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Plumbers…What About Adding Rid-X?

Question Asked by Dr. J: Plumbers…What about adding Rid-X?
I have a new septic system. I have heard some plumbers say that adding Rid-X (or like products) is a waste of money because there are already plenty of bacteria in the tank. I have added about one box a month for these first few months…should I continue?

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Answer by sarahscute2000
Plumbers are just lying to you to pad their wallets, RidX is a great product.

Answer by Odessa R
Bleaches, soaps and detergents kill the bacteria so keep using (my brother is a plumber) unless you want to have it serviced regularly for waste build up :)

Answer by just me
You should probably check with the company that pumps or will be pumping your septic…”over the counter” products are not really recommended. Most, if not all septic companies carry products that work better and can give you advice or recommendations on how often, if at all it should be added. I work for a septic business, and we carry Bio-jet…about $ 25 a gallon and it is usually used more for older systems..but your septic service can talk to you about that… Good luck!!
***Also, if you have a garbage disposal, that’s not really a good thing if you have a Bio jet..or similar products will help, but you may need it pumped more often than not…Recommended every two to three years…

Answer by Hank
I have lived on a septic system for the past 11-years. I did not have the tank pumped for 7-years (which is a mistake – I was lucky not to have problems), but I have used a bacterial supplement all along. It’s what saved me!

The worst thing that can happen to your system is that solids stop breaking down, and once the tank fills, the solid matter can flow into the leach field. If your leach lines plug up, the only way to fix them is to replace them!

Don’t run things like coffee grounds, egg shells, and anything that won’t digest down the drain. Use a product like Rid-X regularly, and have your tank pumped every 3 – 4 yeas, depending on how heavy your sewer flow is.

I use Clorox products in my washer, but I use minnimal amounts. I’ve never “killed” my tank yet.

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I would say you are doing the right thing. InCanada we have a product called ” Septo-bac ” & i used to put 1 pkg. in the flush once a week. They told me at the hardware store to do that & in 10 years I never had to have anything done to my septic system. So, I would continue for sure, unless you like the prospect of having it flushed out or pumped out. How gross is that ?

Answer by waldoo
yes keep it up but you can cut back to one treatment every three months , just saves a little money

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Where Should I Post a Question About Property Taxes & Septic Tank Issues?

Question Asked by Power: Where should I post a question about property taxes & septic tank issues?
I might have to pay thousands of dollars to remove these tanks under my ground. I also pay a large amout for taxes. I am wondering if my taxes should be lowered if others in my county who have public sewage are not paying the same rate as I am?

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Answer by Steve D
Usually, everyone in the same jurisdiction pays the same rate which is based upon the house’s assessed value. If someone’s house is valued above yours, they will pay more, yet pay the same rate, if someone’s house is valued less, they also will pay the same rate but pay less overall. If someone is paying a lower rate (not amount, but actual rate per $ 100/$ 1000 of assessed value), you need to determine why that person is paying a lower rate – very rarely will it be because ofsewer versus septic.

The only question would be whether hooking up to public sewer increases or decreases the value of your house (my guess is that it increases the value which will in the long run [after the next assessment] increase the amount you pay).

And note that the county/jurisdiction will not give you a break just because you have to spend money to remove septic tanks.

Answer by Max Hoopla
The costs of removal of septic tanks will be an adjustment to the basis in the home. Having a sewer instead of a septic system will affect the market value and thus the tax assessment value.

Answer by tro
probably your county
removing the old system and being connected to the community line is your expense, has nothing to do with taxes
your property is assessed on its useage and improvements which include buildings

Answer by Beverly S
Ask in the rental/real estate section. But your question isn’t clear.. why would you have to remove the tanks? Tax rates are the same whether you have septic or sewer.

Answer by Tigger
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I would think once you are hooked up to public sewer the tanks should stay there or the city should take them out when they change over. They really are not hurting anything in the ground empty.\’

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We’re Moving Our Trailer Out to Our Land in Tyler, Texas…price of Running City Water About 2,000 Feet?? HELP

Question Asked by mandylorian: We’re moving our trailer out to our land in Tyler, Texas…price of running city water about 2,000 feet?? HELP
We currently own 5 acres in Tyler, Texas, right outside of Whitehouse. We temporarily moving a mobile home until we start to build. We have the electrical taken care of, as well as the septic system, but I absolulely CANNOT find any information on pricing for running city water out on our property from a main pipe that’s about 2,000 feet away. Can anyone help?????

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Answer by don_sv_az
Get someone out there with a trencher or a backhoe, make a trench and lay the pipe your self. You local Home Depot, Lowe’s or Hardware store can let you know the price of pipe and fittings. The water company is going to put the meter at the edge of the property line anyway.

One thing… From you house/trailer location to the water main … Is it all your property, or do you have a utility easement?

In my area we were allowed to use 3/4 Inch PVC pipe. Cheap and easy to run. Just make sure you listen to the Hardware man’s description and use the Primer and the Glue. Rotate each fitting at least 90 degrees while gluing and before you bury the pipe, pressure test it for at least 24 hours to make sure there are no leaks. It is easy to fix before burying, very hard to fix after.

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Question About Required Septic System.?

Question Asked by D W: Question about required septic system.?
In order to move onto my land it’s required that I have septic and a well. I was wondering if I could get out of the septic system temporarily by getting an outhouse. The Amish have them and I have a lot of Amish around me.

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Answer by full_tilt_boogie
I’m not sure about the regulations in your state, but a properly working outhouse is quite a pain (pardon the pun) in the backside, the Amish aren’t not afraid of hard work. However!, you’d be surprised what qualifies as a ‘Septic Tank’… I’ve installed one that could have only been a few hundred gallon cattle water tank and some flex-seep hose (it’s 8~12″ in diameter, and is largely perforated in 4 lines spaced 90degrees apart.) We had it done in an afternoon…
I can get the ‘plans’ from my old boss if’n you’d like…?…

Answer by Ronald P
I don’t think that will work for you. The Amish toilets are Grandfathered in before ordinances were changed.

