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February 23, 2016

The "Geyser of Excrement" Saga Continues....

Sippican Cottage: Interestingly, 'Loo Lagoon' Is the Name of My Linda Ronstadt Tribute Band. But I Digress
You've been told that lo-flow toilets, miserly sink faucets, and water-rationing showerheads will cut your water usage bigtime. They won't
Your clothes washer dumps between 30 and 50 gallons of water down the drain. Our clothes washer was currently running. A gallon of water weighs about 7 pounds. Fifty gallons of water weighs about 350 pounds. Tree-fitty pounds of pressure in a pipe that's not supposed to have any pressure can result in deleterious effects on your plan to move excrement outside your house expeditiously.
Turn off the clothes washer, dear. Geyser goes to sleep for the night
OK, so we've stopped the bleeding. Now we have to cauterize the wound. We've got a sheared off plastic knuckle glued in a rusty cast iron knuckle jammed into another cast iron knuckle that's buried in a concrete floor. At 10 at night on Sunday in the middle of nowhere. What to do?

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 23, 2016 1:20 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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His science is all wrong.
Supply lines are under pressure (that's how water gets up to your 2nd floor bathroom) but waste lines are not, they are gravity *powered* and all of them run downhill to their final destination.

And a gallon weighs about 8.5 lbs.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2016 6:17 PM

Uh ghost, I've dealt with quite a few sewage lift stations in my time. Sewage pumped uphill until it can be dumped into a downstream gravity line. Sometimes for quite a distance. (Not that this has anything to do with Sip's little yarn.)

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 24, 2016 7:13 AM

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