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Old 12-06-2010, 08:11 AM   #16
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Thanks, for all your ideas. I have not opened it yet but here is more information. The house is on septic and a private well. The well pump is 20 feet to the right of this. The septic tank is 20 feet north of this around the left side. This buried tank is directly behind the bathroom ( near bath tub and toilet). Thanks.
I'm still betting septic, but is there anything immediately inside the basement wall from where this "thing" is? Plumbing of any sort? A pressure pump?
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:27 AM   #17
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The house is on septic and a private well.
Aha.... then it's not a water shut-off. (sure looked to be one though)

I'd dare say it's for fuel oil then.....? Is it near the driveway?
Have you cleaned the white thing next to it to see if it's a meter?

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Old 12-06-2010, 10:19 AM   #18
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Thanks, for all your ideas. I have not opened it yet but here is more information. The house is on septic and a private well. The well pump is 20 feet to the right of this. The septic tank is 20 feet north of this around the left side. This buried tank is directly behind the bathroom ( near bath tub and toilet). Thanks.
Remember that what the house is connected to now probably isn't what it was connected to in 1955. I'm thinking more and more that it is a septic tank or septic clean out.
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but.... if that's a METER next to it.... it'd be measuring..... do I hafta say it? LOL

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Hmmmm, the 'meter' COULD be actually a floating gauge for the fuel oil?
Clean it up?
See what it is?

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Maybe a backflow preventer in the septic line
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Doesn't matter "what it is" now, the situation has changed to: "What is it?" Now that he has thrown out the hook and has some of us with sore mouths from biting on this one- -Inquiring minds do want to know. Please Mr. Richardson, inform/educate us. Thanks, David
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yup.....

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Doesn't matter "what it is" now, the situation has changed to: "What is it?" Now that he has thrown out the hook and has some of us with sore mouths from biting on this one- -Inquiring minds do want to know. Please Mr. Richardson, inform/educate us. Thanks, David

AMEN!! Get a wrench and crack that thing open please!
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I will open it on Saturday if everything goes ok. Then I will let you all know. Also, I believe the white thing next to the cover is just a bit of concrete that dried inside a small bucket / plant pot and was left there. I could be wrong, but mayber. Thanks for everything.
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I believe the white thing next to the cover is just a bit of concrete that dried inside a small bucket / plant pot and was left there.


Oh man... too funny....

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Still not sure what is, but I opened it. It was 20" Deep, 8 1/2" in diameter, and the bolt heads were 15/16". It was full of old nasty water. I pailed it out and found no pipe entering or exiting the cylinder. Any idea's?
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I could be wrong, but that looks a lot like a monitoring well cap. Maybe an abandoned drinking water well. Do you see - anywhere - a triangle inside a circle? Anything on the square lid? In my state, we have state GIS environmental mapping capability where I can look up old wells and tanks. Florida's DEP has Mapdirect, which is similar but I don't know if it's as detailed as NJ's.

http://ca.dep.state.fl.us/mapdirect/?focus=erp
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Still not sure what is, but I opened it. It was 20" Deep, 8 1/2" in diameter, and the bolt heads were 15/16". It was full of old nasty water. I pailed it out and found no pipe entering or exiting the cylinder. Any idea's?
Still curious, take another picture of the inside
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Still not sure what is, but I opened it. It was 20" Deep, 8 1/2" in diameter, and the bolt heads were 15/16". It was full of old nasty water. I pailed it out and found no pipe entering or exiting the cylinder. Any idea's?
Do any of your neighbors have one?
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