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Just curious if anyone's bought this book or built a septic system using it? Wanted to see if anyone thought it was a scam before I bought it. On sale for $26 right now.

https://www.diysepticsystem.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlsqiq9-E7gIVpOiGCh1NHAAEEAMYASAAEgI2EPD_BwE
 
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Septic tanks are very simple devices.
I looked at the site, it seems ok, but I doubt you need a book that big to complete a system.
If you have no skills whatsoever it looks as if it will be great.
For the money the risk is not high.
 
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John C Daley wrote: Septic tanks are very simple devices.
I looked at the site, it seems ok, but I doubt you need a book that big to complete a system.
If you have no skills whatsoever it looks as if it will be great.
For the money the risk is not high.



Hi John, thanks for taking the time to look at that and reply. I really appreciate it!
 
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I had to overhaul my own ancient system last summer because of a cave-in. After excavation I lined the walls of what looked like a simple stock tank with carpet held up by galvanized chain-link fencing to mimic the improvement in bio-digesters. Seems to be working...



 
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Braden Pickard wrote:(if this is in the wrong forum feel free to move or delete it)

Just curious if anyone's bought this book or built a septic system using it? Wanted to see if anyone thought it was a scam before I bought it. On sale for $26 right now.

https://www.diysepticsystem.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlsqiq9-E7gIVpOiGCh1NHAAEEAMYASAAEgI2EPD_BwE



I saw the price drop and decided to buy it myself today our of curiosity, although I doubt I'll ever use it.  One thing that concerned me with it's absence (not sure if it's in the book yet), is permitting.  If you are in an area that requires a septic system, there are some things that go along with that (percolation testing and site inspections).  I have my doubts that this DIY system will pass county/counsel/etc inspection, it's most likely a "don't ask, don't tell" means of dealing with waste when you are way off grid or at some other site where you want a bathroom/shower/etc but it's not required.  I could see this as a cheap way of dealing with a failed septic system on an older homestead, but again, only as a "bypass the permitted system with this thing we don't talk about".

I may be wrong, and I hope I am.  It would be nice if inspectors will accept a $500 -$1000 solution instead of a $10,000+ solution.  Just make sure you know all the requirements and risks before getting started.

If permits are not an issue, or you are willing to run the risk, I would encourage you to investigate some of the other water and waste management options discussed in these forums.  Here is a link to a recent Greywater system discussion: https://permies.com/t/89452/simplest-cheapest-greywater-setup

As well as some links to Composting toilet/poop palace discussions: https://permies.com/t/133787/Humanure-reality-codes  https://permies.com/t/25481/permaculture-projects/willow-feeder-wheelie-bin-pooper

Good luck, hope it works out for you.
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