Fog this morning, but the program is over.... Truck thermometer said -1F when we drove out.
Started the day removing the TT trailer from PRS, along with remaining sensors. A bit of an effort:
- T post and ground rod required the Hi-Lift. We rigged up ways to attach to them.
- Even after cranking the outrigger legs up, there was still a lot of tension on one. Used the Hi-Lift again to remove the foot from this outrigger
- Pushing the outriggers in, only one went all the way. The other 3 got stuck with about a foot remaining and wouldn't extend back out either. We suspect something is frozen in there. During the drive out on washboard, one of the 3 became loose and was able to be reseated. We'll try to reseat the others once the weather warms.
Next removed all of SP. Not TOO bad, though a stake and ground rod required the Hi-Lift again. Recovered all 3 power cables and all 4 soil sensors.
Spent a bit more time at the base and Penske organizing.
Finally, at CC, dug out all of the cables, tops of T stakes, and removed snow cover from the soil plot, with some help from Liz, Matt, and Dexter. A lot of ice in spots – especially by the job boxes – and none of the 8(?) T stakes that I tried budged. My intent was to prepare the site to have a quick removal with the forklift on Monday. Now, I'm not so sure. Oh, and we couldn't get the gate lock to open with the combo I had photographed on the marker board. I need to see if I can find the original email from the manager.
Steven Oncley AUTHOR
Sun 2/27: Clayton & Steve & Sebastian: DCS removal
Mon 2/28: DCS and CC ice melt, then MW and MH, then DCS TT removal
Tue 3/1: Chris & Tony arrive, also have Dexter: Forklift rental for CC and DCS & PRS fencing
Wed 3/2: Spool up power at PRS and DCS
3/4: Thu: 4x satellite; base and TTs leave?
3/5: Fri: Chris, Tony, and Dexter ,Clayton & Steve leave