Interesting day today. It needs a written note while it is fresh. We have spent the past several days living out in the RV on the land. It was fine at first, but as closing kept getting pushed farther and farther back we watched as our fresh water tank levels dropped, our waste water tank levels rose and our lights dimmed due to low battery. Several times we were operating by headlamp or battery powered candle. Every girls dream, right? Live with your man squatting on some land in a non-functional trailer. Kids too. Geeze.
Eventually, we closed. The adventure officially began. We could do stuff. We hooked up the sewer system to get the stink down. We didn't know enough about wells or electric to get that turned on without help. We called people. Again, Bo came to the rescue and gave us names.
We ran an extension cord from the house over to the RV. Hey, a floor lamp is an improvement when you are living in the dark. The coffee pot on a cookie sheet in the bedroom by the window where the extension cord came through was a little weird, but hey... Coffee.
The propane systems were life savers.
This morning it all started to come together. I got out with the nail gun and me and the kids started working on the porch. We were periodically interrupted by contractors coming out to help us get the utilities on. The electrician discovered it might need more than he thought and had to go out for parts. The guy helping us with the well showed back up and replaced the pressure gauge and contact points. We turned that sucker on and bingo. Water.
He checked it at the well first, to test it before turning on the houses making about 10 gallons per minute. The system had been pressure checked during inspection and the boys and I had been in the night before to check all the faucets and make sure they were closed. I wasn't too worried about it, but you never know.
He turned on the feed to the house and we heard it pressurize with a whoosh. IT just kept running. There was a leak. I ran up to the main house and checked everything. Nothing was leaking, but I could hear water pouring. I followed my ears until I found it. The hot water heater was filling.
I ran back and told the well guy. He was worried. There were air bubbles coming out with the water. That might mean something bad. He kept explaining it to me and I listened. It was getting close to time for me to go to work, so we said we would use the water now and worry about it later. I got up to the house and rigged up a system that ran from the washer hook-up out to the RV so we could have water. AMAZING! Electricity and running water at the same time!
I was getting ready to get into the shower when Michael came up and asked for the door knob for the single wide in the back. That was one of the tasks I assigned him and he wanted to get it out of the way. Sarah and I keep discussing what we are going to do about our potential well problem when Michael comes running back up yelling about water all over the place.
We ran to the single wide.
Sure enough. Water was everywhere. I had mistakenly turned the valves for the washer in this one on instead of off. They were t-handles instead of twist knobs and I had misinterpreted how they were supposed to be. 10 gallons a minute for around half an hour equals about five inches of water in the whole place.
It only took me one day to flood the place.
There are no beginnings but humble beginnings. I left for work and Sarah and the kids had to clean up my mistake.
Sarah and the boys pulled up all the floor coverings, swept out water contaminated with rat and mouse poo and cleaned up for five hours.Oh yeah, and the years worth of slime, rust, crust, and whatever else was in the pipes got dumped into the bathroom. Fun.
Adventure equals discomfort. We are certainly on an adventure.
We are learning. Growth through overcoming adversity.