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Water pump out
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sharon g    Posted 05-12-2004 at 06:44:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This happens a couple of times a year. Our well and water pump are shared by a couple of properties. The pump is smack in the middle of a metal shop (make compactors). They're not in yet. Sometimes some uninformed person over there actually turns off the switch. Sometimes a fuse blows. Last year part of the pump motor needed to be replaced. Called the landlord's agent to inform -- no one is there yet, of course, but it will be the first call they get. Saw one of the neighbors vehicles pulling out and they said it's been off since 3:30 a.m. Time to play pioneer. Told son to get out the buckets and put in the bathrooms. Happily the guys shower at night. And all the animals waters are filled at night. I think for a woodshop project I'll have sonny build a really nice outhouse.

But it is a beautiful day. The heatwave broke last week. We're in the mid to high 80s. Much nicer. And a lovely breeze.

Dave Munson    Posted 05-12-2004 at 18:36:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our well feeds two other properties also.

What is the common deal?

Our 'deal' is something along the lines of they pay us about $180/yr and we all share the cost for any maintenance.

sharon g    Posted 05-12-2004 at 19:47:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm not sure how they deal with it. We're renting. I do know the properties benefiting from the use are supposed to pay a portion of repair, but they don't.

The dear man at the compactor service mickey moused it three times, trying to make sure we had water. The well people finally showed up about the time the fellow was closing shop. They seem to have fixed the problem. I had to make many calls between the compactor company, the landlord's agent and the well company. I wish someone had stayed in contact with me to let us know what's up.

L.A. County is putting in sewers and water pipes along the street. Accomodating the builders. ERG. Seems if the property changes owners, the new will have to pay to connect to the pipes and sewer -- about $10,000 per house. Water is very expensive down here and many scams with the DWP.

I have found out that, since there are farm animals up here, the owner could get an exemption. We're being the "right of first refusal" on the property. Don't know when he'd be selling, how much, if he would divide, etc. His agent just asked the other day if we would be interested.

Texas    Posted 05-12-2004 at 06:55:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would it be possible to put your own storage tank near your house? Wouldnt need to many gallons to get you through a day or so and an electric pump at the tank could serve your house until the main pump was back in service.

You could get an old 250 gal propane tank and have someone cut hatch in it (fill with water before cutting) so you could steam the inside out and use that as storage.

dale anne    Posted 05-12-2004 at 07:28:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey tex...come on over and fix an old gals water went out bout a year ago...but got on rural water so never fixed it....but now i need it for the gardens and all the critters...water is expensive when ya get it from the township!....but now my whites are pristine wont use it fer the house again...i'll make ya putya to work in the barn...see my 2 boys are leaving the nest and the ole goat works long hours...keep telling him we need a ranch hand...but he wont go fer itmen and pride!......dale anne

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