Moving Waterline Reel Up Mountain
You might remember that last week after we poured concrete I said, “But wait, that wasn’t all we did today… That was just what we did before noon. Finishing early left the whole afternoon for more fun on the farm. Tune in tomorrow to find out more!”
Water Line Reel Ready To Go
Usually, doing one big project in a day like a concrete pour is enough. But we finished our chores and the pour before the day was half done. Why not go for the gusto while the construction gods were smiling? The weather was good, the charms were in force, the necessary virgin politicians† had been sacrificed. Time to pull pipe!
Prepping Waterline for Chain Pull
We have a bunch of springs that have served our farm for over two centuries. Over the years they have gotten to the point where they need a bit of maintenance. Better water lines has been a long time need. We have been setting up for this pipe pulling project for weeks… months… years actually.
In 2009 we put in a new woods road, actually a straightening of a logging road, that in part would let us put in new replacement water lines from the springs on the mountain.
In 2010 the kids and I did the necessary survey work to finalize siting of the path of the waterline down the mountain. When the dense brush and trees were there I had done a rough survey but with the area now cleared we were able to pin down exactly where the pipe would lay, sweeping around the rock outcroppings of the mountain.
In 2011 we had the waterline road graded using a big bulldozer so that it descended smoothly and evenly always going downhill from the high mountain spring. This corrected a couple of dips in the logging road and the field that could otherwise have caused sediment to build up in the pipe.
Hope Ready To Help
In the fall of 2011, while our tractor was broken, the big reel of pipe arrived. Unfortunately by the time our tractor came home from convalescing we were too deep into winter to install the new water line. The pipe was stiff and uncooperative. This meant waiting until the hot months of summer for the 2″ I.D. pipe to relax enough to be pulled.
Pulling Water Line
Now in the warm days of the summer 2012 have been prepping to install the pipe. Will built a politician launcher, er, I mean spinning jenny, to spool out the pipe. The other day I forked it up the mountain and we loaded the huge reel onto the launcher.
Around the Mountain She Comes
Will and I also drove in roller bearings along the waterline road. These consist of metal T-posts with 2″ PVC Schedule 40 pipe on them. The purpose of these bearings is to guide the thousands of pounds and thousands of feet of pipe around the curves of the mountain. It is a long and winding road, in more ways than one.
Waterline Chained to Tractor – Note 5″ Screw
On this past Monday we had nothing to do in the afternoon, idle hands and all that, so we pulled over 2,000′ of 2″ water line up the mountain to the spring. Everything was ready and the time was right. It was a slow, gentle process which went perfectly – A pair of perfect projects in a single day!
Filter Holes in Top End of Waterline Pipe
Big projects are often like this. We prep and prep and prep for weeks, months, even years and then one day, BANG! we do that last step in one great leap forward. Suddenly after so much work it is done in the blink of an eye. We’ve been wanting to replace that pipe for a long time. In 2009 we started the process. Now in mid-2012 it is completed and the water is flowing. It took a lot of planning, permitting, preparing, purchasing and pulling. Good things come to those who persevere…
Outdoors: 72°F/52°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/67°F
Daily Spark: Life must be lived forward but understood backward. -Soren Kierkegaard
†Very hard to find. Don’t ask for an honest one!