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Well Progress

10 Feb

Last night after I got home from work and finished chores, I decided I just had to get the insulation back on the room of the well house.  I peeled the tarp from the back to the front and put the bats of insulation back in.  Then I just stapled my tarp back over it.  I might have to put some new insulation in by the time we get around to putting a real roof back on it, but this will work for now.  As you can see we’ve had quite a bit of snow, but I’ll talk more about that in another post.

My nephew came today and replaced the valve that I picked up earlier in the week.

Then we turned on the electricity to the well and tried the hydrant.  Well, at least it’s water.  I will keep running it and hauling it away until it gets clear and stays clear.

I might have made a bit of a lake (ice skating later!) when I was dumping it by the tree.

It’s also pretty dirty in the cattle tank.

That means I’m still hauling rural water for them to drink until it’s cleared up again, but I’m making progress!

Twyla and Harley

I will say, this hauling water for forty-some goats and three llamas every day is making me feel really old.


The Well Saga Continues

5 Feb

As it turns out, the well people were able to come look at it that morning.  I tried getting my mom out there to put Sky in the house because I figured they really did not need his help.  She waited and waited and waited.  Eventually, I texted their number to her and she called.  It was just a few minutes that I got a return text saying they had been there already and I should call them.  That is never good.

Sky helping me read a book

The well had a grounded short somewhere, which is why my fuses kept blowing.  The solution was to re-do the wiring and since that often damages a pump, they needed to pull and replace it too.  He did say there was only one problem…the well house.  They couldn’t get in there and work and pull the pump with that tight space.

I assured him it would be easy peasy because when we built the well house, seventeen years ago, after the last time they replaced the wiring/pump because it had been struck by lightning, we made it so the roof would come off.

In the meantime, I got out my sixteen gallon heated tubs and put them in the barn.


Some goats are sure I’m trying to dehydrate them because I don’t usually make drastic changes of where I water them, but this was kind of an emergency.

Mary totally not figuring out there’s water right beside her

I had to figure out a way to water Sky too because I had no electricity in the well house, and it was turing crazy cold again.

He also ate the heated bucket I had been watering him in because, apparently it’s fun to eat when it’s full of ice.

I finally settled on putting the cord through the dryer vent and into the basement.

A foot too short not to have to use a drop cord

I also decided to turn on the electricity to the cattle tank to try to keep the water line from freezing.  It has heat tape wrapped around it.  That meant I also had to open the black panel on the side and unplug the heater up above because the goats had drained it.

Removing a removable roof is sometimes easier said than done, but bless my dad.  He came back from Missouri, and we got the roof off.  It was a bit more work than we thought it would be because all the roofing nails went through and helped nail it down, but we did it!

I covered it with a tarp, and now it’s ready to go!



Well Water Woes

4 Feb

It’s been a rough winter for the well.  It’s frozen.  I had the cattle tank overflowing.  The hydrant froze. The well has been frozen.  Did I mention it’s been frozen?  Well, one day last week I came home from work and was doing chores.  When I filled the water bucket, it was very slow.  I was baffled because the weather wasn’t very cold.  It was just at the freezing point.  Then I looked over and saw Sky’s water bucket was frozen.

Sky drinking earlier this winter

That means I had no electricity in the well house.

My dad was in Missouri, and he’s my usual go to for things electrical.  I called my nephew and neither of us could figure it out.  I called the electrician I’ve been trying to get to my house for close to a year to do a permanent fix to the band aide he put on the house last winter.  He was really nice and walked me through some things I could do.  First was to change fuses even though they did not look like they were burnt out.  I did manage to find fuses in the garage, so I was able to test that theory.

I changed the fuses, and when I flipped the switch back on, they popped.  He told me that meant it was an issue with something I had drawing electricity.  I went to my dad’s house and rummaged around and found some more fuses.  After I unplugged the heated bucket and the space heater, I tried it again.  I got the same result.  That means it had to be the well.  Nothing else was hooked to it.

earlier picture from the first time it froze

I decided I just had to call the well guys in the morning and set about getting water for everyone until it could be fixed.  Luckily the weather was warm and I just filled a big tub of water for the goats using the hose and the spigot on the side of my house, and got Sky a bucket of water the next morning before I left to go to work.

Annie in the background

I also had to turn off the heater to the cattle tank so it didn’t burn up once they got the water drained from it.  Luckily, it was warm, so the water wasn’t going to freeze.

Moose earlier this winter

All-in-all, it was pretty lucky to have warm weather when it decided to quit working.  Hopefully, it wouldn’t take long to get it fixed because more cold weather was on the way.