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Talking Crap [May. 28th, 2017|10:57 am]
Tony Grist
I don't really know how our drains work and neither did the man from Dynarod. He took up some covers and poked about a bit and concluded that it wasn't a blockage we were suffering from but an overflowing cess pit. The cess pit shouldn't be full. It gets emptied once a year and it's only six months since the last visitation- but there it is. We called the cesspit people and they'll be sending the man and his machine out on Tuesday.

The Dynarod man had a long secret chat with his boss and then came and told me there wouldn't be a charge because he'd not really done anything. He had "Michelle" tattooed on his shoulder. Michelle, cherish your man: he's a diamond.

All the above had me thinking about the joys of a compost toilet- such as Matt and Julia have at their place in the woods. It must make life so much simpler.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2017-05-28 02:02 pm (UTC)
Compost toilets have a completely different set of issues! But they will extend the life of your leachate field, and reduce your water costs. They are very popular over here for that reason for when you go cottaging.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-28 04:27 pm (UTC)
I like to think I'd be able to manage the upkeep of a compost toilet- whereas drains defeat me.

My father used to see to the drains here- and even had his own set of rods- but then he was an engineer.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-05-28 02:09 pm (UTC)

I don't know much about what they call septic tanks in the US though friends who have that system tell me that once every two years is how often they need to be pumped out. 6 months makes me wonder how well they did yours the last time or whether there are other issues between the toilet and the tank. Composting toilets have other problems. A friend of mine who lives in the woods in the hills of Arkansas got rid of hers and uses a chemical toilet system now.



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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-28 04:29 pm (UTC)
There may well be issues between toilet and tank but I think we need to shift what's in the tank before we can look at fixing them. At least, that's what the Dynarod man said.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-05-28 03:17 pm (UTC)
we've got to do something
ours fills from underneath
when the water table is high
there;s no room for anything to go.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-28 04:29 pm (UTC)
Now that is a problem!
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-05-28 04:57 pm (UTC)
another reason to not host parties
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-05-29 03:12 am (UTC)
I must say... I love my cesspit! Mine is the type where solids and other sediment is contained in the pit, and liquid drains out into the surrounding fields. It has really given me a very real connection to the landscape that my water comes from a well in my garden and drains out into the fields - and presumably eventually ends up in my taps again some time later.

There's something pleasant about that cyclical concept.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-29 08:14 am (UTC)
Our cesspit works on the same principle. At least, I think it does. My mother would know- or, rather, would once have known...
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