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by Ralph
Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Bioshelter
Topic: Rain water diverter valves
Replies: 2
Views: 7884

Gutters are up

Okay, the gutter guy installed shiny black 6-inch gutters on one of the barns yesterday. I have three downspouts on each side which I'll run into a collector and then into a 1500 gallon poly tank, one tank for each side of the building. Per Bob's suggestion, I'll plumb the two tanks to a standard pu...
by Ralph
Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:25 pm
Forum: Bioshelter
Topic: Rain water diverter valves
Replies: 2
Views: 7884

Rain water diverter valves

A friend of mine here in Deer Lodge used Australian diverter valves on the house he built last year. They are 4-inch equivalents, and he had trouble making plumbing connections between metric and standard pipe sizes. I need 6-inch diverters to use on my barn. Flo-True <http://www.flotrue.com/page/pa...
by Ralph
Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:13 pm
Forum: Biofilter
Topic: My future wetland
Replies: 10
Views: 17006

Bob- Do you have a copy of Ecological Engineering for Wastewater Treatment ? It only costs $110, so it is within the grasp of the tax category"continuing education". If you had a 2' deep pond, how thick might the ice get on it during a worst-case winter cold snap? If it were fed with 100 gal/day of ...
by Ralph
Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:15 am
Forum: Anaerobic Digester
Topic: Plug flow digester
Replies: 18
Views: 18285

In the plug flow digester, what forces the digested waste (fuel) out the end of the digester? The link contains a picture of solids sort of oozing up and out of one end of the bag. Seems to me that the solids would accumulate near the feed end, with only low solids slurry weeping out the opposite en...
by Ralph
Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:44 am
Forum: Anaerobic Digester
Topic: Plug flow digester
Replies: 18
Views: 18285

Hi Bongo. Are you planning to use the cattle manure to power the biogas generator? If so, how will you collect the manure? Are you planning to use a concrete feeding pad or confine the cattle to a loafing shed? Is this housing situation something you'll use only in the winter, or year around? I'm cu...
by Ralph
Wed Jan 07, 2004 7:25 am
Forum: Biofilter
Topic: My future wetland
Replies: 10
Views: 17006

Bob- Thats a nice summary of your water recycling system. Makes it easy to understand. Laurel has tried to describe it to us, and I read your article describing it. For some reason, it reminds me of Frank Herbert's book Dune . The plants used by you to do water remediation in your greywater treatmen...
by Ralph
Mon Jan 05, 2004 8:24 am
Forum: Biofilter
Topic: My future wetland
Replies: 10
Views: 17006

Well, no, the primary goal of the wetland is domestic greywater treatment, not treating field runoff. The greywater will need to be suitable for watering livestock and other "watery" uses. A 100 s.f. treatment area would be great. As far as placement, it needs to be out of the way so I don't trip ov...
by Ralph
Fri Jan 02, 2004 12:49 pm
Forum: Biofilter
Topic: My future wetland
Replies: 10
Views: 17006

In my plan, I would size the wetland optimally for the high end of influent expected. If I base the design on this domestic production volume, it will not be adequate for the potential (and frequent) runoff from the fields. I don't want to flush "unfinished" material into the pond because the pond i...
by Ralph
Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: Biofilter
Topic: My future wetland
Replies: 10
Views: 17006

My future wetland

Happy New Year. New year, old house. The iron pipe which drains the sinks/shower to the septic tank is pretty well shot. Certain fixtures in my house have, a-hem, "modified" greywater plumbing. So, given the antiquity of my house and the ample surroundings, I'd like to construct a wetland greywater ...