The work on the second phase of installation started in the attic on Tuesday morning, getting the pipes installed in the furnace closet.
That done, they drilled the holes to the exterior. Amazingly they were not bothered by the wasps that infest that wall. Of course I did spray the gap between the stone and wood facing the night before, hoping to reduce the population to a manageable level. Apparently it worked.
The pipes were pulled through the wall, cut to length, jointed with elbows so the pipe would lay flush against the wall, then capped.
Then the digging began, and to my surprise they found the house was sitting directly on some very hard sandstone. It turns out the red rock was a foot below the surface just about everywhere they had to dig and was at least 4 feet deep (the trenches needed to be 4 feet deep).
Needless to say, that slowed down the digging process considerably and they didn’t start attaching the well pipes until late afternoon.
The pipes were all connected using a combination of heat welding when the were attaching fittings…
…and heat splicing, when connecting the same sized pipes.
By midday on Wednesday, the pipes were all connected in one continuous loop. A good thing they finished when they did since the trench was slowly filling with water.
Once all the pipes were connected they did a pressure test for about 3 hours at 90-100 psi. During that time, they attempted repairs on the drill rig, that had suffered so much abuse when it was stuck in the mud.
No leaks were found, and the trenches were backfilled. Part 2 is complete.