Getting the cabin set up for the season

We finally made it to the cabin.
Earlier this year, the International Joint Commission had expressed concern that flooding on Rainy Lake might occur with the record snow fall through the winter and heavy rains last October, but we were able to pull right up to our dock. The lake was higher than we expected.
There had been reports that Rainy Lake was much lower than appeared normal to many cabin owners at this time of year. In many a previous year, we often found that through the early part of May, a great part of the first part of our first dock was out of water.
It might be that arriving at the cabin on May 11, the water has had more than adequate time for runoff and the inlet streams from north and east of Atikokan and south through Namakan are just beginning to flow and fill the water basins.
One still must adhere to the normal lake channels.
Saturday was a warm dry day, the wind blowing from the south.
Our cabin is on the north side of the island and we were well out of the wind. The sun beat down and we lounged on the deck after getting the water running.
Sometimes the smallest leak in the pumping system can be the most frustrating problem to overcome in getting the pump to push water to the cabin system.
All the hookups went well, but the pump just couldn’t seem to get started.
My brother-in-law and I struggled. He and his wife went so far as to put the canoe in the water, paddle to the pipe and then pulled the pipe up out of the lake to make sure the foot valve was working. The valve was working.
It was only sitting next to the pump and contemplating our next move that we noticed drip by slow drip coming from a joint.
It only took a quarter of a turn with a pipe wrench and the leak stopped.
The pump was primed again with about an ounce or two of water.
The switch was thrown and immediately we heard the swoosh of water that the pump was sending to the cabin.
It would be great to say everything else went well. New filtres were installed and they worked. All the connections for showers and sinks worked.
But the electric hot water tank refused to warm any water. That will be next weekend’s project: to determine whether it is just an element that won’t work or a new tank is needed.

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