madshutterbug (madshutterbug) wrote,

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Crawling underneath the old single-wide which is now Studio 318 tells me two things: I am not so limber as I was when we moved out here 18 years ago, and I probably need to re-think bringing water service back to this 27 year-old no longer mobile home.

That I want to bring water service back is not the question. I do, for many reasons. The old flexible plastic plumbing gave up in September/October of 2004, after all the power loss/power surge episodes brought about by the hurricanes. Actually, it would be the surge in water pressure that did it, but since water pressure comes back with electrical service here on teh Ranch (joys of one's own well, eh) the two are intertwined. I may still try to get to the site of the known leak tomorrow.

The problem is, that mobile is set close to the ground. There's the minimum 18" ground clearance at the closest approach, which is at the very end where the old bedroom, now office is. So where the break is, there's room for me to crawl, sort of. See, there's these two long I-beams which make up the frame upon which the place is built; there's insufficient clearance between ground and I-beam for me to fit anymore. Maybe. As for crawling from the end with the greatest ground clearance, that route I tried first. But there's the small matter of the drain tube to the septic tank. That crosses the width of the place, and between the high end and the break in the plumbing. And guess what... there's insufficient room for me to fit between that tube and the bottom of the floor joists anymore.

Or at least I don't feel too comfortable about trying it.

We'll see. Fixing the break would be the easiest means (probably) to get water service back. Otherwise, I'll need to run new tubing along one edge of the place, underneath it, and up to the respective sinks, toilets, and shower. Also, I probably wouldn't be putting water back to the original bathroom in this plan; that's next to the old bedroom/office, not a lot of ground clearance there. One functional water closet, with shower, is better than none.
Tags: life, studio 318, teh ranch
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