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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Back to the well



My lovely wife is finished with her painting project. I'm back to trying to puzzle out my water well issues.

I figured a way to back flush the supply line. It took some time to get everything set up. Eventually I found enough connectors and clamps to cobble something together.

After back flushing the line for a long time, I hooked up the pump to the old line. There was no significant improvement. Right now I'm leaning towards the line being partially crushed. It's come down to pick and shovel work. The first section I'm going to check is where the line comes into the basement. My lovely wife is going to help me move stuff out of the way so I can dig.

One spring I had to dig up the line there because it froze solid. Digging through frozen gravel was like digging through concrete. It took days to get that dug up and thawed out. Since that area gave me trouble once before, that's where I'm going to start. Fun, you bet!

It was frustrating to work most of the day and accomplish very little. At least I know what doesn't work. Also, I fabricated more robust connectors on my temporary supply line. That temporary solution might have to last for longer than I'd hoped.

I'm not angry or upset. Stuff happens. All I can do is to keep plugging away at it until a solution is found. It's a puzzle that has to be solved, that's all.

-Sixbears

7 comments:

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    1. Well, no one is shooting at me, so how bad can it be?

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  2. I'd still be tempted to run a snake camera through it to see whats going on. A whole lot easier than digging. At least you could pinpoint the location of the problem. Check you local equipment rental outfit. If it is a clog perhaps a pressure washer might clear it out.

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    1. There is no local equipment rental outfit. It might be worth the drive to get one. Digging is fun and all . . .

      The basement part will have to get dug up anyway, as there's a 90 degree elbow down there where a snake would have a hard time.

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  3. Maybe you could have a shovel party. Sometimes the offer of free food can bring a lot of help, ya know?

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    1. That's an option. We do know people. Could be fun.

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