Its not totally trivial, but its not rocket science.
Basically, it is just a fiberglass egg. What is crucial is that it gets
put at the right level, stays there, and does not get cracked.
The steps to this are basically
(i) work out where its going, and get pipe falls sorted etc.
(ii) dig pipe trenches and an egg sized hole in the ground.
(iii) bed the egg on shingle to equalise pressures.
(iv) Connect up pipes whilst you still can. They need bedding on and
being covered by, shingle, too.
(v) fill teh egg with a hose so its not going anywhere.
(vi) stick sloppy concrete down the sides of your (hopefully oversize)
hole to lock the egg into the ground. If you failed to do (v) it will at
this point float upwards out of the hole
(vii) finish top edges with nice mortar mix, o whatever, and check lid
(viii) Wire up electrics as per instruictions.
(ix) celebreate with a giant dump
(x) plant shrubs to hide the bloody thing. (one neighhbour has theirs in
teh middle of a flower bed totally surrounded by shrubs(.
They work exactly as it says on the can. No smell, need emptying
occasionally, but otherwise fit and forget.
(v) lay cable (armored) to where it needs to go.
Is the installation procedure referred to as "klargesting" - i.e. the
verb ' to klargest'? It's such a descriptive word - sort of a
modification of 'digesting'.
WHat is the electricity for? Does it have something to stir the shit
round with or some kind of spraybar or aeration arrangement?
To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
Never heard of a septic tank needing electricity before either,
however, Klargester make a sewage treatment plant called a Biodisc
which does need power. A series of large discs half submerged in the
partially treated effluent that rotate very slowly. Presumably the
idea is to aerate the mixture.
They claim that the effluent from this is clean enough to discharge
directly into a watercourse.
On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 13:34:19 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
There is a primary settlement stage which works like a conventional
septic tank, then the areation stage which is the discs, then a final
settlement tank. The Biodisc is a good plant, I've installed a few,
but there are alternatives from other manufacturers; the WPL Diamond
works slightly differently and has certain advantages: www.wpl.ltd.uk
Provided the watercourse is suitable; you need permission from EA
(SEPA in Scotland), who will tell you how good the effluent has to be
for your particular situation. Almost anything is acheivable in this
respect, but the cleaner it gets, the more expensive.
(Yes, this is what I do for a living)
On 8 Jan 2004 22:07:34 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Huge) wrote:
Motor's got damp / stuck.
Amazing number of them are used as septic tanks, until something goes
wrong. If it really is a Klargester package plant, not just a septic
tank with a wire in it, he's right, you should probably fix it.
If the discharge is to a watercourse, discharging septic tank effluent
is illegal, and if it discharges to a soakaway, the usual reason for
fitting a plant rather than a septic tank is that the soakaway is too
small given the soil permeability to take septic tank effluent in the
long term, so if you keep using it as a septic tank, your soakaway may
choke up. This is a Bad Thing, believe me.
This was just a info gathering post to see what was involved. I expect I can
do the job for under 5K including a 7500l tank, man+jcb, drains and numerous
tones of pea shingle! The alternative is my employers "builders" who would
probably be looking top-side of 10-15K. So it looks like a job that can be
sort of DIY'd with a bit of help and some digging kit.
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