The Septic System Owner's Manual
  • 出版Shelter Publications
  • 出版語言English
  • 出版日期2007/02
  • 尺寸9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • 頁數176頁
  • 裝幀平裝
  • 含外包裝重量0.46kg
  • ISBN9780936070407


The Septic System Owner's Manual

Lloyd Kahn (Author), Blair Allen (Author), Julie Jones


More than 28 million households have septic systems, but few homeowners know how they operate or how to maintain them. This clearly written, illustrated guide addresses that need, emphasizing conventional septic systems powered by gravity flow, filtering through soil, and the natural soil organisms that purify sewage. The book discusses maintenance, what to do if things go wrong, and alternative systems such as mounds and sand filters. Additional chapters cover graywater systems, composting toilets, and a unique history of water-borne waste disposal. This expanded edition contains three new chapters.


Lloyd Kahn

I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If I'd been able to buy a wonderful old good-feeling house, I might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by build-ing myself, I could design what I wanted and use materials I wanted to live with.

I set off to learn the art of building in 1960. I liked the whole process immensely. Hammering nails. Framing -- delineating space. Nailing down the sub-floor, the roof decking. It's a thrill when you first step on the floor you've just created.

Ideally I'd have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. I learned from friends and books and by blundering my way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. My perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner -- rather than a pro. As I learned, I felt that I could tell others how to build, or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes.

Through the years I've personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. It's been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction -- I'm interested in them all. For five years, the late '60s to early '70s, I built geodesic domes. I got into being a publisher by producing Domebook One in 1970 and Domebook 2 in 1971.

I then gave up on domes (as homes) and published our namesake Shelter in 1973. We've published books on a variety of subjects over the years, and returned to our roots with Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter in 2004, The Barefoot Architect in 2008, Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008, and Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter in 2012.

Building is my favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with your own hands can save you a ton of money (I've never had a mortgage) and -- if you follow it through -- you can get what you want in a home.


"...From the first crack-me-up cartoon...I found it to be the best book on the subject I've ever seen..." -- Malcom Wells, author of The Earth Sheltered House
Author of The Earth Sheltered House

"...homeowner's answer to problems: a concise, readable book to call on for review or to press into use in an emergency. -- Backhome

" a septic system to sustain a partially failing system; and how to identify a failing system...Indispensable information." -- Leon Wagoner, Booklist

"Any homeowner with a septic tank should get a copy." -- Al and Kelly Carrell, Tennessean

"Heres a straightforward, easy-to-understand book on small-scale residential wastewater disposal." -- Builders Booksource Newsletter entertaining discussion of a highly technical but elegantly simple process...should be mandatory reading for all operators of plumbing fixtures... -- Peter Hemp, Fine Homebuilding Magazine,Oct./Nov. 2000