Cindi Anderson on sun 9 dec 01
While we're on the subject, I know that some people put drains in their
studio floors. Can you tell me the advantage of doing this over just hosing
the clay out the door? The drain seems rather complicated as it will need a
trap to keep the clay from going into the septic system.
Klyf Brown on mon 10 dec 01
The only practical way to install a drain in a concrete slab is before it
is poured and slope the floor from all sides to the drain. To add a
drain to an exisiting slab only invites problems. For one, you are
guranteed at least two new cracks in your slab, one on each side of
your cut. Most floors are not sloped in any direction, so a drain is
fairly inneffective . The infill cement is usually not as hard as the
original slab and collects dirt easier. Then there is the problem of the
trapping of the clay to prevent it from silting up your pipes and septic.
If you are on a septic tank, the clay will eventually seal off the bottom
of the tank and the leach lines and it will no longer drain, only contain.
Here in cattle country they use bentonite to seal off a pit in the ground
to make a stock wattering tank.
I much prefer the "blow it out the door" technique.
Klyf Brown in New Mexico
12/9/01 2:56:42 PM, Cindi Anderson ANDERSON.COM> wrote:
>While we're on the subject, I know that some people put drains in
>studio floors. Can you tell me the advantage of doing this over just
>the clay out the door? The drain seems rather complicated as it will
>trap to keep the clay from going into the septic system.