[Homestead] homestead update
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Fri Feb 23 13:50:33 EST 2007
> Hi Bev, glad you heard from TJ again. Go TJ! Katie must be so excited
> about her visit with Dr. Fitzgerald. Ya did good lady.
Thank you! I'm just happy that both kids are happy and are well on
their way to making a real difference in the world. They both always
have funny/scary stories to tell...Today, TJ talked about submerging
with the sail hatch ajar and Kate talked about chasing a loose dog down
the 5 lane highway in a downtown commercial district.
> About your PVC pipes. PVC pipes are not meant to be exposed to sunlight.
> Sunlight will degrade them and make them brittle and more prone to
> shattering for any reason, freezing or just a misplaced bump. If you can,
> be sure that all PVC piping is covered with something that blocks UV light.
> They will last longer.
The lines from the well to the barn are buried and I haven't had any
problems with the buried lines, and in some places, they are less than
1" deep. It's so rocky here that digging a 300 foot trench was
impossible in places, so I just mulched over where we couldn't trench.
Several years of mulching has covered the lines with a soil base now. :)
In the well house, which is not insulated..just cinder blocks and a
metal roof..there's about 3 feet of pvc above ground. If we keep a light
in there on cold nights, it usually is fine. In December, we forgot to
run a trouble light out there and the pipes froze and shattered. We
fixed that and I shoved some old blankets and bed linens in there for
pipe insulation and that has worked well in that small space. In the
barn, which is an open shed style pole barn, the water lines emerge from
underground and then up to cage height. I have PVC lines run around the
back of the cages and there are nipple waterers in the pvc line. Of
course, we also have a flush valve and a pressure regulator on the line.
In all, there's about 30 feet of PVC above ground, but it is inside
the barn and out of the sun. UV shouldn't be a problem.
> Good luck with your new job. I'm waiting on pins and needles here too about
> a new job. I don't expect to hear anything for another week or so. I have
> my fingers crossed.
What kind of job are you getting?
Bevanron of EarthNSky Farm Sleep well tonight, for somewhere in the
ocean's depths, MY son is protecting YOUR freedom.
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