Tag Archives: ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

18 Sep

Dropped off a bunch of stuff at the Ventura County ReStore today. For those of you who don’t know what it is, ReStore is a thrift store for building materials. They accept donations and resell items at a discount. The proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.

When you buy something from ReStore- say, a window –  it means that window was kept out of the landfill, and it also means no additional natural resources were consumed to make that window, as there would be if you’d bought a new one.

I donated 19 doors, 2 bathroom sinks, some nice kitchen cabinets, a desk and credenza, and some light fixtures. All this stuff was in good shape (some of the doors were new!)  but was going to be thrown out with the trash if I or someone else hadn’t picked it up.

Please spread awareness about the ReStore, because our society sends literally tons of building materials to the landfill. We’re wasting things people need and would love to make use of.


Toilet and plumbing stuff

10 Sep

Today I scored a free, new, never used sump tank and pump for septic systems.

I’d like to go with either a nice composting toilet or a nice incinerating toilet, but I’m not going to spend a big chunk of money without doing all my research first. I’ll need something in the interim so I’ll start with a conventional toilet while I do my research and make a decision on which “green” toilet to get.

But how to get the waste water from the flushed toilet to my septic tank? That’s where this sump tank and pump come in.

With a sump pump sewage system, the waste water leaves the toilet and passes through a grinder pump that breaks up all the waste from the house into smaller pieces (so it doesn’t damage the sump pump, and so the waste can be broken down by the bacteria in the septic tank). The waste water then enters the sump tank, which is buried in the ground.

When the sump tank fills up enough, a sump pump inside the tank turns on, and pumps the waste water through a buried pipe running across the yard to the septic tank.

The tank didn’t come with a grinder pump, but I already own the solution: An InSinkerator! Yep, a garbage disposal unit. I got one a while back off Freecycle thinking it might come in handy for just such a use. In fact I saw a guy use one for this same purpose, to drain his RV wastewater tank: