In a lot of places around the U.S. there’s a drought right now. And where I live it’s no different. Which sucks.
This is the biggest drought we’ve had in a long time and because of it, cities are restricting people’s water use. They aren’t allowing people to use their water whenever they want. This means that people can’t water their lawns, and people who live in suburbia love nothing more than their lawns to be bright and green.
So what have some people done? Some residents have found old pump wells on their property and decided to get them working. These are the kind of pump wells that you might find and think, “Wow, that rusty old thing used to actually pump water?”
To use most of these pumps, you have to manually pump them up and down until water comes up. Maybe you’ve seen them in old Western movies.
For homeowners to decide to use these pumps to get more water so they can water their lawns, they’ve got to get the pumps fixed. And that’s where I come in. And what do I know about water pumps? Jack squat, more or less.
Fortunately, most of the problems with the pumps not working is that their handles or shackles are broken (people never fixed them originally because they just abandoned them when city water became available). A handle or shackle is definitely something that I can fix.
For most of them, because they’re so old, I’ve had to fabricate handles and shackles on-site. Welding comes in pretty handy here, and like I said before, I get paid extra when I get called to jobs that involve welding.
It’s pretty rad that people are getting these old things working again and using them. Their lawns would definitely die otherwise. It’s so freaking hot and dry. It’s so hot that the pavement in a lot of places is actually buckling. You can see little piles of asphalt here and there where it’s buckled and crumbled!
People get inventive when times call for it, and I’m glad to be able to fix things so that people can keep being inventive.