Water Distribution Valve Box

About the Photo Sequence
On January 4, 2015, I started a project to contain and protect the water well's distribution valves and pipes. This documents the construction of it.

Photo Details
This photo sequence contains 13 frames. Each frame is a finite 1280 pixels wide but height was left to its own based on the crop. I based the picture size on an email program's display window asuming that the picture would not be automatically resized to fit. This technique kept the file size down, ~425K making it easy to send and receive through email. All photos were taken with a Nikon D810.

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Water Distribution Valve Box

I was asked by my west neighbors to build a protective box around our water well's distribution valves. This should protect it a bit more from freezing in the winter. The valves were under an old blanket. Before I started, it looked like this:

I started by re-wraping the pipes where needed.

I had an idea in the mind, and started cutting the wood for the frame.

Can you picture the frame built yet?

Upside-down, but it's taking shape.

So far, so good! The box will be sitting on concrete. No need to bury the posts.

I painted the inside of the panels, then attached them to the frame. Yeah, I used left over plywood and particle board.

I cut and built the box lid. It needed a lip for the clasps.

I painted it with left over paint that's dark green like the water tank.

Then I placed it over the valves. I added a weather strip around the edges.

The next step is like my signature: Add something completely unnecessary but unique and useful. I added a "hood rod" to hold it up when reading the meters.

It works like a champ!

That looks better. The water well as a whole needs more beautification, maybe some day.