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    Hello,

    I might be able to get a well drilled on our remote land / cabin. I'm wondering what steps would be necessary for a septic / leach field or any advise necessary. Please note all would be hand dug.

    Thanks for any help / advise you might have.

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    Well I can tell you, In town your Septic Tank has to be at least 100' from your Well. How far is it to water? Theres two differant ways to install your leach field, One is deep and filled with bull rock, and one is not so deep with branchs. Still need to be down to gravel, or a bunch of bull rock. Have to have so more info.

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    How are you going to do the water well.....? What size drill.....? The septic is not that big of a deal once you really understand the theory of septic systems. Lot's of Dow Board, over build it, super, super insulate it. They make plastic septic tanks, or you can build the tank out of All Weather Wood, (Green).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeak View Post
    How are you going to do the water well.....? What size drill.....? The septic is not that big of a deal once you really understand the theory of septic systems. Lot's of Dow Board, over build it, super, super insulate it. They make plastic septic tanks, or you can build the tank out of All Weather Wood, (Green).
    The well would be drilled by a drill rig, the tank ,"Plastic," would be installed by me including a leach field. Guess, I'm just wondering how others have done this at their remote land / no road, power, permits ect?
    Moslty just looking for information and not wishing to reinvent the wheel.

    thank you

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    Assuming decent soils it sounds like you need to build a crib.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK LIVIN View Post
    The well would be drilled by a drill rig, the tank ,"Plastic," would be installed by me including a leach field. Guess, I'm just wondering how others have done this at their remote land / no road, power, permits ect?
    Moslty just looking for information and not wishing to reinvent the wheel.

    thank you
    My thinking was if you can get a drilling rig in there, even if it is mounted on a Nodwell........then you could get a 450 track type dozer with a back-hoe to the site. Sorry, I guess I don't know what you are looking for......design of system....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    Assuming decent soils it sounds like you need to build a crib.
    Mr. Pid,

    Have you built a crib? did you utilize a leach feild or let the crib to both?

    Thanks for your time

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    I have never built one but I've seen them in action and they work, assuming you have appropriate soils. But that's the same qualifier with a leach field here in town. The better the soils the less drain field you need. Availability of big excavators and washed sewer rock allow town folks to put systems on marginal soils. Remote? If your property is on clay and stays wet you'll struggle with any system. Well drained sandy gravel and you can make a small simple system work well. The cribs I've seen were vaults dug into the ground. No drain fields were used. They were little more than big holes shored against caving in and buried deep enough to protect from freezing.

    I do not have appropriate conditions or I'd have built a crib long ago. My water table is too high.

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    There are classes offer on construction and design. I see one advertised on Craigslist today, in the Farm section.

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    at our cabin off the road system we used something called the "infiltrator" system for the leach field. it consists of sections of plastic arches that spread out the septic tank overflow. it is supposed to be twice as efficient as gravel and pipe and the sections will fit inside a beaver.
    it doesnt require gravel, we just wrapped it in ground cloth to keep it from getting clogged and set it into trenches dug by hand. we did have a small portable backhoe to dig the hole for the septic tank itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakecreek View Post
    at our cabin off the road system we used something called the "infiltrator" system for the leach field. it consists of sections of plastic arches that spread out the septic tank overflow. it is supposed to be twice as efficient as gravel and pipe and the sections will fit inside a beaver.
    it doesnt require gravel, we just wrapped it in ground cloth to keep it from getting clogged and set it into trenches dug by hand. we did have a small portable backhoe to dig the hole for the septic tank itself.
    Thanks for the information. I'll talk to furgision Interprizes seeing if they know of the product.

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    Hello
    My Name is Tom, I work for Ferguson Ent In Wasilla in the Lumber and Marine Division. We stock the infiltrator product and I used it at my cabin. I installed it three years ago and absolutely love it. I saved a ton ( no pun intended ) on gravel and it has worked flawlessly.

    Give me a buzz if you are interested..

    Tom


    tom.vitt@ferguson.com
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    Hey Cresent, how long a run of infiltrators did you use?

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    FYI
    The state DEC has septic system info online and the UAA/UAF cooperative extension has free info and plans for everything from cabin construction & foundations, water catchments & wells to septic systems.

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