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Ditch digging sunday

ditch lineIt was warm enough to continue the ditch digging operation today which will be running from the hand dug well to the trailer through the garden.

The goal will be to prevent any future freezing of the line thanks to the warmer temperatures underground.

I don't think I'll miss carrying water in 5 gallon buckets, but it really isn't all that difficult once you get the hang of it.

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Chalk me up as one of the wierd ones who still sometimes misses hauling water in a nice copper bucket.
Comment by joey [] Sun Dec 28 17:36:10 2008
Maybe if I'd let Mark upgrade from plastic buckets to copper buckets, he'd still want to be hauling. (But I'm sure I can find you water to haul next time you're out here, after you split our firewood. :-)
Comment by anna Sun Dec 28 19:30:29 2008
Looks like an easy dig not much rock to deal with. I live in an old river basin and have river rock all over. When I put my line in I sleeved it with another two inch pipe to further protect it from root and rock damage. Is that the "pex" pipe you are using?
Comment by john wilson Mon Dec 29 09:15:03 2008

We're very lucky with our rock-free soil. Actually, it's more of a surprise to see a rock in a digging project than not here! I really like your idea about double pipes to protect the inner pipe, but I think we're going to see if we can get away with a single layer.

I'm not actually sure what kind of pipe we're using --- we get so much free stuff, and this is some of that. It was a pipe someone had used to bring water up out of a well...

Comment by Anna Tue Dec 30 07:52:36 2008

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