For the past two days, the submersible pump in the water tank has been mysteriously tripping the GFCI circuit. Fortunately, Tim chose to build an access area to the stone box and the man hole which will later be covered up with...something or other... but which is still wide open providing much needed access to the inner workings of the water collection tank. As it turned out, there was a leak so when I left the pump running with pressure on but not using the hose (in between filling watering cans to mix the fertilizer), water was spraying all over inside, and getting up in the conduit to the electrical connections. Tim took a peek in, diagnosed the problem, and decided the only way to get to it was to just put on his swim trunks and get in. Here's the initial submersion. It may have been 90 degrees at 10 am today (topped out at 104 on the garden thermometer) but the water was still a chilly 55 degrees or so.
Once he was in there, he was able to see that one of the fittings had been hose clamped to the point of failure via the Swedish method of "Gudentite" ... or is that German?....
Leaving it with a large crimped dent where it should have been round.
I ran to and fro from the tank to the garage to the tank to the basement to the tank, back to the garage collecting tools and parts while Tim enjoyed a bugs eye view of the yard. After a bit he decided it really wasn't that bad in there. On any other day it would have been highly unpleasant.
Now my water is again flowing freely and I can enjoy watering each morning while we wait for this heat wave to break. Like I said, the shady side of the gate post was 104 today, and we had 94 on the truck thermometer when running errands. No rain is predicted until Friday, so we will be needing this water!