Well, I guess I really should begin at the beginning. Monday or Tuesday of this week, that'd be the 25th or 26th of December, I had finished walking the doggies, as I do almost every day. Upon coming home at 6:30 AM, I immediately fed them breakfast, and then prepared breakfast for Dianna and myself. Our normal routine.
That's so we get breakfast out of the way, so that I can get the girls into their pen, so they don't interfere with the workers or anything going on with the construction. After that, I walked over to the chain link gate and unlocked and opened it so that Carl and the workers can all come in and get started with the day's construction activities.
After unlocking the gate, I head up to the new addition and leisurely walk through. This is when I can really look at the progress without being hurried or anything, note any problems that might be evident. I usually also spend a few minutes in the veranda just gazing out at the canal. It's a really nice sight early in the morning. I can't wait to do it when we actually live there, and I can stand or sit with a hot cup of coffee and just savor the view.
|Canal From the Veranda|
Ok, back to reality for now. After losing myself in the view and dreams, I cross over to the patio and up to the pool deck to unlock the bathroom for the crew and to rais the big door. Except this morning. There's a rather large puddle of water on the patio.
immediately think that it rained the previous night, but no, that's not what happened. Is the pool leaking onto the patio? No, that wouldn't happen like that. Where'd the water come from? What's that? I almost can see a ripple in the water. Naahh.
I put my foot in the water to dam it a bit then remove it. Sure enough, there is a slight current running through there, from around the post, meandering over to the gate and out to the dock and into the canal. Hello Houston, We have a problem.
Immediately, I think of the water piping as I installed it a few years ago. There's a 'Y' right there. One way goes to the pool house, the other goes over to the fence and is stubbed off. A future faucet was planned to go there.
Well, short of tearing up the patio to fix it, what can I do? I began to think right away of bypassing the patio.Which meant probably tapping into my main 1-1/4" water line that pretty much hugs the fence line around the pool to where it goes under the patio, running it under the pool deck, keeping the pipe on the surface there just for convenience, coming out from the pool deck around the far end and then tapping into the water line as it goes into the pool house. Should be easy and fairly fast to do, right? It's never quite like you see it in your mind's eye, ever.
Carlos and I spent some time talking about the best way to do the project. We decided we'd stop the big water line just as it turned to go under the patio, enabling us to not only keep a feed working to the pool, but also the faucet that is right at the turning point.
I dug down by the bannana trees till I found the main water line. I had Carlos finish digging it out. This brought about change #1, for the project. Carlos found another small leak right at the elbow. We made a 'command decision' to move the faucet over near where we were going to reconnect it to the pool house. This allowed us to just cap the big pipe without worrying about anything else at that location, as you can see below.
|Main Water Line Capped At Patio|
|Going Under Pool Deck|
|Hatch Entrance Under Deck|
|New Water Supply to Pool House|
|Carlos Figuring Out Where to Cut House Water Line|
This is a good way to start the new year. We'll once again wish you and yours a prosperous, happy and safe New Year. May that sentiment stretch throughout the entire year.
There's a few more photos than appear in this posting. You can see them all on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/winjama/ru32eu.