Dog Days Of Summer


Another view of our home

I haven’t posted in a while so I thought I would get you all an update. The weather here has been very hot almost all summer with the temperature being in the 90s with high humidity. We have been only working about half a day each day this past month because of the heat, so work has slowed down.

I am happy to say I have all the plumbing done. It was a lot more of a job than I first realized and the main reason is because we went with copper instead of Pex. Pex would have been a lot faster but my wife can taste the plastic in Pex and so that’s the reason we went with copper.DSC00108DSC00106


The drain and vent piping was probably the easiest of the plumbing. We now have the water turned on and everything tested with no leaks and everything drains as it should.

Our waste line that leads to our septic tank.

Our waste line that leads to our septic tank.

We had a company put in our septic and and I found the whole thing pretty interesting.

Our 1200 gal three chamber septic tank being delivered.

Our 1200 gal three chamber septic tank being delivered.


Our waste goes into the first chamber and then bacteria start to brake down the waste and as it rises in the tank the solids stay towards the bottom and the grey water rises and goes to the second tank. Again even smaller particles of solids are broken down by more bacteria and then the gray water rises and goes into the 3rd tank. From there it is almost all water and from there that goes to our sand filter pit.

This is our sand filter pit.

This is our sand filter pit.

The gray water is slowly leached into the sand filter pit and is cleansed by the sand and earth.DSC00127

Then it is picked back up by this pipe and discharged to daylight. When the water comes out it is cleaner than the treated water that comes out of your tap at home. At least that’s what they say, I won’t be tasting it to see if its true.

That’s it for this post, next post will be about electrical and heating and cooling.


About Gordon Milligan

I am a retired conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I now live in and have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I have built from the ground up. My wife and I are trying to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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8 Responses to Dog Days Of Summer

  1. Susan Lea says:

    You must be “plumb” tuckered out with all that work in that heat! I hope you’ve been getting some rain. We’re in an extreme drought, over 11″ short for this year so far. Every predicted storm just blows on over us. 😦 We’ve been feeding hay for over 2 months and there will be no second cutting.

  2. Hi Susan, yes I am plumb tuckered out and am feeling burned out but I must get this done enough for us to move into before winter hits. As far as the rain goes we have been very lucky here. We have been getting a good soaking rain about every two weeks. Hope you get rain soon and thanks for commenting.

  3. Valerie says:

    Enjoyed your post and pictures; very informative. I plan to build in a couple of years; sharing your experience gives me a leg up.

  4. langela1 says:

    Looks good, Gordon! I agree that this summer has been super hot and the humidity keeps you from being able to sweat. Our outdoor landscaping projects fell on some of the worst days, so I feel for you working in it every day!

    • I know it has been super hot but I am glad to say we now have air conditioning. Even though we don’t have insulation yet it keeps the house where we can at least stand it. I hope your landscape project turned out nice and thanks for commenting. You will have to stop by again when you get the chance, I really enjoyed our last visit.

  5. steve says:

    Wow, is all I can say Gordon. I can’t believe how quick its all coming together. It looks great… If that was being done over here, on Spanish time, they wouldn’t have got past the thinking / planning stage yet, LOL.

  6. Thanks Steve, it sure has been a lot of work. How have you been, I haven’t seen a post in awhile. Hope things are still going great there in Spain. I still think you should bottle your own olive oil and sell it here in the States. Maybe we could do something together on that.

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