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post #71 of 80 Old 01-09-2017, 01:06 PM
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Glad to hear it got worked out~
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post #72 of 80 Old 01-10-2017, 09:36 AM
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I just gotta come back at you with this :):)

You do realize, don't you, that if there had been just one person, somewhere, loosely associated with the construction of your water line that had a surveyor's mind, you would never have started this thread?

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I just gotta come back at you with this :):)

You do realize, don't you, that if there had been just one person, somewhere, loosely associated with the construction of your water line that had a surveyor's mind, you would never have started this thread?

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I didn't say anything negative about your surveyor's mind! Just that my layperson's drawing might be offensive to it :)

We do need surveyor's minds... and to be fair, my contractor did his part by digging a trench at an appropriate depth. The plumber, on the other hand...
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I think we're getting to the bottom of this. Plumbers, (i've worked with a few), are fine folk, but they do not have a surveyor's mind. There was no surveyor's mind on board. Tsk tsk. :):)
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I'm glad you got your water fixed! We're hauling buckets every day because we never did have water in the barn. A girl can dream
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I'm glad you got your water fixed! We're hauling buckets every day because we never did have water in the barn. A girl can dream
I feel for you Whatta! I grew up hauling water buckets, hay, saddles and everything else to the barn. We didn't even have electricity in our barn when I was a kid - if you can call a 12 x 12 shed a barn (I only had the one horse)! So I was determined to make my life a little easier this time around. That said, once I had a routine down, bringing water jugs to the barn for two horses wasn't so bad. I feed four times a day anyway, so I would just fill a jug and put it on a sled to take it the barn a couple of times a day. Glad to have my water running again though! Given the bitter cold we just had, the fact that it did not freeze again tells me this will be manageable. I just have to remember to turn the water off on really cold nights. The plumber didn't do a great job, but one thing he did right was put a switch in the basement in an easy-to-reach location.
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I feel for you Whatta! I grew up hauling water buckets, hay, saddles and everything else to the barn. We didn't even have electricity in our barn when I was a kid - if you can call a 12 x 12 shed a barn (I only had the one horse)! So I was determined to make my life a little easier this time around. That said, once I had a routine down, bringing water jugs to the barn for two horses wasn't so bad. I feed four times a day anyway, so I would just fill a jug and put it on a sled to take it the barn a couple of times a day. Glad to have my water running again though! Given the bitter cold we just had, the fact that it did not freeze again tells me this will be manageable. I just have to remember to turn the water off on really cold nights. The plumber didn't do a great job, but one thing he did right was put a switch in the basement in an easy-to-reach location.
YES! I now bring my horse to the horse house to lug tack that's why ground tying is a huge thing for me. I park him by the door, go in and haul the saddle out. I agree that once you get a routine it does get better. I give them half a bale in the morning and keep an eye when they run out, and whenever they do I bring a bucket of water or two with me. Heated buckets are my next step, I HATE hauling full frozen five gallon pails back to the house. They seem to get twice as heavy. Not to mention they take forever to thaw.

In a perfect world I'd have a heated breezeway from my house to my barn too! Would sure beat snowblowing or shovelling a path to it.
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YES! I now bring my horse to the horse house to lug tack that's why ground tying is a huge thing for me. I park him by the door, go in and haul the saddle out. I agree that once you get a routine it does get better. I give them half a bale in the morning and keep an eye when they run out, and whenever they do I bring a bucket of water or two with me. Heated buckets are my next step, I HATE hauling full frozen five gallon pails back to the house. They seem to get twice as heavy. Not to mention they take forever to thaw.

In a perfect world I'd have a heated breezeway from my house to my barn too! Would sure beat snowblowing or shovelling a path to it.
I definitely recommend heated buckets! I hesitated because I worried it might increase my power bill (and you know what kind of rates we pay to start with!), but it really hasn't made a difference. The buckets aren't cheap but wow, what a life saver. They make everything much easier and I'm pretty sure the horses are drinking more. I wouldn't live without them!

As for the path between the house and barn, it's a nice, clear, 10 foot wide lane :) When I built the barn, I gave half the space to my husband for an equipment bay. I figure I can't manage without his tractor to clear snow, move manure, etc. I also keep my four-wheeler in there. So when it snows, he has to drive the tractor from the barn to the house and clear the lane on the way. He has a snow-blower attachment that clears a 6 foot swath. Makes my life much easier!

That said, I hadn't thought of the fact that I also need a clear path to my manure pile, so that one has to be hand-shoveled :(
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Woo Hoo!!! Glad to see that you are back in action.
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I'm glad you got your water fixed! We're hauling buckets every day because we never did have water in the barn. A girl can dream
My mother built the barn like that, after several years she relented and ripped everything apart to put in water (and electricity while she had a giant trench dug). Still not hot water but SUCH a difference. LOL!
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