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Community News ii i Quote the raven, "Do l:he chore" Edgar Allan Poe had his, "Ghastly giim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore..." I believe the same ancient and rusty-voiced avian has taken up residence on a power pole near my bedroom window. Whenever I attempt to extend the hours of slumber beyond the confines of our alarm, this black- winged nag from the Plutonian shores cries forth with a raucous, "chores." Reminding me that sleep robbing guilt can only be obviated by laboring at certain household chores. This week it was the swamp cooler. For our coastal Mends that know not the pleasure of a swamp cooler, rll explain. Properly, it's called an evaporative cooler. It's a device for cooling the air in the home. It consists of an open shell covered by a fabric medium over which water is pumped. While the water is flowing over the medium (pads) and flowing into a ,servoir for recycling, a large cylindrical fan (squirrel cage) ,,,araws air through the curtain of moist pads and blows the air into the area to be cooled. In our low humidity deserts, the dry air evaporates the water from the pads and the air streaming into the house is moist and cool. This is about 10 percent of the cost of air conditioning and can lower the temperature 25 degrees. Obviously, the swamp cooler is a well -loved desert appliance. The swamp cooler demands a bit of maintenance. Usually in the spring, the pads are changed, blown in dirt and sand are rinsed out, and various bearings on the motor and fan shaft are lubricated. Swampers can either be mounted on the roof and blown down into the house, or mounted on the side and side discharge into...you get the idea. Top mounting is the simplest, but side mount units are easier to get to and more likely to receive regular service. Swamp coolers are traditionally serviced in the spring. Or, to be more accurate, the first really hot day when you just can't put it off any longer. Ignoring maintenance will get you by for the first year or so. Then you have delightful problems at the most inconvenient of times. Many older desert residences have sagging brown ceilings where slightly leaking swamp coolers eventually began to eat their way through the roofs. It is an immutable law of nature that swamp coolers will heed the most serious repairs on the hottest day of the year. Our swamper began to not work on high speed. Sitting in front of the TV, I decided it needed a new motor and I'd buy one when they went on sale next month. A few days later it began making a funny whap, whap, whap noise. Probably a belt, I'd pick one up next month and for sure install it next spring. Then the air stream became intermittent and the noise sort of went, In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty whap, whap, whap, hummm, grind, I ':*: grind, scrape. This might require some [ ii! attention. L ::1, ., ..... Swampers can catch fire and really mess up a nice home. I was afraid to leave it on when leaving the house and started to worry about sleeping with all that internal bumping and grinding going on. Maybe I should schedule an inspection for next week. Or maybe it'll get all better by itself. Quote the raven, "Do the chore." I swear that fool bird woke me up crying, "Chore - chore." I don't much care for ravens. About the only birds I really care for come from Colonel Sanders. Ravens eat road kill and decorate automotive finishes. I don't much care for chores, either. Yielding to good sense and the cry of Poe's Raven, I pulled the side panels from the swamp cooler. Oh, my. The squirrel cage shaft rests on an iron brace at each end. Pillow block bearings stabilize the shaft and keep it turning freely. I found only a torn shell of pillow block bearings on the shaft of our swamper's squirrel cage. Definitely in need of refreshment. Trip to the hardware store. Pillow blocks come in different sizes, I make a good guess. Directions on the package are a wee confusing. What do they mean by adjusting end play? If I wanted to be an engineer, I'd be driving a locomotive. Another early morning serenade from old "grim and an- dent" with his cries of"Chore - chore." Unload the tools, strip the panels from the swamper, set up the step ladder, and get with AroundAmargosa with Andrea by Andrm Lynn Thanks again to Ella Cady, Mac Vassar, and Dorothy Bird for de-littering Farm Road. They were out almost every morning last week. The family of Claribel Dansby would like to thank everyone for the help, food and condolences. The Senior Center is nnming a drive for insmmaems for the Middle Schoors new band class. If you have any items to donate, call Mike (702) 372-5413 or 372-1350. People of the West is having a Valley Road Cleanup Saturday, October 4. The fun will begin at 8 a.m. Call Dave Boyd 372-536, Jim Quirk 372-1421, or Maureen Gilgan 372-5292 to find out which roads will be included. After cleaning roads you can attend the Sky Club meeting at the Matheney's Short Branch Saloon in Crystal at 5 p.nt m will be free beet, election of officers, and visitors are always welcome. The next parachute jump is Saturday, r 11 beginning at 8 am. at Jackass Aeropark at the Lathoap Wells corner. Raffle tickets for a jump are still available for $5 each or 3 for $10. Johnny will be cooking his famous burgers to keep you fueled up for all the excitement. Call AJ. at 372-5614 for details.. The Town Office has entry forms for the Children's Pageant, Chili-Enchilada Cookoff, auction donations, and swap meet spaces for the annual Veteran's Day celebration. Time is running out to enter these events. Hurry, hurry, hurry. 372-5459. I Cactus - Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants - Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants Including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees IFree Cact,u,= Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Over 4,000 Desert Plants n Stock!!! Open: 9 am - 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am - 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 II J ,Clml,aoa , j i i it. One pillow block slips freely from the shaft, not even the bolts are rusted. The power end of the shaft is a little more complicated, what with having to remove a large pulley that is driven by a belt from the motor. The pulley slides free with only a bit of agony and large pliers force the pillow block from it's frozen position on the shaft. Sometimes I do it right. I sand all oftbe rust from the shaft and oil everything in sight. The new bearings are fitted and end play is handled by lining up the drive and driven pulleys much as on an automobile. Finally, tightening of the mounting bolts is accomplished and the belt is snuggly fitted over the pulleys. I throw the electric circuit breaker back on and power up the unit. Blind dumb luck. Everything works. Naturally, two days later the temperature drops and I could have put the chore off until next spring, So now does the "Ghastly grim and ancient raven," give me a break? Not very likely, This a.m. he perched high atop his lofty power.pole and reminded me I couldn't go down town for coffee until I'd done this column. Again and again his fearsome cry rang through my bedroom, "chore - chore." Bishop Veterinary Hospital Tonopah Clinic L Dr. Linda will be in Tonopah October 17 Front downstairs office- 42 Belmont St. II Appointments/Info, Call 482.6458 after 5 p.m. 1| Dr. Linda will be in every other Wednesdav 1| 8 e.m.- 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, [I including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. [| 1:30 p.m.. 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. _ II II Fq00" Tonopah 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.  II Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. II II sam00 dates as Tonopah Clinic Ii 30% 5tore Wide Starts Thursday 25th 727-4422 Next to Domino's Pizza