Construction, House and Acreage Restoration

We’ve Got Gas.

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Tyler desperately wanted me to title this post “I’ve Got Gas.” What a romantic.

The Pedersen Homestead is nothing if not the kind of place that wrecks hearts and spirits on certain days. And finally, it broke someone else’s spirit. Black Hills Energy.

Little flags of different colors cover our acreage so that nothing was hit during the gas company's trenching process.
Little flags of different colors cover our acreage so that nothing was hit during the gas company’s trenching process.

Let me take you back.

Before our lovely land and home was even purchased, I put a call into the gas company, Black Hills Energy. The house was previously run on propane and we wanted to see if there was anyway we could tie into natural gas. The answer was an astounding yes. Of course we could tie into the gas line across the street from our home.

But….it’s gonna cost a pretty penny.

The cost wasn’t horrific, considering we’d have to buy a whole propane tank and fill it if we didn’t have natural gas run to the house. And over the long run, it would certainly be less expensive than propane. Just more money upfront.

So, we scheduled the gas man to come out and get things started in May.

A mess in the yard where the gas company crew was working.
A mess in the yard where the gas company crew was working.

They are almost finished. It’s the first week in October.

Gas Hose sitting out after attempt #1.
Gas Hose sitting out after attempt #1.

The gas man surveyed the area and said they could probably have a line run (after they have everything ready) in less than a day. They do this thing all the time, dig trenches and hook people up to the gas line, they brought in the heavy equipment, they did this type of thing all the time.

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The line work happening across the street from our gravel road.
Attempted trench in action with the hose that wasn't quite there….
Attempted trench in action with the hose that wasn’t quite there….

Ha. Our homestead proved them wrong.

They could not get the gas line trenched and run in a day. They could not get the gas line trenched and run in one week. No, just as everything else that happens with this house, it took time. We are approaching the end of the second week of gas work and it’s almost ready.

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The area of the property next to the gravel road that was causing all the trouble. You can sort of see the pit in back of the picture where they kept getting stuck.
More equipment the crew brought in after a week.
More equipment the crew brought in after a week.

“I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t adequately predict the troubles with this property.” Said Tyler with a sly smile as we surveyed the damage after the first day of trial and error on the part of the the gas company.

The gas hook-up, not quite ready for use.
The gas hook-up, not quite ready for use.

You know what T? Me too. Me too.

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