Sunday, January 26, 2014
One day of decent weather, then more single digits.
Today was the most pleasant we've had in some time. It got up to around 48 degrees, which feels balmy after all these very low temperatures. However, it will be single digit again tomorrow night, Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, the weather forecasters say it will be in the low twenties at night, which I used to consider cold. Now that seems quite tolerable.
I went down and checked the well head, found no sign of a leak. I don't know of any way to tell if water is constantly running through the line up to the shop, because there is no pressure tank on that line and hence no pressure gauge. Pressure in the house is about 38, which is normal. If the pump is actually running full time down there 178 feet below surface, because there is a leak somewhere between the well and the building, I'll find out before long two ways .One, my electric bill will be colossal. That's not the most definitive method, since it was already twice the normal due to my having to run extra heat in the outbuildings. But the other method is beyond question. The pump will burn out. It's only built for burst pumping, not hours at a time, and it will go. That will answer that question, but it will cost me about $1000 for a new one if it happens.
You would think there would be some other method of determining when water is running through a pipe, but if there is I don't know it. I am going to call the well drillers tomorrow and ask them if they know a way to do it. I don't want to cut the pipe, which I know someone will suggest, and I'm going to try to exhaust any other possibilities before I resort to that.
I have noticed some tempers getting frayed on some of the blogs. I would imagine that the long cold spell, with all it's attendant problems and trouble, have worn people down. I can understand that, and it's a rare person indeed who doesn't give way to a moment of pique when they are under stress. Enough bad things have been happening to some people that they would be inhuman if they weren't reacting to it. I'll be glad when the weather gets more normal and we all have less to deal with. No one needs the aggravation of bitterly cold weather related problems.