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    I finally got the water line put in to the steer pasture. That was a HUGE victory. Until today, we have been filling the water tanks for the steer and the donkeys using a garden hose running almost 100 yards across the top of the yard. Every evening we have been praying that two little brown dogs did not discover it is really cool to chew that big rubber thing that shoots water when you bite it.

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    When I first turned the water on I must have had some mud or dirt in the PVC because I was getting water but the pressure was really low. After running it for about 5 minutes, the line jumped a bit and we had more water pressure than we knew what to do with. Tomorrow I will finish burying the PVC and then spend some quality time with my box grader to make the yard look respectable again.

    Inor's helpful construction hint #962: When digging the trench for the PVC, I discovered the ground is REALLY hard in several places. Even the tractor could not dig down more than a couple inches at a time. Initially, I started softening the ground up by running some water from a garden hose onto it. That worked but it was still a slow process and used far more water than I would prefer. So I got the idea of using the pressure washer to soften it up instead. That worked PERFECTLY! Water works well, but water at 3500 PSI works great!

    Just don't wear your good clothes when you do it...

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    Mrs Inor also decided to add a couple strawberry beds out by the raspberry and blueberry patches. So if I have time after getting the yard graded for the steer pasture, I will get those installed and some water lines run to them as well. Then it will be time to move around to the back of the house and some REALLY long water runs.
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    Inor definitely has a PHd in Garage Logic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inor View Post
    I finally got the water line put in to the steer pasture. That was a HUGE victory. Until today, we have been filling the water tanks for the steer and the donkeys using a garden hose running almost 100 yards across the top of the yard. Every evening we have been praying that two little brown dogs did not discover it is really cool to chew that big rubber thing that shoots water when you bite it.

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    When I first turned the water on I must have had some mud or dirt in the PVC because I was getting water but the pressure was really low. After running it for about 5 minutes, the line jumped a bit and we had more water pressure than we knew what to do with. Tomorrow I will finish burying the PVC and then spend some quality time with my box grader to make the yard look respectable again.

    Inor's helpful construction hint #962: When digging the trench for the PVC, I discovered the ground is REALLY hard in several places. Even the tractor could not dig down more than a couple inches at a time. Initially, I started softening the ground up by running some water from a garden hose onto it. That worked but it was still a slow process and used far more water than I would prefer. So I got the idea of using the pressure washer to soften it up instead. That worked PERFECTLY! Water works well, but water at 3500 PSI works great!

    Just don't wear your good clothes when you do it...

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    Mrs Inor also decided to add a couple strawberry beds out by the raspberry and blueberry patches. So if I have time after getting the yard graded for the steer pasture, I will get those installed and some water lines run to them as well. Then it will be time to move around to the back of the house and some REALLY long water runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inor View Post
    I finally got the water line put in to the steer pasture. That was a HUGE victory. Until today, we have been filling the water tanks for the steer and the donkeys using a garden hose running almost 100 yards across the top of the yard. Every evening we have been praying that two little brown dogs did not discover it is really cool to chew that big rubber thing that shoots water when you bite it.

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    When I first turned the water on I must have had some mud or dirt in the PVC because I was getting water but the pressure was really low. After running it for about 5 minutes, the line jumped a bit and we had more water pressure than we knew what to do with. Tomorrow I will finish burying the PVC and then spend some quality time with my box grader to make the yard look respectable again.

    Inor's helpful construction hint #962: When digging the trench for the PVC, I discovered the ground is REALLY hard in several places. Even the tractor could not dig down more than a couple inches at a time. Initially, I started softening the ground up by running some water from a garden hose onto it. That worked but it was still a slow process and used far more water than I would prefer. So I got the idea of using the pressure washer to soften it up instead. That worked PERFECTLY! Water works well, but water at 3500 PSI works great!

    Just don't wear your good clothes when you do it...

