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#1 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 08:42 PM

I’m digging out a leaking frost free hydrant that keeps eating O-rings.   Almost 4 feet down, but not much fun digging in an alluvial fan.  Some of the rocks are nearly the size of a Hereford’s head.

 

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#2 ski3pin

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 08:52 PM

Too bad it was raining when we were there!  We love to help and get projects done. :)


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#3 AWG_Pics

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 09:01 PM

Dang! You could've called me Steve! I would consider driving out so I could watch you dig and give you advice!


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#4 craig333

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 09:18 PM

So nice not to need frost free hydrants here. Every time I think about moving, I wonder how well I'd adapt to things like that.


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#5 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 09:45 PM

Yes Craig the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

We're great where we live.Wouldn't trade it.

I guess you get so used to your home when you like it

it's hard to think of moving.

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#6 PaulT

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 06:44 AM

Next time you run into a Hereford's head down in a hole, pull it out, season well, wrapped it up in burlap, start a fire in the hole, cover it up and let us know when the dinner is ready.  :D

 

Boy, you guys with grazing rights have it good. :P

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#7 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 04:13 PM

Monte, this isn’t the pot-o-gold from the rainbow we saw, but it is buried treasure of a sort… no more digging,

 

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and I have a great crop of rocks on the way.   Here’s some of the seed.

 

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Here’s one that’s close to harvest.

 

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#8 PaulT

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 03:09 AM

Ouch!  That brings up memories of working on cattle ranches in BC in the late 70's. Unless you do it often enough to keep those upper body muscles in shape, shoulders pay a heavy price to dig a hole for a riser or a fencepost with a 15-20 lb chisel bar.  My condolences, sir. Makes that cold one much appreciated.  :)

 

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#9 Foy

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 09:42 AM

That yellow-handled implement is what we call a Class A canal wrench.  That whole process looks very similar to work.  


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#10 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 07:16 PM

UPDATE: the new hydrant is installed, works as advertised, and isn’t leaking…  yet.

 

Imma gunna leave it exposed for a day or two before grabbing the yellow-handled Class A canal wrench and filling my excavation...  Well, big red the tractor may assist with some of that effort. :)


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