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I pulled a Cindi
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ret    Posted 08-02-2003 at 15:51:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now I know how it feels to do something utterly stupid. I been getting on Cindi's case for her adventures, and I sure screwed up royally Friday. Water hydrant in the barn has been leaking, so I dig down and unclamp it. Now mind you, digging in the clay of Va. is like trying to shovel play dough. It is also buried down a ways, maybe close to 3 ft. Buy a new hydrant, install it and turn the water on, the valve is under daughters crawl space, lots of fun getting to it. Back out to the barn. It leaks. Drive down to town, 14 miles and buy a new nylon hose fitting. I know you guys have handled the inch plastic water line before, it is tough to work with. Installed it Friday afternoon and shoveled gravel around the drain hole, covered it with plastic, put a 4x4 next to it for support and when daughter came home I said, "lets fill up the hole". I said to her that it is easier to use the tractor bucket to push the clay back in, so while she shoveled it around, I carefully filled up the hole around the pipe.We were DONE. Then I looked and thought it might be a good idea to pile it a little higher around the hydrant so eased the bucket toward the hydrant to make it easier to shovel it around.Then I heard a STOP!!!!!!!!!
"You hit the pipe" Sure enough, pipe and 4x4 were bent over with a 30 degree tilt. Left the water on and this morning went out and the clay had turned to soup, we dug down and I had pulled the hose off the end of the pipe. Tomorrow have to do it all over again. Top of that, da** ford truck has the engine light on and oil pressure gauge quit working. Sure wish I had someone to get high with. No offense Cindi, now I know how easy it is to mess up

toolman    Posted 08-02-2003 at 16:02:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
haha ret, we all been there done that, i did mine i cursed it all day very rocky , had to dig it by hand , should of did it with the hoe when there was room. if you have a 5 gal.plastic pail cut it up the side and a little circle on the bottom turn it over stick it around the pipe saves getting the drain hole plugged up later too.don,t ask

ret    Posted 08-02-2003 at 16:52:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds like a good idea, going to try it. By the way, neighbor dips the end in hot water so the plastic hose softens a bit and it slides on better. Do you do anything to make it work easier also?

toolman    Posted 08-02-2003 at 17:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
no i just force it on and put a gear clamp on and tighten good without stripping the clamp.

Again??    Posted 08-02-2003 at 16:13:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sweetie, the things I could teach you. I now know why I scored a 109 on my IQ test. It took me no less than forty five minutes to replace the drain lines under the kitchen sink. It looked simple enough when I started, but the more I concentrated the harder it got. But....and this is a big but.....I did conquer the dreaded plumbing with no leaks. And I didn't slam into it with heavy machinery afterwards either. Hah!

Come hang around my house for a while, you'll leave feeling like a genius. : )


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