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I Am About to Buy a House and It Has a Septic Tank. There Are 9 Lids to This Septic?

Question Asked by Tony V: I am about to buy a house and it has a septic tank. There are 9 lids to this septic?
It appears that there is either a new tank or storage tank involved. One of the new looking lids has a spot where a motor would go though. Any thoughts on why this would be? It has had almost a perfect spetic history.

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Answer by Al
I can only venture a guess: In the old days, a “Septic tank” was a man-made affair usually fashioned out of rocks or railroad tie-sized lumber. These primitive units allowed sand to seep in, and didn’t allow paper and larger waste to get out very well. When the “tank” was full, or not draining properly, another hole was dug beside the old one, lined with materials at hand, and covered with a concrete cap. ( I uncovered 3 or 4 when I bought this old house..then quit digging, turned the drain line 45 degrees and put in a new “store bought”, concrete, 1000 gallon tank and new drain field that brought it up to code.) You are correct, the older septic pits and tanks were drained about every year or two by dropping an ‘affluent pump’ into a hole in the top, and sucking it out the best they could. If you suspect that this is what has happened on your property, contact the County Health Dept official and see if he has a ‘Permit” on file for an up-to-date septic system ( tank and drain field ) If he has, you may only need to have it inspected and cleaned. If not, I’m afraid you are in for quite an expensive project in the near future. If you haven’t purchased the house yet, get the Realtor or Owner to disclose the facts and either provide documentation, or negotiate the necessary repairs before you buy. Good Luck

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Does Anyone Know Anything About Septic Dosing Sytems?

Question Asked by Kristina S: Does anyone know anything about Septic Dosing Sytems?
We have a back up in our spetic tank (dosing system) and need to know know anyone knows any details about them.
We need to know about the connection between the first tank and the pipe leading to the dosing tank. Is there a flap there that closes off the outlet from the first tank to the pipe leading to the second tank?

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Answer by yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
ask someone from lowes or home depot they are very good at that stuff

Answer by Sugar PIe
Don’t flush anything down them that the bugs in there can’t digest, including grease, tampons, dental floss, or condoms. These items will only clog the system.

Periodically, flush some fresh enzumes down the toilet. These are sold on the cleaning aisle, usually with cleaners and other chemicals. They can come as a liquid, ina bottle, or as a powder, in a box. Rid-X is one brand out there.

If you inherited a septic system from previous owners of the home, or had renters there before you, it’s probably a good idea to get it pumped to avoid it backing up.

Answer by swoop
No, there isn’t a flap in that pipe.

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Anyone from Minnesota or Western Wisconsin Have Any Words of Wisdom About Building a Home on Acreage?

Question Asked by GoldenCutie424: Anyone from Minnesota or Western Wisconsin have any words of wisdom about building a home on acreage?
Details including septic mound, Well, Foundation. In the end were you on budget or over budget. On top of the land cost how much did everything end up costing (roof, sheetrock, windows, wood, siding, ect)

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Answer by debk
One thing I can tell you is not to design your home. Use a home plan or have a professional do it for you. You will leave something out and later regret it.

Answer by Jess
Leave as much of the ground as it is. Don’t fill in any ravines or chop down numerous trees. Nature is wise when it comes to things like that. Don’t put in a tight switchback drive because if you ever need the fire dept, the trucks won’t make to the house. To dig a well, put in the septic mound, etc. will need surveyors and permits to ensure you’re not disturbing the water table or robbing someone else of water. Always add 50% to any estimate. Our one-story dome house (three rooms on a concrete slab, 16 feet at the tallest point, cost $ 85,000, land and all in 1999. We live year-round, which 90% of people don’t, Chicago residents buying vacation homes, so keep in mind you won’t have neighbors in the winter. Be prepared for winds and snow–there are two seasons in Minn and Wisconsin–winter and July.

Answer by lvlksuperior
I am a Northwest Wisconsin resident and we just built a new house. I can tell you from direct experience!!!!!!! You first step after you have the land is to go talk to your local zoing office for info on the permits required to build on undeveloped land…no permits no build…make sure your land does not have a wetland designation, this held us up for 3 mths and construction season is very short up here. We started by finding the land: a beautiful 40 acre parcel of georgeous woodland……sound nice but it’s not $ 20,000 to hire a excavating company to come in and clear the building site, bring in fill to have drainage and level building site $ 3000.00, dig holes to bury the debris 150.00/hour you can only burn so much. If you are looking for land I suggest an open area you can always plant trees, they are alot cheaper then land clearing and you can see the lay of the land and plan for the proper drainage away from where you build. Your septic system type is based on a perk test of your soil, if you have 3 feet of sandy soil you can go with a septic system, if soil will not perk (water drains away in a timed test) you will have to go with a mound system. Our mound system cost $ 15,000. We were lucky with the well because the water table is high here and the driller hit good water at 86 feet cost 2500.00, then you have to have a pump installer another 1500.00. We have an energy star constructed home to save on heating and cooling costs…look into it good ideas!! Google energy star costruction. We have a slab foundation with infloor heat….I love infloor, so much easier to heat our house 3500 sq feet with heated garage. Foundation type is a real question…I had a basement but after time it started to crack with the winter frosts and then leaked, even a dry basement will have condensation and dampness and running dehumidifiers 24 hours adds up on elec. costs. I like the slab but miss the extra storage space. Concrete is a item you can shop around for, priced by the cubic yard. Our slab for this house was 15000.00 including the concrete contractor. Our windows were $ 20000.00 ( I have alot) make sure you have a low e insulated window. We stayed away from wood due to the short longevity, high maint. to keep wood looking nice, and windows sweat, wood will turn black with mldew.
Up north Insulate insulate insulate!! Orientate your home so you can take advantage of the southern sun exposure for passive solar heating in the winter. I wish we had looked more into solar panels and adding a wood heat backup it would have been a wise investment with the energy cost going up. We did check out geothermal heating, a sound idea but very costly to install. We have 8″ walls v/s 6″ for extra insulation value, our walls are R-30, and ceilings R-60 we spent 9000.00 on insulation for the house. The total for completion was 220,000.00 and that did’nt include landscaping, sidewalks, patios. In the end we were over budget 10,000 and had to cut back on a few things (landscaping, sidewalks and patios) to make the financing but it turned out ok. The place must be ok cause the tax man loves us, we built for 220,000.00 but are valued at $ 300,000 so instant equity of 80,000.00 makes it right. I will be happy to talk more and share info just send me an email. P.S. If you are looking up in this area We have 115 acres of good building land for sale that is in a nice area with highly rated schools, excellant community and close commute to Duluth Mn and Superior Wi.

