Day Thirty-Nine, 19 November, 2015Yesterday evening, Dianna and I cut out about a half-hour early to have dinner with Bruce and Colleen. My last conversation with Carl was that they were going to add water to the Rotoplas and let it sit all night. I told Carl, that if they turned on the water, it was ok to leave with it filling the Rotoplas and that I would shut it down when we returned from dinner.
Dianna and I returned about 7:15 PM or so, and we noticed the hose wasn't hooked up. I assumed they had filled the tank and headed for home.
This morning when I got up, after securing the doggies in their pen, and opening the gate for the guys, I toured the work site, as usual. One thing I noticed right away, was the Rotoplas was a little off-kilter. Not much, but enough that you could tell. Uh-oh, something must have happened. Maybe the thing floated before they could fill it with water.
When they arrived, Carl told me they filled the tank and it started to tilt. They thought maybe it had too much water and became top-heavy.
Anyway, they brought Omar's gasoline water pump to de-water the Rotoplas. But, since it had been about six months or so since Omar had used it, naturally, it wouldn't start.
|Omar's Pump Won't Start|
|Best Minds In the Business|
Carl and I had to go to Lano's to check on the zinc and I needed to find some staples for my electric stapler, so Carl took the plug along. Long story short, the zinc was fine and ready for delivery, no staples of the correct size anywhere, and the spark plug was the problem.
So, back to the Rotoplas. This photo shows the outfall for the sludge - the solids, etc., that don't get consumed by the bacteria in the biodigester. This is the stuff that the pumper truck has to suck up. Notice the concrete around the cone bottom.
|Waste Pump-Out Line|
|Cover Removed Showing Bio-Filter Media|
|Chopped Plastic Bottles Form Filter Media|
While I was explaining the operation of the thing to Omar and the guys, I thought that some smaller material would allow for more bacteria, which is true for a pond, but probably not so true for something like this that's dealing with turds of various sizes and consistencies, toilet paper, and the occasional dead cucaracha that gets flushed down the drain.
|Bio-Filter Media Inside Rotoplas Bio-digester|
|Finally Able To Pump out Rotoplas|
|Connecting Toilet Waste Line To Rotoplas|
|Roofing Zinc Has Arrived|
|Beginning Offload of 24-Sections|
|Set Them Down Gently|
|Nearing the End of the Offload Process|
|Nicely Stacked on Pallets|
|Inside and Outside Foam Inserts for Zinc|
|Counting the Number of Pieces|
There's many more photos than appear in each posting. You can see all the photos of the construction project on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/winjama/0wVc3s. There will be new photos added each day of the project.