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Photos From Around McClellanville

I’ve been playing with the Instagram app lately.  The filters that they have available make for some interesting effects to the photos with bluer skies and darker clouds.  Here are some I took on recent boat trips around McClellanville and Cape Romain:

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Little Free Library

littlelibraryAfter moving boxes of books around the attic, I thought there had to be a way to share books after we have read them instead of storing them.  I found a site about Little Free Library’s on line and we decided that is what downtown McClellanville needed.  After looking at some sample plans, and digging through the scrap pile to see what materials we had, we came up with a design of our own.

The concept is to build a small weather proof box and fill it with books.  Folks can take a book and leave one for behind.  We tried to start with a mix of books, kids, young adults, his and hers novels.  It is located in front of the W.P. Baldwin & Associates office on Pinckney Street.

Feel free to come by and see whats available.  Hopefully it will get some use and we’ll see a good turn over of books.

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Fishing Tips and Winter Blues

IMG_0382The winter slow down is here, hunting season is over and its a little chilly for boating.  There are some opportunitiesbatterywarren for fishing for the hardcore fisherman/fisherlady but personally I use this time of year to catch up on all of the around the house tasks that were ignored during the fall football and fishing frenzy.  Its also a good time to dream about the upcoming spring.  The Post and Courier had a great article with tips on catching red fish, trout and flounder.

Fishing Tips

The winter is also a great time to explore the national forest.  You can hike without worrying about snakes and bugs.  We enjoy Geocaching as well as just exploring the old homesites and fort on the Santee River.

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Bulls Bay Supply Closes

bullsbaysupplyAfter 33 years Oliver and Debbie Thames are closing the doors of Bulls Bay Supply.  This “country” store has been a staple of life in McClellanville and a local landmark.  Oliver and Debbie have served the town providing everything from gas and drinks to fishing tackle and plumbing supplies.  They will be greatly missed but if you need them, I’m sure you will find them on the water.  Oliver with more free time could be bad news for the local fish population.  Good luck to Oliver and Debbie in their retirement.

The store has been purchased but there is no word on the plans of the new owner.

To see the article in the Georgetown times click here.

To read and share stories about Bulls Bay Supply go to the Facebook Page.

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Engineered Septic Design Services

Septic System Alternatives

There are generally three types of septic systems that are issued by SCDHEC. In addition, systems can be designed by a licensed engineer where SCDHEC standard systems will not work. The three types of systems that SCDHEC issues are:

imag0006Conventional- Tank with a drain field consisting of 3’ wide rock trenches. The entire system is below the existing ground level. Very rare in the low country, lowest cost to build. Typically costs around $2000.

Modified Conventional- Tank with a drain field consisting of 3’ wide rock trenches. The entire system is at or above the existing ground level, usually has 12”-18” fill cap (above ground level). Typically costs around $2500 to $3000.

Elevated Infiltration System (EIS)- Requires two tanks with a pump and a drainfield that is elevated above the surface and contained in a 35’ metal ring. The system typically ends up 4’ above the ground surface, so it also requires a large taper completely around the system. There is a 75’ setback from property lines. The picture to the left shows the EIS system under construction.  System typically costs between $18,000 and $20,000.

Engineered Alternatives- Under SCDHEC regulations, a SC licensed engineer can design and certify an alternative system. These systems can vary greatly. One system that I have been permitting is a Bed System

Bed system: Similar to a modified conventional system, varies in that drainfield consists of large gravel bed instead of trenches. Typical fill cap is still 12”-18”. System works where water table is high, but soil is sandy. Replaces Elevated Infiltration system. Also can be used where soils are good, but space is too small for a conventional system. Typically costs, w/ design fees around $11,000 – $13,000.

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Left is a house originally permitted with an EIS, but replaced with a Bed System. Fill cap is blended in with surrounding area. Right is an installed EIS. Fill and taper take up a large portion of the yard.

With smaller setbacks there is more flexibility in the location of the system. It allows for system approval where it wasn’t possible with an EIS system and even the possibility of subdivision. This flexibility along with the lower profile makes the system more attractive and easier to integrate into your yard.


All cost vary considerably depending on site conditions and availability of materials.  For assistance and a free initial consultation regarding septic design options for your property call Malcolm Baldwin, PE at (843) 697-4340 or email malcolm@fivefathom.com

For a printable flyer click here.

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