Answer by atha
My brother just a built a house in Minnesota – about 90 miles west of Duluth, MN. The costs were VERY similar to the excellent post from the person from NW Wisconsin who described everything in detail. His house was 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two floors (lower floor is a walkout basement).

If you’re in an area with bedrock (Northshore of Lake Superior) your well can cost MUCH more. Septic system rules are very similar in MN and WI (WI is a little more stringent). Mounds in MN can run 10,000 to 15,000, in-ground systems (where you have 3 or more feet of good soil) can run 5,000-10,000.

One a side note, in Minnesota if you distrub over an acre of land, you will need a construction stormwater permit from the state. Not sure what types of requirements Wisconsin has for this. Your local planning and zoning office should be able to help you out.


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I Have Home That Is About 2 Years Old, This Home Has a Spetic System. Tree Hurt to Grow in Spectic Field?

Question Asked by Toni C: I have home that is about 2 years old, this home has a spetic system. Tree hurt to grow in spectic field?
I have willow trees growing in the back of the spetic field. This is the first spetci system that I have had and I need to find out how to maintain, do’s and don’s

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Whats the Black Stuff Coming from Septic and What Do I Do About It?

Question Asked by todd_tas: Whats the black stuff coming from septic and what do i do about it?
We have a new septic installed about 5 months ago. I opened the lid, and it doesnt appear full. However, a bit further down the paddock, it is leacking a black liquid out. What can I do about this please?

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Answer by Brent C
The black liquid is old sewer sediment. It is a new system and should work out but the water coming out should be kind of clear but really there should be no water coming out at all because it should be leaching into the ground. This could be a problem if someone reports this to a city official for dumping raw sewer on the land. I would call the people who installed it for you and have them look at it and fix it as a warranty.

Septic tanks take time to get going as it is a living thing. Yes I said it is a living thing. You will have to feed it what it likes. And you have to keep some things out of it such as bleach or that blue toilet stuff.

A septic tank is like a compost pile but for liquid. It has little bugs (enzymes) in there to eat the paper and poo. and if the bugs get killed the tank wont work and it will clog up your leach field and because it is lower then your house you will end up with a bunch of artesian sewer springs. Once the black sludge comes up your leach field maybe filled with the sediment and may need to redo it. I hope this is not the case, and I have put in a web page that says they have stuff to fix that.

Septic tank cleaner will tell you that you will need to pump out your tank ever few months. This is not true and will hurt your tank more then help it. When they suck it out they suck out the bugs. A septic tank will only need to be pumped out if it needs to. But maybe every five to 20 years you can suck only the sludge from the bottom of the tank. Don’t let them suck out the hard cake on the top. That is where your bugs are eating. The black sediment on the bottom of the tank is the bugs poo from eating your poo.

Most homes will run clothes and dish water into a different tank or run it into the garden area because some laundry and dish soaps will hurt septic tanks but won’t hurt gardens or grass. So you will have to use the right laundry and dish soaps if it runs in there.

In your case you may have to pump out your tank and start over and you can buy the bugs in the store kind of like yeast. but it comes on a bottle or box that you will flush down the toilet It is a powder or liquid.

I have found a host of links on septic tanks and food for them. You will see many different opinions on how to take care of your tank, but the most important thing you need to know is that it is a living thing. You have to feed it the right foods. and treat it right.

In the winter it will slow down if it freezes so you may have to cover it with straw hay to keep it warm. But it should be deep enough.

Meats are also not good for it so try not to dump oil into it. Garbage disposals are ok as long as it not huge amounts like a waist can full a day but like 4 cups a day should be fine and will help it get new kinds of good bugs in there.

Have a good time and with the system you will have to keep in the back of your mind that you have a good pet in your yard and it needs to looked after. Many people from the city have these types of problems because they are not told how to care for it and they will use gallons of bleach and just kills the tank in days.

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Can You Give Me Ten Interesting Facts About the Circulatory System?

Question Asked by Daman: Can you give me ten interesting facts about the Circulatory system?
i am doing a research on the circulatory system and i need some interesting facts. please help me. thank you!

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Answer by angella s
Here are ten facts about the circulatory system:
*The circulatory system is one of the most important systems in the body.
*The circulatory system brings nutrients and blood around to all the working cells in the body.
*Transports oxygen from the lungs to the cells.
* Carries carbon dioxide, a waste product of cell metabolism, to the lungs where we breath it out.
*Transfers digested food materials and minerals.
* Transmits heat, regulates body temperature.
*Fights off diseases and infections.
*The circulatory functions blood
The heart is the muscular pump like organ that circulates blood through the body. The muscles of the heart contract periodically and cause the heart to pump blood. The heart contracts about 72 times a minute when an adult person is at rest, but this rate increases to 100 or more during activity or excitement. The total volume of blood in the system is about 5 to 6 litres. The heart pumps approximately 5 litres of blood out every minute.

