Saturday, November 28, 2015

Going geothermal: Day Two. The big dig.

“I had no idea how deep six feet really was.”

Going geothermal: Day Two. The big dig.

This was the view from our dining room window this morning.
This was the view from our dining room window this morning.

“I had no idea how deep six feet really was.”

That’s the quote of the day from my husband, when we saw the trench. It’s three feet wide by six feet deep.

Up by the house, the guy doing the digging, Ben, ran into a lot of stones. Oof. It looked like slow going.

But now he’s down on the lower lawn, and that’s just soil.

He’s putting the topsoil to one side and the deeper soil to the other. That way, the topsoil will wind up back on the top.

This precision-digging is amazing.

The trench comes out of the house and down between two stone-walled gardens. Then it will split. Part will go along one side of the fenced-in vegetable garden. The other part will go along the top of the vegetable garden, then make a right and head downhill between the garden and our driveway, then take another right turn into a lower section of lawn.

Good news: He also dug a test hole in the lowest part of the route he’ll be taking through our yard, and it started filling with water almost immediately.

The wetter the better, we’re told, for heat transfer.


Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Our panel of experts, in partnership with My MilkCrate, will offer information on how to live sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint. We'll be featuring sustainable businesses, steering you toward green local events, and catching up with Philadelphians who we consider green-living gurus.

My MilkCrate is an innovative lifestyle tool -- available for free for iOS and Android -- which connects consumers to hundreds of local sustainable options in dining, shopping, transit, and more. The tool also allows you to seamlessly take sustainable action inside the app, discover nearby community events and eventually track your spending in the local economy. Follow them on social media @MYMILKCRATEAPP.

Sandy Bauers Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
Latest Health Videos
Also on
letter icon Newsletter