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Power Upgrade #8: First More Water

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 454 days ago 1116 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I was on water, I decided to stick with it and just finish that phase. I had another section where another electrical line was going to cross a water line and I figured there was no time like the present.

I hit my Ag Well line with the trencher preparing for this new line, so I had to dig down to and around the broken section.

Where I Hit the Line

The Junction

Then I had about 60 feet of trench that I had to dig by hand, which much of kept caving in, and another 40 that the trencher had made that I had to cleanup.

Again, Water First

Another View

Sandy

The trench was 4 feet deep and I laid in 2in PVC for the water line. I then added three frost free faucets along the side of the barn.

4 feet deep

Ag Line

1st Faucet

Where Water and Electricity

I then moved right next to the Ag Well itself and put in the final faucet.

Another Ag Well Hydrant

Faucet

With all the faucets in place, the last plumbing up grade that needed to be down was to change the house feed line. When I was digging the electrical trench to the house well I found the house water line. It was using old polybutylene pipe. That stuff is terrible. I decided to upgrade to 1in PVC. I had to dig a new trench for the water line and again I had to use the bucket and shovel.

Again the Bucket

The trench to the house was interrupted by a concrete sidewalk, so I had to use a dirt drill to make a hole for the pipe.

Dirt Drill 4

Dirt Drill 3

Dirt Drill 2

Dirt Drill

Once the hole was cut all the way through, squeezed a complete section of pipe in. It was nice to not have an un-need joint.

One Piece

While I was working in the well, the temporary stick that was holding the lid broke and the lid came down on me, trapping me in the well. Thankfully, my oldest son and myself were able to get the lid up enough so I could climb out. I decided that was an experience I never wanted to have again, so I took a rabbit trail and built these quick stands. I added small brackets at the feet with eye-bolts to keep the wind from coming and ripping it the other way, which has also happened. I secured the eye-bolts with framing wire so I would not lose them.

Time

Wind Lock.

The New Water Line

So, with that done and the house plumbing line switched out, you would think alls well right? WRONG! We live in a early 60s mobile with galvanized pipes. The iron in our water has been interacting with the galvanized pipes since the water was introduced. The added flow of the one inch PVC knocked a bunch of the built up lose and clogged every single fixture in our house: sinks, toilets and showers. I tried back flushing them but to no avail.

So I spent the next two days re-plumbing our whole house using pex pipe. I was working so feverishly that I did not get photos. I had to were a respirator under the house as there was so much unpleasantness. I cut out all the old galvanized and replaced it with pex. Now we have great water pressure.

When I looked at what I was cutting out, I was pretty unhappy. I couldn’t believe we were living with it. There were sections that were only letting a toothpick size hole of water through. Most frustrating is that three years ago, before we bought the place we had a plumber come out and fix a few leaks. He said the whole thing should be replaced. Our real estate agent, wanted a second opinion, stupidly we agreed. The next guy was like, ” No I can make it work.” Even more stupidly is I didn’t ask to see the damage. Here is a picture of his repair onto our old pipe.

Unbelievable!!!

And the inside!

Bad Corrosion

Here is the rest!

The Nightmare Continued

The Plumping Nightmare

No that I am done with that, I can get back to the electrical:). I am glad it happened while I am already working on everything. As you can see, it was going to happen sooner or later! But after two 18 hour work days, I had the worst headache and I slept for almost 24 hours.

More to follow….

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate



17 comments so far

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lew

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#1 posted 454 days ago

Seems like one thing always leads to another. But, in this case, it probably was a blessing in disguise. I imagine the water purity will now be healthier for you and your family.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Bob817

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#2 posted 454 days ago

Like Lew said Nate better to catch it now while everything is opened up than having it go after you back fill everything,That’s a lot of B.S. that plumber gave if you, should you meet up with him again you should give him a good swift boot in the ass!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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grizzman

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#3 posted 454 days ago

when it rains it pours…luckily you are able to do this work yourself, man a plummer or an electrician would have made you empty the bank…really great job Nate…cant wait to see some wood work though, i want to see that beautiful floor finished…and see a beautiful shop set up for fine wood work….so get to it..no resting…huh…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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NormG

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#4 posted 454 days ago

You know that it up to date and be just fine for the foreseeable future and you may just cut off a more serious problem

-- Norman

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Tugboater78

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#5 posted 454 days ago

I had to do the same with my brothers waterlines in his house..pex is so nice to use!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 454 days ago

I read all of the blogs you posted today and I have to tell you that you are one hard working dude!

The upgrades you are doing all look to be done right and should pay dividends for many years.

And you have the satisfaction of knowing that you did it!

Carry on!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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lanwater

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#7 posted 454 days ago

I admire you Nate. You are doing work that would have required an entire team.

I am very sure you are carefully marking the location of every pipe/conduit.

Great job is an understatement .

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 453 days ago

Sorry for the delay Lew, I was slammed by a migraine yesterday after posting.

Anyway, Yes, I agree, I am glad it happened while the place is already all torn up. And yes the water is much better!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 453 days ago

Bob, Thanks! I also agree. While my wife was really pissed at first that I wanted to replace the line to the house because I already had trenches everywhere, once she saw the old pipes she was happy I did it. Plus now our shower rocks:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 453 days ago

Grizz, Thanks for your encouragement! I hear you. I am itching to get to the shop myself. Digging is good work but it is definitely no where close to woodworking. Besides it is starting to get really hot! I will definitely keep you posted!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#11 posted 453 days ago

Norm, that is what I tell my wife to calm her down:). We are investing in our future!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 453 days ago

Tug, I agree, pex is awesome! It is very easy to work with and it is very forgiving in the cold/freezing temperatures.

Had I been doing copper I would still be under the house!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#13 posted 453 days ago

gfadvm, thanks for the encouragement! There are times I feel lazy or others like to make me feel that way. This project has been going on for about 6 months now. I keep reassuring my wife that we are investing in our future and had we hired someone we would already paid triple what we have. Besides its good for me to be out:). She has been very forgiving and patient. Its hard to fight the American Cultural Belief System though. The “I want it! And I want it now! And I want it to be perfect! And I do not want to pay that much for it!” (Give me American Built but China Built Price)

Anything that we expect to last is going to take time planning out, money investing in the right materials and energy putting together.

But what am I saying, I am preaching to the choir here! You all know this better than I do. I guess I am just releasing steam:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 453 days ago

Ian, Thank you. Yes, I have everything marked and will put a map in the main panel as well as the house panel.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Buckethead

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#15 posted 453 days ago

Save the pipe for pipe clamps!

I rarely see guys using them here, but if you already have the pipes, they are way less expensive to use than bar clamps.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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