The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Pump monitoring protocol

Electric box

The line from the creek pump to the wash water tank finally thawed out last week.  We thought it was still frozen at first, but a failure to follow protocol led to fortuitous results just this once.

We turn on the pump at the electric box outside the trailer.  The rule is to leave the lid open when the pump is running so we'll notice and turn it off a couple of hours later.  But when we tested the pump Friday, we forgot to open the lid.  So when the pump didn't seem able to push the ice up the hill, we forgot to turn it off.

Half an hour later, I noticed water spewing out of the line.  We opened the electric box lid as a reminder and soon had a thousand gallons of wash water on hand.  No more pumping water out of the well and into the tank!  Yet another sign that spring is coming to the farm.

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

Saw that you live in Virginia and that you mention spring is coming. Good for you :-) How was your winter? Ours here in Michigan was worse than ever for both snow and cold- we got 17 inches of snow in just one storm and arctic temps that have me feeling like I might never fully thaw out :-)lol Anyway, I just wanted to let your readers know that our newest book 'Our Survival Essentials: The self-sufficiency, homestead, prepper book for people that want to not only survive, but to thrive, in a difficult world ' will be offered FREE: First day free- 03/01/2014 Last day free- 03/02/2014 ... Please grab your copy asap Thank you Michelle

Comment by Michelle Oaks Fri Feb 28 18:55:51 2014

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.