Had our septic system inspection done for building the new house, the system failed. So we had to get a perc test done to see if we could get a new septic system. We do qualify for a sand mound septic system, at this time we are in the design stage. Things were looking pretty bad for awhile. We were told we’d possibly have to get holding tanks or a small stream discharge system, both very expensive in the end. The small stream discharge system also needs state DEP approval which can take a year or more. It also requires more inspections, paper work needs to be submitted regularly, chemical treatment of discharge, and regular testing of what’s being discharged.
So I got an IBC to hold the water for the perc test.
Took about 15 hours to fill from the well.
Now to the rainwater harvesting part.
After the perc test was finished, moved the IBC up to the pole barn. This is where the first version of the system is going to be set up. Version one is mainly for testing and is also used to clean equipment. Ordered from Amazon (couldn’t find anything local) –
Finished plywood by entry door. Insulated and put wood casing trim around entry door.
Haven’t decided yet what I’ll be doing with the rest of the walls as far as wall covering. Or about insulating the ceiling or roof area. This bay will get a second layer of foam insulation and covered with 3/4″ plywood. this is for the in floor radiant heating system. On the outside of this wall I’m planning for a rain water catchment system. It will have a faucet out by driveway to wash off equipment and a deep sink in this bay for hand washing. This system will also be used to water garden and hopefully green house.
Finished hanging lights and running wire to light.
All lights now working. Used Hyperikon T-8, 15 watt, 6,000K frosted LED tubes. These tubes are awesome, it’s like daylight inside the shop now. They have a rated lifetime of 45,000 hours. All 48 tubes worked fine not one bad one. (Other brands I looked at, reviews stated about getting bad tubes delivered and hassles with returns of defective tubes.) Best part only about $0.11 / hour to run all the lights and should last like 20 years. Electricity with all fees is $0.16 / kWh (kilowatt hour) in our area. Fluorescent tubes would cost about $0.24 / hour. Lifetime savings for using LED tubes come to $5,820.00 if each tube last 45,000 hours.
I got and installed a garage door opener.
The Lift Master 8500 is a jack shaft door opener. Unit mounts on wall which I like better than having one hanging from ceiling. Got this from Amazon. Was fairly easy to install and setup, it is also very quiet.
Used the Harbor Freight 2 ton shop crane to lift my old air compressor out of trailer. using this one till I decide which air compressor i’m getting for shop. Then this one will go back to the shed for use there. Shop crane worked great, little slow to raise up.
Got some more insulation and plywood up.
Nice warm February day.
Extended floor drain. this will extend past retaining wall when built.
This month we finished cleaning up the old barn and tear down of old summer kitchen.
That same day saw a fire up on the mountain. must have been a controlled burn, never heard anything about it.
Stone foundation still needs to go before house can be built. Have to figure out where to put all the stone. Equipment delivery, Wood Max wood chipper. More on this later, days are to short and cold right now. This spring I’ll use this to clean up the brush pile. Maybe sooner depending on weather.