Very exciting getting to this point. Point A and B are getting connected! It was painful watching more of my yard getting torn up.. and my internet.. and my sewer.. and my heart.. and my internet again.. but you know, growth hurts, right? ..right? I'll never forget the long journeys out to the barn and back with the kids in tow. Crossing the mountains of dirt and cavernous trenches several times a day. Guy learned to climb over and through, but it was a tall order for little Joe. This was a difficult part of the project. Money was growing scarce and tensions were mounting... and erupting. I hated thinking about this damnable thing - this beast seemingly tearing our world apart. Looking back and seeing how far we've come and looking for the good in people were the beacons guiding us onward. I was surprised at the depth of my relief when the pipes were finally buried and the trenches filled.. the land can heal again, and so can we.
Originally we were going to install a cascade filter along the main conveyance line (after the junction); however, we changed our mind. Firstly, the filter reduced our overall system capacity to 90% at input flows much less than we are expecting (and the greater the flow, the more inefficient it gets). They also did a poor job marketing and indicated that the connections were all 6", but the input was 6" while the output was 4" which is just unacceptable for the main conveyance line. The final factor was the land. This filter required about a 2' drop between input and output and we wouldn't've been able to meet that requirement while maintaining a negative slope for the rest of the line. As it turned out, we just barely had the drop we needed (we lost about three feet of drop because we couldn't bury the tanks as deep as we'd hoped) even without the filter.
We used the following page to get a feel for the capacities of our designed conveyance lines. We decided to go big and use 6" pipes all around. Pipe Capacities
The type of phone cable we've got going on: 22 gauge, gel filled, gopher resistant.
|Order 6" pipe and fittings (9 hrs)||$316|
|Receive and unload 6" pipe and fittings (1.5 hrs)||$93|
|Assemble 6" pipe and fittings (16.5 hrs)||$1683|
|Barn trenches and pipe installation (11.5 hrs)||$690|
|Properly slope barn pipes, backfill (10 hrs)||$600|
|Dig trenches (9 hrs)||$183|
|Dig to find phone line (8.5 hrs)||$340|
|Move landscaping (13.5 hrs)||$650|
|Dig across driveway (8 hrs)||$640|
|Dig to locate existing barn water and electric line||$540|
|Install conveyance line (10 hrs)||$612|
|Backfill trenches (17 hrs)||$775|
|Repair phone line (4.5 hrs)||$287|
|Locate and unearth well water and power, and repair septic (4 hrs)||$320|
|6" Pipe and Fittings||$3143|
|6" couplings and reducing bushing||$53|
|4" and 6" Pipe and delivery||$3244|
|6" 1/4 & 1/8 bends||$419|
|6" 90 degree pipe fittings||$257|
|Glue for pipes||$123|