We have water at the barn…
Just not pumping from the well. The section of trench between the curtain drain and the barn was filled up again. We were hoping it would have drained out by now but thought it must be due to the heavy rains this past week. M hooked up a little pump to the truck and tried to pump out the water so we could install the 90 feet of electrical conduit without his muck boots filling up with water.
It was taking forever so M took the pump apart and found a piece of plastic was plugging it up. By the time he got it put back together and it was pumping properly, the sunshine we had been enjoying left and the rain was back. We ended up installing conduit in the drippy wetness anyway.
The next day, the trench was filled again (see first picture). Now it didn’t rain that much overnight, so I guess we can rule out a root cellar when we build the house. Good thing we decided to add more gravel to build the barn foundation up higher and spent the extra time and money to put in the curtain drain around the perimeter of our zone 1.
Once the conduit was in place, we ran the wires through. The gray cable is the wire we are running 600 ft up the hill to power the well pump. The two black wires are being run out to the curtain drain (about 90 ft) to the spot where we will build a pump house for our future micro hydro system. The orange wire is for power to the future greenhouse which will be built attached to the south side shed of the barn (10 ft).
While M was fiddling with the pump I took advantage of the sunshine and planted Black Locust trees along what will be the perimeter of the chicken yard. They are spaced 10 ft apart and will, in about 8 years, become permanent fence posts. I grew these from seed I started in late January. They are about 2 – 3 ft tall. The tarps are covering compost piles (remember all of the dairy cow manure we’ve been hauling?). We have them strategically placed all over zone 1.
We are headed back down today to replace some conduit connector parts that we discovered after the fact would not be up to code. Blerg. If that goes well, then the pump will get installed next week and hooked up to the tanks in the barn.
I’ll be glad to get this project off of our plates. I have a bacon post to tend to.