Saturday, January 2, 2016

This Week at the Property...

A. having fun with buckets and rain water!

Blue barrels from the selvage yard, which are going to become risers for the septic tank.

Crandon enlarging the opening on one side of the tank, to accommodate an aerator.  Aerators allow aerobic bacteria to assist in the digestion of waste and cleaning of the water before it enters the leach field.  We are hopeful of extending the life of this septic system, which probably is as old as the house.

The top of the septic tank, cleaned off and ready to attach the risers.  This project is almost finished, but I forgot to take a picture of the risers in place and filled in.

The well drilling company started on Monday.  They drilled for three days, down three hundred feet,  then installed the casing.  It is still awaiting the pump.

The size of the drilling rig was impressive!  It was loud, too.  The trailer to the right was recycling the water for drilling, removing most of the mud and spitting it out the back.  The PVC pipes to the right of the picture are the casing pieces.

I thought this was pretty interesting - samples of all the layers the drill went through.  The top left is the first layer.  After three layers and about the first eighty feet most of the rest is a smooth blue clay, with some veins of gravel through it.  The last samples of dark material are from the bedrock, where they got water and stopped drilling.  We won't know how much our new well produces until it's complete.  We have lots of blue clay running down part of our property after the drilling!

This was my (very small) accomplishment this week: cleaning half the kitchen counter.  It's not that I'm cleaning that thoroughly, but just that it's hard to focus on it when I have to be tending the little guys!

Crandon rented a trencher and got all the channels for the new electrical lines cut, in just a couple of hours.  It was fun to watch this machine work!

The old power lines are strung from the utility pole, low overhead, to the shop (in the background of this picture), and from the pole, across the top of a ready-to-collapse garage building to the corner of the house.  When the new lines go in, everything, including phone and cable, will be underground, nice and clean-looking and safe.

Crandon is hard-working and resourceful.  He accomplished a lot this week, even with wet weather, waiting on PG&E, and doing lots of reading and talking to people to figure out how best to tackle the projects at hand!

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