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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 cistern and pump house that is truly first class.  All components need to be winter capable for your area without using heat tape or other band-aids.

Here's a video for the cistern part, there's probably one out there for the pump house portion :)


Minimum requirements to get this BB:
  - cistern deep enough to not freeze
  - 500 gallon minimum capacity
  - freeze protected pump and piping

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
  - cistern hole dug
  - tank in place
  - piping under construction
  - piping done
  - pump house done
  - backfilled and finished
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Location: NW Washington - Zone 8b (15 to 20 °F / -9.4 to -6.7 °C)
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I installed a 1000 gallon cistern buried underground for freeze protection.  It is gravity fed and has an overflow to allow it to overflow if needed, drawing from the top surface of the water in the tank.  It also has a drain near the bottom for draining it in case I need to do maintenance inside.  I installed a submersible pump in it to pressurize the water supply and prevent the pump from freezing up.  It has made it through eight winters without any freeze-ups.
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The site before starting work.
The site before starting work.
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Cistern hole dug.
Cistern hole dug.
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Another shot of the hole.
Another shot of the hole.
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Cistern being delivered.
Cistern being delivered.
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Cistern in place.
Cistern in place.
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Partially backfilled and inlet piping plumbed.
Partially backfilled and inlet piping plumbed.
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Closeup of inlet piping.
Closeup of inlet piping.
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Drain piping plumbed.
Drain piping plumbed.
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Interior plumbing roughed in.
Interior plumbing roughed in.
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Exterior overflow plumbed.
Exterior overflow plumbed.
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Interior overflow plumbed.
Interior overflow plumbed.
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Submersible pump plumbed and wired.
Submersible pump plumbed and wired.
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Pumphouse done (actually just pressure switch and pressure tank, since pump in submersible)
Pumphouse (actually just pressure switch and pressure tank, since pump in submersible)
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Finished cistern with vent pipe and electrical box - almost smashed by a falling tree.
Finished cistern with vent pipe and electrical box - almost smashed by a falling tree.
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The overflow flowing nicely.
The overflow flowing nicely.
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Paul Fookes approved this submission.
Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done.  Great detail

 
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