Farm Wife in Training: If you find yourself in a hole-keep digging!

One of our (many) projects that need to get done before winter is redoing the water lines. We began the Great Water Line Project of 2012 in late September. Somewhere along the way the water lines to some of the automatic waterers has broken underground. These need to be fixed before winter, so that the automatic waterers work, which would be great because I get the feeling that refilling stock tanks in the middle of winter would be a Farm Wife job.

So far there have been a few hurdles in the water line project.

Hurdle #1: Don’t get the backhoe stuck in the trench you are digging. This happens when you attempt to dig a trench in soft and soggy soil, and the soft ground caves in. Luckily Dear Country Boy was able to pull the backhoe out with the skid steer.
Farm Wife in Training: If you find yourself in a hole-keep digging!

Hurdle #2: Rain. Lots and lots of Rain.

This hurdle resulted in a moat, dug between 6-8 feet deep, through the upper cattle yard and through one of the horse paddocks. Having a moat makes it slightly difficult to continue digging.

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After some dryer weather, and the use of a pump to remove the moat, we were able to continue our project the first weekend in November. We finished digging the trenches on Saturday.

In the process we hit Hurdle #3: Concrete Walls. Underground. 3 of them. That required us to dig-by hand-underneath them to run the water lines.

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Sometimes Farm Wife in Training Lessons are very hands on. This is definitely one of those hands on, gonna get dirty lessons. So I grabbed a shovel and climbed on down into the trenches.
I’ll start digging your way, and you’ll start digging mine, and we’ll meet in the middle, underneath the concrete wall….ok, I’ll stop ruining a good country song now…
Anyways, I dug from my side, and Dear Country Boy dug from his, and we met in the middle! What good teamwork!
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Some more photos from Saturday:
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On Sunday, we ran the water lines and the conduit for electric. And put in a new hydrant. We even managed to backfill some of the trenches before dark.
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Monday night Dear Country Boy backfilled the rest of the trenches. We still have to put in three automatic waterers before we are finished. At least we got the water lines run before the dusting of snow we got this morning!
Farm Wife in Training: If you find yourself in a hole-keep digging!
Oh, Dear Country Boy gave me an A+ and 2 Gold Stars for climbing in the trenches and digging. 🙂
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