Answer by aileen
i could give some of the things i know about circulatory system.
- it acts as a transport system
- most of the system of our body depend on circulatory system
- it consists of heart, blood vessels, and blood that circulates blood throughout the body, delivers nutrients and other essential materials to cells, and removes waste products.
- it is also called Cardiovascular system
- portions of CS > systemic circulation and pulmonary circulation
those are te things that i remember on this system..sorry..

Answer by coolfloridian
1.Veins return blood to the heart whereas arteries take blood away.
2.Blood is not blue the way some believe.
3.There are 10 major places to check the pulse: Superficial temporal artery, common carotid artery, facial artery (head and neck), axillary artery, brachial artery, radial artery (arm), femoral artery, popliteal artery, dorsalis pedis artery, posterior tibial artery (leg and foot)
4.”Shock” is a decrease in blood volume. There are several types including hemorrhagic, plasma loss, heurogenic, anaphylactic, septic, and cardiogenic.
5.A blood vessell is made of 7 layers divided into 3 sections. Tunica media (innermost), Tunica intima (in the middle), and Tunica adventitia (outermost).
6. Veins having diameters greater than 2mm contain valves that allow blood to flow toward teh heart but not in the opposite direction.

Hope this gets you started

Answer by JoeKevNickLover1
Well, I just got done studying this material last year, and I keep all my notes, so let me go get them. Got them! Let’s see what I have here…

These are some major parts of the most important part in the Circulatory System, the Heart.

Also, let me know if my spelling is off!

1. Right ventricle

2. Left ventricle

3. muscle wall

4. left atrium

5. right atrium

6. Pulmonary arteries

7. Pulmonary veins

8. Aorta (not really sire if I spelled that right :) )

I know that is not ten, but by using my information AND some other facts you get, you should have enough!

Answer by teenqueen
the circulatory system is one which transports blood to different parts of the body
The circulatory system is an organ system that moves nutrients, gases, and wastes to and from cells, helps fight diseases and helps stabilize body temperature.
The main components of the human circulatory system are the heart, the blood, and the blood vessels. The circulatory system includes: the pulmonary circulation, a circulation through the lungs where blood is oxygenated; and the systemic circulation, a circulation through the rest of the body to provide oxygenated blood.

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Answer by barbie
1.The human heart is shaped like a Cone

The human heart is shaped like a cone. The narrower end of the heart points down and to the left side of the chest. In an adult, the heart weighs about three-fourths of a pound and is about the size of a fist. Major arteries, such as the aorta and pulmonary arteries, connect at the wider upper part of the heart. If arteries become clogged with cholesterol and other fatty deposits (atherosclerosis), you may have a heart attack or stroke.

2. How many times does the average adult heart beat per minute?
An average adult heart beats about 70 times a minute. The hearts of superfit athletes, however, may beat as slowly as 40 times a minute. That’s because their hearts are larger and can pump more blood with each heartbeat. You don’t have to become an elite athlete to reap benefits from exercise, though. Moderate exercise most days of the week can tune up your heart, too, reducing the risk of such conditions as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

3. If your heart muscle is weak and can’t squeeze as hard, it’s likely to:
If your heart muscle is weak, it can’t pump as hard. To compensate for its inability to pump out the normal amount of blood, your heart may enlarge (dilate). It could eventually enlarge so much that it fails to function normally.

4. The “thump, thump” noises heard through a stethoscope when listening to your heart are the sounds of:
Your heart valves closing

The “thump, thump” sounds heard through a stethoscope come from your heart valves closing after blood has passed through them. Valves are strong, thin leaflets of tissue attached to the heart muscle. The heart’s four valves keep blood flowing in one direction.

5. Taking a walk or working in the garden doesn’t do much for your heart.

Jogging and other vigorous physical activity clearly benefit your heart. But even simple exercise like a brisk walk or pulling weeds in your garden strengthens your heart. The key to getting some heart-healthy benefits from walking or other simple exercise is that you do it consistently. The American Heart Association recommends getting 30 minutes of exercise — even if it’s just a brisk walk — on most days of the week. Even short 10-minute walks that add up to 30 minutes count. Gardening and housework (vacuuming or other physical work) count, too!

6. The heart muscle propels blood to your body and lungs by:

The heart propels blood by squeezing it out of the powerful ventricles into the arteries. The squeezing action is produced when the muscle fibers that make up the walls of the heart shorten (contract). With this contraction, the ventricles become smaller, forcing the blood out.

7. What is the main purpose of the heart’s two atria?
: Receiving blood from the body and lungs

The atria are small receiving chambers for blood returning from the body (right atrium) or from the lungs (left atrium). They push the blood into the ventricles with a rather weak contraction. The two ventricles are the main pumping chambers. The right ventricle forcefully pumps blood to the lungs, while the left ventricle pumps blood to tissues and organs throughout the body.

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How to Go About Disengaging Bathwater Drainage from Going into the Septic Tank?

Question Asked by 2Q&Learn: How to go about disengaging bathwater drainage from going into the septic tank?
What do I need to know in order not to mess up the rest of the sewage system?
We use biodegradable soap, & want to water the yard with it. We live in the desert, & want to conserve water.

Thank You.
Where do I go to find out the laws regarding this in my locality? Planning ommision? Health Department? Other?

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Answer by Eat My Shorts
Without seeing the schematic of your plumbing,It’s impossible to answer your question.But,bar using buckets to physically remove the water from your bath tub,Which is very laborious,You really need to re-route your plumbing to an outside storage area of the sort by an experienced plumber.

Answer by thewrangler_sw
You will need to disconnect the tub drain from the rest of the drain system. I would do this at the point where the tub drain connects to the main system.

Cap off the exposed opening to the main drain, and youre all set there.

