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    Building your own cesspit in Thailand

    Building Your Own Soakaway Cesspit:

    These quite obviously are quite important, if you aint got one of these it means haveing a shite out in the garden, this can sometimes be embarrassing, ie if you have guests round for your birthday BBQ or some such thing.

    Anyway this is something any DIYer can do, first up you need to dig a big hole, the bigger the better.

    Most lowend housing and shophouses can contain just under a cubic meter of shite and piss, now don't forget all that water that goes down the toilet everytime you flush it, so most times these cess pits fill up pretty quick, yep you have to get the suction people in every now and again to suck out your tank, hell here in Pattaya it's only 300baht per suck, but, do you want that every week?

    Nope, of course you don't, so nows the time for you all to build proper cess pits.

    OK, First off dig a big hole, now dig it a bit bigger, if your a family of obese people then keep on digging, yep you lot that eat and shite too much and need loads of cesspits, so keep on digging, one, you will have the benifit of actually exercising and two you wont need them emptied so much.

    Anyway once you believe your cesspits are big enough for your household it is time to go out and buy some concrete rings, now these are less than 200baht each so buy loads of them and if you can't use them all then dig some more dirt out.

    Chuck the concrete rings in the massive great big hole, stick 4 inch pipe joiners between all the piles of rings at top and bottom, this way will deal with floaters and sinkers, fill up the inbetween of all the rings with stone for some stability, you also need a breather pipe preferably above head height so you don't have to enjoy the aromas from your cesspit, the breather pipe just stick a t piece on top of it.

    These rings you can buy covers for, 1 cover comes with a hole so you can access your cesspit and the other without, you have to decide how you need to access your own cess pit.

    On this one we used the covers for the rings and built a square access point which is obviously covered as they don't smell to nice, we then done a concrete pour to make it all nice and strong so the garden didn't cave in when someone walked across it, I mean you really don't want to fall into that shite, do you?

    On top of this you chuck your soil and then make a nice garden.







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    Now I have to admit the above pictures were from a Palace as oppposed to your normal scumbag home, but hell that is irrelevant, the next thing you got to do is get your cesspit bubbling away as you would expect your illegal beer to be bubbling away, yep something has to eat all that poo.

    Now I have heard stories of chucking a large dead animal into your cesspit to get it all started, now there aint nothing wrong with that apart from you got to run it over and then take it home with you.

    The easiest way of course is to flush some yeast down your toilets once per week, this gets the old poo eaten

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    Is that a pipe or a small one legged flipflop wearer doing a handstand in the top pic?

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    what!! Smeg has an interest in building in Thailand?

    nexthting we know, he will be asking questions about how big a stable is needed for buffaloes

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    Got any tips for settin' up a nice big drain field and siphon set up? On the Islands we never had to manually empty our pits because we had setup real good drain fileds and siphons.
    Well, there was this one. Fuckin' Fijians hated having to dig it out. always wanted milk becuase it fought the poisons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Now I have heard stories of chucking a large dead animal into your cesspit to get it all started, now there aint nothing wrong with that apart from you got to run it over and then take it home with you.
    Seems like this wouldn't be a problem in Pattaya. Instead of hitting the brakes next time, just hit the gas. One dead dog/cat/crazy motorcycle driver and *BOOM*, instand bubbles in your Shit Pit.

    The easiest way of course is to flush some yeast down your toilets once per week, this gets the old poo eaten
    I have bought some bacteria from Home Pro that seems to do that trick, though, it is on the higher end of the price scale. You can buy some cheap(er) stuff from the local Mom & Pop stores and it's supposed to work pretty well. I guess you'd call it 'bacteria tong kee'.

    We've got it set up so that the over flow goes into another sump tank that's mixed with the 'gray water'. And what doesn't get recycled there to water the lawn with, flows into the local klong. It's a pretty good set up, actually.

    Here's a question for ya....how do you know when it's time to call the sucker truck? We've got 2 of those black plastic tanks and one of them looks kind of full, but the bubbling is still going on and the flow of water down the toilet is still pretty good.
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    When you have problems flushing the toilet is the time

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    I should add that this is actually the secondary cess pit.

