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(tiny list) complete six of:
  - fix a leaky faucet
  - fix a leaky toilet
  - install an “instant bidet” on a toilet
  - repair a hose
  - unclog a drain with zip tool
  - repair a p-trap
  - repair a toilet that is not well bolted down
  - repair a toilet with problems with the lid/seat
  - clean/decalcify a faucet aerator
  - clean/decalcify a shower head
  - perform a water quality test
  - extract sediment from the cistern
  - prepare an outdoor shower for winter
  - prepare an outdoor shower for summer
  - repair a hydrant
  - put collected water through a berkey filter
  - flush the water heater
  - replace the anode in the water heater
  - replace washing machine supply hoses
  - replace a sump pump
  - set up a temporary water pump in a pond or water source
  - set up a siphon from a water source downhill to a location
(big list) complete one of:
  - install a hydrant
  - set up a sink with a foot pump
  - set up a solar water pump (twofer w electric badge)
  - replacing a faucet
  - replace or install a frost free spigot

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35 points required
10 points of duplication allowed
Up to 5 new points (non duplicates) from Sand list allowed
  - tiny list counts as ½ point ea, big list as 1 point ea
Oddball points allowed

Make a water filter (like a berkey water filter) - 1 point
Make a simple sand filter - 1 point
Build a permanent sand filter that is in the plumbing - 8 points
  - Handles floaters and sinkers
  - Hard plumbed into your system
Fix a leak in a supply pipe - 1 point
Fix a leak in a DWV pipe - 1 point
Replace a toilet - 2 points
Replace a pressure tank - 1 point
Unpressurized rocket hot water system - 6 points
  - plus rocket points
Build an outdoor shower - 4 points
  - including hot water
  - easy to do winter prep / freeze protection
Replace a sink  - 1 point
Install a water heater - 4 points
  - combo with electrical if it's electrically powered
Install a sump pump and permanent exit piping - 4 points
Create a shallow well (10’ to 35’ deep) - 4-10 points
Make a deep well without drilling - 10-20 points
 - ala h t t p s://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ue2DkG64r8
Install a shallow well pump for potable pressurized water - 1-2 points
 - Combo with Electricity
Install a deep well pump for potable pressurized water - 4-8 points
 - Combo with Electricity
Install a control system and secondary pump for a cistern (not the main well) - 4-8 points
 - Combo with Electricity
Extend a propane piping system to a new location - 2 points
Set up a simple rainwater collection system - 1 point
Set up a sophisticated rainwater collection system - 2-8 points
  - what is the freeze plan?  A barrel needs ample labeling about winterizing and warm season use only
Install a valve in an existing pipe - 1 point
Extend water supply piping to a new location - 1 point for hot, 1 point for cold
Install a drain (with proper venting) to a new location - 4-8 points
Set up simple solar hot water system (hand wash station, outdoor shower) - 2 points
  - proper labeling about legionella issues
Trench water to a hydrant or outbuilding - 4 points
Change an exterior faucet over to a frost proof style - 1 point
Make a ram pump - 4-8 points
Make a water wheel that generates power - 8 points
Make a rocket powered hot tub - 4 points
Make a water tower (>7’ high) - 2 points
Set up an uphill, frost proof cistern - 8 points
Set up a micro hydro power plant - 4-16 points
  - Combo with electricity
Build a mobile water system on a trailer (fillable and emptyable) - 8 points
Replace a dishwasher - 1 point
Install a dishwasher in a new location - 2 points

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180 points required
At least 30 new points (non duplicates) from Sand/Straw
Up to 80 points of duplication allowed (from sand/straw/wood)
Oddball points allowed

Set up a pressurized wood fired hot water system - 8 points
Drill a deep well (>40’ deep) - 8-32 points
Set up an elegant solar hot water system - 16-32 points
Rough plumb a small structure - 8 or more points
  - Need to get at least 8 points to get this BB
  - ½ point per hot supply spot, cold supply spot, drain point and p-trap
  - 1 point per vent outlet
  - 1 point per 100’ of pex
  - 1 point per 30’ of copper
  - 1 point per 10’ of DWV piping
  - 1 point per water heater, water softener, shower valve or other built in appliance/fixture
  - 1 point per toilet flange

