Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Plumbing {Prep Work}...

69 degrees - 2:59 pm - scattered clouds and a slight breeze...

If you have been following our blog, then you know that we have been living off-grid for two and a half years - with no indoor plumbing!  We do have water to the house, just not plumbed in the house.  We do have a toilet, but it’s a composting toilet in the “outhouse”.  That’s two and a half years of hauling water into the house, heating it up on the stove to wash dishes and take baths, hauling the dirty water back outside to dump it, and taking a not so short stroll out to the outhouse to...well you know.  So you can just imagine how beyond utterly excited I am that we are getting ready to rough plumb the house!!!  Yea!!!

So in getting ready to rough plumb the house, my dad brought up his little excavator earlier this week and then came back up yesterday to bring up a load of screenings (which is a type of fine round gravel). 

We need the little exactor to dig all the trenches for the drain pipes which will be laid under the concrete floor.  We could have dug the trenches by hand, but since we’ll have to be digging through lots of rock, it will just be so much easier with the little excavator.  We will be using the screenings to backfill the trenches to help protect the drainpipe from any sharp gravel and rocks.

To be continued...


  1. Well, congratulations on finally having your own plumbing system! :) Don’t forget to update us when everything is finally settled. By the way, just a heads up: it would be best to install filters in your drains and faucets to prevent debris from getting through your pipes and cause blockage. Also, have your septic tanks checked at least once every 3 years; it would help in foreseeing possible damage and in preventing severe damage.

    Althea Tumlin

  2. I'm with Althea on the congratulatory message. :) I hope all is done by now. For me, living in a home that doesn't have a plumbing system seems like a hard thing to do, but I salute you for doing it for a long time. Both of you deserve comfortable living. :)

  3. Wow! I got so excited hearing that you'll finally have a plumbing system inside your house. It must be such a relief when you had your toilet flushed down for the first time. Congratulations!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...