[Homestead] Gas explosions
genegerue at ruralize.com
Thu Jan 15 09:08:28 EST 2009
On Jan 15, 2009, at 6:59 AM, Lynn Wigglesworth wrote:
> If it's a cellar with a roof, what keeps it from freezing?
Earth temperature from the floor. Insulation outside walls and over
roof. Light bulbs on for heat. A small cellar is much easier to keep
above freezing than a house basement.
> My basement
> freezes in a sustained cold spell, if I don't heat it. I've lost
> stored there, and had valves (but never the pipes, which are
> freeze. I have no idea what that hole in the photo is the remains of,
Looks to me like the remains of a well house built of concrete blocks.
All the straw bales were likely piled on top for insulation.
> but I don't think most people have a well house here. Bringing water
> anywhere near the surface is a recipe for disaster.
> What I've seen (and have) are wellheads..about 18" of casing with a
> cap on
> it sticking out of the ground. The pump is 100-200+ feet down in the
> and pumps the water to the house through an underground pipe that
> comes into
> the basement about 6' below grade. There is (presumably) some way to
> the pump to the surface for maintenance...I've never had to do it
> Lynn Wigglesworth
> Tioga Co. PA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gene GeRue" <genegerue at ruralize.com>
> To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 8:33 AM
> Subject: Re: [Homestead] Gas explosions
>> As you know, water freezes in your neighborhood in wintertime. A well
>> house is typically built like a cellar with four poured or block laid
>> walls and a solid roof with access. The well casing comes up into the
>> bottom of the cellar. All water connections are made down there and
>> the water pipe goes into the house via an underground ditch. Thus, no
>> freezing of water lines.
>> This explosion is the sort of thing that causes building codes to be
>> changed. The pressure switches may one day be required to be outside
>> of the well house.
>> For your amusement I will tell you that as I awoke this morning I
>> like smacking my head. I had read the words "well exploded" but I had
>> seen the photo of the remains of the well house. Duh.
>> On Jan 15, 2009, at 6:25 AM, Lynn Wigglesworth wrote:
>>>> Quite right. I was sidetracked by the misleading reporting that the
>>>> well exploded and was envisioning a broken wire at the pump but
>>>> is problemmatical because it is under water. It was not the well,
>>>> was the well house (pit) that exploded, thus using up all the gas
>>>> the traveling bubble. No gas was found in the water because it was
>>>> burned. For now.
>>> Well house (pit)? What's that?
>>> Lynn Wigglesworth
>>> Tioga Co. PA
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