Oops, spoke to soon
Water water everywheres and I’ma gonna be able to drink it!!!!
Well, I spoke just a bit soon. My Dad is completely responsible and I humbly stand aside for his accolades. He found a spot up the hill a ways and dug down to stone and even before he could install the collection bucket the hole was filling up on him. The tank was placed and the water ran to it and within the space of 4 hours had almost 100 gallons in it. It was completely filled by the next morning.
The collection bucket is a 5 gallon bucket with some holes in the side and a fitting to attach a hose to. The hole it resides in is about 3′ across and the remaining space is filled with limestone gravel to act as a sediment filter. Limestone also does a bit of a trick in getting rid of other things that may creep in as well. I am not going to run a filter on the line as most of the water is for utility use, but I am going to have a Berkey filter for drinking water.
There is still a ways to go yet before the system is functional for me, but by Dog, I think we’ve got this. Lots of digging in the near future to get the pipe under frost level, but that isn’t as deep as you would think around here. I have to dig a trench to cross the drive here but like the rest of it, a mere matter of labor and the worst is out of the way.
Yet another step towards self-sufficiency; its gettin on time for the garden as well.
Next step, House and shop. or should it be Shop and house? I be thinkin’ that Shop/ House is in order, only because working at home will make more steps feasible over having to travel for a paycheck. (and having somewhere to make things out of the weather is always nice.)
Side note: For those that have thought of taking the RV/Travel trailer path. If you do it, do not plan on being in the thing for very long. They are not intended for sustained living. The amount of maintenance to do on them gets outrageous very quickly. I have been in mine going on three years now and the wear and tear is getting to a point where I am thinking total renovation would be needed. Small leaks become big leaks after a freeze and the small ones are the harder to find/fix. Eventually, you have more patch than structure. As it stands now, I am not going to renovate the beast. I am going to build that house, use some of the fittings and such to fill in the house (stove, fridge, sinks, maybe some cabinitry) then scrap what I don’t use. The beast will not be for re-sale after I am done as I wouldn’t want to pass along the mess to anyone else. Besides, there is lots of good steel in the beast; 1″ square tubing, and the like. (she was made before they started using the aluminum framing) The frame would be the biggest part to reconfigure, and the panels that make the shell can be re-use’d for other things like insulation in the floor of the house or something. And of course, miles of wiring; with the price of copper now, the hell I will just send that to the scrap yard. I already have plans in place to pull the Onan 4K and put it in it’s own little genny shack for powering the shop when I need to. I want to convert it to propane or woodgas, but that is just a small detail that will have to be addressed later down the road. No need to junk such a useful piece of machinery. As for the mechanical side of things on the beast, I will likely part it out. Its a 2 1/2 ton rear axle set up and I am sure that someone around here could use it. It doesn’t have a boatload of miles on it like Lazarus the SUV does so it will fill the bill for someone that needs such. The engine needs rebuilt, but the transmission is newly rebuilt. (Heck, I know a few racing types that would happily cough up cash for a Turbo400! LOL) (and now I am just rambling on and on. )
Nothing goes to waste around me, but it’s likely you won’t recognize it later.
Well, the temp outside is getting to the point where I can work on this water mess and get some diggin’ done. Talk atcha’ll laters.