My flat has a patio that is associated with it, that has a surface area of a trucks container (seriously). This is very nice in the summer, but not really in the winter. The problem is that is below street level. And it doesn't have a pump.
After four months of seeing the water slowly creep up the walls I decided that it was finally time to do something about it. Doing something about it involved a bucket and a rope, and a lot of heavy lifting.
Now I realize that I could have gained mechanical advantage with a complex pulley system, but really I just wanted to get the water out.
Water is surprisingly heavy. I mean, when its in a glass in a more beer-y form I have no problem lifting 8-10 pints, but when those 8-10 pints are in one bucket and you have to lift 400,000 it gets pretty depressing pretty quickly.
Oh, that was the other problem. It was cold outside. Really, really cold. We got the water level down to about half an inch and then the bucket broke. It basically got too cold and became brittle and cracked. This means I have more to do tonight.
On second thoughts, maybe I should have used a complex pulley system.
On the good side we put up our Christmas tree and it looks lovely.