Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Crane in my Garden

...OK, so it was over my garden.

A section of well pipe rotted through last Thursday. Well driller said he could fix it Monday or Tuesday, unless I wanted to pay overtime for Saturday or Sunday. Um, no, thanks; the water's still running.

Sunday morning he called at 7AM, said he had a crew with nothing to do, and would I like my well fixed at standard rates Sunday, or did I want to wait until Tuesday? Do I look stupid?


Ryan was fascinated by the crane truck, and didn't realize the crane would be so tall - it's only lifting out 20' sections, after all (he forgot that the well's 420 feet deep), so he's the author of these lovely photos for you. And today Patrick's out mulching those leaves. No lawn fertilizer creating polluting runoff for the Chesapeake Bay in my little corner of the world!

18 comments:

Al Penwasser said...

Well, well, well. Oh, my...sorry about that one!
How old is your well? I'd just like to know how much time is left in my ten year old well. I'm kinda hoping I rot away before IT does (but, just not tomorrow!).

Pam said...

Wow, that crane is so tall!

Marjie said...

For Al and anyone else who wants to know, well pumps typically last 10 to 15 years, according to the guy who changed mine, but he once saw one that lasted 20 years. And mine was down on galvanized steel pipe, because the pump is so big that it would twist and break plastic pipe. It's not a problem most people should have!

Paula said...

420 ft???? 4.2.0.??? Oh my lord, I'm trying to wrap my head around that depth! Photographer Ryan did a terrific job with his photos! I smiled when I saw you used galvanized steel pipe ... my Dad worked in the Steel Industry his entire career and was in charge of the galvanized line at the mill. Good choice! :-)

Tatersmama said...

Great photos! And it was great seeing the crane and re-living some great memories of my own old well!
I'm on city water here, and I hate it!

Claire S. said...

Regular rates on Sunday ? Nope, you don't look stupid to me. Glad it got fixed !

Mickle in NZ said...

Just a wee way down then? Good that Ryan had such a good time and your water supply is all okay again.

Anette said...

It's always interesting with a bit of action around the garden. Outside our house there is noisy digging these days, we're getting fiber cables, that'll add some speed to the surfing around here!

Al Penwasser said...

OK (didn't know this would be a home repair exchange, didja?), let me see if I have this right....is the well pump above ground (as I think it is, but I'm pretty much a dope on these things) or is the well pump 420 feet down? If above ground, then I would think that it would be pretty easy (sorta) to fix. If not, then, well...15 years?...uh, oh.

noble pig said...

Standard rates on Sunday, that's awesome! Unheard of!! Glad it's fixed. Our well is only 130 feet...your's is deep!!

Channon said...

The Knight will need to see this post. Just so your readers know, the industry standard says the average pump life is 10-15 years, but we have customers whose pumps routinely die a few weeks out of warranty, and we have customers with 30 year old pumps going strong.

The key is, as with anything mechanical, to pay attention. If there's a problem, cut off the pump at your circuit breaker box. A leaking toilet has ruined many a well pump.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Ryan is one terrific photographer. i just can't wrap my mind around 420 feet! Woah!

buffalodick said...

Your big household probably goes through a bit a water each year!

TavoLini said...

Wow, how neat! Glad your well is fixed--that is REALLY deep! I know nothing about wells--15 years doesn't seem like a long time, though.

Pam said...

I am sure your boys were fasinated when watching them move the crane and fix the well...I bet Thor was too.

The Blonde Duck said...

From the distance, it looks like a dinosaur peering over the trees.

Jan Mader said...

Dumb me. For the first few minutes I was looking for a real crane (just from the title). Then I figured out you meant a machine crane!

I wish you well on your well!

Bucket Trucks said...

There is always the right tool for the right job. Crane trucks have to do with your well.