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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

One 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 replacing.

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 and septicsolutions.net.

 

1-Set the mesh filter into the filter container and lock the top down with the locking clips.

 

2- 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). 

Check them out at: http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/openLandingPage.do

 

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