[Homestead] Gas explosions
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 15 09:10:28 EST 2009
Here's the lastest stories, they describe "a concrete slab above a water
well", whatever that means:
----- 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 felt
> 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 that
>>> is problemmatical because it is under water. It was not the well, it
>>> 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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