May 23, 2009 – Perc Tests

We are soon to get a new septic system.  Ours is rather archaic and it’s time for a new one (I’ll spare you all the cruddy details).  The guys who are putting it in, said we could save a bit of coin if we did our own percolation or “perc tests” to see how big of a drain field we’d need based on the drainage characteristics of our soils.

First, you dig four holes three feet deep, mark a point a few inches below the surface, and fill the hole with water and measure how far it has dropped in a certain time period.  Repeat this until three readings are close to each other (the first few readings, the drop is large as the soil saturates.

We had a helpful recorder so we could haul water and time measurements.

one year ago…”Oil Change Girl”

May 22, 2009 – Chimenia

The cousins from Minneapolis came down for Memorial Day weekend.

That means it’s time to take out the chimenia once again.  We burned wood from some dead branches we cut up after using the chain saw, tractor loader, and two brothers to get down.

The chimenia is great for roasting marshmallows to a golden brown (check out Emma’s).  I like the chimenia since it is portable, it can be moved around the yard, depending on the wind and not leave a burned spot on the ground.

one year ago…”Thingamajig Thursday #119″