Monday, September 14, 2009

Water Line Trench and Misc.

The first thing this morning was alot of running around town for some supplies and checking out a cistern to get an idea about digging and price. Ouch. I will find a good deal somewhere, sometime. I still don't know if I will go with concrete, plastic, fiberglass, or galvanized culvert type. They all have there pros and cons.
Once I got out to the shack site, I cleaned and sloped the outside perimeter of my footings. I went all around the footings. Two wheel barrows of dirt fill the hoe bucket. I dumped about 3 buckets. I want to get the water to stay away from my footings and drain to daylight, via a trench I am going to dig soon. I hauled two wheel barrows of concrete spillage down to the creek. I have a bad spot down there that likes to wash away.
I then pushed a steel pipe on an angle from inside the footing to the outside. This is how I made the hole to install my waterline conduit. I was'nt real sure how it was going to work out, but it all worked excellent, just like it was meant to be. It was a good push, and then it was a really hard pull trying to get it back out, but it did finally come out. After doing that a couple times my 1 1/2 inch conduit slid right in. I'm not sure, but I don't think this is how it is normally done.

Trenching the water line to the cistern location. There's the plastic conduit, the 1 inch water line will slide through that. It was starting to get dark by the time I shut it down. Did'nt get home till about 10. I worked up a pretty good sweat the first part of the day, then I needed a break by jumping on the hoe and doing some digging. Seems like a good way to split up the day.


  1. Shoot Mark, it's coming along really nice! You do great work!
    Like the way you made the hole for the conduit.
    Glad the weather has been holding up for you, also your paying job. :)
    Lookin' great!!

  2. Thank you Jeanie

    and Tony.

    I guess the conduit hole did look kinda easy, but I did have alot of worries about it. #1, If the pipe gave out while pushing, my brand new footings were in major danger of getting a good whack. #2, pulling the pipe back out, I kinda had a fear of a big chunck of ground coming with it, possibly leaving a big hollow under the footing or possibly moving the footing. Never know. If I could do it again, I think I would dig it in before I poured the footings, like most normal people. lol. Just so ya all know.