re. greywater

Grey­wa­ter took about 3 days + pri­or think­ing and plan­ning time (for me that took about 2 years to fig­ure out what I want­ed and how to do it.)
1 day to gath­er mate­ri­als, do set up and layout.
2 days to trench, lay pipe, and func­tion check.

Lots of good learn­ing, but it boils down to a few sim­ple lessons:
1. Water flows downhill.
2. Buy­ing mate­r­i­al and doing it your­self is the cheap­est way to do the best job.
3. Think­ing about doing it takes much longer than doing it, so it’s worth it to think for a long time.
3. Read­ing about this was good for inspi­ra­tion, but learn­ing by doing is the one of the best ways I can pick up a skill, and it opens lots of oth­er cre­ative doors for me:  Plumb­ing the back yard for an out­door show­er, want­i­ng to learn more about plumb­ing and the high pres­sure side of it, being stoked to work with my hands on oth­er projects like wiring a new room, and just in gen­er­al more self-con­fi­dence in my trades work.

Brings to mind a great Aris­to­tle quote I saw in Shop Class as Soul Craft:
“Lack of expe­ri­ence dimin­ish­es our pow­er of tak­ing a com­pre­hen­sive view of the admit­ted facts.  Hence those who dwell in inti­mate asso­ci­a­tion with nature and its phe­nom­e­na are more able to lay down prin­ci­ples such as to admit of a wide and coher­ent devel­op­ment; while those whom devo­tion to abstract dis­cus­sions has ren­dered unob­ser­vant of facts are too ready to dog­ma­tize on the basis of a few observations.”


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