Springtime Ritual #1 – Upstream Edition, Finis*

The end was definitely in sight.  All I needed to do was make the fitted lid with two layers of screen, window screen supported by 1/4″ hardware cloth and haul it the 350 yards to the weir dam.  Somehow I have misplaced the camera with most of the lid-making images.

It was very satisfying to see the unit all together, ready to get to work.  The only hard part of the project, really, was hauling it up the hill.  It is very awkward and though not especially heavy, it was not a feather weight either.  I actually strained a tendon in my left hand rasslin’ it up the hill but that is recuperating nicely.

Once I got it up to the top I had to spend some time re-configuring the creek bed since the new box is so different from the old Rubbermaid tub.  But when it went in place with a solid WHUMP! as it filled with almost 100 pounds of water I knew the this was just right.  To make sure it would stay put from either a rushing thunderstorm torrent or a rummaging bear I filled it with several hundred pounds of rocks.

The connection to the pipeline was a slip-fit gasket inside the shower drain fixture so I hooked it up and we were off to the races.

*Now all I have to do is make a new metal chute and it’s done.