View Full Version : need to vent had a large disaster strike.

07-19-2014, 07:14 PM
Been talking for about a year to you all about me and the wife doing it, just selling everything and buying a little farm well last big hurtels on the house were kitchen cabinets and title, we took a gamble used the reserve cash to buy supplies, the only thing sound about the house when we bought it was the well and septic after 18,month hard work the septic backed up broke the pipe inside the house to much weight I guess tore down all the pipes, older tree style with some wire some plastic hangers. Anyhow as bad as it can be it is. First estimate to fix it is about double the amount in the cash box. Who's laughing now that I dug a two holer. Any how wanted to vent the wife my love and rock finally has the kitchen she deserves and we can't use the water. Might just use this as the excuse for indoor pitcher pump and a nicer two seater out back.

07-19-2014, 07:17 PM
Vent away. Things will work out somehow and your wife will get to use that kitchen that she has wanted which will make your life so much easier.


07-19-2014, 10:47 PM
Sorry to hear of your misfortunes. Things have a way with working out. Best of luck.

07-19-2014, 11:48 PM
Hang tough.

07-20-2014, 12:36 AM
Its not all that hard to do If you have the time and a hankering to, give it a shot yourself . ABS isn't all that expensive and adapters abound to connect to what is needed. If there is a good crawlspace you could have it done easy in a weekend. Most big hardware stores like Home Depot have handout sheets with different fittings and uses . Just copy whats under house but in ABS .

07-20-2014, 01:02 AM
If I can do plumbing, then anyone can do it - I'll bet the price of materials is in the cash box.

07-20-2014, 01:58 AM
I did my own plumbing when I bought this house, found an adapter to go to the cast iron stub in the basement and went from there. Need to add on now for a 1/2 bath upstairs, my back/legs are getting to the point that steps at night are a literal pain.

07-20-2014, 02:51 AM
Investigate the cost of doing it yourself and things may not look as bad then. You may be able to do some quick repairs to get an inside commode and the kitchen working. Then you can attack what is left and do any wall or floor repairs after you take a short break and get some cash in hand.

Alvarez Kelly
07-20-2014, 03:22 AM
Lots of do it yourself folks here. Where are you located?

Some areas of the country use ABS. Others require PVC. Local codes apply, but this is not too bad of a job to do yourself.

07-20-2014, 04:38 AM
Have you read The Specialist by Chic Sale? Hilarious:

07-20-2014, 05:10 AM
Have you read The Specialist by Chic Sale? Hilarious:

Thanks for the read. I enjoyed it!

07-20-2014, 07:28 AM
Rebuilding a main stack is not easy but should be doable by the average person.

Think it out, put it together from both ends, make your final joint one where you have some elbow room.

2 things you have to know to be a plumber. Payday's on Friday and the brown smelly stuff flow's DOWNHILL!

You can DO it!

07-20-2014, 08:35 PM
You need to find the problem with the septic system and repair that before you can cure the problems inside.

Must be some serious **** outside to burst a pipe inside. (Pun intended)

Have you looked at the septic tank to try to diagnose the problem?


07-20-2014, 10:08 PM
Loved it! When I bought this house in the early 80's it did not have a bathroom. City had ran a line to the basement but it was never connected to a toilet, just a sink with cold water. Had a 2 holer way out back near the old falling down chicken coop that I used for 2 months while I rebuilt the floor in the room where I put the bathroom.Old fashioned heat water baths in a galvanized tub for those 2 months... got old fast, I don't know how the old timers put up with it.

Grandparents still had the outhouse too but they also had a full bath. When we were working outside the outhouse was a lot easier and quicker because we didn't have grandma hollering at us to wash our dirty hands before we came in and to take your nasty boots off! I grew up gathering eggs, helping butcher chickens, as I got older I helped milk the cows and tossed hay bales. Helped with harvest and planting too, always got stuck hitching the old mare to the wagon grandpa used next to the 2 row corn picker(on the cob). Nasty old horse, always tried to stomp on my feet until I got even with her. Wrapped a piece of old leather around my knee then some barbed wire scraps. She shoved me to the stall wall and tried to stomp so I kneed her. She jumped to the other side and looked at me with a *** was that look. Did it 3 times then she got he hint to not step on me anymore. Grandpa never did figure out how I did it and she kept stepping on him and my brothers and sisters.

Have you read The Specialist by Chic Sale? Hilarious:

07-21-2014, 12:01 AM
Yep, get the cover off the septic .Could be plugged downspout in to tank, full tank, or leach lines plugged with tree roots . Ive dealt with all three.

07-21-2014, 07:41 AM
Septic tanks will fall apart after awhile. Lots of stuff goes on even to the concrete. People think you never have to maintain a S-tank so they are never pumped and the solids build up and plug the outlets and pipes to the drain field, so they no longer flow and back up into the house or break soil lines. My guess is the whole system needs replaced.........

07-21-2014, 03:43 PM
We only had a 1-holer and the hand pump was out back, in the yard.
Them's that had a kitchen sink pump,and a two holer was considered "well off" and if you had an attic fan to boot, they was considered " rich".
knows what an outhouse is

dagger dog
07-21-2014, 05:25 PM
I had to buy one of those porta pots, one with a water pump it hold about 5 gallons and breaks down into 2 pieces. Keep Pine-Sol disinfectant in the pump reservoir. Dig a honey hole away from the house and try to find some hydrated lime, to cover the days dump.

Grey water can be dumped just about any where as long as no chemicals are in the water.

I know it can really be a pain, washing, laundry, bathing, but it can all be accomplished the old ways.

Hang in there , keep focused and you will work your way around the problem. Good luck !

AK Caster
07-21-2014, 05:43 PM
This should be covered by your homeowners insurance policy. So just file a claim and pay the deductible.

07-21-2014, 06:14 PM
when you vent, make sure you use a fan. :)

07-24-2014, 09:07 AM
Thanks to all for the words of encouragement, we got by with the old ways fer 6 days. Got everything put back together last night. A cine young man just home from the marine corps did the work , I needed it done and couldn't take the time off he needed the $$$$. And did it cheaper than the first two bids. Insurance company dropped the ball, no follow through no help yet, finally talked to an adjuster she said get it done and send her a bill. She. Couldn't believe that they hadn't even gotten me a claim number till 6 days or so after the disaster.

Alvarez Kelly
07-24-2014, 07:07 PM
Glad to hear you're back in operation again.

07-24-2014, 11:20 PM
So what was the problem and what did it take to fix it? :popcorn: