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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gravity Fed Water System {Trenching}…

35 degrees - 9:28 am - foggy...

The past several days Tony has been working on digging a trench and laying the pipe for the gravity fed water system.  Our well requires a pump, which uses a lot of electricity, while the gravity fed system only requires elevation.  We will still have our well and pump available if needed, but prefer the simplicity of gravity.

So far, Tony has laid just over 1,000 feet of pipe, and still has about another 500 feet to go.  Here are some pictures of what he has done so far…

Isolation Valves

pulling back all the limbs and brush to make the smallest opening possible

Valve Cover for the Isolation Valves

using tie downs to hold back the limbs so the excavator can get thru

the muscle

trench has been dug, water lines have been laid, everything has been covered up
and put back - by next summer this little trail wont even be noticed

final stretch of the trench running up and along the runway (aka main driveway)

To Be Continued…


  1. Nice! looks great. sorry about that van in the way...

  2. Does this freeze in the winter?

    1. We have had one pipe freeze but that is because it is currently exposed. Otherwise, we haven't had any problems.



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