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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mired in Muck



I got back to trouble shooting my well water supply line issues. There have been a lot of distractions requiring my attention. To be honest, the though digging out the line from the basement side was discouraging. However, there's no putting it off any longer. The problem doesn't appear to be on the well side. It's time to face the horrors of the basement.

The house has a partial basement with a gravel floor. The area by the water line has been accumulating junk for years. One of the problems with working in the basement is that I've had to admit to myself that a lot of my stuff down there is junk. Since I've been unable to find a use for most of that stuff for years, it's time to let it go.

Just clearing up the area around the bench filled four large trash bags. Not everything was junk. In fact, I'd found some useful things that I'd totally forgotten about.

Unfortunately, while moving the bench out of the cramped basement, it bumped into my jury rigged plumbing. The jostling caused one of the joints to start leaking. A lot of water poured out before everything was shut down and repaired.

The area where the supply line comes into the basement is the lowest spot. Everything turned to mud. Rather than struggle with that mess, I decided to wait a day for it to dry out. That was a setback, but it shouldn't take me too long to dig up the line. There's a ninety degree elbow that has to be removed before my pipe snake and bore-scope can go down the line. It's possible that debris got jammed in that elbow, which would account for drop in water pressure. My fingers are crossed.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. Hope it's a simple fix for you.

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    1. It's already a lot less simple than I'd hoped, but such is life.

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  2. I hope it IS something that simple!

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    1. Me too, but judging from past experience, I have my doubts. I'd better find it soon. Nights are getting cold.

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  3. Oh, the joys of home ownership. :)

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  4. Can the 90 degree fitting be swapped out for two 45s? Should alleviate the issue. I am betting your problem is just sediment buildup. Particularly since the system is not used for extended times while you are traveling.

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    1. It could be swapped for two 45s. Hope to reach it in a few hours and find out how it looks.

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  5. Maybe you should just take your canoe and go fishing.

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    1. You tempt me sir, you truly tempt me.

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