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 anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water?

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Bistro a go-go

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anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Sun, 05/27/12 11:18 AM (permalink)
i have access to 55 gallon plastic drums from car wash soap and cant see any reason this wont snug up under my trucks as a grey water tank but thought this wise board may know of reasons NOT to use these. any one have any experience? im thinking some angle iron and all thread. ideas, comments, or warnings appreciated.
 
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    roadkillgrill

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    Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Sun, 05/27/12 2:10 PM (permalink)
    Clearance, would be my first thought. But secondly Barrel strength is in their height, not their sides, thus you will have approx 385lbs at its max sitting on 2 points that are the side of the barrel. If you tried it, use straps not angle iron, better yet have the angle iron bent to match the circumference, and pad it. 3rdly, what fittings will you use to empty the barrel for HD inspection. K.I.S.S. !!! I picked my tank up on Ebay for about $40, yrs ago, I would think you would pay more than that when is all said and done.
     
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      lornaschinske

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      Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Sun, 05/27/12 11:12 PM (permalink)
      55 gallon drums of all kinds are used quite often over on the www.skoolie.net forum as tankage. Do a little searching there to get tips/sources for building supports, adding plumbing connections. They are usually poly tanks not ABS. You aren't going to glue up any PVC connections to these tanks.
       
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        kirkharrod

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        Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Tue, 05/29/12 10:18 AM (permalink)
        A full 55 gallon barrel would weigh over 400 pounds.  Tough to move from under the vehicle even if half full.  Install a drain valve with a bulkhead fitting. 
         
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          DWags541

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          Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Wed, 05/30/12 1:23 AM (permalink)
          I use one of these upright as an extra freshwater container for my fixed trailer. I think the previously mentioned issues of weight and structural support are good considerations. Also, I would think the fact that it is a cylinder makes it rather inefficient spatially when you compare it to a rectangular tank.
          Another issue might be that when using the existing holes for plumbing, you might not be able to completely drain it as you would an actual greywater tank. This could lead to buildup of funk that will cause flow issues down the road. 
          I can get them next to nothing as well. But I think for what you might save in $ compared to a real greywater tank, you might have more trouble down the road than you originally perceive.
           
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            Bistro a go-go

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            Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Mon, 06/25/12 2:44 PM (permalink)
            just an update, grey water tank wont work because of clearance under the truck. would be a great fresh water tank but mine had soap in it and wouldnt want to use it for fresh water so I using mine as a composting bin instead after serious washing out.  car wash's is good cheap source for these. also bought a used 32 gal RV fresh water holding tank from big junkyard as well as a 12 volt/ 120v converter system with battery charger for only 40.00 total and had to remove it myself. eventually ill start a 'how to find stuff cheap' truck build out thread. lol
            <message edited by Bistro a go-go on Mon, 06/25/12 2:45 PM>
             
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              happyhotdogs

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              Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Sun, 09/23/12 12:09 PM (permalink)
              Bistro,
              I'd like to find an under floor mount waste tank (very small --- 10-20 gal range)...any advice?  I only see $120 range on ebay and not much better luck with a google search...
               
              Anyone know of a good resource on the cheap?
               
              Tanks!
              George
               
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                Bistro a go-go

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                Re:anyone every use a plastic 55 gal drum for waste water? Fri, 09/28/12 12:50 PM (permalink)
                10 to 20 gallon is way tooo  small. waste has to be 20% more than fresh water tank. google 'parting rv' or find someone who has a large auto salvage junkyard as they often have junk rvs you can get both fresh water, grey water and 12v water pumps from for way cheap. also water heaters awnings and more. youre gonna need 40 50 gallon which are flatter and dont take up much room. good luck and keep us posted.
                 
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