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.
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.
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.