Walter Placing Aquabot Cover – Last Construction Detail
Yesterday we completed the last bit of construction on the butcher shop – I got the Aquabot† in place and hooked up with electricity and plumbing. That is the last construction item on my list – A milestone!
All of the concrete poured, ground and sealed.
All of the plumbing glued, crimped and flowing.
All of the wiring connected and electrified.
All of the equipment installed and tested.
Today I began cleaning up the construction site, putting away tools and materials, beginning the process of getting the butchering room, iCutter, ready for our dry run test which will be quickly followed by our wet run with a half pig. After that we’ll do our final wet run with master butcher Cole Ward who we apprenticed with for 18 months to learn the art of butchering pork. That pig is already slaughtered and waiting in the freezer for the big day when we’ll cut our first meat in the butcher shop at Sugar Mountain Farm.
In the last few weeks I’ve also working on our HACCP/PR and SSOP sanitation plans and other paperwork. Once I have these finalized I will submit them for review so we can get our license and begin work under inspection.
While that regulatory approval happens we’ll do our above described dry and then wet runs to test the entire system. This first pig won’t be under inspection so it can’t be sold. I want to work out any kinks in the process before we actually start cutting meat for other folks.
I still have a few little things to do such as a chip of paint to patch on a door sill and a spot to paint on a chip on the wall. As I clean up I’ll undoubtedly find a few more details like that. However, construction is officially completed. The butcher shop is ready to begin butchering and sausage making. All we need now is our final license.
Outdoors: 75°F/62°F Overcast
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/64°F
†So what is the Aquabot you ask… It is an Automatic Quick reUsable Aquatic Bug Optical Trap – i.e. AQUABOT. It uses Ultra Violet (UV) light plus some Infra-Red (IR) light to attract any insects in the room and cause them to walk a labyrinth to their deaths. The bodies are then automatically collected and disposed of through a P-trap. Venus fly traps, sundew, arthropods and fish can also be incorporated for disposing of the dead by turning them into fluid ammonia and other compounds where by they are disposed of in a natural manner. I was originally inspired to create these by observing my terrariums and aquariums back in the 1990’s. We have a simple version in our cottage that rids our home of the tiny gnats that come through the window screens as well as the occasional moth and house fly. In the butcher shop the cutting room is so cool that we almost never see any insects plus the building is tightly sealed and the air flow is controlled – this keeps insects and other vermin out. But we need some form of pest control for dealing with the rare bug (1 so far) who enters. Thus the Aquabot which works tirelessly 24/7 at a cost of about $3/year.
Daily Spark: The advertisement said “Experience True Visibility Snorkeling on Maui” but what it didn’t say was “Very Few of Our Visitors Get Eaten by Sharks.” Marketing is all about presentation.