In mid August I was in Tampa for a few weeks visiting my grandmother who has recently moved into a small house in Seminole Heights. Previous owners appear to have been enthusiastic (if misguided) DIYers, leaving a trail of poorly executed “home improvements” in their wake. However, the backyard takes the cake for DIY wackiness.
There are literally over a dozen 3/4" and 1/2" iron pipes sticking out of the ground, all different heights, often in groups of two or three. A number of the pipes end in hose bibs (currently dry), some are capped off, quite a few have gate valves installed. (There are also a lot of small grey and white plastic pipes.)
Since there’s an old well pump in the yard I assume all (or most) of these pipes were at one point used to carry water from this pump. But I’m mystified as to why anyone would need this many water pipes in a relative small backyard. For example, in one place there are three iron pipes right next to each other, each one with a hose bib (one actually has two hose bibs). Why on earth would three separate lines have been needed in one place? (Only two feet away from this is another iron pipe and two plastic ones.)
Anyone have any idea what is going on here? Plumbing fetish? Clandestine water park?