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  •  Looking for a persistent leak (2+ / 0-)
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    claude, Fabian
    The project for today is to figure out where our water system is leaking. Usually eventually there's a suspicious puddle, but it's been pouring here. If we can't find a puddle today I guess we'll have to start digging up the places we can find and install more valves and turn them off so we can isolate things. We've already shut off half the system but alas apparently the hole is upstream of the house.

    Ah, the fun of running your own water works.

    That, plus we have a remodel/rebuild in our future. I am now officially brain dead on the topic. Nothing looks right or practical, and I gave up on affordable ages ago. Sigh.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 07:46:48 AM PST

    •  leaking outside? (0+ / 0-)

      you are getting puddles outside from a leaking pipe outside?

      Do you have a water meter?  Newer water meters have a little spinning thing that shows when water is flowing.  Shut off everything in the house tight, and check the meter to see if it shows water flow despite all being turned off.

      You have already dug where puddles form?

      don't always believe what you think...

      by claude on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 07:56:35 AM PST

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      •  The water company typically owns everything (0+ / 0-)

        from the meter out to the street and beyond. If you are having puddles form in your yard, call the water company.

        17. Ne5

        In chess you may hit a man when he's down -- Irving Chernev, on Przepiorka v. Prokes, Budapest, 1929

        by Spud1 on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 08:25:52 AM PST

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        •  We are the water company (1+ / 0-)
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          It is our well, our pipes, on our property. I'm pretty sure the leak is not in the house. We've isolated off the longest run past the house, but we have something like 400' of still suspect buried pipe - oh, and also no map for where the pipes actually are. Fun fun fun.

          And yes, we know there's a leak because our last pump, from the tank to the house, doesn't shut off unless you close the valve in front of it. And as soon as the pump goes off, you can watch the system pressure go down, down, down.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Sun Mar 04, 2007 at 08:40:05 AM PST

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    •  if you have your own system (1+ / 0-)
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      you have a pressure tank?  With all the fixtures shut off, the tank should hold pressure.  If it loses pressure while everything is turned off, you have a leak (duh) but you know that, right?

      I bet there is a lot of design expertise available from folks like Spud1, borkitect, and me, and probably others who may be lurking.  That process starts with you being able to define what you want and showing us what you have.  Perhaps a fresh eye or three may help.

      don't always believe what you think...

      by claude on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 08:02:35 AM PST

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      •  Or a local architect or designer. Claude is (1+ / 0-)
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        correct that you first need to define what it is you want, a written statement of the space and sizes, how they will be used, prxomity to other spaces, etc. This is called a "program" in the biz.

        17. Ne5

        In chess you may hit a man when he's down -- Irving Chernev, on Przepiorka v. Prokes, Budapest, 1929

        by Spud1 on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 08:24:56 AM PST

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    •  lets hope its not (0+ / 0-)

      your waste pipe going from the house:(

      do you know where that line runs?

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