Water works

Fresh water: Some nice stuff you can do here. Our Well water in the area is pretty good.

Now fluoride is more toxic than lead and would cost big business a fortune to dispose of so it gets dumped into most of the drinking water in the U.S.A. More than 60% of the States in the U.S.A. practice this. Research bottled water  – you may want to revisit  what you are drinking there too. (Thought I would throw that in for you ?).

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Bathroom water and rough sewage

Photo shows shower on left with drain.  There’s a washbasin on the ground in position with the toilet on the right. Toilet has hot water too, bidet. Note the 3″ sewer cleanout in the backgrond, angled up to allow for the berm. The trench in front of the bathroom will be an internal wall. Perhaps doubling up as support for the huge window in the loft?

So in our dome home, water comes into the building from the water well and is branched to the kitchen and washer with  separate lines Tee’d off  to the bathroom. We will use an instant water heater for electrically heating water for “on demand” hot water. (Winter use?) This is cheaper than running a hot water cylinder and also saves space.
A separate hot water supply system heated by a black water piping system wrapped around the outside of the dome as well as finned copper piping wrapped around the wood stove stack, will be our other source of hot water. This will also be used to supply water to a tub. (outside the building – earthbag construction, insulated).

The bathroom is compact. The shower will have two seperate hot water suipplies: Electrically heated water on the left hand side with the alternative hot water faucet on the right hand side. Both systems feeding into a common shower rose. More on this later.

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Water pressure testing

Pressure test the whole system before laying your floor over it. Can’t afford to have a leaking pipe can we?
You can obviously catch rain water and build tanks from earthbags too.

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38 thoughts on “Water works

    1. admin Post author

      Its good to feel that people appreciate the small stuff we have to offer. I am grateful that you took the time to read it! Mike.

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    Have you given any thought at all with converting your main site into Spanish? I know a several of translaters right here which would certainly help you do it for free if you wanna make contact with me.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dean
      In principle I would be happy to have the site translated. I do a lot of the blog work “on the fly” and it’s a work in progress but this can be addressed I’m sure? I will contact you privately to discuss the concept and hopefully we can reach more people who are interested in building.
      Best wishes
      Mike

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        Hi Dean
        I tried to email you and it came back. Please use another if you have one. No email addresses go public, only the administrator sees them. You are probably aware of this.
        Mike

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    1. admin Post author

      I have been studying the subject for many years. Strawbale, log home (had the opportunity to work with a Master log home builder in Canada for a short while). The Earthbag concept was just the perfect way to go for Florida. The people who come here or follow the blog also love nature and the beauty of earth and natural building? It’s the law of attraction working.
      The articles are skimpy I know. There is simply too much to cover and time is becoming a factor now.
      Take care
      Mike

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    I do trust all the concepts you have presented to your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for novices. Could you please lengthen them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

    1. admin Post author

      The concepts are time proven and go back hundreds of years. If you take a peek at Owen Geiger and Kelly Hart’s research at “Natural Building Blog” you will be presented with tons of blogs covering a wide variety of topics. It must take them many hours a day to offer this. Fantastic hey?
      Please forgive the brevity of my articles, if you can make it over here for a few days (Free) it will all fit together. It really is not all that difficult to do and lots of help is available from people all over the world! Time is a challenge for me at the moment. But I will try… LOL Mike

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      People like you make it all worth while. I thank you for your kind comments. And everyone else out there too.
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    1. admin Post author

      I will stay up all night – updating the stuff you would like …
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      I know. It blows my mind. There’s no end to the innovation and possibility of people getting together to help one another. Group work under heavy (like hard physical labor) builds a comradie amongst people and they get to learn to trust and care for one another. Forming a group of people who really are building and helping one another will go a long way to doing just that. This is one of the objectives of doing all this. Help get those groups of people together. Mike.

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      Hi Crispiana, I’m actually lost for words here 🙂 I try my best to “walk the Talk” and stay in my own positive world without any bombardment by the media and negative stuff out there hey. I wish you well and all hapiness! Mike.

  9. Jerry

    Hi there.. Interesting.. You mentioned Water, Plumbing, and Electrical (on your other pages). Curious.. Would the inspector (or the building code) mind if this was not installed as in installed or added on at a later date?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jerry
      I have only put rough plumbing and electrics in. In traditional inspections there’s a set sequence of inspections etc. but this is abit out of the normal so my inspector will come back just to check on the placement of barbed wire. Chat to your dept. they are all different. I will put PVC conduit in place just before adobe inside. Empty boxes too. Watching the cash flow. It’s a little relaxed here (thank goodness as down South Fl. It’s a lot more challenging) so I am fortunate. Regards, Mike

  10. Jerry

    Thanks.. I am in the JAX area and I have been considering building an out-building if you will on land in St. Johns County – as a self contractors\self builder. The out building\earthbag building will be nothing more than a learning exercise at first for a larger project which may take on incorporating codes for a small home, which is why I asked. I was thinking of a rectangle (think Italianate style) foot print, thick walls (one inch for every hour of the sun), high ceilings 14′ (heat rises) cooler air stays at your height, conduit if possible exposed on inside like the older homes and adding the bath\kitchen\water\plumbing on the back.. I used to own a 3 story Victorian Italianate home up north, so I know the walls and height of the ceiling will work even better with the climate down here.

    1. admin Post author

      Jerry, you are pretty cose to me if you want to drop in sometime. A rectangular building will require a roof … Which is fine. In a week or so I’ll be posting the building of the cob oven. If you want to practice the bagging techniques, building arches, cobbing, testing plasters etc, it’s a fantastic project. Then you get to bake “Italiano bread” as well?
      I like the external water heater but have not seen one in my area. Careful with the thick wall? The earth bag has an R value of about 1.7 in 15″, but cobbing inside and out, earth berming etc will bring it up. drop by for a chat? Take care, Mike

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