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Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave

By Cognitive Dissonance

 

It is the stuff of legends and lore dating back through all of recorded history, of sinking ships and sea monsters, of tall tales and tragic deaths. The problem was obvious; any credible witness to a rogue wave usually didn’t survive the rogue wave, thereby relegating the actual phenomenon to the looney tunes category by the so-called ‘experts’.

In an authoritarian culture only the authorities can declare something ‘real’ regardless of how much evidence has been previously offered. It took an actual ‘scientific’ measurement in the North Sea off Norway on New Year’s Day, 1995 aboard the Draupner platform to convince the scientists (aka the authorities) there really was such a thing as a rogue wave. Continue reading Rogue Wave

The Simple Pump – Part Three

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

The following is the third of three articles (this one by far is the longest) outlining the research, preparation and installation of the Simple Pump, a high quality mechanical pump used both in everyday applications such as a ranch, farm, off grid cabin or homestead as well as an efficient backup to an existing fresh water pumping system. These are long reads, not brief outlines, and apply only to our specific situation and location. Your experience can and will vary from ours.

I am using specific technical terms for parts and processes in this section which I do not always fully explain. Please revisit Part One and Two for a clearer understanding of the definitions and methods employed. Also, this was written with the novice in mind, which means I go to great lengths to explain many things a more experienced homeowner or professional already knows and takes for granted. Please be patient.

Part One can be found here.

Part Two can be found here.

In Part Two of this series I installed the Simple Pump modified Pitless adapter and the entire drop/discharge pipe and sucker rod bundle (15 sections in all) into the well casing. At that time I did not install the check valve assembly connecting the Simple Pump discharge to the line headed towards the house, preferring to check the Simple Pump for proper operation before doing so. Continue reading The Simple Pump – Part Three

Snowzilla 2016

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Cognitive Dissonance

Truth be told, Mrs. Cog and I were a bit excited as Snowzilla 2016 (winter storm Jonas) approached from the south. We were expecting snow totals of 18 to 24 inches...and possibly even more, along with winds of 40-60 MPH up here on the mountain.

While we got the wind (and are still getting it as of this writing, Sat morning 01-23-2016) the snow was essentially a no show. It started early Friday morning around 5 am, but by 1 pm had turned to sleet and stayed that way all day and into the night. Continue reading Snowzilla 2016

The Simple Pump – Part Two

The Simple Pump

Part Two

By

Cognitive Dissonance

 

The following is the second of three articles outlining the research, preparation and installation of the Simple Pump, a high quality mechanical pump used both in everyday applications such as a ranch, farm, off grid cabin or homestead as well as an efficient backup to an existing fresh water pumping system. These are long reads, not brief outlines, and apply only to our specific situation and location. Your experience can and will vary from ours.

Part One can be found here

Part Three can be found here.

 

When last I left you it was December of 2014 and I had prepared my existing well for the Simple Pump installation by pulling up all 300 feet of submersible pump and pipe, clearing any obstructions down to 160 feet, installing a Pitless adapter in the well casing to freeze-proof my regular fresh water supply and cut 25 feet off the bottom of the submersible discharge pipe to get the pump up and out of the silt at the bottom of the well. Continue reading The Simple Pump – Part Two