Willy Walker

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I no longer live at this location and I have since been had active engagement in my new house build which includes a drain field.   I have the following updated inputs..

Not all drain fields are installed the same.  
Not all soils around the drain field are equal.  

I was here and walked the new lines at my current house,   They are DEEP.  Like 5 to 7 feet deep.     They don't have to be this deep (i saw the plan details) ,  I doubt at my last house they were given how other things were done.    

and the soil..  My soil now is quick draining,  sandy loam.    I have dug a surface drainage ditch for rain water that runs along the drain field and at the beginning it can have 6+ or so inches,  20 to 40 feet later and there is no water..  It just goes into the soil only to pop out like a spring downhill.    If it rains (okay pours) hard enough the water makes it down the entire ditch to my garden.     I have been working to keep leaves in the ditch (counterintuitive I know, an overflow would cause zero issues) in hopes that they will break down and line the bottom of the ditch so that water stays in the ditch.  

there is no way my drain field at this location would have an issue.    However, at a different site with some clay,  shallow pipes, etc.   I can see how issues could arise and quickly at that.  

I would think quantity of poo makes it more dangerous as well.  Having some here and some there vs 5 gallons of our even more changes the opportunity for concern.    Same goes for backyard chicken house vs commercial chicken poop piles.  
1 year ago
Con: what about critters and seasonal flowers and such that you might have missed.

Pro:  it seems my attempt to reduce brambles with cardboard and mulch only gave it more time to work on its root system.   When they emerged a season later the brambles were pleasantly surprised to find all the wonderful wood chips.  

I would use cardboard and mulch where you can. Perhaps use plastic where you know you need a hard core fix, like a solid poison patch.   Don't feel you need to clean it all up,  open, fertile land will sprout quickly with problem plants you may not currently have.  

3 years ago
About Halloween time this year.   She is maybe 6 years old.  
5 years ago
Third year settling in.   I like to keep it wild.  
5 years ago
Adding one comment in support of no microwave.  I do use a microwave at work sometimes as that's the only heating tool there.    

For me it was a few year transition using it less and less until I was just being lazy.   Then poof it was gone and I never missed it since.  

I do think about a solar oven for those days that I'm working outside and don't want to come in and cook my leftovers.  
5 years ago

Do you know if there is a camping store nearby that I could score a gas can for my stove?   I see I can bring the stove on the airplane but not the gas.
6 years ago
All great answers.

As for my payment, Yeppers!  

I will send my plane arrangements over via the original email from you.  
6 years ago
More questions.

Plane Ride all setup.

Arriving mid day Friday
Leaving super early Sunday.  

Is there a number for setting up the ride to and from?  I see I need to have cash and I see the costs,  will do.   I would assume its better to arrange ahead of time.  

Next,   is there power available to charge a cell phone?  How about my camera batteries?     Would I be better off bringing some type of solar charger/power?

Speaking of cell phones?    I see a mention of Verizon.   How about ATT?  


6 years ago