Saturday, April 26, 2008

I did it myself!!

Over the winter, I shut off the water to the vegetable garden. Or I thought I did until one frozen night when one of the sprinklers in the raised beds cracked. The next day when the sun warmed things up, water, water spraying everywhere!! I found out that I hadn't closed the valve just that leeetle bit more.

Now this wasn't a problem; I would just have the landscaper replace the setup when he came to do my other work. Of course the road debacle put the landscaping on indefinite hold, but I was still going to need the water turned back on!

So I did what any other farmer wannabe would do. I hit the Home Depot for some do-it-yourself parts! I got help from my visiting plumber cutting off the offending sprinkler.

Turns out most of these parts are cracked!

What's left in the raised bed. Oh, and a tomato plant saying Hi.

I probably looked like a dork walking through HD with this entire pipe contraption, but I held my head high, and my pipe like a weapon! It took about a half hour and help from a plumbing guy with a tall ladder to gather the required replacement parts.

Not shown... a ten foot length of PVC pipe.

This morning, I put it all together with PVC primer and PVC cement.

Won't win any beauty contests, but it works!!


Okay, so I got as much glue on me as on the parts, and had to go run errands with bright blue cement on my hands like I dipped my fingers in the ink well!

And if anyone comments on my blue fingers, I can smugly say, "Oh yeah... I was just doing some PVC repair work!"


barefoot gardener said...

Woohoo! Good for you, you DIY type gal!

Lisa said...

Wow. I'm impressed! Those types of things always intimidate me, which is why I've never tried.

Anonymous said...

YAY, Mommy! I knew you could do it! I'm excited to help you work when I get home... just you and me (and Dad when he's not at work) doing our farm thang! XOXO

Almost Grown

Lisa said...

Thanks gals!

Lisa~ I was scared too, which is why I was hoping the landscaper would be doing it! Since that wasn't happening, I had to get over it and at least try! I won't be afraid next time!!

Almost Grown~ Since I doubt I'll get it done before you get home, you can help me use the tiller to "trench" for a drain and catch basin! I'm starting my list of AG jobs!! Bwahahaha!

AleciaMarie said...

Wow! Great job!!

MarmiteToasty said...

I use to water 2 40,000 pots of perennials and alpines on 1 1/2 acres by hand every evening, it use to take me hours..... after the divorce the tosser X got a sprinkler system put in LOL.....

Good job on the fix.... we are woman hear us far and scratch our bits if we had any :)


Anonymous said...

You are an amazing woman, here us roar!!!!!!!!!{ all of us amazing gals} Damm good thing I set a good example while we were growing up :) I figure if a guy can do it, we can do it while wiping noses, spanking hands, running our own business and standing on our heads. I'm proud of you! love ME

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! That's impressive!!! And YIPEE, my package came last night -- I LOVE it all!!! Thank you Thank you -- blog post coming soon LOL!

Bitterbetty said...

handy girl, can you come over? I have a mess over here watering wise.

Kim said...

Wow...I love DIY people. I try to be one of them too. I do leave the sprinklers for my husband however. Hey...a girl shouldn't have to do everything.