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Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 16, 2008, 7:02 pm

   Yes, typically a fairly shallow well with a 2" casing.  Around here, one may,
or may not, have a point.  (I live in southern Florida)

   Typically, 3/4 HP or so.  Just enough to run one zone of 5 or 6 sprinkler

   The pumps we use around here (for shallow wells only) are a Home Depot item.

   Thanks for the warning, but that truly is news to me.  What makes a cast iron
pump unfit to pump drinking water?  (That said, I do not intend to have the well
tested for drinking, I am thinking flush and wash water.)


Posted by Ulysses on October 18, 2008, 4:50 pm

one may,


cast iron

the well

From what I read (somewhere) the Chinese tend to have a high lead content in
their cast iron.  That's about all I know about it and I think it was from a
warning label that was on a Harbor Freight pump.

Posted by news on October 16, 2008, 2:04 pm
 On Wed, 15 Oct 2008 22:01:45 -0700 (PDT), drydem

Having flushable toilets without commercial water pressure requires
advance planning.

You need a toilet that does NOT use a pressure tank.  The Kohler
1.6gpf that we recenty installed is a smaller and more efficient
version of the ancient "generic" tank toilet.    Short-term, I can
carry in a couple of gallon jugs of collected rainwater as needed -
not a "complete" flush, but OK for a day or so.  Long-term, I have a
12 volt  pump and a length of hose to connect in place of the normal
water inlet.


Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 16, 2008, 2:44 pm

   I guess it depends on your definition of "flushable".  I just quickly dump
most of a bucket of water straight into the toilet.  That will "flush" the
wastes down the drain where you want them.  Then slowly add the water remaining
in the bucket to refill the toilet bowl.

   When a hurricane is on the way, we bring our trash cans inside, line them
with a big yard bag, place them in the shower or tub and fill them with water.
That is the water we use for flushing and washing.  Used sparingly, it is plenty
enough for several days.  (Rule of thumb: if it's yellow, let it mellow.  If
it's brown, flush it down.)


Posted by Ulysses on October 16, 2008, 5:31 pm

Around here mice and rats will eat right through a plastic bucket in a short
time.  I keep my 20 pound bags of rice and beans in an unused refrigerator.
It's pretty much vermin proof.  I suppose tiny ants might be able to get
past the seals but so far they haven't.  A discarded chest freezer might
make a very good storage container.

What are black beans?  I don't think I've ever had them.  I can buy 20 pound
bags of Pinto beans but most only come in one pound packages.

I also think it's a good idea to stock flour, sugar, shortening, baking
powder, baking soda, and salt so it'll be possible to make bread or
biscuits.  Some cocoa and vanilla is nice to have on hand too.

I thought about getting one of those really cheap BBQs that are round and
have the flimsy legs.  My idea was to use it with wood instead of charcoal.
I've searched but found very little info on cooking with wood other than
with a woodburning stove.

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