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Homemade septic
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rusty    Posted 11-11-2004 at 14:04:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am going to put a cabin in the hills and was wondering if anyone has made a septic system, i have read alot about 55 gallon drums with holes in it.. any input?

clyde    Posted 11-13-2004 at 04:17:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
you might look into a composting toilet..i call them hippy toilet,.

big al    Posted 11-12-2004 at 04:32:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

deadcarp    Posted 11-11-2004 at 16:33:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
do a bit of research first -how many people will use it how often for how long, that kinda stuff. then look at a proper septic tank & drain field, decide how much you don't need and try to shave everything to fit. suzn's cabin has had the same outhouse for 40 years. it's a metal drum inside a concrete sleeve and gets a dose of quick lime when in use and a flush & pump cleaning every spring. not much mess, no flies or stink. we bathe in the lake.

Burrhead    Posted 11-11-2004 at 15:42:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've seen several folks try them at deer camps and none worked very good or very long.

If you use steel drums they rot away pretty quick and if you use the plastic drums they collapse.

No matter which one you use they still need some field line or a water run off line as they will not perk the water quick enough through just holes in the sides.

Les    Posted 11-11-2004 at 14:45:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like j said.
I made do with a '46 Plymouth for many years. Couldn't afford a 55 gallon drum.

j    Posted 11-11-2004 at 14:40:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
If your soil is sandy that might work.
If it is heavy/clay soil, the liquid won't leach away quick enough.

You'll have to do a percolation test.
Dig a hole and fill with water and check to see how fast it seeps away.

You may check into codes. Obviously, this is not a proper method.

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