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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The never ending well project



I put in a long day on the well project. When my buddy came over we happened to flush a lot of red gravel out of that section.. That got me thinking. The red gravel is only at the top two thirds of the hill. That must mean the break is in that part. Earlier I suspected the break might be where I had to spice it years ago, but the soil is much darker in that section and none was in the line.

Long story short, I went into town and picked up 100 feet of ½ PEX plastic pipe. I stuffed as much of it as could down the water line. I'm guessing it went about 40 feet or so. Measuring the remaining line will tell me how far down the blockage is.

Then it's a matter of taking a tape measure and figuring out how far down the hill the break is. That's where the line break should be located and the place to dig. If I'm lucky I'll be able to cut out the bad section and splice in the ½ inch PEX.

½ inch line cuts down the flow some, but it's enough. In fact, my temporary surface line is just ½ inch hose. Still has enough volume for showers and laundry.

The fun continues. By the way, all the suggestions and comments have been helpful. Thanks.

-Sixbears


10 comments:

  1. Still praying for an easy fix, but it looks like the fix won't be TOO easy. I guess it could be worse.

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  2. Sounds like you're getting some muscles back in shape whether you want to or not. Hope you and your buddy can get it fixed soon.

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    1. Who needs the gym? The pick and shovel workout does wonders.

      My buddy is still called away for forest fire duty. Oh well, can't afford to wait as the good weather isn't going to last forever.

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  3. I do hope you get things flowing again soon!

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    1. It will happen one way or the other.

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  4. I see that you figured out an easy way to locate the leak to eliminate any unnecessary digging.

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    1. I'd rather do skull sweat than real sweat.

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  5. Seems like a fellow ought to be able to have a few days without something breaking, going missing, needing fixing, etc. But it never seems to work out that way.

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    1. Indeed, it never does. It's the jobs that keep growing that I hate. They start out as one small thing, then before you know it you need a bulldozer to put it all right again.

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