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Forum: Conservation 02-26-11, 10:14 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Okee Dokeee. Here's some photos. Here's...

Okee Dokeee.
Here's some photos.

Here's the pile of parts I bought at the store. I pretty much built my project in the store isle to make sure I had all the right parts and adapters.
...
Forum: Conservation 02-26-11, 06:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
If you aren't watering plants with your...

If you aren't watering plants with your greywater, no need to remove phosphates! (The toilet doesn't care about phosphates!)

I'm doing a little more work on my system. I was having trouble with my...
Forum: Conservation 08-27-10, 09:07 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Not a bad idea, in that it would be the right...

Not a bad idea, in that it would be the right shape.

The tub I am using right now holds 50 gallons and I can see how much water I have just by looking down into it.

I would imagine that a new...
Forum: Conservation 04-03-10, 11:17 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
To add a little more info on what I did to make a...

To add a little more info on what I did to make a filter.....

http://gallery.me.com/benhdvideoguy/102046/DSC_3563.jpg?derivative=medium&source=web.jpg&type=medium&ver=12703098890001

First, I...
Forum: Conservation 04-02-10, 06:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I now have a constructed wetland in my laundry...

I now have a constructed wetland in my laundry room!

YouTube - Laundry washer to plant tub filtration (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prL0VUlBxmc)
Forum: Conservation 04-02-10, 09:07 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Hey Guys. I never really did much with that...

Hey Guys. I never really did much with that 5-gallon bucket filter. It was just an odd shape, and not quite big enough. Instead, I have decided to build a similar filter system in my laundry tub....
Forum: Conservation 02-15-10, 10:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Gal-dern-it. I really have myself worked up...

Gal-dern-it.

I really have myself worked up over this whole water thing.

I had to go out to the home-improvement store today anyways, so I looked through shower heads while I was there.

They...
Forum: Conservation 02-15-10, 10:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I had the holding tank emptied today. I left...

I had the holding tank emptied today.

I left the tank alarm on "Silent" from last time it was emptied. The other day, I was thinking it's been a while since the last time. I looked on the holding...
Forum: Conservation 12-08-09, 03:13 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
It is set up so that the big rocks can't go thru...

It is set up so that the big rocks can't go thru the hose at the bottom, but sand would if it was on the bottom.

The rocks don't filter anything, they just hold up the other materials, and allow a...
Forum: Conservation 12-08-09, 02:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Had the holding tank emptied today. That's 55...

Had the holding tank emptied today.
That's 55 days since the last time.
Forum: Conservation 10-12-09, 08:21 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
9.5 weeks of water!

My holding tank alarm went off yesterday.

It's a new record of just over nine and a half weeks since the last time the holding tank was emptied.

I think the first time it had to be emptied...
Forum: Conservation 08-01-09, 09:47 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I think that bulk materials at the landscapers...

I think that bulk materials at the landscapers are $5 per 5-gallon bucket of materials.

5-gallon buckets can usually be bought a rummage sales for a dollar or two each. I have no idea what the...
Forum: Conservation 07-31-09, 07:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
UPGRADE: Added Home-brew Sand Filter System

I have still had a few concerns about filtering on my system.

Yes, a toilet is designed to have big things go down the drain, but the pump and the toilet water valve aren't.

The last load of...
Forum: Conservation 07-29-09, 09:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
The last two times the holding tank was pumped...

The last two times the holding tank was pumped was May 5th and June 23rd, 2009.

That's 49 days between emptying the tank.

Also, I did NOT have the greywater system hooked up the whole time....
Forum: Conservation 07-28-09, 06:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I am now going away from using the waterbed...

I am now going away from using the waterbed mattress.

The mattress is out of the way, but that means that it is harder to pay attention to, so I can make sure everything is working right.

Also,...
Forum: Conservation 05-08-09, 09:27 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I bled the air from the system. I laid on...

I bled the air from the system.

I laid on top of the waterbed mattress and opened the valve on one of the "spare" connections on the manifold.

Air came whistling out. When it stopped and I had...
Forum: Conservation 05-08-09, 06:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I now have a waterbed in my crawlspace! Ok -...

I now have a waterbed in my crawlspace!

Ok - just the bag, not the whole frame. I didn't see any good reason to shove the whole frame down there.

I got a garden hose "T" which includes 4...
Forum: Conservation 05-07-09, 04:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Anyone have any suggestions for how I can fill...

Anyone have any suggestions for how I can fill and drain BOTH through the same hole?

If I can just have one hose permanently connected to the waterbed mattress, then it acts as a "bladder" with no...
Forum: Conservation 05-07-09, 04:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I put the waterbed together. ...

I put the waterbed together.

http://gallery.me.com/benhdvideoguy/101343/DSC_0843/web.jpg?ver=12417283330001

The top of the side rails of the bed is 18".

The distance from my crawlspace...
Forum: Conservation 05-07-09, 01:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I got a couple of the books by Art Ludwig. They...

I got a couple of the books by Art Ludwig. They are sort of oversized magazine-style publications.

I did see that a lot of the information was repeated from one book to another. I was only paging...
Forum: Conservation 04-30-09, 05:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I just checked my calendar, and it looks like the...

I just checked my calendar, and it looks like the last time I had the holding tank emptied was two weeks before I started this project.

For two of the seven weeks that I have been filling my tank,...
Forum: Conservation 04-30-09, 01:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
Just guessing, I think the 5-gallon bucket may...

Just guessing, I think the 5-gallon bucket may not be big enough for the filter/overflow, but I think I will still start there for experimenting at least.

6" below my frost line is the water...
Forum: Conservation 04-30-09, 10:59 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
They are great for new construction, but not for...

They are great for new construction, but not for my situation. I would need to do a lots of retro-fit plumbing work, I already have drainage issues on my property, my house is already practically on...
Forum: Conservation 04-10-09, 09:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
The lint sock on the output of the washer seems...

The lint sock on the output of the washer seems to help.

It does not good on the intake garden hose, because It just gets sucked in and gunked up, so I took that one off.

Overall, the system...
Forum: Conservation 04-01-09, 09:11 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 49,938
Posted By bennelson
I added a "lint-sock" to both the discharge hose...

I added a "lint-sock" to both the discharge hose of the washing machine AND the garden hose intake to the pump.

By no means has the lint been a problem at all so far, but I figure that if I can...
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