Wednesday Not Working

It’s been awhile since I updated you on the irrigation project. Let’s just say it’s been a slow project. First there’s been a lot of digging:

This is the pile of dirt I’ve dug out. For scale, the pile is sitting on top of a 4×8 foot sheet of old plywood. The back panel is two feet tall. That’s about 1.5 cubic yards of dirt dug by hand with these:

I spent about an hour a day digging (that’s about all an old guy can do) which a couple of weeks. Once I got to the old valve I was able to figure out what kind of replacement valve to get and I had to order that. That took a few days, but by last Saturday I’d replaced the valve and start to stub out the new line.

Here’s what it looks like at the bottom of the hole:

It might be hard to see as it’s three feet down in the hole, but the brass thing is the new curb stop valve with a new PVC line attached. The line on the right is the upstream line that leads to the irrigation system. I’ve got more plumbing work and had hoped to finish that this week, but this happened this morning:

No more plumbing is happening until that all dries up.

And that’s how it goes here in the high desert. It was 80 on Saturday and this morning it was 32 and I was worried I might need to go put blankets on my new valve. So now I’m just going to catch up on some writing until the ground dries out a little. If you need me, I’m waiting for the snow to melt.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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28 Responses to Wednesday Not Working

  1. Spring is unpredictable. Apparently everywhere. I hope it warms up for you.

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  2. Crazy weather! And my back hurts just looking at that pile of dirt. I can imagine how glad you’ll be when that project is done. 🙂

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  3. A big project Andrew 🙂

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  4. Dave says:

    The weather here in South Carolina affects projects too, only in the opposite season. We’re scrambling to get things done now, because two or three months of high humidity and heat (and annoying bugs) will begin by the end of May. Outside work is simply no fun when you’re sweating buckets and swatting gnats.

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  5. Even though you’re in the high desert and I am not, we are having the same kind of weather.

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  6. jfwknifton says:

    You’re never too old to make a snowman!

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  7. SusanR says:

    Same kind of weather here. But I’m not digging any holes. I don’t know how you’ve done that without ruining your back.{}”olo
    (My cat added that last. I’ve no idea what he was trying to say.)

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  8. Thanks for sharing your project..and you are taking care of all of this

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  9. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    A lot of hard work but it must be satisfying. Does it usually snow at this time ? Here the weather has become very hot and we are waiting for the rains . The monsoon season usually begins by the first week of June.

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  10. I bet you’d rather be quilting. Or poem-ing.

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  11. You are having the same weather that we are in Chicago. Right now, back to sunny, but cold. Thanks for sharing your plumbing project, makes us appreciate what goes into changing a pipe!

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  12. Debra says:

    That’s an ambitious project and I like your method of “eating the elephant one bite at a time.” I live by that credo! More snow. Unbelievable. We have more rain coming tonight. It sure does affect our projects! But nice work, Andrew.

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