Now, you need to re-route the tub drain — if your tub is not quite a bit higher than your yard, then you may need to invest in a sump pump. You need some kind of storage for the water to drain into…this can be as simple as some 55 gallon drums (plastic), or a concrete septic tank, even, if you want to hold a few hundred gallons of water in storage. If you are going to need that sump pump… then I would bury the storage tank, and put the sump pump in it. It would also be a good idea to add a vent stack, somewhere along here.

Last thing to do, is to run a line from the storage to wherever you want it…. you can either rig a faucet and hose, sprinkler, or even underground sprinklers for this stage of things.

If you want to water at specific times…. then put the sump pump on a timer or manual switch… just don’t forget to empty the tanks, hehehe.. or the tub wont drain.

Have Fun

Answer by saaanen
I wouldn’t do anything until I checked with the locality. In some places what you want to do is illegal.

Answer by champ2785
It’s illegal unless you treat the water.

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How Do We Go About This?

Question Asked by ebosgramma: How do we go about this?
We have a piece of property that is paid for, we have a mobile home on the lot but we never got around to having a well dug or a septic system put in. We are now wanting to either move into the existing mobile home or have another replace it. What is the first step? Do we contact the septic or well people or do we go to the town and ask for permits?

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Answer by ralphers
Contact the well and septic people, they will help you with the permits.

Answer by H.B.K.
first things first u will need a permit if ur gonna dig that deep because u never know what is going on under the ground. plus it’s always better to get them infact u might need several of them. then call the septic guys see how much they would charge you for that . and even if u do get a new mobile home. u are gonna need the septic tank anyways.

my advice is to get permits or check and see if they are any needed. then go through with what ever else u wanna go through with. good luck.

Answer by justme
In my town you have to have a perc test to determine if you can put in a septic system. Ours cost about $ 600 6 years ago. That was the first thing we did. The person doing it will supply you with a detailed print of the grounds layout etc for you to submit to the town for a permit (he might just do this for you at a town meeting,ours did) You would then be advised what to do next.

Answer by suninfla
First of all you will need water. Contact a well driller and ask for a quote. They will tell you if you need to get the permits or not. A lot of companies will get the permits some require you to. Then after you decide weather you are going to use your old mobile or get another one contact the septic. The home could make all the difference in the world on where the septic needs to go.

Answer by elite_women_rule_the_rock
you may want to get a test first

since you have let it sit for so long you may want your soil tested to see if you are not contaminated if you are your well may be too
call a well and septic they will come out and tell you where best to put it all

they will also get the permits but be careful if you have town water or septic you may have to use theirs so check with your local office they may not want you to dig

Answer by yspring64
Assuming the property does not have access to city sewers and water, you should start with your local health department. They can tell you what types of systems will work at your property and where it’s best to put each system. They can also provide you with a list of licensed septic system installers and well drillers.

If city sewer and water is available, contact the town first. It’s likely they also have a list of licensed people who can do the work for you.

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Who Knows About Electrical Shorts in a House?

Question Asked by Mr nice guy 2U: who knows about electrical shorts in a house?
A few years ago, my house was hit by lightning. Everything was fixed or replaced. Now when its 90 outside I get a loud buzz in the stereo. I have seperate lines running to 2 out of 3 amps everything is run through a power conditioner which shows volts. When it gets hot outside (cool inside) my voltage goes down to 100 or so and it starts buzzing.
I really don’t think this is a stereo issue or it would be there all year, not just when its 90 outside. We found 1 bad wire in our septic system but replacing it did not cure problem.
Only things outside are central air unit,, and septic
when its about 100 or more outside, the buzz is constant 90′s its intermitant
any ideas on where to start???
with volume all the way down buzz is loud
ITS NOT THE STEREO buzz is on cd dvd sat. tv tuner tape vcr

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Answer by xbl genius
could just be your area. bad connection to the radio. and maybe when it is hotter you subconciously turn the volume up higher making the buzz more noticable. plus the heat may be effecting the vibrations of the speacker. it is all about air expansion and compression.

Answer by laszlomann
Electrical problems of this type are always tricky to solve. It sounds as though you are getting magnetic interference. turn off the a/c unit and check if the noise changes. if not shut off the dish and see what changes. since the lightning strike have you added any major electrical appliances? check those. Anything of a magnetic nature in close proximity to the stereo? are your speakers too close? <6 feet? that can also cause hum. good luck. If this doesn't work let me know, I have other ideas.

Answer by dfiler2
If the incoming voltage is dropping to 100 that is your problem. Call the power company and let them know, it is probably a faulty transformer.

Answer by peter
If the voltage drops, then there is an overload on the supply.

It could be that the voltage drops for the whole neighborhood because everyone s running AC. Measure voltage at your panel.

If this is not the case, then the supply cable from the panel to your amps is not heavy enough for the load. Heavy amps should be hooked up to an 20 Amp circuit with 12 ga wire.

Don’t know what you are using as a power conditioner, but make sure it is rated for enough amps to handle the equipment. To make sure, bypass the onditioner to see is it causes the buzz.

As the voltage drops as in scenario 1 the condtioner has to work harder…

Answer by jason
this time of year places the power company under higher demands and voltage would naturaly drop in higher temps. you can get a filter for your power or just on that circuit. may help a little

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Q&a: We Have Two Toilets in Our House. About Twice Per Month, We Have Problems Flushing Our Toilets.?

Question Asked by sunflowerchic_1979: We have two toilets in our house. About twice per month, we have problems flushing our toilets.?
We manually flush the toilets with water and sometimes this does not even work. We are on a septic system and had our septic pumped and cleaned in June. Anyone have any suggestions?
Okay I should add that we try really hard not to flush toilet paper. It happens from time to time, but not often.

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Answer by Dr. Strangelove
If it works for awhile after you pump out the septic tank, then acts up after time, I would think your leeching field is clogged and needs to be replaced.

Answer by hmasascmm
We had a similar problem at my house, try using thinner toilet paper, It’s a bit rougher than the regular kind, but it doesn’t clog.

