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Old 02-02-2012, 06:50 PM   #16
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Looks like an abandoned metal septic tank to me.

Fill it in with sand and forget about it.

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Old 02-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #17
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Looks like an abandoned metal septic tank to me.

Fill it in with sand and forget about it.
But first, post some pictures if possible. I'd like to see this hole.
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But first, post some pictures if possible. I'd like to see this hole.
If you check out reply #9 of this thread, there's a link to some pics of the hole.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:18 AM   #19
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FWIW, the link works for me.
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Works for me now. Weird.
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As posted, it does not really matter what it was anymore. Just make sure anything feeding into it is capped off. Figure out if you need to file for a permit to fill it or if you municipality or State EPA has restrictions on what you can fill it with. Fill it.

Make sure it is not some evil sinkhole situation with something eating away under it. It looks dry?

A friend once put out a call on a neighborhood bulletin board for concrete chunks around which she poured sand in an old cistern. Quite a few people wanting to redo sidewalks but wondering where to dump the chunks helped her out. They took up a fair amount of cubic space in her giant hole for free. Put topsoil over it and replanted lawn. Looks great. Sand will probably be as cheap as anything and easier to handle than other materials?

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Old 02-06-2012, 05:59 PM   #22
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This cistern showed up recently during a kitchen remodel, guess we know what was causing that squeaky floor. Measured 11' deep and 7' wide, hard to make out in the photo (attached). Had to file permit, fill and cap. Owner wanted to know what I thought about putting a "Safe Room" down there. Heh.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:31 PM   #23
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Sides seem to be made of dirt....
Like Allan, and now with the sides made of dirt, my guess would be that this is an old drywell. I have seen them filled with all sorts of things, one had a huge roll of livestock fencing. Nice, until the fencing rots away, and then you wind up with what you have, nothing to hold the dirt up anymore, and a big hole appears!

You will need to fill it in. I would poke a shovel or something into the bottom a few times to make sure it won't cave in any further.
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If you check out reply #9 of this thread, there's a link to some pics of the hole.
I see that now thanks.
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About 7 years ago I bought a 1950's era house that looked to sit on two lots. The house is situated on the very northern border of the property line. This always seemed a bit strange to me because the lot is so big. A few years after I bought the house I built a 30x33 attached garage. As I was digging for the foundation I found out why there was nothing built there. I ran into a huge concrete storage tank of sorts. We ended up having to relocate the garage a bit and never figured out what the use of the tank was. It sure is interesting what you find buried around these old houses.
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An old large cistern (nonporous sides) can come in handy to store rainwater for lawn watering. The water would not be potable unless you had some kind of treatment.
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I'd like to hear if that link doesn't work for others.... it works when I click on it.
The link works fine for me. That's quite a hole! I hope you figure out what it was and how to fix it!
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Any updates on this? I'm interested to know the outcome...
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Why can't these old cisterns still be used? Was the water collected supposed to be used for something? Why not use it for watering the lawn?
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Why can't these old cisterns still be used? Was the water collected supposed to be used for something? Why not use it for watering the lawn?
As far as I know, they can still be used as cisterns, provided the sides have not cracked which would cause loss of the water to the ground.

The water would not be potable by today's standards unless treated just prior to use.

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