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Old 07-26-2011
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Default Plumbing - Scary when you don't know what you don't know!

Well, title pretty much speaks for itself.

When the wife wanted me to dig up the flower bed that sourrounds the front of the house to replant with new dirt I thought "That's a lot of work!" Now, most people don't think of their busses and what can be done to support them EVERYTIME they have to work around the house.. but I do.

So, I dug up the flower bed, the drip system, and then went deep enough to lay down that new 4" drain pipe from the side of the house to the clean out trap located.. you guessed it.. in the flower bed!

I thought, wouldn't it be nice to be able to dump the tanks at home after every trip rather than find a place and pay them? Well, I was so proud of myself. Made sure I went deep enough, made sure I had an adequate slope for the 20' run. Made sure the drain on the bus was high enought for the trap. I THOUGHT I thought of everything!

I proudly drove the bus up next to the house and with a 20' flex hose just reached my new dump station. I dumped the black, chased the lines and was dumping the gray when the wife ran out of the house gagging!

Imagine my surprise when I realized I forgot a step. Apparently since I didn't VENT the plumbing properly the entire house filled up with a weekends worth of "Aroma". I had to shut off the AC (at 108 degrees outside) and air out the house for 30 minutes before I could shut the windows and turn the air back on.

The good thing? I'm ALWAYS learning! hee hee hee Mistakes don't matter as long as you learn from them! So next time I'll remove the trap cover to "vent" the fumes OUTSIDE the house before I dump!

The wife? Well, let's just say she hasn't appreciated the true convenience of having our own RV dump site yet...
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did a little box wine come to play in this scenario??
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Michael,

I hate to laugh but that's funny! It would be something I would do too!
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I was waiting to hear that you'd tapped into a "weep line" that drained rainwater away from the foundation... but dumping without a vent is a good one!
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Details, details - little septic humor - always good fun! You could of course use a macerator and run a garden hose to a standpipe.
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Michael,

I hate to laugh but that's funny! It would be something I would do too!

Oh I thought it was funny as ****. Seeing her running out of the house you'd had thought a swarm of bees was attacking her!

Then I reminder her that my ******* don't stink, so it MUST be hers!

She didn't buy that one... hee hee hee
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Michael, I'm impressed with the fact that it was 108 and you were out there digging a trench
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Thanx Robert... I like to think I'm like my old Wanderlodge.. A Tough Ole Bird!
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