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Comments on Puzzle #30011: What's in my backyard...Teresa's challenge.
By Aldege Cholette (Aldege)

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#1: Teresa K (fasstar) on Jul 14, 2017

I'm not sure, but i'll bet it has something to do with one of the boys getting in trouble.

A laser device? A drone? A remote control?

I can't wait to hear all about it.
#2: Norma Dee (norm0908) on Jul 14, 2017
Is is whatever it was that messed up your washing machine?
#3: Norma Dee (norm0908) on Jul 14, 2017
Teresa, I see a small tornado touched down near Marana. (Which is not far from Tucson)
Update. Not really a tornado. Just a large dust devil.
#4: Al LaPointe (kancamagus) on Jul 14, 2017
Looks like a cheese grater to me! I can see five days of grief from cutting the cheese...
#5: Lollipop (lollipop) on Jul 15, 2017
Reminds me of a tulip bulb planter, but I'm with Norma and I can't put a bulb planter together with a washing machine and come up with anything that remotely connects the two.
#6: Tom O'Connell (sensei69) on Jul 15, 2017
cool solve
#7: Aldege Cholette (Aldege) on Jul 15, 2017
Thx Sensei buddy. :)

That is funny Al. :)

Good guesses girls but none are correct and no it was not the same thing that caused me weeks of grief having to wash my clothes by hand. This is the kind of sw#t that happens to you when your a city boy who thinks he can live in the country.
I woke up one morning to hear my water pump running non stop but no water was to be forthcoming. We went 5 days with no water before I could learn enough about what the problem was.
Try to imagine if you can what it is like to go without water for 5 days. I will make puzzles to explain the process we went thru to solve our problem.
In the meantime I will tell you that this is a foot valve. A small device that is inexpensive yet critical to your survival living in the country. Stay tuned everyone to another of Aldège's adventures. :)
#8: JoDeen Mozena (ozymoe) on Jul 15, 2017 [SPOILER]
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#9: Teresa K (fasstar) on Jul 15, 2017
Oh no! Thank goodness for bottled water, right? But I bet things got a little stinky around there after a few days. Poor Aldege. Well, I'm glad none of the kids got in trouble. Of course, over a period of 5 days, I'm sure someone got into trouble for something. :-)
#10: Norma Dee (norm0908) on Jul 15, 2017
When I was growing up my parents had a hardware store and when we got old enough to be useful we would work there during the summers to earn school money. Not having computers back then, we did everything by hand. One summer I was given the job of typing invoices. In the hardware business there are many items with strange and unusual names and, though shy, learned to deal with such things as nipples, male and female connectors, mill bastard files and so on. So reading from the hand written sales slip I dutifully billed one customer for 1 Toot Valve. It was later that I learned that the clerk, who wrote up his sales slips in a very nice cursive, had forgotten the cross bar which would have turned the "T" into an "F".
#11: Aldege Cholette (Aldege) on Jul 15, 2017
Thx JoDeen. :)

Yes Teresa,but it turns out bottled water doesn't look so appealing after it's boiled. :)

That's a funny story Norma. So you are familiar with a foot valve. Do you know what it is for? :)
#12: Richard Coderre (chiefsox) on Jul 15, 2017
flyswatter
#13: Norma Dee (norm0908) on Jul 15, 2017
A foot valve has something to do with controlling the flow of water and filtering out debris.
#14: Aldege Cholette (Aldege) on Jul 15, 2017
Correct Norma and a faulty foot valve will prevent you from getting water from your well. :)
#15: Aldege Cholette (Aldege) on Jul 15, 2017
Nope sorry Richard,that's not it. :)
#16: Teresa K (fasstar) on Jul 15, 2017
Toot Valve? Hahahaha. Thanks for the story, Norma.
#17: Norma Dee (norm0908) on Jul 15, 2017
You are welcome, Teresa.
#18: Kristen Coolman (kristen) on Jul 16, 2017 [SPOILER]
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#19: John Macdonald (perlwolf) on Nov 14, 2017
A foot valve goes on the end of the hose that is in the water. When the pump is running, it lets water pass through without interference. Then, when the pump stops running, the water in the hose would normally just run back into the well sucking air from the other end of the hose. The foot valve has a stopper that falls back into the opening and blocks it, keeping the water in the line. Water pumps don't work well if air gets into the line - they spin without creating enough pressure to draw water into the pipe. That spinning is at a much higher speed than it can ever attain when it is pulling water - after a while the pump overheats and fails. The foot valve is fairly inexpensive, but replacing a burnt out motor is much more painful to the wallet.
#20: Greggo (Greggo) on Nov 28, 2017
Good puzzle, and thanks for the info about the foot valve.

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