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Old 01-20-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm contemplating digging (fairly deep, ~2-4 feet I think) to install this: doggie septic tank

I also noticed that the product says it works well with all soils except hard clay and heavy sand. Plus, none of the reviews are from NC so I'm unsure how difficult it would be. Does anyone know if this would work around here?

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Old 01-20-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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I would think our soil is considered hard clay. At least my yard gets hard as a rock in the heat of summer with no rain in the areas I haven't cultivated.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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I'd recommend getting a mattock for your digging, which will make your project doable. In our yard the clay is about 2' thick, then the digging gets much easier. Whether what we have classifies as "heavy clay", no clue there.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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When we have to dig at all in the clay, we end up using a pick axe. It's difficult to dig in.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Soils here vary a bit. Some places are more suitable for septic systems than others.

Much easier to do before the summer sun bakes the clay.

Frank
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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A few thoughts. Are you digging into virgin clay soil or are you digging into clay mixed with fill material left behind by the builder of your house. It can make a big difference regarding how hard/easy it is as fill material has a lot of large rocks / stones making digging harder. I recommend using a mattock just in case.

FWIW, there are loads of people in the Triangle not connected to sewer and using onsite septic systems - even in the is soil. I think if installed properly your doggie tank should work.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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I use a tamper bar with a blade on one end. It works great to loosen the clay and cuts through roots too.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I don't think digging the hole is really the problem, it's whether the waste will break down properly in clay. I've always heard that it won't work, although I don't know anyone personally who has tried.

Here's a FAQ I found:

Q. What type of soil is best for a Doggie Dooley System?
A. The best soil is a soil that has good drainage with little to no clay and /or gravel.

Q. My soil has a lot of clay, can I dig the hole deeper than it needs to be and add gravel to it?
A. Digging a deeper hole and adding gravel will not help. Once the area with the gravel is full of digester and digested stool, then it will back up onto your yard.


Doesn't sound promising!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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I've tried one of those and it does not work. It just becomes a big clay pot for water to build up in.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Central North Carolina
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to install this: doggie septic tank
It's hard! Last time I dug in it, it was to "install a dog". (Deceased Rottwieller). After that day, I vowed to never get anything larger than a Pommeranian, and then spent the next five days unable to get off of the sofa.

It is VERY hard.....
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