Sunday, January 9, 2011

Water Storage Test Tank

I’m working on constructing a sub-surface water storage tank from manufactured concrete block. This is at my property in the woods outside Alfred, NY in the Allegheny foothills.



These block were produced on a Columbia 3-at-a-time machine, from a steel mold which I fabricated to produce these triangular block. There are two types of block, one creates a pentagon, the other a hexagon, as described here. This assembles into a “soccer ball” type geometry, or a truncated icosahedron.

This is being done in frozen ground in the middle of winter, so it’s a bit of a challenge. I used a fiberglass shell to help create a guiding surface (the ‘bowl’ you see in these pictures). This is not necessary, but just made this job easier.


This particular tank will be a “plunging pool” for a sauna which I’m building: to jump into and cool off when you get out of the sauna. It will be a complete sphere, with a hole in the top. Once it’s finished, there will be a "wishing-well" type structure on the top. The tank is around 3,000 gallons. It will be filled with rainwater collected from the roof and gutter system of the sauna.

There is a PVC pipe with rope inside it, which goes down to the bottom center of the sphere. The rope will be used to pull electrical wire through the pipe. There will be an underwater electric light at the bottom center of the sphere, which I’m hoping will provide a cool “fishbowl” effect as you jump in. This will be powered by solar panels.
This is a crude prototype using an early simple version of this block. Subsequent designs use the interlocking features, which I’ve termed dimp and simp, as described earlier in this blog.

I’ll continue to post updates as this project moves along.

To see the tank completed, please look here.

6 comments:

  1. Storage Tank- Manufacturer, Supplier and Exporter of Storage tanks in Delhi, India provides water storage tanks, pressure vessel, hot water storage tanks, propane storage tanks, plastic water storage tanks, fuel storage tanks, cold water storage tanks and deals in all Delhi/NCR (Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Chandigarh), India.

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  2. The Laharia Group (above)produces the type of tanks which are typical to industry: monolithic, cast as one-piece, with steel reinforcement. This sort of tank certainly has its place in industry. What I provide is a tank system comprised of small modular unit shapes which assemble into a large tank. My system is less expensive, easier to transport and install, and -as a sphere- is the most efficient and high strength configuration possible. No steel is required.

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  3. Storage Tank- Manufacturer, Supplier and Exporter of Storage tanks in Delhi, India provides water storage tanks, pressure vessel, hot water storage tanks, propane storage tanks, plastic water storage tanks, fuel storage tanks, cold water storage tanks and deals in all Delhi/NCR (Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Chandigarh), India.

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  4. You planned it out well, Peter. So, have you started the project? It's been 21 months since you’ve thought about this. I assume that the water tank is completely done by now. Is it? Well, update us with your progress, okay?

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  5. Hi Richelle, Yes, it's just about all done! I'm putting a customized ladder in and getting ready to fill the tank with water. I'll post some more photos showing this project soon, hopefully tomorrow. It is actually pretty cool... especially with the underwater light! Thanks for your interest.

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