Answer by tom the plumber
check drain vents or VTR

Answer by Darren
You may have a problem with the vent on the roof, or problems on the outlet side of the tank.
Check you roof “stink” pipes, I usually have people run water down through it with a garden hose to check for blockage.
More than likely you have problems with the outlet side of your tank.
If your tank is a newer tank, you will have laterals that drain the water underground that require a professional to uncover.
If your tank is older, you probably have the outlet line that emerges in a ditch. Most of the time if you have an outlet line that emerges in the ditch, you will find that the outlet has been covered by silt, dirt, or an animal. Clearing the outlet will usually clear the problem, and if not it will require being uncovered. Good Luck

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About How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Septic System?

Question Asked by dacbs04: about how much does it cost to replace a septic system?

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Answer by Jessi (due Nov. 18, 2008)
about 2 grand, i believe…

Answer by Nini
Thousands. The best thing you can do is get quotes and go with the best one..

Answer by ppe
small one about 2000 and up

It depends on the size. For regular size the system should be around 3,000. The cost for having it made is also high and could be around 1,500 to 2,500 depending on the particular characteristics of the site.

Answer by sensible_man
Installation of a septic system is around $ 2000. Replacing would also require removal of the old one and the leach field piping before replacing, so more money.

Answer by Ronald P
It will cost up to $ 5000.00 to replace your septic system. Most likely all is needed is to replace drain field lines which you should done for 2500 to 3000 this price varies call and ask several contractors in your area. My daughter had there drain field replaced 2 years and found a contractor that only charged her $ 1400.00 . I told her never to loose the mans name and phone number.

Good Luck to you

Answer by yspring
There are many variables in installing a septic system. Costs vary from state to state and from county to county. It really depends on what part of the country you live in, how much of the system you need to replace, how much space you have for a replacement system, etc.

A properly designed septic system will typically have a soils evaluation done. Sometimes by the local health department, sometimes by a certified soil scientist.

Be sure you contact the local health department. They will tell you what types of septic system(s) can be installed on your particular property.

In Ohio, a 2000 gallon septic tank runs about $ 1000, but the money is in what’s after the tank. A subsurface sand filter or a standard leach field for a four bedroom home would be around $ 7000 to $ 9000, assuming no mechanical parts.
A mound or drip system can cost $ 15,000-20,000, depending on it’s size. Larger homes (more bedrooms) will cost more.

You will need a permit for this – contact your local health department for more info. They may also be able to answer your cost questions as well as any other questions you may have.

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Q&a: I Have a Question About a Septic Tank?

Question Asked by Sunny: I have a question about a septic tank?
I have never lived in a house with a septic tank. I was told normal use of the bathroom would not cause any issues with the tank. I haven’t put anything unusual in any of the drains. But for some reason my house around the bathroom smells like sewage. Its more fierce coming from the air vent. Am I having a septic tank issue? If so is it backing up? What should I do?

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Answer by Dan H
When was the tank pumped last? You should have the tank pumped at least once every 3 years for a house with one or two people living in it with at least a 500 gallon tank. More often if you have more people – your septic tank pumper can help you with the frequency. The only things that should go down the drain is water, toilet paper and human waste (pee and poo). Everything else goes in a trash can (feminine products especially). All of the drains in your house normally go to the septic tank unless you have some sort of gray water recycling system (doubtful).

If you just bought the house, you should have a septic tank pumper come out and service the tank.

You shouldn’t be smelling septic fumes inside the house – the tank is outside. I’m wondering is you have a waste and drain vent pipe terminated in the attic? or a leak under the house? Do you have a crawl space under the house?

Answer by pellco
What Dan said.
Also, could be coming from the toilet trap seal .
Where do see the air vent ? Is it open ? Please explain more. Pics of the ” air vent “would be nice .

Answer by bill6654
All the answers are good also inspect your toilet wax seal (under toilet) mat be leaking

Answer by George
as a master plumber i agree with these comments, but also do you have a floor drain in the bathroom? if so the trap may be dry, a lot of these traps dont see alot of water so the best thing is to pour a little mineral spirits to prevent it from evaporating too quickly, also you mentioned you smell it from the air vent, this is confusing unless you have what is called a studor vent under the sink (a mechanical air vent which has a flap inside it that opens when the drainage system is under use) if this small air vent is defective the flap hangs open resulting in sewer gas entering the dwelling , other than this type of vent there shouldnt be a vent or open pipe inside the room.

Answer by Newtechbio
Since only an inspection can help determine what might be occurring, you may want to order one as soon as possible so as to fix or reverse any adverse condition. Contact everyone reputable since pumpers rates can vary drastically.
If your system is weak or starting to become less permeable, often time’s gas builds up as a result of a clogging leach area that no longer functions optimally. As the gas builds up it has to relieve somewhere and that somewhere might be your toilet. For other people it might be a kitchen sink or tub. If the system is slowly clogging, delaying an inspection will only allow further clogging which will lead to more costly resolution.
The best thing to do is to get an inspection and be sure to ‘be there” with the inspector so that you can see what is happening should a problem exist. Once you complete the inspection, determine what to do based on the inspectors report.

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Q&a: I Am Trying to Find the Cheapest Way to Go About Setting Up Some Kind of Legal Sewage System.. Any Ideas?

Question Asked by Barbara D: I am trying to find the cheapest way to go about setting up some kind of legal sewage system.. any ideas?
Can not affford septic system ,].. I have been looking into sump pump systems .. Just dont know enough about it

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Answer by Erik B
The person you should be asking is your local plumbing inspector because he is the only one who is going to pass anything that you have installed. And if anyone has seen cheap he has, because he has to see every system, this is one reason you have inspectors, they are full of good ideas. You can also go to your local plumbing store and ask for the cheapest, or go to a mechanical engineer and tell him cheap. All these people in your area know the local plumbing laws and what they can get away with according to the fixture load of your system, in relation to the size of field you need.

