I spent 30+ years in the building trades and have pretty much done it all from pouring the
footings to pounding the shingles (right now I am putting a new roof on
my home). And I was lucky because growing
up in the Midwest I had plenty of good teachers. You see in
Minnesota we had a strong migration of people from the Nordic countries
(Sweden, Finland, Norway, etc) and these tradesman were well known for
their homebuilding skills and if one of the old-timers liked you they
would take you under their wing and show you the tricks of the trade you
wouldn't learn in any books.
But even with all that knowledge there are still things to learn.
One of my favorite magazines has always been the Family Handyman.
In every issue they have tips, tricks and projects that not only make
sense but clearly show you how to do it. However you need to be
careful...with me I try to keep my wife from reading it because it never
fails, she starts picking out projects and says, "I want you to make
this, and this, and this..." Don't get me wrong, I love building
things but with my schedule I don't have time to do them all.
Imagine my surprise when the last issue came out
and saw this on page 12:
home care & repair
Add years of
life to your septic system
major cause of septic field failure is washing machine
lintómostly from synthetic fibers that never degrade,
such as nylon and polyester, but also from natural
fibers like cotton that degrade very slowly. Eventually
this lint can create impenetrable mats in the soil
surrounding the drain lines, preventing liquid from
being readily absorbed. Fortunately, preventing this
problem can be as simple as putting a high-quality
filter on your laundry machine discharge hose.
Inexpensive, sock-type lint filters or drain baskets
catch bigger fibers, but most of the lint washes right
throughóand you canít even use them unless your washer
discharges into a laundry tub. A better choice is an
enclosed, very fine mesh filter that captures more than
90 percent of the lint. Itís not cheap ($140),
but itíll add years of service to your drain field.
Installation is simple. Mount the filter
holder on the wall near the laundry tub or discharge
pipe. Slip in the filter (Photo 1), lock the top down
and attach the discharge hoses to the filter container
(Photo 2). Remove the reusable filter bag and empty it
when itís half full (usually after about 8 to 15 loads).
If you forget to change the filter, the water just
drains around it, so thereís no danger of overflow.
Replacement filters cost $20, but filters rarely need
Septic protector filters are available
from the manufacturer (Septic Protector Filtrol 160;
septicprotector.com or 888-873- 6505), local septic
supply companies, and online at laundry-alternative.com
the mesh filter into the filter container and lock the
top down with the locking clips.
Screw adapters to the top and bottom of the filter. Push
the discharge hoses onto the barbed fittings and tighten
the hose clamps.
I am going to have to start submitting articles to this publication (I
have a lot of those tips to share).
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