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2010/05/21 22:26:56 (permalink)

Found a really old foundation today and a cistern

I'm almost sure it is a brick lined cistern.  bricks are really really old and the foundation of the old house is all flat stones.  Found out about this place from a couple locals and they insist the foundation is about 200 yrs old and it burned down 30 yrs ago.  I really want to search for privies, and probe the cistern but need help and I do not have a probe.  I may go back tm to take pictures.  close to the house is a hillside dump, but with mostly young stuff and the woods is so freakin overgrown right now.  Wish I found this site earlier to work on.  There could be some older stuff underneath, but not too likely as it is shallow.  I have a feeling there could be good privies here and some stuff in the cistern.  Anyone have experience with cistern/well digging.  Don't they go pretty deep?  are they worth it?


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    JOETHECROW
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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/21 22:31:01 (permalink)
    I've heard both sides (yes and no) but have never dug one myself....                                        Joe

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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/21 22:48:43 (permalink)
    DIG THEM

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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/22 02:21:58 (permalink)
    early cisterns are not typically very deep around here.

    Wells arent worth digging unless they were abanded early on. They tend to be deep and dangerous.

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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/22 07:37:46 (permalink)
    I agree with Matt.....wells can be very dangerous.
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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/22 08:12:09 (permalink)
    Has anyone had experience going down into an old well? I have access to two, one which dates to 1900, the other is earlier.

    I have an A-frame, an electric wench, a pump, and a methane-ometer.

    My bottle fever has yet to override my safety concerns. And I have not been able to devise a 40-50 foot grasping or digging tool.

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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/22 09:52:42 (permalink)
    electric wench


    Where can I get one of those??

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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/22 10:20:55 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: GuntherHess

    electric wench


    Where can I get one of those??



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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/22 16:39:34 (permalink)
    I've heard some cisterns go up to 30 feet deep around here, as for wells i have no idea.
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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/23 19:00:09 (permalink)
    KB, you never stop. Watch out for snakes.
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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/23 19:11:42 (permalink)
    I have always wanted to make some kind of giant mario fire flower looking well dredge thingy to tryy and snag some old coins something with jaws and a pulley?  heres to wishing

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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/23 22:44:44 (permalink)
    Whatever that thing is, I'd like to have one too. And somebody Had to mention snakes!
    ORIGINAL: Just Dig it

    I have always wanted to make some kind of giant mario fire flower looking well dredge thingy to tryy and snag some old coins something with jaws and a pulley?  heres to wishing


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    RE: Found a really old foundation today and a cistern 2010/05/25 10:40:41 (permalink)
    I found a what I think is a brick lined cistern to...and and old foundation to of course...I have some pics of it...it didn't really look very deep but who knows maybe i should take the time to go back and explore it I guess!!!  

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