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Old 12-29-2004, 11:48 PM   #1
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Alternative plumbing

Or as I call it "My crazy idea that works only in theory"

Ok, I haven't a clue as to rig plumbing for the bus, so I came up with an alternative that is within my own skill level (I think). It calls for a double sink which under the sinks the waste pipe is attach to one of those plastic food barrels as the "grey water" tank-the barrel will be secured but removable (dont know how yet). Secondary barrel on a table with some kind of spigot will be the fresh water tank. I only chose this because funds are limited but I do want SOME kinda of sink for washing/bathroom type stuff.

So that's the plan, in a nutshell. What do y'all think?
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Old 12-30-2004, 02:20 AM   #2
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No bucket, my friend. The barrels I speak of are 15 gallon ex-soy sauce barrels.



p.s.: define "easy" when it comes to those plumbing books.
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Old 01-06-2005, 05:03 PM   #3
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The idea of yours should work. I've seen a similar setup on another forum (schoolbusconversionuts on yahoo) on the Arkansascajun's Skoolie. I would suggest to put a trap on the sink and a vent (if that's possible) on the barrels. Better yet, why don't you mount the barrels externally, maybe using more than one barrel, and putting a drain for it.

Good luck with your project and let the forum know how well it works.

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Old 01-21-2005, 01:59 PM   #4
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Well, I picked up a plumbing book and I'm completely intimidated by it. However, I think I got the basic idea of how to put in a simple sink. Lowes offers classes on thing types of things so maybe I'll put in an appearance.

Thanks for the advice Kevin.
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:42 PM   #5
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Putting in a sink is easy, you just need to drill a few holes and hand tighten a few clamps. I would think you could figure it out on your own (sinks come with instructions anyways) and you will probably remember it longer if you work though it. Good luck
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Old 01-22-2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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Oh really?

That's not really my problem, Steve. Its putting it in a bus that gets me. While I can see how it should look it in my head, trying it on the real thing is gonna be interesting. Besides, I've always left the tinkering to folks who know-since I can't do that in this case, its a challenge that requires some careful planning on my part.
hope I don't overthink it.
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Old 01-22-2005, 04:41 PM   #7
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I'm using 55-gallon plastic barrels (6 of them) for tanks. Look around, you can get them free--newspapers (ink), car washes (soap), big restaurants (soda/drink syrup), even military surplus (water).
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Most schools have them as well because the hand soap for the bathrooms comes in them.
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