Rough plumb a house - 32 or more points
  - Need to get at least 32 points to get this BB
  - ½ point per hot supply spot, cold supply spot, drain point and p-trap
  - 1 point per vent outlet
  - 1 point per 100’ of pex
  - 1 point per 30’ of copper
  - 1 point per 10’ of DWV piping
  - 1 point per water heater, water softener, shower valve or other built in appliance/fixture
  - 1 point per toilet flange

Install septic tank and drain field - 40 points
Develop a first class cistern and pump house that is winter capable - 32 points
Develop an elegant large winter capable cistern for a community - 32 points
  - the cistern improves the water quality with time
Develop a community scale sand filter - 24 points

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Where would fixing a leak in a pipe come in?
 
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Jerry Ward wrote:Where would fixing a leak in a pipe come in?



probably straw badge.

 
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Would refilling a berkey water filter count for putting collected water through a berkey filter? I would like to lean towards yes.
 
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Forgive my ignorance. Is Check a Septic Tank Level (Tiny List) a combo with Homesteading's Check Septic Tank Status?
 
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Ash Jackson wrote:Forgive my ignorance. Is Check a Septic Tank Level (Tiny List) a combo with Homesteading's Check Septic Tank Status?



I think that should be a strictly homesteading thing, and not a plumbing thing.  Making the change now.
 
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This badge has been updated with Straw and Wood levels.  Let's get out there and complete some BBs!
 
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I want to get my sand badge.  

This weekend I removed a pedestal sink, replaced it with a vanity, repaired a broken P-trap, removed the new P-trap, cut the pipe, and built a new P-trap and pipe out of black pipe stuff and stinky glue so that it fit the new sink drain (1.5" further from wall and 3" higher - I thought these things were supposed to be standard!!!).  Put it all together.  Added a faucet.  tested for leeks.

Am I right in thinking these badges might apply?

https://permies.com/wiki/112870/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-replacefaucet
https://permies.com/wiki/112757/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny
Anything else this qualifies for?  
 
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Hi R, I think it sounds like you did the "Repair a P trap" BB twice, the "Replace a faucet" BB and also likely the Straw BB for "Replace a sink".  Doing Sand badges more than once can give you credit for Straw and Wood badges but it doesn't look like that's how the plumbing badge works.
 
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I believe I just got enough BBs certified to get the Plumbing badge!

6 from the "tiny" list:
https://permies.com/wiki/113194/pep-plumbing-hot-water/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny#1098610
https://permies.com/wiki/138313/pep-plumbing-hot-water/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny#1084944
https://permies.com/wiki/112761/pep-plumbing-hot-water/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny#1102587
https://permies.com/wiki/112762/pep-plumbing-hot-water/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny#1102637
https://permies.com/wiki/111644/pep-plumbing-hot-water/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny#959062
https://permies.com/wiki/113218/pep-plumbing-hot-water/PEP-BB-plumbing-sand-tiny#1070274

1 from the "big" list:
https://permies.com/wiki/140129/pep-plumbing-hot-water/Replace-install-frost-free-spigot#1098623


Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify that you are the proud owner of the Plumbing sand badge! Congratulations on your 12th badge!!!

 
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I came looking for a BB because I have to fix a toilet that won't flush properly, but darn, it's not on the list. Surely that's a pretty common thing to need to do? Am I missing something?
 
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Hmm, I'd take pictures as you go regardless.  Once you figure out how it's not flushing properly, maybe it will fit under the "fix a leaking toilet" one.  Maybe not...

Luckily there's the "plumbing oddball" BB in the Straw level that you can submit it in.  Then you'll get points but they won't help you get your Sand badge.  But by posting your awesome work over there we might decide we need to make a new BB.
 
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I think I have my Plumbing Sand Badge:

###My BB Links:

Big List (1)
- Sink with foot pump: https://permies.com/p/1166273

Tiny List (6)
- Bidet: https://permies.com/p/1148244
- Decalcify Faucet: https://permies.com/p/1166094
- Decalcify Shower head: https://permies.com/p/1166091
- Water Quality Test: https://permies.com/p/1166093
- Flush Hot Water Heater: https://permies.com/p/1147330
- Siphon: https://permies.com/p/1146361


You could say I'm ... flushed ... with excitement! :D
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Congratulations on your 8th sand badge!!!

 
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