours of searching the internet and trying different things, Paul never did find the exact cause. However, he did fix the problem by installing a needle valve in the water line to the ice maker so we can control the water flow. We may need to adjust the valve in the future for varying water pressures at different campgrounds, but at least we no longer have icebergs in our freezer.
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