So Far, So Good

So it took some minds smarter than mine, some finangling, and many trips back and forth to the local small town hardware store…
BUT
The new pressure tank is in!
And it’s working very well.
We do still have an issue with the well pump coming on too often, but it’s now 40ish minutes instead of 6-8ish.
Since a friend suggested it could be the foot valve on our well pump, I did some research on that…it does seem, after all the work done so far, that it could very well be the problem.
Hubby is all for opening up the well head and having a look himself.
I, however, think having a pro come out and do it (plus add the electrical ability to hook the well pump to the generator in the event of power loss) is a good idea. Mostly for the hooking of the pump to generator ability.
Plus, if we can watch someone change the foot valve, then we know exactly what to do next time.
But, we’ll see.
Right now we’re waiting on a end-of-March storm to hit us.
*sigh*
Because March is gonna go out like a lion.
Ah well…it’s March in Manitoba, so no surprises here.
😉

One big surprise we got with the pressure tank repair was this:

Ever since we moved in, we’ve had this mystery pipe sticking out of the ground in the middle of the backyard.
We’ve always thought it had something to do with the septic line…because it goes out past this pipe to the ejector in the pasture. We’ve always just left it alone, not really knowing what to do with it.

So, remember that “wtf is this line?” in the house?

There ya go, just in case you forgot…the “wtf is this line in?”
Welp, we know what it is now.
The general consensus was that it was to the hydrant and horse waterer, so the guys hooked it back up into the system…because horses gotta drink, y’know?
So they get everything hooked up and yel that they’re turning the water back on.
Okay, I figure I’ll pop out to the hydrant and make sure it’s working.
I step out on the deck and yell “Uh, guys!! There’s water spewing out here!!”

Turns out the mystery pipe in the yard is actually a rough in for another hydrant!!
And that’s what the “wtf is this line?” goes to. The shut off valve to it was actually shut off…well, seized closed…but still!
We can have another hydrant, putting water *closer* to the poultry and the garden.
That was a wonderful surprise, to be sure.
And that means we can get rid of the hose hook up on the house… that for some dumb assed reason ran *through* the water softener…really?? We needed soft water for the garden?? *sigh*
Oh the stories I could tell y’all about this house….
🤦‍♀️🙄

Anyways…

So this summer, that pallet fence is going to be ripped out.
It’s done it’s job. That *was* the pig yard for the years we raised them.
This year it’s going to be converted to the permanent duck yard.
It does get a bit wet and sloppy in the spring, but, ducks like that, so it’s a good spot for them.
We have to build a raised section of that yard to put their house on, and then fence it all off.
And we’re going to expand it with another yard and gate, so that once the hens are sitting on nests, we can send the boys over to they “bachelor” area and let the girls make with hatching out the bebes.

In the meantime, we’re just happy for water flowing, ducks laying eggs, and friends and family who’ve been able to help.
Next thing to work on…brooders for turkeys and meat chickens.
Those are coming in just 4 short weeks…

4 thoughts on “So Far, So Good

  1. Sandee says:

    Looks like you’ve had a great week and a new line too. Even better news. You’re getting ready for all the spring/summer and fall work. Excellent.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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  2. Re-Farmer says:

    So glad you got the tank in! And what a nice surprise to find in the process.

    Our well pump had been having pressure troubles and making unfortunate noises. My brother thinks it’s the foot valve. When the plumbers came to check, they refused to work on it, for fear of the old parts and pieces breaking up completely. Also, they done make them the same sizes anymore. Given other issues we’ve been having, they think we need a new well. That’s two plumbers who didn’t dare work on our system and thinking we need a new well. 😦

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    • WolfSong says:

      Oh no!
      New wells are so expensive too. 😦

      I’ll be honest, that’s a big fear of mine…having someone come out to look at the foot valve and having them tell me that we need a new well. It’s not like the well is old, but still…I worry.
      I’m an anxiety filled worrier.
      lol
      But I know we need to get someone out, so once the storm passes, I’ll set Hubby on making calls.

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      • Re-Farmer says:

        There is reason to be an anxiety filled worrier! Things break down, and you have no water. Or no septic (in our case, the septic is also on a pump). Or no electricity. Or…

        We have a brand new pump, ready to replace the 20 yr old one that’s starting to wear out, but if they replace it and the foot valve is a problem, it might make things worse, and we lose water. If we had a new well dug, it’s estimated to be about $10K, and it would have the pump in the well, not the basement.

        If we had that kind of money, we’d have replaced the roof by now! 😀

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