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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the wood badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will install a conventional septic tank and drain field.  There are several types of tanks and drain fields that may be allowed in your area, just do one that is appropriate for your site.

Here's how to do it:


Minimum requirements to get this BB:
  - septic tank at least 500 gallons
  - drain field
  - connected to house/structure

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  - the site before you start work
  - septic hole dug
  - tank in place
  - leach field excavated
  - leach field installed
  - piping connected
  - backfilled and done
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Location: NW Washington - Zone 8b (15 to 20 °F / -9.4 to -6.7 °C)
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Here I am installing my septic tank and drain field near the goat barn.
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The site before starting work.
The site before starting work.
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Septic tank hole dug and bed of sand installed.
Septic tank hole dug and bed of sand installed.
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Septic tank in place.
Septic tank in place.
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Excavating leach field.
Excavating leach field.
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Leach field excavated.
Leach field excavated.
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Leach field installed.
Leach field installed.
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Piping connected.
Piping connected.
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After completing work and planting fig and peach trees between the septic site and the barn.
After completing work and planting fig and peach trees between the septic site and the barn.
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I believe duplication is allowed in this Plumbing Wood category and I have now installed a second septic tank and a second drain field.  In this case, both were replacements of existing failed systems, and they are two separate systems (replaced the tank at the rental and replaced the drain field at the south restroom).  The failed septic tank was a 400 gallon single compartment corrugated steel tank that had rusted through and was acting more like a drain field than a septic tank.  I replaced it with a 1250 gallon two compartment concrete tank that was less than one year old that I recovered from a demolition site and hired the original manufacturer to move for me.  The drain field was a replacement for an existing drain field that either I couldn't find or never really existed.  A new 1000 gallon two compartment septic tank had already been placed by the previous owner, but never backfilled or hooked up, so I installed a new drain field and hooked it up to the tank and connected the new tank to the building.
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Before installing the new tank, shows the failed septic tank exposed so it could be pumped out before removal.
Before installing the new tank, shows the failed septic tank exposed so it could be pumped out before removal.
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Old tank removed, hole dug for much larger new tank.
Old tank removed, hole dug for much larger new tank.
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New tank set in place.
New tank set in place.
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New tank piping connected to the rental.
New tank piping connected to the rental.
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New tank piping connected to existing drain field.
New tank piping connected to existing drain field.
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New tank backfilled and done.
New tank backfilled and done.
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New tank at south restroom before starting drain field work.
New tank at south restroom before starting drain field work.
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Another view of the new tank at south restroom before starting drain field work.
Another view of the new tank at south restroom before starting drain field work.
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West drain field line excavated.
West drain field line excavated.
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South drain field line excavated.
South drain field line excavated.
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West drain field line installed.
West drain field line installed.
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South drain field line installed.
South drain field line installed.
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West drain field line finished.
West drain field line finished.
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South drain field line finished.
South drain field line finished.
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