New Addition Week 2 (15-18 July 2014)

The week started with these two pieces of equipment being dropped off. Note that they both have rubber treads -- best for mobility over wet soil.

The week started with these two pieces of equipment being dropped off. Note that they both have rubber treads — best for mobility over wet soil.

The next day the digging began with the trench for drainage pipes. He started down at the spring house and worked his way back up, marveling, as we have for years, at the volume of water coming out of the ground.

The next day the digging began with the trench for drainage pipes. He started down at the spring house and worked his way back up, marveling, as we have for years, at the volume of water coming out of the ground.

The trench has four pipes: two 4" slotted (one for the foundation drains and one for surface French drains), a 3" PVC conduit (for water pipes and electrical cables for micro hydro and/or ram pump and/or anything else we think of), and a 2" PVC pipe for the well overflow (our artesian well was overflowing at a rate of 30 gpm when it was drilled back in September 1994 and the 1: overflow pipe that was installed then can only handle about 12 gpm.).

The trench has four pipes: two 4″ slotted (one for the foundation drains and one for surface French drains), a 3″ PVC conduit (for water pipes and electrical cables for micro hydro and/or ram pump and/or anything else we think of), and a 2″ PVC pipe for the well overflow (our artesian well was overflowing at a rate of 30 gpm when it was drilled back in September 1994 and the 1″ overflow pipe that was installed then can only handle about 12 gpm).

Back up at the well, you can see one of the slotted pipes (destined to continue as the foundation drain) and the white 2" overflow pipe (currently still being fed by the 1" pipe in the well casing. We will be making a 2" hole in the casing at some point so hopefully our well will never again overflow.)

Back up at the well, you can see one of the slotted pipes (destined to continue as the foundation drain) and the white 2″ overflow pipe (currently still being fed by the 1″ pipe in the well casing. We will be making a 2″ hole in the casing at some point so hopefully our well will never again overflow).

The week ended with the rough digging for the foundation.

The week ended with the rough digging for the foundation.

Dusty Yard

And, as a “bonus” we now have a dirt bike racetrack where our side and back yards used to be! The BobCat was running back-and-forth from the front yard where the gravel for the drainage ditch had been dumped. Our soil is mostly Atkins Silt Loam; when it is dry it is very fine and dusty, and when it is wet it is like quicksand.

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