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    Even all their money......

    .....they still have problems.
    Several years ago two luxury homes were built in the woods behind, and below me. Both are a couple hundred yards away so we still have privacy.
    Both homes are in the near-one million dollar category, beautiful. But, I'm sure they have nearly that much again invested in ground preparation. They are near a creek and the land is rock, solid, very solid rock. They had a large track-hoe with a jack hammer working every day for months. That had to cost big-big bucks.
    Plus the homes are low on the hill and near the creek. Meaning their sewage systems had to have lifts and pump uphill to the septic field. I know one of the homes has had repeated problems. First, the check valve was installed backwards----twice.
    Now, about a week ago they had a restoration company working in one. A large trailer hauled away piles of carpet and furniture, all very expensive stuff, I'm sure. Today they are back with a large pumper truck and more equipment. I can only surmise that the system had to have failed and they got a house full of 'stuff'. I can't imagine how unpleasant it must be to have a situation like that.
    Septics and wells are the only things in a home in our rural area that need county or state inspection. This one, IMHO, was flubbed by all involved.
    I'll again surmise, that system is going to need more big bucks spent to make it a reliable working system.
    BTW, fortunately, 'stuff' runs downhill and I am uphill from them.
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    Yup.......gravity still works, no matter how much money you have. Guess you can't buy common sense.

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    Frank you should go an offer your services as a consultant. You DA Man Frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksford View Post
    Frank you should go an offer your services as a consultant. You DA Man Frank.
    Not much advice I could offer. But, I do know which way the arrow on the check valve is supposed to point.
    I'm sure they will have quite a problem getting a reliable septic system working. Their tank is about 12' above the roofline of the house and a couple hundred feet from it. I ain't no ungineer but that looks to be a daunting task to get the 'stuff' up there where it will stay and go into the tank and leach field without problems.
    Academic question: What do you do with a million dollar house where you can't even flush the toilets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Academic question: What do you do with a million dollar house where you can't even flush the toilets?
    Pull the carpets and turn it into a workshop. Heck no. Leave the carpets and turn in into a workshop.

    I don't see pumping it being that much of a problem. They just need to find the guy that knows what he is doing. A big grinder pump, to chew up the "stuff" and push it right up that slope.

    I wonder if the problem was more of, lets spend our money where everyone else can see it. We will go cheap on the septic, because no one can see it.
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    It would make a great tree stand or hunting lodge, hunters do not mind out houses.
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    My dogs would appreciate it. They have really taken to the new doghouse I put my tools in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Academic question: What do you do with a million dollar house where you can't even flush the toilets?
    Since they can afford a million dollar home, you should be able to charge them $25.00 per visit to casa de fusco new money opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Niemi View Post
    Since they can afford a million dollar home, you should be able to charge them $25.00 per visit to casa de fusco new money opportunity
    yeah, if Frank sets up an outdoor shower and outhouse, he'll get rich!
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    If it has a leech field, you can't/shouldn't grind the solids because they then won't settle in the tank, they will float out in the leech field and plug it up solid (no pun intended) quickly.

    With all that money, they forgot to buy common sense.

    I got a slurry tank on wheels they could rent!
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