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    A budget Water Tank

    Another quality project I'll share as it progresses.

    It's the rainy season now, so better get that extra tank sorted while there is rain water to collect.

    Start off with having your trusted builder dig a hole (don't forget to specify that it should stay within your land borders):





    I was advised to put down some large stones before pouring the concrete base, so off we went to the nearby river:




    All local, organic pebbles, nothing less would do.

    Quite a nice location for me to relax in the shadow and take some pics:





    Well, at 150/day, they can't complain, took them out to some nice scenery where they could do some weight-lifting to keep fit. I even paid for the rice-wine after work.


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    I cannot even boil and egg.

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    I am konfused. A water tank will cost a person from B6,000-14,000 for a quality one.

    Exactly what are you trying to do? I am a cheap bastard always willing to learn...

    BTW, the pics are excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    am konfused. A water tank will cost a person from B6,000-14,000 for a quality one. Exactly what are you trying to do? I am a cheap bastard always willing to learn... BTW, the pics are excellent!
    I have just gotten off the floor from laughing mate. How did you write what I was thinking. Even cheaper out here. Good quality knockoffs.

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    That looks like a nice place to relax Stroll, what part of Thailand is that?

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    That's Nan province, I have no idea how much it will cost me, I stopped asking silly questions they can't answer. But considerably less than stated above.

    I'll keep you updated as the project will progress.

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    where do you put the water in that tank ? I am not sure I understand those pics !!!

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    This is a step-by-step guide.
    No watertank yet, the base for it to stand on isn't in place yet.

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    Ok, today they got the cement mixer out:



    I had the opportunity to save some real money and get rid of some building rubble at the same time, as it was used to fill the base together with the pebbles and concrete:






    Tomorrow they'll deliver the prefab segments for the tank.

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    Ok, I am a dumb ass Amerikan. However, even my wife looked at your photos and still (we) can not figure out what is going on.
    Last edited by hillbilly; 21-06-2006 at 08:15 PM.

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    So far it's just a concrete base for the tank.

    All will be revealed tomorrow.

    Btw, I reckon it should cost me around 2000bt, including a pipeline into the kitchen -we have pumped ground-water in there, which isn't drinking quality, but rain water is.

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    Maybe stack a few concrete rings like for DD's sewage tank? I've seen that sort used around Chiang Rai to collect the rainwater.

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    Is 'Smeg' burried under there by any chance?

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    There's some information you might find helpful here http://www.montana.edu/wwwpb/pubs/mt9707.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curious George
    Maybe stack a few concrete rings like for DD's sewage tank? I've seen that sort used around Chiang Rai to collect the rainwater.
    Bingo!

    And here they are, delivering the segments, had to cut down some shrubs and remove an electric pole:



    The truck got stuck in the mud:



    By now, someone noted that they wouldn't be able to swing the hydrolic arm to unload the rings:



    Oh well, it's good to have workers on board who can spot when something is about to go wrong.

    So I'll need to hire a few guys to carry and stack up the rings, as they're in front of the house now:



    Good job they removed the electric pole, so the cables didn't get in the way too much while unloading:


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    Appreciate the update. When the tanks fill up, what are you going to do with the overflow?

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    I see the chickens left their mark on the concrete base. Better make sure you put a lid on the tank, incase they get any ideas about leaving something in your water.

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    I don't get it. Why go through so many loops and so much time when you can buy at HomePro for less than 10K

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    Not much of my time, apart from taking the pics.
    But considerably less money spent...

    It will have an overflow pipe, I improve the design of the old tank, not sure whether I'll simply let the water run its course or put some effort into it - feed a fishpond or something.

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    Here we go:








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    My 2,000 liter tank is underground. Looks better there. We built the sala over it. But the sala floor can open for access to the tank.

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    Have you worked out how long its going to take to fill your tank with water. I reckon a couple of good downpours and you'll be full to overflowing.

    Make sure you put a filter on the inlet to stop leaves, dead birds/insects, dust and the like getting washed in, and a scean against mosquittoes taking up residence.

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    Sorry, no progress on the tank yet.

    Been away for a couple of days, and the guy decided to do the fence first. Apparently I need a 5 meter wide gate, though I haven't even got a car...

    This time I nailed the bugger though, today he's been busy digging out all the posts he cemented in without my approval...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    ...By now, someone noted that they wouldn't be able to swing the hydrolic arm to unload the rings...
    No reverse gear on that truck?

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    It's probably cheaper to pay someone to push it backwards

    Interesting idea but will the base support the weight? Each gallon of water weighs 8 pounds.

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    A real gallon of water weighs 10lbs, but as Stroller isn't UK or US lets go for a litre of water =1 Kg.

    If I understand you correctly Stroll this is going to be your drinking water supply. That would mean you are ging to save 10 baht for every 20 litres.

    I presume the water will be collected off the roof.
    You must leave the gutters DISCONNECTED from the tank and let the first few gallons, sorry litres, run off or you get a tank full of dusty water.
    Try and install this bit in a dry postion.

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