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Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:26 am

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:23 pm

Dunno what got into Dick. We've all enjoyed his work on display, etc. Hopefully, he'll be back.

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Post  Robert J. Baran on Mon May 04, 2015 4:07 am

The only downside I've personally experienced in using gray water for plants is to NOT use it on unsprouted seeds, such as in a vegetable garden.  The soap -- although strongly diluted -- apparently prevents seeds from germinating.  It is also not recommended to be used on edible leaves...  For bonsai and landscaping, yes, by all means, use it freely.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri May 08, 2015 5:33 pm

There are devices aready invented that can draw moisture out the air and into collecting tanks, using solar powering.
Solutions.

Humidity lowest at 45 % at around lunchtime, as we begin the prayers for rain.
Laters.
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Post  elkski on Sat May 16, 2015 1:34 am

Silly the op gets bent over being moved to the lounge.
This seems like a good place for this topic...I often wonder about if its code to plumb drains lines outside. It seems like some of the chemicals in our detergents could end up in the waterways?
in my situation the h2o heater is 2 floors down from the upstairs shower so I am sure I waste 3-4 gallons waiting for hot water. I have considered installing a h20 heater closer or using an instant heater type at that location.

I am not sure how this home plumbing modification would effect resale value or work in winter climates.

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Post  JimLewis on Sat May 16, 2015 1:06 pm

Of course, energy conservation may come into play then, too, but it may be worthwhile to consider one of th instant heaters at both locations. You'd need to do some research with your water company and energy company, and a knowledgeable third party if you can figure who that might be.

Resale value -- a plus, I would think.

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Post  coh on Sat May 16, 2015 3:42 pm

elkski wrote:Silly the op gets bent over being moved to the lounge.
This seems like a good place for this topic...I often wonder about if its code to plumb drains lines outside.  It seems like some of the chemicals in our detergents could end up in the waterways?
 

The rules about this may vary with location. We live in a relatively old house (about 100 years) and when we moved in one of the drain lines (from a couple of sinks and a bathtub) went to an old dry well instead of the septic tank. We had to have a new septic system installed a few years ago and while talking with the various people involved in the process (you need a town engineer to approve the plans and installation), found out that current codes require that all waste lines be directed to the septic tank...dry wells are no longer acceptable.

Of course, once the work is done you could re-route selected lines to wherever you want to make use of grey water, but you'd probably have to change that before selling the house...maybe out west the rules are different regarding grey water.

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Post  elkski on Sat May 16, 2015 6:31 pm

We have basements and so drain lines run 10-14' deep to Dewar main in the street. You could divert drain lines at ground level in summer but usually by then shower, sinks, toilets are joined. Until a few years ago it was illegal to collect rain water. It is now legal and some groups give out rain barrels. Usually most houses have 4 or many more roof drain lines. I did into two main ones. One pops up to water a grape vine it would take some doing but three tanks would catch it all. One off the solid deck. But I have been following the ongoing fukashima nuclear disaster and there is strong evidence that rain can be very radio active these days. Is that a concern for many of you.

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Post  john jones on Sat May 16, 2015 9:11 pm

elkski wrote:This seems like a good place for this topic...I often wonder about if its code to plumb drains lines outside.  It seems like some of the chemicals in our detergents could end up in the waterways?

They do anyway. Certain minerals/nutrients could be slowed from getting into waterways. Phosphates and nitrates come to mind.

elkski wrote: in my situation the h2o heater is 2 floors down from the upstairs shower so I am sure I waste 3-4 gallons waiting for hot water.  I have considered installing a h20 heater closer or using an instant heater type at that location.

I am not sure how this home plumbing modification would effect resale value or work in winter climates.  

Exactly, but as you said, it's subject to local codes.

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Post  elkski on Mon May 18, 2015 2:25 am

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I'm not sure about rainwater on food crops

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