We got the new vanity moved into the Momplex bathroom, Unit Sewing Mom, last week, and with the vanity in, it's really starting to look like a bathroom!
But that's a good and bad thing.
Good for progress.
Bad if you are preggers.
For those of you who are moms, you know what I'm talking about. Having a bathroom that looks good, but doesn't work is just cruel!
So the Ram felt sorry for me, and we decided to take a little break from finish work on the inside of the Momplex, and focus on getting water and plumbing hooked up.
Up here where we live in Alaska, you are on your own for water. Everyone has their own well.
This well cost a pretty penny to get punched, and a big reason we decided to build a Momplex instead of two seperate houses for the Moms was so they can share utilities like the well, septic, and electricity - all things not provided in our community.
The well is already punched, now we just have to get the water out of the ground, up a couple hundred feet, and into the Momplex.
So we bought a submersible well pump that will get dropped down the well. But we need to hook the pump up to electrical wires that will run to the well pressure switch (basically a switch that tells the well when to pump water).
The electrical wires are connected to the pump,
And then special heat shrink shields are placed over the connections to keep the water out of the wire connection.
We don't have a heat gun, and that's what you are supposed to do ... but if we went out and bought every tool we need for every step ... well, we'd have a ton of tools, but no money left over for building materials. So we made do with a blow torch.
The pump itself is pretty heavy, but coupled with 200+ feet of tubing and wiring, it would be impossible to just drop the pump down the well.
So we tied the pump off with rope to help us lower it down.
And then set up a pulley system using the skidsteer over the well itself.
We left the rest of the rope on a spool nearby. We'll use the rope to control dropping the pump down the well.
There's a good 200+ feet of tubing (used to transport water out of the well and to the pressure tank) that weighs a ton and is very awkward. So Grandpa Time stretched it out down the driveway.
The white round centering brackets on the tubing hold the wiring in place next to the tubing and protect the tubing from rubbing against the well casing as it's dropped in the well.
The well pump itself gets a rubber torque arrestor that we adjusted so the widest part of is almost as wide as the interior of the well shaft. This keeps the pump itself from banging into the walls of the well pipe or unthreading as we drop the pump down 200+ feet.
Finally, with everything laid out, it's time to start dropping the submerisble pump down the well shaft!
We were pretty thankful to have the pulley system rigged because it got pretty heavy!
But finally, we felt the pump hit water.
With the pump in the water hundreds of feet below ground, the other end of the tubing gets trimmed off
And the pitless adapter - what connects the well service water line that runs below ground from the well casing to the inside of the Momplex - is attached to the end of the tubing.
The Ram's got all sorts of tricks - he uses a special pipe to connect to the end of the pitless adapter that will help him set the pitless adapter into the well service line.
The well service line is about 9 feet down to prevent freezing, so it's pretty tricky hooking the pitless adapter on to the well service line,
But we got 'er done!
The pipe just gets unscrewed from the pitless adapter and pulled out. Then the wiring gets pulled down the gray tube on the well back into the Momplex, and we can put a cap on it!
One step closer to getting water inside the Momplex!