Answer by Walt
I really don’t mean to be rude but unless you have magical pooh, it still is being pumped somewhere. you can’t really avoid a septic system. You do have to see what your inspector requires in your town (they all are funny). I have seen (I’m a lic plumber), when I was still working for someone else, one inspector not pass something in the morning, reschedule another inspection and (nothing done differently to the system) pass it in the afternoon. There is a new drain field system out now that is really easy to install ,it is very economical and can easily handle the load and any annoying root problem you may have. I can’t think of the name of it, (since I’m a simple plumber and not a septic guy and it’s been a long time since handled with) but it snaps together quite easily. The thing is. pooh and urine are unsanitary, you can’t just pipe it down into the woods and forget about it. Diseases are born that way, not to mention the effects on the local ecosystem. You really need to consult a septic company and get a second opinion at least. If you are worried about the price then say you are comparing rates and were doing some comparison shopping and wondered if you could get a free quote. Someone will probably come out, give you some advice about field placement and answer any other questions a whole lot better than I could. Good luck!

Answer by The best answer is
Well bud you are going to have to afford it. Or spend most of your time at MacDonalds. If you live in a city you are not allowed to put up an “outhouse in the back yard unless your property is a certain size(acreage) . Check at city hall as to what is allowed for your area. Then visit a plumbing place and ask what they got because you got to consider all the water you use for toilets, washing, showers, and the like. You may be able to go cheaper(but you are gonna be hulk hogan after you manually dig the septic field by hand. Personally, I don’t think it is worth the effort. You are gonna have to get a loan from a bank. Septic and the roof is the 2 you got to be able to pay for. Windows & doors&insulation – that can wait.

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Q&a: What Do I Need to Know About Septic Tank Maintenance?

Question Asked by jenna: What do I need to know about septic tank maintenance?
I’m buying my first house and it has a brand new septic tank. Growing up I always had town sewer. What do I need to know about maintenance? How often does it need to get pumped? How often should I use stuff on the commercials (don’t remember name- rid x?)

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Answer by Peter W
Rid-X, and many other similar preparations do very little that the natural bacteria already present cannot. However, no matter how well the system operates you will have to do regular maintenance – although the frequency for that will depend on the actual load on the tank. That comes from a variety of things, not just the number of people involved. These items include:

Dishwasher – most conventional dishwasher detergent is high in phosphorus and bleach. Both of these things contribute to reduced septic system efficiency.
Deep fried foods or lots of fatty foods washed down the drain – grease creates a scum layer within the tank that can clog the uptake of decayed effluent into the soil.
Anything containing Triclosan – this is a non-decaying, non-degrading antiseptic that will also kill natural bacteria within the system. This stuff is also very common in antibacterial soaps. Avoid it like the plague that it is.

There is a link below that may be useful. Be gentle on the system and it will do you well for many years to come.

Answer by eDate Troll
1. Never flush anything down the toilet that won’t break down, such as cigarette butts, sanitary products, candy wrappers, etc.

2. Have the tank pumped about every 3 years, make sure that both sides are pumped out.

3. If there are any leaking faucets or running toilets, fix them right away. Excessive water being pushed into the septic system doesn’t allow the bacteria enough time to break down grease and solids in the tank, and will push them out into the drainfield which will eventually clog it up. This is very expensive to fix.

4. The septic additives are a complete waste of money, the normal bacteria from fecal matter and food residue will be more than sufficient to break down solids in the tank. Especially dangerous are the additives that claim to eliminate the need for tank pumping, there will always be residues that will not break down and when enough of these accumulate they will be pushed out into the drainfield.

5. I also recommend that you avoid using in-sink garbage disposers, because they add a heavy load of solids to the system and may cause you to have to pump the tank more often.

Answer by Donna
A septic system needs pumped about every four years. Your water use should be spread out pretty evenly. Adding RidX to you septic system about one a month will help the bacteria level. Bacteria is what breaks down the waste.

Don’t introduce caustic substances such as commercial drain cleaners, paint thinner, paint, acids or oils. These inhibit the bacterial decomposition that takes place in your tank. Use paper products certified to be septic safe and do not flush items such as paper towels, feminine napkins, coffee grounds, cotton swabs or condoms since those can clog the drain field and inhibit or prevent percolation

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Answer by hopethishelps
pump the tank every 3yrs up to 5yrs at the longest, put septic tank bacteria in once a month continuously …..never put any kind (Sanitary Napkins,Baby Wipes,Chemicals,Condoms,etc) or even the smallest amount of grease (foods,meats, cooking oil) for it will become cold and harden just like Crisco in a can and it will Clog Up Your Septic Tank Field Lines that have small slits in the pipe that allows the tank discharge water to be absorbed by the ground……. AND LAST AND FINAL GO AND ASK OTHER PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE SAME SUBDIVISION YOU ARE BUYING IN IF THEY HAVE OR DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR SEPTIC TANKS BACKING UP ESPECIALLY WHEN IT RAINS HARD AND/OR A LOT…..Does the Lot your possible new home sit on with the Septic Tank PASS A PURKE TEST (results should be on file with your local county health dept.)

Answer by dustcloud
My folks have had their septic tank pumped twice in the last 35 years. After the second time, Mom realized that the bleach from the laundry was killing the bacteria in the tank. The water from the washer now goes directly to the lateral lines and everything else goes into the tank. They do not have a garbage disposal. I think the last time that was pumped was back in the 80′s

Answer by jerry
you should not have to pump it out ever ,you can put a pack of yeast or a product called rid- ex down the toilet to help break down the solids every six months or so , try not to put foreign objects down the toilet because it is a septic tank .