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    Mrs Inor also decided to add a couple strawberry beds out by the raspberry and blueberry patches. So if I have time after getting the yard graded for the steer pasture, I will get those installed and some water lines run to them as well. Then it will be time to move around to the back of the house and some REALLY long water runs.
    Mud r us!
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    Inor's helpful construction tip #963: Non-reusable compression fittings on an irrigation drip line can be reused! Cut the fitting off the irrigation hose leaving about an inch of the irrigation hose sticking out. Put it in boiling water for about 3 minutes then pull the hose out with a pair of needle nose pliers.

    (This afternoon a couple of little brown puppies decided it would be pretty cool to chew up the irrigation hose for Mrs Inor's strawberry patch. Since the disposable compression fittings are about $2 each and a 45 minute drive each way to get them, I made it my mission to figure out how to reuse them.)
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    I started my first little garden at the new house (aka Sasquatch Farms). We've had a lot going on and since we already have all the fruit trees to tend to we decided not to go too crazy on the vegetable garden this year.

    I put in about 10 plants. Some squash, tomatoes, jalapenos, etc. My Roma tomato plant was small but exploded almost overnight into a very nice and large plant. I figured I would get a great harvest off of it. I went out one morning and it was laying on its side. When i inspected it I found the roots had been eaten off of it. Yep, a gopher. I went and bought some gopher bombs and stuffed one down his hole. Figured I had got him because I didn't see any activity for a few days. Last weekend I was laying new sod in the backyard near the raised beds and out of the corner of my eye I see my jalapeno plant moving. I turned just in time to see my plant disappear under the ground. Who knew the old cartoons were telling the truth when they showed the gopher take a plant down into their tunnel. I got over to where the plant was and all I saw was two leaves sticking out of the ground. I grabbed the shovel and stabbed the crap out of the the ground. After I was done assaulting the dirt I dug around and didn't find a body. So, obviously, he got away. I transplanted the remaining plants over into the old turtle pen which has a concrete bottom. They all seem to be doing well in there for now.

    The gopher on the other hand has declared war and I have a new plan to eradicate him.

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    I was having thoughts this afternoon of Slippy and Mrs Slippy building their chicken coop (which is a really awesome chicken coop if you have not yet seen the photos). As I recall, in the early stages of building the coop, Mrs Slippy was helping ol' Slip with her supreme mathematical ability. I detected a bit of friction from Slip's description of the effort. The only advice I can give my pal Slippy is: Be glad you married mathematician and not a friggin' artist!!!

    I was finishing digging the trench to get water to the fruit trees on the north side of M.T. Acres today. This was by far the longest of the 5 trenches I am digging. It is about a quarter mile long. Today I was doing the final 30 or so yards to the house to connect it to the water. Since I do not trust myself with the tractor yet, I asked Mrs Inor to just stand outside and watch and warn me if I start getting the tractor too close to the house. (The last thing I wanted to do was put the bucket through the wall into the dining room!)

    I started digging and the ground near the house was the hardest that I have encountered so far. But given that I did not have too far to go, I did not want to deal with the mess of using the pressure washer. So I told Mrs Inor to get the hose and soak the trench, thinking she would just turn the hose on and lay it at the top of the trench I was digging. After she watered all her plants and filled the dogs bowls (which had to be emptied and moved in 5 minutes anyway) she finally got the hose near where I was working. But instead of putting the hose where I was working, she started spraying down the area I was going to be working 3 hours later!!! Frustrated, I told her to just put the hose in the trench I am currently working on. So she followed my instructions exactly and neatly laid the hose right down the middle of the trench I was digging! Finally, out of frustration, I climbed down from the tractor and put the hose where I needed it to be. I got the trench dug (mostly I still have about 3 feet to go but that has to be done by hand) and got everything put away.

    Tonight she informed me she no longer wants raised beds for her gardens; she now wants to go with "sunken gardens"! GRRRR!!!! This changes my entire plan for digging the irrigation for the gardens! Since part of the trench for the fruit trees is going to do double duty also holding the pipe for the gardens too, I told her she has about 3 to 4 days while I finish up the fruit trees to figure out what she wants to do for gardens because then we will be past the point of no return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inor View Post
    Marriage is a 3-ring circus:

    You have the engagement ring
    You have the wedding ring
    And you have the suffering!
    I think there's a nose ring in there somewhere too...
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