As promised, here are some photos of the finished vent stacks. I was quite pleased with how they turned out. I actually took a largish fossil from the hillside behind the house to Home Depot and had them color match the paint. It's hard to tell from this close to the stacks, but when you're a ways away, like driving down the road to the house, the vent stacks just blend into the hillside and you can't even see them unless you know they're there and what to look for. I also hope that will help camouflage the house from the air, in google earth and etc.... I did finish off the various vent stacks and pass-throughs in the "roof" of the house. All this time, they were just straight (vertical) PVC pipes that were cast into the concrete domes and stuck up well above the level of the buried roof. Since the roof and back of the house have been buried, I finally cut them off about 18" from the ground and cemented 180-degree returns on the tops. It was more than $500 of PVC just for the returns - there are eight 6" vent stacks, one 8" vent stack, and one 4" pass-through for various antenna coax cables. There is also a 15" ADS corrugated pipe vent stack for the kitchen range vent hood. I'll take a photo of some and post it later.
how much water is left in the aquifer?Got the water well drilled on Wednesday:
Gauged at 75 gallons per minute! The state water board will only allow 20 gal/min. so the pump is sized to make 18-20. Ten is plenty to run a house on, and we will have a 10,000 gallon cistern cast into the back wall of the house so it really won't matter at all.
Thanks for asking.How's the grass growing on the roof these days? Is the cistern full? Love to hear a update on the Parker County Ponderosa.