Day Two — Tile Line Repair and Replacement —- Monday, March 9, 2020

Day Two started with finding where the tile line crossed under the fence and into the yard

When the Tile Line was first laid (many, many, many years ago) there was a marker placed near the fence line…..that is where the backhoe started digging.

Bingo!  Right on!

Then it was time for the boring machine.  Water was pumped through the drill pipes causing the old tile to be reamed out—all dirt, roots, broken tiles, and tree roots cut and moved out the way

It was fascinating to watch and to feel it move way deep underground. (You can see the puddle of water, which was left as the first drill pipe headed into the tile line.

We chose the boring machine route, to save digging up the lawn, thereby saving all the old trees, bushes, and the fences.

The Orange marks are showing the way the boring machine is moving.  Pretty cool.

It took lots of time, in a slow and steady fashion, but THERE IT IS!  It came through perfectly

Then it was time to move into the goat pen to create a new straight ditch

We had to have him dig out the old waste ditch and create a new straight ditch for the new pipe we were going to be installing.

Now back to the tile line and the boring head.  The smaller reaming head had to be changed for the

Larger reaming head, with larger holes for jetting the water and the capability to pull the new pipe through.

Remember the old tile line pipe was crumbled and broken requiring this very necessary and expensive repair and replacement.

Here is a closer look at the smaller head

The worker changing out the smaller head to the larger head.

Once the heads were changed it was time to pull the larger head BACK through the smaller hole to make the tunnel large enough for the pipe to go through.

Slowly, slowly it was pulled back all the way under the lawn, clear to the beginning.

Then it was sent back through, cleaning and clearing the way, so the pipe would slide through easily.

Well, wouldn’t you know?  There was an old culvert being used as part of the tile line somewhere under the lawn or the road. Out it came with all the metal twisted upon the head.

By this time it was late afternoon and everyone was tired.  The idea of removing that old culvert, getting the new pipe ready, and starting the pull was going to wait until tomorrow.

Stay tuned for the really interesting next day…the PIPE!

See you tomorrow!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,





12 thoughts on “Day Two — Tile Line Repair and Replacement —- Monday, March 9, 2020

  1. Your description/analysis of the work does you credit.
    It sure is “Hard Yakka” in Aussie terminology.
    Congrats to you all.


  2. It’s very interesting how you are having to do your water pipes! I do understand the cost of getting water to our crops. Had huge repair bills 1 1/2 years ago to fix wells, casings, etc. I average 4-5 wells per farm to irrigate our crops. The hazards of farming are all worth while, though.



  3. So cool! What a process!
    Did you ever find any notes around that indicated how long it took to lay the original tiles… bet it was a while.
    Thanks for sharing!


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