Check out my latest blog for Mother Earth News about remote living and some inherent problems with doing so. It is the mountain man's law that if you start a plumbing repair regardless of how thoroughly plan the project you will need a part or washer that you do not have on hand. Or if you undertake a vehicle repair or small engine repair you will drop and lose a critical bolt that you need to complete the job. It can be checked out at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/the-happy-homesteader/when-unexpected-mistakes-happen-living-remotely.aspx
It never fails that you will assemble all the parts you need and inventory them 3-4 times and still come up short one critical piece. What is it they say: There are two signs of aging. The first is you forget things and I can never remember the second.
On to the next challenge or project, as soon as I remember what it was..