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Gravity-fed Watering System Update

A photo of Nebraska DaveHey everyone. I hope all is well with you and all your experiences in growing or raising animals are good ones. As with any ranch, repairs need to be done on occasion. Of course everyone knows this is a car muffler. My daughter has issues with the exhaust on her car. As it goes old Dad is good at fixing issues. So here the band that holds the muffler to the car is being bolted onto the muffler in preparation to attach the muffler to the exhaust system. All has been installed and the exhaust has once more been tamed and all is much quieter around the ranch.

Old Dave working on muffler

This week was a week of reflections. My Mother-in-law moved from a rented house to a rented apartment. As I mowed the grass for the last time at the house, I couldn't help but reflect on the memories over the five years she had lived there.

Old Dave working on fence

The fence that we built was the first major project on the property. It took a couple weeks to plant the posts and install the panels. It was a great addition to the property.

Patio of mother-in-law

The patio was another addition. She and I sat on this patio and talked about many things happening in the world. We found many solutions to the world's problems here on this patio, but just couldn't get anyone to listen. Imagine that.

Flag pole of mother-in-law

Who could forget the flag pole. When she moved into this house the Land lord had just removed a tree in the front yard. She wanted the flag pole moved from the rented duplex to this house. We dug up the flag pole along with the hardened concrete under the ground, transported it to its new location, and planted it in the ground concrete and all. Of course she wanted it right where the tree had been removed. It was a job to bore a hole down through the root system of the removed tree to set up the flag pole. I've found that everything has a solution. It's just a matter of how much work do you want to do to get it accomplished. So now we begin building memories in the new residence. Anyone ever had reflections of the ending of one thing and the beginning of another?

Water tank base

There's been some progress made on the watering system. The base is completed and needs to be filled with dirt and sand. The key issue is to pack it down, pack it down, pack it down and then pack it down some more. I figure even with all the packing after the first year the tank will have to be removed off the base and more sand spread to keep the base level. When the 1200 gallon tank is full it will have close to 5 tons of water in it.

Old Dave packing dirt

It's just about time to put in the layer of sand and yes, you guessed it, pack it down. This has been a great project so far and everything is going just as planned. That's pretty scary for me. I'm going to enjoy it while I can.

Old Dave leveling sand

Here's the last layer of sand being leveled out for the final packing and hopefully a done deal.

Finished water tank base

One water tank base completed. It looks pretty good but the final test is to put the tank on top of the base and see just how level it is. OK, here we go. (Holding my breath).

Water tank level

Yeeaaaw, it doesn't get any better than that. I bet you can almost see me dancing a jig around the tank can't you. Actually I was quite surprised that it came out as good as it did. One step closer to an actual working system. This next week it looks like rain every day except one. Rain is good, but not when working outside.

This next week will be a week of planting weather permitting. The rest of the garden needs to be planted and the poor man's patio needs to get to be a living poor man's patio again.

See ya next week and keep on planting because harvest is coming sooner than you think. Have a great week. Now where is that coffee cup. I know it's around here somewhere. Don't forget to leave me a comment. I love hearing what's happening in your plot of real estate.