Woman vs. Water Pipes

| 7/23/2015 10:11:00 AM

Homesteading with Mrs DThere’s no place like home, and I still consider my Arizona homestead my home base. It seems that every time I stop there for a couple of days, I have to fix the water line just to get water into the house. I guess that’s how it goes. Water pipes freeze and break in the winter when the weather gets cold. The way I have it set up for full-time living is not working for our stopovers, so I have to formulate a new plan of attack.

I had nearly all the parts on hand to make the repair, except for elbows. The elbows hadn’t burst in the prior two or three freezes. So since I had to get elbows anyway, I picked up some flex hose and clamps as well. I also got a couple of fittings to install another gate valve at the tank, so that when the house lines or water pump are down, we can at least still fill water jugs to bring in for washing and such.


The problem: The pipe is broken from the backflow valve to the elbow.

Since the 2,500-gallon water tank was empty, I considered it a good time to install the gate valve at the bottom of the tank where the threaded connection was located. That was fairly easy: wrap pipe tape on a threaded fitting, screw the gate valve into that and voila! Done. Now I could call for a load of water.

I figured it was easier to have it delivered all at once than to spend the rest of the day running back and forth to the water station 7 miles away, fill my 400-gallon hauling tank, pump into main tank and repeat. Success, no leaks. On to the next challenge.

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