Water catchment: phase 4.75

18 07 2021

Sooner than I thought it would happen, Garth Nelson emailed me early in the morning last week and said he and Jim Cisco were coming out to install the gutter across the front of the catchment structure!

They beat me to the basin, and this was happening when I got there!

The propanel roof sheets are just halfway across, but with rain in this past week’s forecast – for later in the week at the time – Garth decided that it was a priority to get the gutter in place.

The ends of the pipes supporting the whole structure had to be cut a bit to make room for the gutter pieces, which were built/formed/constructed by a local business in Cortez. The guys did NOT bring that cool battery-powered band saw with which they were all completely in love, so Jim (pictured) and Garth had to make do with the ol’ sawzall. It worked; it just took longer (and went through a few blades).

Level says perfect!

Garth put a couple of beads of caulk between each new section of gutter.

Jim and Garth drilled holes at intervals in order to then run long screws to attach the gutters to the steel purlins.

And these little metal cylinders (held by Garth) acted as spacers to keep the gutters a uniform width.

They had to cut the ends of each of the steel pipes (four) to enable the gutter to be flush to the purlins.

And then with their great and amazing strength, they were able to break off the ends. πŸ™‚

In no time (it seemed to me), they were down (up!) to the last gutter piece!

When the gutter pieces were attached all along the front of the catchment, it was time to install the pipes from the gutter to the tanks. Holes had to be drilled above each tank to put the pieces in the gutter to attach the pipes.

A little vertical …

… and a little horizontal! (These pieces actually slope a bit. :))

And it looked like this! These are the first two tanks, piped. Jim is tightening the fitting in the bottom of the gutter.

Here are three of the four tanks piped, and you can see the valve-culvert lids in place.

Then … things got really exciting. Jim drove out to the basin in his weed-spraying rig, which has the 200-gallon water tank on it. When the gutter was in place and the pipes were installed, he pulled up alongside the eastern end of the structure and started pumping water up to the top of the roof.

And this happened:

And you know what I did: I bawled like a happy baby. πŸ™‚

Garth marked a few places that were leaking, to be recaulked.

Overall, it worked well, and I WISH that I could attach a recording of the SOUND of water trickling through the pipes and swirling into the tanks.

This all happened Monday, and early, early Wednesday morning, it rained. Again Wednesday night, it rained. πŸ™‚

Now, we just have to finish the installation of the propanel sheets across the rest of the roof, pipe the fourth tank and install the trough (I think). Our very big project is very nearly complete!



18 responses

18 07 2021

That is the best news, I am so glad for the guys working so hard and for you documenting the hard work being completed piece by piece!

20 07 2021

It has been amazing to see it all go up, piece by piece! πŸ™‚

18 07 2021
Carla Hawks

Very cool. Congratulations!

20 07 2021

It is very cool, indeed. We are so fortunate to have our BLM partners!

18 07 2021
Karen Schmiede

So glad for all the hard work by theBLM guys!

20 07 2021

I keep passing on the thanks; they appreciate it! πŸ™‚

18 07 2021

Sweet. Well Done by all involved.
Sweet,sweet water.
Congratulation and good timing!

20 07 2021

Thanks! πŸ™‚ The timing was wonderful! Already, the tanks sound a little less hollow!

18 07 2021
Barbara Stagg


20 07 2021

Exactly! πŸ™‚

18 07 2021
Sue E. Story

I LOVE these guys! And all their hard and impressive work. This new water catchment is just so cool. Thanks for documenting all of this, TJ!

20 07 2021

Excellently well said! πŸ™‚ It will be an incredible benefit to that part of the basin.

19 07 2021

I love getting to see the progress as the project goes forward. I can’t be there in person to see it but you give your readers the privilege of “being” there vicariously through your pictures.

20 07 2021

Thank you! That’s my goal, for sure!

19 07 2021

What a Godsend project for our mustangs. Many many thanks to y’all πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Sent from my iPhone


20 07 2021

Thanks, Karen. πŸ™‚

21 07 2021
Glenn Sackett

Thanks for the update. Nice photojournalism. If you have an iPhone your VoiceMemo app will make a good recording of the water flowing next time the opportunity presents itself.

25 07 2021

No iPhone, but I was a journalist for nearly 15 years. πŸ™‚

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