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#4651 UncleWillie ONLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2017 - 08:35 PM

NO one to be mad at by myself. 

 

This morning I put Heath on the bus and came back in. I could barely keep my eyes open so I laid back down till 9. 

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Then I got BettyBlue hooked to the trailer, loaded up Delilah and backed into the front yard.

 

I heard a thump and could not for the life of me imagine what I had hit. I got out and found water spaying out from under the well pump. Dammit. 

 

I turned the pump off, told Emily we had no water, and went to fixing it. 

 

At first I thought I had only damaged three connectors. I made a trip to Ace and got them. Back home I realized the pipe that feeds to the house had broken off and was a half inch too short now. I went back to Ace and got another piece to fix it. 

 

Back home I put it in and could not get the last fitting to go in. I needed more hands. I called Emily out and she helped. We got it together and I sent her back to turn the pump on.

 

I could hear water, but none was coming out. 

 

The day before Heath was born I had to put a new well pump in. While I was doing that Steph was on bed rest and was yelling out the window that she needed to come help. I nearly had to go strap her down.  While I was working on it I decided to put a safety wire on it. I had to fish the pump out once before when the top fitting broke. My well is 565 feet deep and has 520 feet of water. It wasn't fun. 

 

When I looked at the safety wire it had no slack in it. 

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So I got the Gertrude and used the bucket, and a rope I found in the Protege I scrapped this week, and lifted it up. Sure enough it was dangling. 

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I used two pipe wrenches to hold it up so I could work on it. 

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I went to Ace and they didn't have the fitting. I went to the Ace in Lincolnton. They didn't have one. I went to Lowe's and couldn't find one. I asked an employee and he found one. I asked if he had another one so I had a spare if it happened again, he scanned the number and said that according to the computer they didn't even have that one. 

 

I headed back home and put thing back together. Emily had to come out and raise and lower the bucket till I got things lined back up right. 

 

Finally

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Then I showed Emily how to operate the tractor and let her drive it around the yard.

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Steph got home while I was finishing up. She just shook her head at my calamity. 

 

Finally I could leave to do what I started out to do several hours earlier. 

 

I mowed Grady's shop and then went to his house. Both were this tall. 

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When I finished at his house his wife came out and helped me wrestle his dead mower up on the trailer. He was at work. 

 

I got back home at 7. The 242 assisted in unloading dutys

 

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I put Delilah to bed and called it a day. 

 

All in all it wasn't a wasted day just one I could have done better. 


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 08:47 PM

I hate plumbing issues of any kind! I still have a dead nerve that jumps on my forehead from a pipe wrench that slipped off a pipe connection replacing a hot water tank. I won't mention "Grey Showers" either.


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 08:59 PM

I hate plumbing issues of any kind! I still have a dead nerve that jumps on my forehead from a pipe wrench that slipped off a pipe connection replacing a hot water tank. I won't mention "Grey Showers" either.

Ewwwww...

 

 

And in other news I updated the illustrated glossary. 


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Posted May 03, 2017 - 09:24 PM

Ewwwww...
 
 
And in other news I updated the illustrated glossary.


Yep, but you didn't label Gertrude
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Posted May 04, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Yep, but you didn't label Gertrude


I did, but it must not have saved it.
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Posted May 04, 2017 - 11:44 AM

First two houses I had were on wells. People used to tell me I must save a lot of money because I didn't have a water bill. Yeah right!!! Every time I needed the well fixed it seem like price started at $500and  went up, way up.


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Posted May 04, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The beauties of the independent life. We're responsible for our own water supply, sewer disposal, road construction and repair/maintenance, garbage disposal, snow removal,...... and up here at least, taxed on the basis of what our home would be worth if it was in one of the major cities. Can't argue with whatever logic that runs on, lol.
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Posted May 04, 2017 - 03:27 PM

City water tastes terrible. Even if city water was available out here I would not use it. 

 

I may have posted too much about coffee because when I searched for "easy coffee" I got this.

 

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Yesterday I found an inherent flaw to the three wheel mower design. That being it is impossible to straddle a hole. When you styraddle one with the front two tires you drop the rear tire in the chasm you were attempting to avoid. 

 

Last night I had to break out the pain meds and muscle relaxers. 

 

 

Emily put Heath on the bus. 

 

She had a follow up appointment with the surgeon. At 1pm we headed down to Heath's school and picked him up. 

 

Emily is doing perfectly and is completely recovered. The joys of being young. 

 

We went to Sonic and got some $.50 corn dogs.

 

When we got home Emily came in to get ready for work. Heath and I took Tim's trailer back to him.


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Posted May 04, 2017 - 03:30 PM

That's sad when a search brings you right back where you already are!


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Posted May 04, 2017 - 03:31 PM

Yep, but you didn't label Gertrude

I fixeded it. 


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Posted May 07, 2017 - 09:05 AM

I lived in a little town called Westville Indiana and I had city water. My last monthly bill (before selling and moving out 2004) was $245 with a note that the water bill was going up 30%. :mad2: . Its my goal to never again have city water.



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Posted May 07, 2017 - 01:43 PM

My city water bill averages ~ $45 a month. I just emailed them about a "bee hive" in THEIR water meter base. I know where they went now, found them when mowing.


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Posted May 07, 2017 - 03:17 PM

My house is on county water, and my bill is usually around $35.  Much better than dealing with well pump issues, which I used to have constantly.



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Posted May 07, 2017 - 04:13 PM

County water for me and my bill is less than $20 every 3 months. No sewer. I honestly don't even know if they read the meter. It's so clouded over you couldnt read the numbers unless you took it apart.

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Posted May 08, 2017 - 06:59 AM

I kind of wish I had access to municipal water, our well is bad, pipe sunk into limestone, its like drinking sea water from all the calcium. I have to haul in or collect drinking water for us and animals.






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