sengelbr: Nice concept but simply isn't useful for a few reasons. The first nylon filter is practically useless for two reasons: 1) it is way too coarse to catch the finer synthetic lints that clogs up a septic, and 2) the length is irrelevant because the end will plug up first creating a ball that seals the hose...in other words all that filter "length" is useless because it simply becomes plugged at the end.
You also have to take this whole thing apart just to see if it's plugged - a major waste of time and effort. And depending on your situation (e.g. if you have pets and pet hair all over your clothes, if you work with wallboard or concrete that gets into your clothes, lots non-soluble particles like synthetic fibers in many clothes) you will be checking this thing at every other wash cycle. In many homes Moms do the family laundry every few days - I can't imagine them taking this Frankenstein system apart every other day.
Keep in mind if the filter is only slightly clogged it will create back pressure and shorten the life of the water pump in the washing machine. (And any money you saved with this DIY filter will be spent getting the washer fixed!)
You really need a clear filter housing that you can see is draining correctly and allows you to inspect the filter with, along with a filter that will trap the particles I mentioned above, otherwise you're not really capturing the particles that damage your septic making this a big waste of time and money.
sg1efc: Great idea, Thanks.
HillOrStream: Still using this. As Eric suggested below, I drilled out my stripped screw holes and installed #10 threaded rod into the holes so I could use wing nuts for easier serviceability..
Hyster83: 3 minute video done in 15
Alexplorer: Before I switched to panty hose, I was using a coarse plastic mesh filter. It had larger holes than the panty hose, yet it worked like a beaver dam: caught a few bits of large debris, then it became almost completely sealed after that. I switched to the pantyhose because they were longer, which made it easier to clamp them to the hose and leave room for the water to through more than just the end of the stocking. Currently, I'm doubling two hose. Will report any improvement.
HillOrStream: Has worked out pretty well for a few years now, just have to not be lazy about keeping it cleaned out every half dozen loads or so, often push it to ten which is too long. Biggest drawback to my situation is the extra lift.
HillOrStream: That is a little disconcerting. Wonder how thorough mine is with three, though more coarse, layers of filtering. Hard to really check in my instance, will have to think about some kind of temporary pipe or large diameter hose out the door. Would like to see a video on your grey water system.
Alexplorer: I do gray water, and I've found that panty hose aren't as good as you might think. They catch a lot, but I still get more than half the lint in the yard when I water. In search of an alternative right now (That's why I'm here).
enterprise59: Nice idea.. Ours goes into a 4 inch PVC pipe, down to a trap and then up again to the main 4in pipe out to our septic. Right now its a pain cause I need to reach up and pull the hose out. using a metal screen with zipties. I like the idea though of outlet box and screen that I can just remove and clean out. heh, we have same washer and dryer!
HillOrStream: This idea was for those who lack a sink, and just have a wall mounted drain. If you drain to a tub you should use the panty hose idea a couple viewers have posted.
Lori Ryan: I use knee-high panty-hose (2 of em in a pack for a buck at the dollar store). Use a thick rubber band to hold on hose. Works great, and economical at 50 cents apiece!
HillOrStream: I like the wing nut idea, especially now that one hole got stripped and I now have two dissimilar screws so now I need two tools.
Eric Meacham: Electrical junction box is a good idea , switch it over to wing nuts so you can clean it quicker . If you stop even 50% of the micro fibers youve saved replacing a septic system for years ....
Larry Russell: This is a big project for such a problem ,,
HillOrStream: @Ryan96se Good point, as I have had a few mop-ups! But you'll have a BIG problem if you let it plug and it does go down the drain. You should probably come up with some kind of fail safe, rubber bands are prone to fail if they aren't fresh. Sadly, no source of used panty hose around here. I thought up a simple time-to-service alarm for this so I don't have to rely on how it sounds (see the second video). Will probably do a third one on this if/when I make the alarm.
Ryan96se: I take women's pantyhose and rubber band it to the washing machine hose. Works really well and I haven't lost a single one down the drain. Catches everything. This design prevents the possibility of a backup in the house since the restriction is on the pump side not the drain itself.
Ryan96se: I take women's pantyhose and rubber band it to the washing machine hose. Works really well and I haven't lost a single one down the drain. Catches everything. This design keeps the possibility of a backup in the house since the restriction is on the pump side not the drain itself.
HillOrStream: Important! I found out that liquid fabric softener is another serious no-no for septic systems! Guess I'll have to use the sheets that go into the dryer instead. Of course you should also limit the use of bleach, but I also read that the scented bleaches also have a gummy component that will clog your drain field like fabric softener will.
HillOrStream: Lots of views but no comments? Would like to hear others results or alternative solutions. Note that this unit can still require cleaning after a single use if you wash something that throws off a lot of lint or is covered in pet hair.
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