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is what shall come to be known as a "Poor Man's
A few days this July (2014) were brutal with the humidity,
so temporarily putting up these two tarps cooled down the
kitchen by 15 degrees.
on a cloudy August evening, the view from the deck out back
is gorgeous; it overlooks 14 Acres of woodland. Deer, rabbits,
and all manner of wildlife traverse this ground to get to
the apple orchard and berry bushes. Hawks,
turkey, pheasant, bluebirds, crows, robins, hoot-owls,
cranes (see photo below) and
all manner of birds are native to this area.
hawks and vultures are a common sight in the Pine Barrens
area, cranes are rare. This one was walking just beyond the
backyard fence when
my Service dog Ninja who was lying under my desk as I
was reading my emails, alerted me by growling. I looked out
the window and saw it standing behind the fence; it was at
least six feet tall, and when I walked into
the kitchen to get a better shot with
my cell phone camera, as soon as I opened the door, it took
flight. The photo at the left is a single frame out of the
2-seconds of video where it is visible. Is it possible that
Legend of The Jersey Devil is related to these huge
birds? I have no idea, but if I saw this thing at night, I
might have thought it was something else entirely.
This is the original water connection to a freeze-proof
sillcock which was mounted on the deck.
Whoever it was that did this, is a REAL
Rube Goldberg! What you are looking at is a
standard faucet on the outside of the house under the deck
(with no way to reach it except by crawling under the deck)
connected to a garden hose attached to a length of PVC pipe
hung from the rafters with metal bands, and connected on the
other end (closest to you) to a deck-mounted freeze-proof
removed all of this crap. Since the water shutoff is in the
basement directly behind the faucet you see in the photo and
INSIDE the house,
all I had to do is provide a way to drain the water from
whatever I connected to this faucet, and provide enough
flexibility (and air space) for any water remaining in the
outside hoses to
freeze without bursting the "plumbing".
freeze-proof sillcock is supposed to be mounted on the
outside wall of the house. When you turn the faucet off, the
device shuts off the water INSIDE the house where it's warm,
and won't freeze. The anti-siphon valve prevents water that
may be sitting in your garden hose in the sun for a few days
(and growing bacteria inside) from re-entering the home's
mounted a freeze-proof sillcock
on the end of the deck,
which is about 10 feet from the house. On the back side
(photo below), I use Industrial garden hose to connect the
sillcock to the faucet on the side of the house (under the
Under-deck connection to a freeze-proof sillcock on the end
of the deck. Approximately 5 feet of "slack" in the hose is
coiled and stowed above the level of the sillcock so that
water, seeking the lowest level, will flow out of the open
deck faucet when the water is shut off from inside the
house. The rugged hose and the gravity drainage should get
most of the water out of the "plumbing", and leave what
water remains in the hose, room enough to expand when
frozen, so that the "plumbing" outside doesn't explode.
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