This is from “Over The Farmer’s Gate” by Roger Evans. It did make me laugh..
Imagine a couple of “weekenders” who have bought a house in the countryside, the house has a septic tank situated down the field and has a pipe running back to the house. The pipe gets blocked, drain rods won’t clear the pipe and toilet arrangements have become difficult.
So they ask a local farmer for help who quotes a high price, but they agree in order to solve the problem. The farmer, using his mini digger can’t find the cause of the problem, so calls in a friend with his slurry tanker. He asks him to fill the tanker with water to see if they can “ease” the blockage. Slurry tankers usually fill by vacuum, so what can suck can blow.
They took 1500 gallons of water and fitted the pipe to the blocked pipe by the septic tank. The plan was for the farmer to go to the bathroom in the house and his friend to send some water up the pipe, as soon as there was some clearance the farmer would phone his friend on his mobile phone to tell him to stop.
The first visible clearance of liquid came up through the toilet so fast that it hit the ceiling, the farmer tried to phone his friend but couldn’t get a signal! So he put the toilet seat down and stood on it, only to be thrown across the bathroom. He ran outside, but not before 1500 gallons of dirty water had gone right through the house. But to be fair, they had cleared the blockage!
Over The Farmer’s Gate by Roger Evans a collection of thoughts and tales from a popular English Dairy Farmer.