There was a rusty, muddy spot by the fence-line where another broken-down pipe sticks through. The rusty wet spot kept showing up, so while digging up the invasive weed called broadleaf dock, I happened to be out there with a shovel one morning…so I dug up a broken off pipe-end. Lotta weird junk out here, this old cow pasture hides secrets, but also just old rubbish and trash. But it’s interesting.So I got a pick-axe and did a bit of trenching to find that three wires were buried below the pipe. Good thing the shovel handle was wood, and the pick too because I suppose that’s insulation… And with the pick I levered-up and bent the pipe a bunch to get a good look at it – it’s only about 8″ deep in the dirt, but keeps going. And the direction it goes is pointing at the terrace block circle, where a couple years ago I dug down to waist-deep (36″) and came across the junction point of three, very old four-inch clay pipes that teed-joined an eight-inch clay pipe… nThe old pipes that I dug down-to were loaded up with gravel and sand, and whatever connection had broken – which is why, after rains, the way water kept coming up in that location we thought there might be a spring or other water source.
Rain and anything wet like that has pretty much quit for this year, but about a week later, while looking around way over by the stone circle (that I had filled-in with a yard of rock) there was a weird fissure, a hole in the ground.So…my neighbor the plumbing contractor, has a buddy who’s an electrician and owns a business and the junk to do some subterranean detection. Initial “probes” with a long screwdriver indicate some metal clanking, and an electrical thing showed some voltage in the wires that are upstream – but whether it’s millivolts or bigger is the question. A guy is coming over with equipment to detect and terminate anything as needed.
It’s funny. Despite the societal ravages of the Chinese Party Virus, all the guys working up here in this blue-collar, mountain and forest county, are still busy driving around in Ford F-350’s and Chevy 2500’s fixing flatlander problems with their unique skills in concrete, asphalt, electric, plumbing and other issues – and still our virus-count is low.