Answer by gordon1212
How often to pump out depends on how big the tank is and how many in the house and if you use garbage disposal or not ,I don’t I just have poo and you can go for years to fill even 50 gallon if you are alone I did

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I Have a Old Septic Tank That We Didnt Know About That Just Collapsed Today. Who Is Liable for This?

Question Asked by kidcodell: i have a old septic tank that we didnt know about that just collapsed today. who is liable for this?
i have an old septic tank that we didnt know about today. it is empty and very old but it collapsed today. a giant hole appeared in the ground, its deep. would our homeowners insurance or someone cover filling in a hole like that

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Answer by ginkgoblu
Probably not.
This is something you should have known about before buying the property.
Check craigslist for dirt, sometimes they will even deliver the dirt for free.
Or take this opportunity as a time to build a pool!

Answer by Carl
I don’t think so but it wouldn’t hurt to ask the your insurance company.
My county requires you to fill them in when they are abandoned at the owners expense.

Answer by ozarks bum
If you own the property, it should have been noted but not required that it was there. Septic tanks present a danger when heavy equipment like tractors or trucks are driven over them. However, mostly it is not a question that is answered in the property owner disclosure statement, especially if the home is now connected to a municipal sewer system. In addition, if a new septic tank was installed, they could say yes to that question, and still be honest about it. Could be they didn’t even know about it.
I would doubt your policy would cover such, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. As suggested, advertise for clean fill dirt. You probably won’t get it free, though, since it is too valuable for other building purposes.
I would start by collecting by whatever means, a lot of concrete rubble and keep filling the hole in until it gets close to ground level, then fill with clean dirt.

Answer by John M
It depends on your policy.I doubt an insurance company will give you any thing.You may be able to sue whoever disconnected system and did not properly fill in tank. Illinois code calls for tank to be filled in when abandoned.

Answer by tkahrs12122
Certain areas require you fill that septic tank with sand.
This give a more stabilized fill.

Answer by Sonny
Doubt it…. But it’s your responsibility as the current homeowner to make ti safe. Besides, if your policy would cover it, your rates would go up after your claim.

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Does Anyone Know Anything About a Septic Tank?

Question Asked by Prego with baby #2!: Does anyone know anything about a septic tank?
I wanted to buy this beautiful house but i heard that a septic tank can be costly. Can anyone help with the question?

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Answer by Dan
dont touch a septic tank!!!

Answer by Mr. Goodkat
Well, what do you mean costly? Septic tanks need to be pumped out sometimes, and if it backs up, you will know it real quick. But septic tanks are used all over and its not like they are rare.

Answer by Dave and Rebel G
You have to have it pumped out every year or two depending on how big it is which costs $ 150-$ 200. and you need to use Ridex in in once a month (about 6 bucks) IT is only costly if poorly maintained and allowed to leak.

Answer by sassy2
Well the septic tank is already in the ground. All you do is find out the size of the tank and the last time it was pumped out. Just two of us and we have the tank pumped out every two years. But only the toilets go into that. Sinks, tubs, washer and dishwasher empty into separate dry wells. So you may need to have it done more often. Plus is there is no sewer bill.

a septic tank is a tank with water and waste in it and if you have a leak it would smell

Answer by ?????????????
A septic tank needs special care. If there are a lot of people in the house, you have to get it cleaned out every so often, Otherwise you can have problems with sewage overflow.

Answer by irish eyes
depending on the age and size they can be a pain and annoying, they need to be pumped, they can back up (into the house) they usually have leach beds that can take up a decent portion of the yard that you can’t do anything else with and if something goes wrong it can be quite expensive to take care of especially if its in the winter where the ground freezes

Answer by john
Lets see, is it costly to use the city sewer system? Answer much more that my septic system.
If you buy the house have a stipulation in the buy/sell agreement that the septic must be pumped out and inspected by a licensed inspector before purchasing the house. In some states this is required b law anyway.
As far as cost. it only gets costly when you replace the entire drain field. drain fields usually lasts about 20 years with the average family. Of course that depends on soil conditions (clay is worse than sand.)
Otherwise you have to get it pumped out every two to four years depending on how many people are in the house. For your particular situation ask the inspector. I have lived in the city and paid to have sewer. I now live in the country (10 years) and have no issues with my septic system.

Answer by Bob 438
Not a problem if well maintained. Buy your house, and flush without concern, just have it pumped out every 3 years

Answer by gordon1212
The most common problem (if any) is how wet and how well does the land drain in the wettest part of the year? I live on a hill side with gravel soil and never had any problems for 15 years ,never even pumped it out but then I discovered the tank was not much bigger than 2 washing machines side by side ( it had 2 tanks) both full so if I had the proper size tank ( probably 100 times bigger) I never would have had a problem. Bottom line is they are a good system if its put in right so you need to know whats under the ground and how has it preformed? is it to code or outdated and draining somewhere illegally etc etc?

Answer by Corky R
Most of the folks are close with their answers, some apparently don’t have a clue.
I’ve lived in the country, (sticks), for over 60 years, without ever having to have a septic tank replaced. One time several years ago when we had grandkids staying here nearly every night and day all summer long, we had to have ours pumped, as they used way too much paper and clogged the system with that. TP takes longer to deteriorate in the system than most other things that go in there, so much too much of it can cause a problem, but as long as you know about that possibility, it can be controlled. We’ve now lived in this house for over 25 years, had the tank pumped once, othewise, no problems. And don’t waste your time and money on Rid X or any of the other additives, they’re absolutely not necessary.

Answer by happyfisherman53
You should have a home inspector check the septic system.A properly installed septic system should work for at least 30 years.The only problem I have seen is children putting to much tissue in the flush and blocking the sewer pipe.Some septic need to be pumped out every few years because of large family’s and the septic tank was not sized according to the size of the family.The new systems in my area have the soap and bleaches run into the septic and these will kill the good bacteria in the system.The septic products used just add good bacteria.Years ago we just added a piece of decaying meat to the tank and this started the breakdown process for the system.

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