|Posted by Oliver Lafferty on August 01, 1999 at 11:22:07:|
The below is a light-hearted posting to a newsgroup but the question is for real. I paste it in as follows:
"I'm sure I've come to the right place for answers to my questions and you folks will straighten me right
out. So here's the place where those really deep mysteries of life can be resolved? Well maybe,
but more likely here than the teenage clerk at the hardware store.
Unlike our urban counterparts we get our water from a well. It's a casing that goes down quite a few
feet. Never measured it but I think the pump is about forty feet down which rules out the deep aquifer
and for sure is what I call surface water. Looking at my neighbor's pond, it's down at least twelve feet
so I guess there's lots of reserve left because the irrigation pumps around here are drawing from the
deep aquifer and I don't think that even affects our surface aquifer. But to get to the heart of my
confusion. Our tank became waterlogged (again) and I said the h--- with it, I'll get a new one that don't
get waterlogged so easily. I did that and since we are now only two old folks I figured a 32 gallon
pressurized tank should be plenty.
The instructions for installation were hidden in the bottom of the crate and I never bother with
instructions anyway unless something doesn't work. I installed the tank and checked the pressure in it.
It had twenty nine pounds. Our pump comes on at twenty two. So I just turned on the switch and then
bled air out until the switch cut in and the thing pumped water up to about forty pounds. Then I bled a
couple more pounds for good measure and lo! Everything was "hunky dory". But here's what bothers
It's really humid around here and I can see the sweat on the outside of the tank that shows where the
water level is. It's only about a little less than one quarter way up the tank.
I don't think the manufacturer is out to fool me but I thought it should be more than that. Is this like
the little light in the refrigerator that's supposed to go out when we shut the door. Do we just take it on
faith that the tank really has the proper amount of water in it. Should I face the almost unheard of
possibility that I have done something stupid and not installed the thing correctly?
Having no big troubles to worry about, I worry about the little things so I went across the road to my
neighbor's place where he has four big (and I mean big) chicken houses with evaporation cooling units.
He has two big pressurized tanks fed by a deep well. I looked at the sweat marks on the outside of
them and darned if his tanks show only less than one quarter the way up.
Should I form a protest group for 'honesty in advertising' and call the manufacturer to accounts for
selling a thirty two gallon tank that doesn't come close, or can someone here clue me in on how much
air and how much water should be in a pressurized tank. Of course when they sold the thing, they just
said thirty two gallons but they didn't say thirty two gallons of what.
But seriously, is there any way to really tell when a tank is on it's way to being waterlogged and how
much water is supposed to be in the tank as opposed to air. I always listened to how often the pump
cycled when someone was drawing water but using that as a benchmark, 'the mule would have died
before I thought it should be fed'.
I'm sure I've come to the right place for answers to my questions and you folks will straighten me right
out. And oh! about that little light in the refrigerator...