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rain gutters #3: I'M ALL TANKED UP !

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Blog entry by patron posted 07-18-2010 12:49 AM 1554 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: waiting for water Part 3 of rain gutters series Part 4: rained out ! »

when last we talked ,
i was going to see about getting my water tank out of the ground ,
so i would have a place to collect water from my new rain gutters ,
here’s how that has been going . just realize please , i am doing this all alone ,
just me and God ,(and buddy my new dog and boss ,lol) .
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here is the water tank in the hole that was collapsing
(from rain no less ) ,the tank is 8’diamiter x 8’ high .

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here i pulled it over to try and free it ,
after digging around half of it first ,
(the half with no dirt blocking it , where the pump had been hooked up ) .

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and it MOVED !

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so now i was ready to come up with some way to get it up and out of the ground ,
using old form boards and construction weathered 2×4’s and 2×6’s ,
i rigged a triangle anchored at the base with steaks , and bolted the parts together .
and propped a 2×6 up and ran my rope and chain over everything ,
to the hitch on my 4W SUV .



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that was not happening , the lone 2×6 kept going sideways ,
so i rigged another triangle to run the rope over ,
that took another hour , it was getting dark by now ,
so i went for it .
THE 3/4”NYLON ROPE BROKE !
so i went inside and thought about it for 5 more days .
i did get a new wide tow strap for my next attempt .
i worked on the gutters some more , and started cleaning the house ,
thinking about this problem .
i did get some PM’s from interested buddies on LJ’s ,
my favorite was the one about using water to ‘float’ the tank out of the hole .
so i waited while it rained , but not enough to lift the tank (LOL) !
well today , my fellow LJ buddy margy , (who had helped me put this tank in the whole 10 years ago ) .
came by out of the blue , so we went and started digging the bank into a ramp slope ,
them my neighbor Te , (the one that had offered to help before) wandered up and grabbed a shovel too .
not wanting to make them feel bad ,i let them do the digging ,while buddy and i thought !
i rocked it more forward , and filled in the bottom on the back where it had come loose ,
for about three feet off the ground , and put 2×4’s and wafferwood (from the one of many old roofs) ,
and some 2×6 corner forms , for the tank to slide on . ( for the pictures ,
the tank has been temporarily removed ,LOL ) .

and pulled it up and OUT !
this is TE and MARGY posing with the tank upside down , the way it rolled as it came out .

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so we rolled it about 200’ and left it where it will be used ,
as soon as i clean it well with the hose and clorox .


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thank you all for the interest , without you all and your kind comments ,
i would probably just lay around and watch TV (LOL) !
and thanks to Margy and Te for the help in this .
buddy is resting now , tomorrow he want’s to finish the gutters .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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ellen35

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 12:55 AM

Love the pooch!!
Everyone needs a friend!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 01:02 AM

waaaow great work there David
glad to see you got the help out of no where …:-)
no not out of no where it came becourse you always help others
so a little of it came back just at the right time
but the rig with the A-buk should have worked what happen ?
anyway good to see the progress on your little project called housebuilding…...LOL
thankĀ“s for sharing it David

Dennis

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donjoe

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 01:03 AM

Whew! That was one large task. Glad you finally got it out of the ground.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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littlecope

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 01:06 AM

Congratulations, David!! That’s been bugging you for a while…
And all it took was helpful friends and an old pup with some brains!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 01:08 AM

yupper !

i’m glad that’s over .
and the help was heaven sent !
buddy is so cool ,
he wakes me at 5 am by licking my arm ,
and drags my clothes around until i get dressed ,
then while i’m working ,
he keeps a closed eye on me .
he’s a hard boss to please !

gee mike , buddy is only one year old !
if we keep this up , i may have to join the union ,
so i can get some rest !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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grizzman

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 01:17 AM

bravo david..if nothing else i could have helped you think on this…but glad i wasnt there to mess with your mind…so its out…that is wonderful…now what do you do with the hole…if you insert some more pvc tubbing..you could have a cheap hot tub…bubbles and all…....eat plenty of beans and you get a cheap hot tub…lol…...glad you had some help….grizz

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

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davidroberts

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 01:19 AM

What a job!! God must have gotten tired and brought you some helpers. I bet you guys ate good that night!

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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patron

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 01:23 AM

thanks grizz ,
thinking always appreciated ,
however far !
hi david ,
this just happened ,
dinner latter !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 01:32 AM

Engineering by David ,cool work man that’s the way to fly. Buddy is one great looking pooch. I wish I had room for a dog. I’m so glad you have that handled. I think you should hold up on the rain for a little while.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 01:36 AM

hi jim ,

buddy is 106lbs. ,
and he thinks he is a lap dog ,
he climbs in my lap when i am here on LJ’s ,
i guess he likes the projects (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lew

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 02:45 AM

David,
You are really blessed to have such great friends and a dog like Buddy. I can imagine no greater riches.

Lew

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

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patron

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 03:04 AM

thanks lew ,

my life has been rough in the past ,
but with Gods help i feel real blessed ,
and with all the encouragement i get here ,
i work at being all i can ,
life can be hard ,
or it can be good ,
if we let it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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charlie48

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#13 posted 07-18-2010 03:43 AM

David, what a job !! You had great help from great friends,and Buddy looks he’s taken over the ramrod job in stride, and at 106 lbs if he wants to do gutters ,then gutters it is.
Nice job ,nice buddy.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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ND2ELK

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#14 posted 07-18-2010 04:26 AM

So what other fun things do you guys do when not working wood? I can see where the saying came from “Where there is a well there is a way” David you sure know how to show a guy a good time if they come to visit!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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jack1

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#15 posted 07-18-2010 04:27 AM

Feels good doesn’t it? Way to go.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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