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Why do they have to replace it? Did it stop working?
2 culverts with no bottoms are not able to pass inspection. It was an old woman living alone, then it became 5 people and the culverts couldn't handle all the water from bath, toilet, washing machine, dishwasher, etc. They had to be REAL careful that it didn't back up in the house. EEEWWW.
 

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Coffee is ready. I'm leaving around noon for San Antonio. Going to spend night with friend Sarah, tour the Alamo, do the River Walk, ride the river boat and have a good time. Spend Tuesday night, Wednesday morning go to Llano that is 2 hours away, pick up my 5 new registered ewes and make tracks for Trinity county, about a 5 hour trip. I'll see y'all later!
 

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Enjoy your trip, Bay! Hope weather is good.

We're overcast and low 70s thanks to a system sitting around....will get rain tonight and all day tomorrow. Then, scattereds all week.☹️. Not sounding like what I'd like because gardening in wet dirt can be problematic when you're not planted yet! Just got it tilled...rained...need to do more...rain...gotta get grass raked out and dead...rain.
I'm just disgusted right now. Plants need to go out there! Mulch hay is wet. :he 😩🤔

Containers are looking like a good idea! :lol: potatoes in some, looking good!
 

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Why do they have to replace it? Did it stop working?
The quality of septic systems in Texas varies wildly. A few years ago new systems (in the counties I lived in) by law had to be aerobic rather than the conventional tank, leach field. It is also required by law that aerobic systems be “monitored” by “experts” to protect the environment. For a fee. Home owners got around this by taking a couple of hours of classes or otherwise demonstrating needed skills and getting “certified” by some entity or other. Eventually the state cracked down on these menaces to society and declared the inspections could only be performed by employees of septic maintenance companies. And raised the fees. It’s a Racket. I’ve employed 3 septic companies. None of the “inspections” happen on the mandated 90 day schedule. One company inspected once in 3 years. Another sent out a guy who routinely broke something. And aerobic septics have a lot to break. Sprayer timers. The motor/ pump that drives the sprayers and the agitator. Tank lids. Sprayer fixtures. And guess what happens if there’s torrential rain and the power goes out? I was so relieved the new place has a conventional, gravity driven system. Not that those don’t have problems but as Montgomery Scott says “the more they overthink the plumbing the easier it is to stop up the drain”. Probably tmi :hide
 

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Yeah, we didn’t know what kind we had, until we had problems and the septic company had to find a “D box” and then flush out what they called “fingers”. That’s when I learned I had to move some trees I had recently planted right over the septic field.
We found out what we had when the backup happened (time two, fortunately again noticed when the water draining from the washer was coming out a trap in the pipe in the basement). Guys came out to jet the line. Found that the relatively short piece of PVC at the concrete tank was connected to Orangeburg pipe (which hasn't been used since the early 70's). Part of that near the PVC had bent/collapsed/whatever.

Of course this happened in December when the ground had started to freeze. They put in another piece of PVC connected to the shortened Orangeburg. It will be difficult to replace as it runs under the pool deck which is connected to a deck on the house. The tank is not the suggested 20' from the house, more like 50'.
 

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The quality of septic systems in Texas varies wildly. A few years ago new systems (in the counties I lived in) by law had to be aerobic rather than the conventional tank, leach field. It is also required by law that aerobic systems be “monitored” by “experts” to protect the environment. For a fee. Home owners got around this by taking a couple of hours of classes or otherwise demonstrating needed skills and getting “certified” by some entity or other. Eventually the state cracked down on these menaces to society and declared the inspections could only be performed by employees of septic maintenance companies. And raised the fees. It’s a Racket. I’ve employed 3 septic companies. None of the “inspections” happen on the mandated 90 day schedule. One company inspected once in 3 years. Another sent out a guy who routinely broke something. And aerobic septics have a lot to break. Sprayer timers. The motor/ pump that drives the sprayers and the agitator. Tank lids. Sprayer fixtures. And guess what happens if there’s torrential rain and the power goes out? I was so relieved the new place has a conventional, gravity driven system. Not that those don’t have problems but as Montgomery Scott says “the more they overthink the plumbing the easier it is to stop up the drain”. Probably tmi :hide
My mind is blown!

I wouldn't be able to stand for that... give me a well functioning illegal septic every day of the week!
 

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Retilled empty garden. Pulled and reset t-posts and cattle panels. Planted 30 tomato plants, papered ground & mulched. Nothing more until wed/Thur, after rain, in there. Have peppers &eggplant waiting to transplant.

Tired but feeling good to get that much done. :old. Corn is up, as well as zucs and summer squash. Hope to seed more things mid week. 😊
 

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Hey @Bruce , any frogs/polliwogs or fish in the pond? Never hear you mention it much...
Plenty of both! Still don't know if "Adam and Eve" are still alive. Might be I have a ton of shiners and fathead minnows and 2 or more bluegill or just the former. I also sometimes have 1 or 2 alpacas wading in the pond. They are a lot easier to spot than fish and pollywogs.
 
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