This morning was a gloomy overcast Tasmanian winters day, a cold that settles into the bones, creeps into your soul and clutches it within its frozen claw of an appendage. Well now that the descriptors are out of the way lets continue shall we.
Our eldest DD was taking her morning ablutions when she noticed a noise out by our water tank, upon further investigation of the curious nature of children she happened to notice that our trusty second hand free rainwater tank had sprung yet another leak, the problem with this one is that this time the tank is holding approx 10K litres of water. Which is meant to last us the Summer. On a good note it is only the start of Winter so if we can get enough materials we may be able to finish this project before summer gets here and maybe collect some more water before the tank runs dry. We do have to 1000L tanks as back ups, but we use the big one for drinking water, the 2 smaller ones are for veggies and the animals as well as washing water. So we had to think of something to do to either stop the flow or come up with another idea for storing water. So begins a project we were not going to start until we were up the hill at the new house site……. oh well.
Today was the beginnings of our Plastic Bottle Cistern or PBC for short (yes that is our coined abbreviation of the word and will use it from now on)
This is our leak, it started out as a pin hole leak first thing this morning, this pic was taken just before lunchtime
So we begin by marking out our area, the PBC we are building will have a 10K L capacity it is 2.5m in diameter and 2m in height.
the secondary ring is our “extra” for added support for the base
Mrs Nymph trying her hand at physical labor, shes a very hard worker and has to be with our 4 children
We try and utilize as much water as we can before it all runs out and digging in the dirt is thirsty work, so one of our little miss Nymphs is helping mum get some refreshments
Shes such a lovely caring helper 🙂
This was her “special” rock and just had to show us all
so we had some sand and metal on the homestead for sometime now and its finally got a use, we are using it as the foundation pad for our PBC to sit on
More and more until its all used, there is almost a tonne of sand and metal used for the pad, that equals ALOT of wheelbarrow loads, good for the burning of the satyrs fat supplies
next along is the “tamping” process, a process in which we compact the base material to form a solid hard pad for the PBC to sit on, with the help of lots of little feet this can be accomplished in no time.
I made a quick compaction plate out of some recycled timber I had lying around for when little feet have had enough
The Boss is on site so we have to look sharp, she is checking for level and compaction, all seems good to continue
our next step is to lay out our “bricks” for a test run and to see how many we will need for each “course”
Ta Da, all done for the day, the courses are going to consist of 74 x 2L milk bottles, the little miss Nymphs had a blast helping count all of them and in the process learn numbers over 20.
Next on the project is to make more bottle “bricks” and then to begin tying them all in with a course of cement in between each course of “bricks”, once we have made the PBC about 1m high we will be cementing in the floor and then continuing up to a height of 2m, we will be closing it over with a domed cement roof with an access man hole for cleanouts and preventative maintenance, it will also have a pipe instaled within the first course so we can actually get the water out of the PBC
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– the Satyr