What A Mess

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 182024

Things were going along smoothly with our Generac whole house generator installation on Thursday. The generator was set on its pad, the new breaker box with the automatic transfer switch was mounted on the side of the house and all the wiring was in place, and things were looking good. Then the excrement hit the oscillating device. Literally.

The subcontractor who was doing the trenching for the gas lines cut into one of the field lines for our septic system. Oops. That’s not good.

Ben from Absolute Power Solutions asked if I knew a plumber I could call, and I didn’t. But not to worry, I’ve got a guy. Actually, two guys. I called Alan Banks, one half of the father and son team of Banks Construction, and told him I was in a jam and needed help. Alan and his father Scott have worked on several projects around here, including building both of our decks and taking down the back section of our barn that was falling down. Alan said he would call his father and they would be right over, and within half an hour they were here.

As it turns out, the trencher had actually cut two different field lines in different locations. At first, Scott and Alan thought it would be a relatively simple matter of repairing the broken lines, but that was not to be.

I have mentioned before that we have had problems with one of our toilets flushing, and after a heavy rain like we had last week, none of our three toilets flush properly. We knew the septic tank was pumped and inspected when we bought the house a year ago, so it couldn’t be full.

We thought there might be either a clog or a vent issue someplace, but when they started inspecting the field lines to assess what would be needed for repairs, we realized that they were all at least partially collapsed, as well as being clogged in some places. That would explain a lot of our problems.

Realizing that the only way to handle the problem would be to dig all of the field lines up and make repairs where needed, we decided that if that was going to be necessary, it wouldn’t cost that much more to replace them all and run them farther out into the pasture. They also needed to be deeper into the ground so they would not run the risk of being cut or collapsed again. It’s going to be a labor intensive job, and not cheap, but it needs done and we want it done right, so let the games begin!

Before long, Alan was on an excavator digging up the old lines while Scott was off to purchase the necessary materials to replace all of the field lines.

By the end of the day we had long, deep trenches across our backyard and then on into the pasture.

This is the view from our bedroom window out into the pasture.

Scott and Alan worked until dark, and were back again first thing yesterday morning, along with one of their helpers. It had turned cold overnight and the morning was downright bitter, with a stiff breeze blowing. It stayed cold all day. I don’t think it got into the mid-40s, but the guys kept right at it.

They managed to get new heavy duty PVC piping run from the septic tank out to the pasture, and then Alan used the excavator to fill in the trench and smooth it down as much as he could, considering the ground is wet from recent rains.

They were not able to get gravel delivered for where the field lines branch off until Monday, so they will be back then to finish the job. We really appreciate them coming to our rescue whenever we get in a bind. Scott and Alan have built their business based upon good customer service and a hard day’s work for an honest day’s pay. It’s nice to know we have people we can depend on.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – My high school was so small we had sex education and drivers education in the same car.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “What A Mess”

  1. Hah! And you used to say that RVs were prone to lots of maintenance needs. 🙂

  2. So are you ready to move back into your RVing life yet? Just happy you found good folks to help you.

  3. The joys of fixing things properly. Hopefully there won’t be too many more of those problems.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  4. Well…other than the cost, it actually turned into a “good” accident. Now things will work properly. We had to replace the incoming electric into our new house as it was in adequate and the garage was not wired properly…it too was unexpected and expensive. Ah, the joys of home ownership, we feel your pain.

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