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    I have been told about this before and have looked in Homepro, what's it called? and where is it? If you don't mind sharing this info Sir?
    I couldn't find anything, not a small store to look around!

    Quote Originally Posted by BillyZ
    I have bought some bacteria from Home Pro that seems to do that trick, though, it is on the higher end of the price scale. You can buy some cheap(er) stuff from the local Mom & Pop stores and it's supposed to work pretty well. I guess you'd call it 'bacteria tong kee'.

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    I don't have the name of the stuff with me. But it comes in a light blue can. It's marketed as bacteria for RV tanks.

    If you walk into the Carre Four Home Pro in Pattaya, go to the right side and walk about half way down. It's on one of those isles about half way down on the right hand side.

    I think they sell it with the car wash stuff. When I get home later on, I'll take a picture of the can and post it.

    When you buy it, don't flush too much down at one time. The stuff is hard to get down the drain! But it really gets stuff moving in the tank!

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    I have often wondered. What kind of wrench does it take to open up the cess pool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    I have often wondered. What kind of wrench does it take to open up the cess pool?
    Air Chisel would have few problems here?

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    Heres the bacteria you need to break down the poo in the cess pit, available in a local hardware store near you for less than 100baht per bottle.









    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    What kind of wrench does it take to open up the cess pool?
    Never seen the wrench for these, we just use a hammer and screw driver.

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    One consideration is to place the cespit at least 50 meters from any wells. I'd be a bit concerned about the water table being so low and would, under wet ground conditions, place the cesspit in its own concrete tank, so as to contain leaks.

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    OMG...now I know how it's done!

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    I never did find the can of stuff I got from Home Pro. My wife, in one of her massive cleaning fits, felt that it was something that needed to be thrown away.

    I've since bought some stuff similar to what DD has shown above. I think mine was something like 65 bath a bottle. And that was good for one tank. The place that sells it in Sattahip (331, near 332) also sells animal feed.

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    One thing to be careful of is not to use too much detergent, especially bleach to clean your toilets if you are using a septic tank.

    Too much detergent, and especially bleach, can kill off the bacteria in the tank and leve you with stagnating sewage rather than decomposing sewage.

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    Our soapy water (from mainly from the washing machine) goes directly into the grey water line. We've got it going to a pit that we use to water half of the lawn. The other 330 square meters we water with the city water. We've got really green grass

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    I think watering the lawn with washing machine water is a good idea, the soaps used in washing contain Phosphates which the grass thrives on.

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    ^Yeah, that's why we do it. I'm not so sure that it's as good for the regular plants. And it doesn't seem to be good water for the compost. But the grass is thriving.

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    Professional Cess Pits in Thailand are these pictured below, you stick your toilet waste in one end, then the outlet which is slightly lower is connected to the road drainage, and you always wondered why the drains smelt so bad here




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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Professional Cess Pits in Thailand are these pictured below, you stick your toilet waste in one end, then the outlet which is slightly lower is connected to the road drainage, and you always wondered why the drains smelt so bad here
    Nah, that's not the proper way to do it.
    I'm building two rental bungalows on my land at the moment and am using such an "american" tank (2500 L).
    The outlet goes to another cesspit, 8 meter deep made with cement rings.
    That cesspit also get the water from the shower, and from the kitchen via a fat filter.

    The principle of the plastic tank is that it should be filled all the the time
    to withstand the pressure from the soil around it.
    Shit entering it will fall down to the bottom and cause shitty water to
    overflow into the other cesspit.

    When the plastic tank is full of mud/shit, then it's time to call for the car
    to come and suck it up.
    Afterwards, the tank should immediately be filled up with water again.

    Now, just in case if the cement ring cesspit should fill up with water (shouldn't really happen), I've made an outlet from it going to the road drain
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    All the ones I have seen are connected straight to the road drainage, no secondary soakaway tank is used, the last 2 housing estates I have worked on the contractors connected straight to the road drainage

    We only do soakaways as I never could understand how these things could work hygenically if they were connected straight to road drains.

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    Man, that's gotta be nasty. Why bother using the primary tank if you're just going to run the outlet to the nearest body of water?

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