October 13, 2014

Building the Barn Part 2

So it is a little deceiving to title this post "Building the Barn". There are a lot of things to get done before we actually start on the barn itself. This post is more like "Still Putting in Water Lines". Projects around here seem to always take longer than we think. These waterers took a lot more time than we imagined. Mainly because when we physically got down into the trenches, thinking we could easily dig out the last foot or so of sand with a shovel, the ground turned out to be "harder than anything" clay. We finally called the waterer manufacturers and asked if we could "adapt" to the depth by cutting some of the length off. Believe me, by the end of the day I had enough shoveling dirt, digging hard clay and even just holding that shovel. It was all good and we got the ok to trim a bit off the ends instead of digging another five to ten inches deeper. 

Here is the first trench. Five feet deep and then a 10 foot hole at the end for the waterer to go in.

 Here is the waterer. The smaller end goes in the hole. You then bury and level the first five feet. After you drill a hole in the plastic, you thread the water line through and up the top where you put the insulated base on and hook up the water.
 Here is a pic with the culvert partway buried, the water line sticking out, just before we put the insulated drinking bowl on top.
 Here is the insulated top, looking down the ten or eleven feet. You set the bowl on top after completely plumbing it in. Because the water line is below the freeze level of the ground, it doesn't freeze. The culvert like tube itself is even farther below that level, the thermal heat keeps the insulated water above from freezing. The top of the water may freeze, but the bowl holds 18 gallons and will never completely freeze. This will make my life SO much easier this winter!
 Here's a little look at the plumbing. It's actually been really cool learning about this stuff. Plumbing is pretty neat. Think of the early people and no indoor plumbing...  Carrying water to their animals in the winter, or moving to where water didn't freeze over rivers. This is awesome that we can take water pretty much wherever we want with plumbing!
 The plumbing parts. I learned how to plumb! Add that to my resume!
 All assembled.
 Burying some of the trench.
 Count them: one, two, three Cobett, automatic, non electric, non freezing waterers!

This took us Friday afternoon and most of Saturday. We still didn't finish all we had on our agenda for the weekend, however the waterers are in!

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