Choosing Right Pipes and Plumbing System for Log Cabin
Galvanized steel pipe is usually used for line from your well to pump. There is another type of pipe that can be used on cold water services of your system. This pipe is made of polyethylene. It looks like a garden hose but is many times stronger. It has advantage of being much more flexible and lighter than any of rigid types. Never use this type of pipe on hot-water lines.
One cubic foot of storage space holds 7.48 gallons. The capacity of a round container is 1/2 diameter multiplied by itself X 3.14 X depth X 7.48. If a cistern is 10 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep, capacity is (5 X 5 X 3.14 X 6 X 7.48) 3,523.08 gallons. Sea level: In talking about lift of various pumps, I have said that certain pumps would be satisfactory if water level was within 22 feet of surface of earth.
Such a pump would lose about I foot of suction lift for each 1,000 feet of elevation above sea level. If altitude at your camp site is 2,000 feet, a shallow-well pump will have to be located within 20 feet vertical distance from working normal water level, instead of 22 feet.
As you would expect, cottages include space for bathrooms. Some camps show a shower instead of a tub. The plumbing problems are similar for all camps.
The locality in which you build may have some special requirements. Do check with local authorities. You may decide to have local plumber install all your piping and fixtures. If so, you probably aren't interested in this section. But if you have decided to turn plumber, description below should be helpful.
All necessary parts can be bought from your local plumbing dealer, or from major mail-order houses. It is also possible to rent necessary tools. Where do we start? If I were doing job, I'd start with fitting that drains seat and tub. On floor of bathroom mark where this fitting (I) is to go.
Most seats measure 14 inches or less from back of tank to center of closet bowl. Cut a hole large enough to take small end of closet collar. Install this fitting permanently in position with closet bend sticking up to within 1/2 to % inches of floor surface. It will be necessary to support fitting with wood or metal hangers.
The stack base (part 2) is usually connected to part I. Sometimes it is necessary to add an extension piece if stack base is to be located in a basement or if your camp is on a steep hillside. The stack base has two tappings: to one you can connect drain from shower or tub; to other you can connect kitchen sink drain, if necessary. If concrete slab is used, pipes below floor level must be installed before slab is poured.