Project Installation[edit | edit source]
Juan Hidalgo's demonstration house[edit | edit source]
Our steps of installation:
- Dug through the meter or so of saw dust that was covering the ground to reach solid earth. We needed a solid foundation for the ton or so of water that would eventually fill the tank.
- Filled the hole with Costales (sacks) of dirt and tamped them down to create a strong and level foundation. Using a level, we added dirt and sand on top of the sacks to ensure that it was even.
- Moved the 1100 liter Rotoplas tank to its location and put palate underneath to boost it up a few inches. This ensures easier access to the drain spout for future users.
- Set up gutter system. This involved digging holes for wood support beams, cutting the wood to length, installing the three beams, filling the holes with sand and tamping firmly.
- Next came cutting the galvanized corrugated roofing metal (known in mexico as lamina) with an angle grinder with cut-off wheel, bending the lamina intocutting and wrapping wire to the gutter to hold the shape, attaching the gutter to the roof and beams using nails and wire
- Made a table for the first flush system to support its weight when it is full of water.
- Constructed a platform for the mesh wrapped bucket to sit on and hammering holes in the bucket so we could secure the mesh screen to it
- Realized the first flush system was too high so we lowered it about 10 inches
- Patched some holes in a gutter (we had used a scrap piece of galvanized sheet metal which had holes)
- Cut PVC to length and attached together
- Cleaned tank and cut hole in the lid so that a 3" PVC pipe could fit in
- Connected the tank to the rest of the system
- Conducted a test we found out we had some leaks so we sealed the leaks with silicon caulk
- Conducted more testing and realized the water bottle would not seal to the PVC so we tore down that system and created a new one
Steps of re-installation:
- Measure from water bottle to one foot above ground
- Cut pipe
- Put together first flush system
- Connected first flush to mesh screen filter
- Tested before connected to rest of system and discovered water going to both first flush and tank
- Created flap to divert water
- Connected rest of system to tank
- Tested successfully
Testing: Demo House[edit | edit source]
Test 1: Checking the position of the mesh covered bucket
Test 2: Checking the system to see how it works
Test 1: New design:
Systems at Community[edit | edit source]