….is it’s not simple. Newton’s laws have been successfully challenged. Now they are just guidelines. Everything that goes up does NOT always come down. Fifty five pounds of Reddi-mix is at least ten pounds heavier than fifty-five pounds of fuel in a Jerry can. Of course, fifty-five pounds of wine in a case is actually quite light. And, the biggest myth of all: water does NOT always flow downhill. THAT hardly needs elaborating. Everyone who lives OTG knows that.
Gravity is only 100% assured if you are working on a roof.
And we have been reminded of all that recently. In theory, the water pick up at the creek which is at the 120 foot elevation should flow down hill to my tank at the 70 foot elevation level with fifty feet of gravity to virtually insist on it. Hah!
I first discovered this problem and wrote about it on the blog on the fourth. But that bit of magic physics just started to flow today, March 14!!! We have actually been here since the first. Took two weeks for water to flow down hill.!!!!! Yeah, I know…’maybe it was frozen’ or ‘maybe the water Gods are ticked at you..’ whatever. TWO weeks!
But I am not a nut. I can handle capricious nature. Mostly. Sal, of course, can still be a challenge. But this was worse because my winter water preparations (extensive) failed me (or, I them……whatever) and a valve froze, broke and allowed all our water (stored in a cistern) to drain out. So, no water from the creek and an empty cistern…….still, I am not really, really stupid….I had an emergency cistern and plugged that one in only to find that water going downhill from that tank – assisted no less by an expensive pump – was not putting water pressure into the system. And there unfolded the real mystery drama into our lives that proved – beyond a doubt – that water will not only NOT flow downhill, it will not even do so aided and abetted in that task by a half-horsepower jet pump.
Woe is me.
So, the ‘parts process’ begins. Off goes any suspect parts and on goes new parts. NOT easy – but doable so long as friends are coming and going from town. One suspect part is the inflow ball valve on the toilet. Odd little whacky item deep in the house-toilet-cistern system. It would just NOT shut off. Easy peasy replacement later, the new inflow ball valve will also NOT shutoff. How is that possible? How can a simple ball/float valve NOT shut off when the little float is up? How? HOW? HOW?!
But, that’s OK. I will simply poop in the woods. NO problem. Mind you, Sal is NOT happy over this alternative approach to such matters.
AND the pressure switch on the jet pump will not switch off either (even if I turn off the toilet thus allowing the pressure to build up) and so the new pressure switch installed only served to reveal that the spare switch is of the same temperament as it’s first-string teammate and it won’t shut off either.
Bonus lesson: the local hardware store attempts to make their first quarterly profits based entirely on replacing broken winter water-system parts.
Consulting the local plumbing genius suggests the pump is maybe not up to task anymore. “Like ‘out of the blue’ it got weaker?” Suggestion: new $500 + pump. NO problem. Let’s do it. Let’s also add a new expansion tank as well because the old one is 15 years old and that is at least half-life.
If anyone is reading a bit of hysteria into all this, it is because a man needs a shower. Ya know what I am sayin’?
On the good news front, the boat went back in the water. Winter prep worked and it started instantly. Sal’s boat acted up briefly but was quickly fixed. We are both mobile again. Mobile enough to go buy spare parts for the water system. Barge came. Woofers calling. Flowers peeking out. Temperature rising. All is good. ALL is good but you might wish to stand just a bit downwind….jus’ sayin’….