I guess I should have seen it coming. You know – what goes up must come down and all that jazz.
I don't get to keep my moat. Apparently they're dangerous. Bummer.
So who, now, you may ask, has to fill in my moat?
That's what I should have seen coming. It's me – I'm the one that has to fill in the moat.
Let me back the story up just a little – we had to get the moat to get fresh water to the Pole Barn out back. That means that it had to be four to five feet deep – there's no way to do that by hand – we had a guy come in to do that for us.
While the moat was open we ran a 4" perforated Big-O pipe from the house to the Barn and ran a binder twine 300' through the Big-O. Now I can pull wires from one end to the other using the binder twine. I have phone cable in it now and I'll have Ethernet and intercom going through it shortly.
What a chore that Big-O was! The connectors that join the three 100' pieces of Big-O are about 1.5" bigger around than they need to be. We tried heating the connectors, we tried bending the connectors – we even tried hammering the connectors. Nope. The only thing that seemed to work was a cutesy little wiggling motion. Go figure.
The only other things that I need to run are for the Central Boiler Corn Stove that I'm installing next month some time. I'll need power to drive the pumps and we have to run the hot water lines that'll be doing the heating.
I'll pull the power on Monday and we don't need to bury the Central Boiler lines more than 18" down – they're heavily insulated.
So. I get to fill in my moat and leave the top 18" loose so that we can just push that dirt aside to bury the Central Boiler hot water lines.
I did some rough calculations and I would say there's just over 1,000,000 shovel fulls (that's not an exaggeration for effect. It's also not hyperbole. Or redundant) That's a valid calculation based on some rough estimates.
1M of shovel fulls of dirt. Yikes.
It's not as bad as it would seem though – I only have a couple of hours into the project and I'm already about 5% done.
There's an awful lot of work creating a place that is Bound To Please