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-5 degrees F and no heat in the house "What IDIOT forgot to service the well?"

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#1 jpackard56 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2016 - 08:44 PM

:wallbanging: :wallbanging: Oh ya, that would be me....Lots of excuses, health issues, mild winter, etc.etc. :wallbanging: :wallbanging:

The long and short of it I just forgot. The well is at the far end of our bottom land and with snow and ice I have to walk the tools in. Usually takes about 40 minutes, lots of slip sliding involved. In a normal winter I trudge down about once a month to put some Methyl-Alcohol in at the well head to keep moisture from freezing up in the several thousand feet of lines, transitions, valves etc. Trouble only starts in the single digits and below for the most part. Yep, we got that and hasn't been serviced at all this "winter" I talked my wife into coming with me to keep guard against coyotes (neighbor said he saw eight in broad daylight yesterday just 2 farms west of us) So gathered up the tools, 2 dogs, a gun each and started out. Cold but beautiful so took some photos along the way.

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Looking across field behind big barn where trail head

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starting down the trail

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around the first corner

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starting to slope some, even Jeepers is cautious of the glaze under the snow

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still working downhill

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finally bottom along creek

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first creek crossing

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2nd creek crossing

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clearing ahead !

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The "fancy offender"

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we won't tell OSHA that my bibs under the coat are not FR rated (but boy are they warm)

Boy oh boy are these aluminum pipe-wrenchs soo much nicer than lugging the big steel ones were on past trips.

Got the well taken care of buttoned back up and started back, decided to take a short side jaunt to our water-fall cavern

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This is what is left of the keyhole that we used to have to crawl though to get into the water fall area, the ground shifted a few years back and gave us a nice stand up path.

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Here is my wife Charlene all buried in one of my Carhart work coats coming though the gap

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a real interesting rock that shows how the water works down though the sandstone before eventually the freeze and thaw breaks them off. This one wasn't here last spring when I was last down here (remember I lost eye sight Memorial Day weekend, so wasn't down here until now)

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just inside the cavern about a foot of leaves that Wrangler thought was perfect for a little nap !

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we  decided it was too icy to work up to the other cavern where another creek from our east side drops about 35 feet and makes a nice little water fall

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These bibs are toasty warm (coon-hunters catalog or online) I've never had any this warm in the past We both had them on under our coats and I had to shed my coat about half way back, until got back in the fields and wind.

PS: house is up to 68 F as I post this, I wasn't sure one dose would do it but we were very fortunate !


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 09:16 PM

Quite the story and a good read. Thanks for taking the time to post and hope there are no more problems this winter. 


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 09:18 PM

Thanks for the pics!  Good to meet Charlene!  :wave:   So glad you got the heat back on.  So ya got your own gas well!  That's sweet!


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 10:01 PM

Didn't understand why your water well was so far from house?????  Then at end, noted "GAS" well?  So, I have no idea what that is. Here in IN, we have lots of little oil wells around, some still running when you drive by.  That what that was then? or is there really Gas wells?  Not understanding.  Quite neat to have a Nature walk right on your land. 


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Wow beautiful pictures nice scenery ! happy it all worked out for you.


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 10:22 PM

Didn't understand why your water well was so far from house?????  Then at end, noted "GAS" well?  So, I have no idea what that is. Here in IN, we have lots of little oil wells around, some still running when you drive by.  That what that was then? or is there really Gas wells?  Not understanding.  Quite neat to have a Nature walk right on your land. 

Oh yes, there are natural gas wells.  When Dad built his chicken barn back in the early 50's, the gas to run the brooders came from a natural gas well.  The well finally played out, and so did the chicken raising.


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Thanks for the story! Glad you have heat now. Beautiful doggies  :thumbs:  :wave:


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 01:31 AM

Nice read, glad it was an easy fix to get the heat back on.
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Posted February 14, 2016 - 03:44 AM

A very interesting read and fascinating how you guys live out there. Love those two Black Labs!
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Posted February 14, 2016 - 06:28 AM

Cool story,,, never knew people had their own gas wells,,, nice pics and glad everything is back to normal,,,stay warm,,,,oh, it's -14 here. !!! Thanks for sharing.


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 06:37 AM

Cold here on the hill! -16°f here and windy as all getup..
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Posted February 14, 2016 - 07:17 AM

Cool story,,, never knew people had their own gas wells,,, nice pics and glad everything is back to normal,,,stay warm,,,,oh, it's -14 here. !!! Thanks for sharing.

Yes, once the well doesn't produce "enough" for the corporations they abandon them or sell them in a bankruptcy. Our deed gives use usage as long as we own the property. The company that had been servicing ours went bankrupt about 4 years ago. We tried to buy the well, but the bank wanted to sell ALL of the wells in one package ! (no wonder they went broke) All the wells they had only 2 produced ours at about $200 a month and another at like $1400. all the others were shut in an not producing) So we checked into it deeper and found that these type of wells do eventually peter out. The old-timers I checked with said with the kinda pressure we were showing they felt it would outlive us (hope they are right). Anyway, eventually these types of wells will revert back to ownership by the state of Ohio when nobody buys them from the bank. The state tells us they are not about to service it or maintain it, but showed us what to do if we planned to continue using it. What fool wouldn't at least try ? So it is kinda like a water well, yes no monthly bill from the "man" but there still are costs and such to deal with and when it goes down it's ALL up to you.


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 07:23 AM

Thanks for all the comments. we do love this place and our dogs ! We just wanted to share why we live here. Many folks just can't get why we will do without cable and snow plows and all the city plushness, but every time we walk the bottom land I know I will never leave this farm until they carry me out.


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 07:59 AM

Like those waterfalls! And the free gas to go with them!


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 08:05 AM

Jealous of where you live.  Some beautiful country down that way.

 

It does seem like Charlene wore an awful lot of rouge to service a well. :D


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