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INSTALLATION / ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

GRAF HERKULES TANK TV-tested


(Item no. 200200)
Thank you for buying a new Herkules tank from GRAF. We firmly believe that you made the right choice and have
purchased a quality product. The design of the Herkules tank has been tested by the German TV Product Service
and is thus entitled to display the TV seal of approval "TV-Bauart geprft" (TV design tested). The Hercules
tank was also declared "Product of the Year 1999" by the German Plastic Consumer Goods Association.
Your Herkules tank can be installed
?? above ground, e.g. in the garden or cellar (at just 80 cm wide, it will fit through any normal door) or
?? underground (using a supporting pipe).
?? Several tanks can be easily connected in series using the connecting pipes to give a total capacity of several
thousand litres.

Please carefully read through all the installation / assembly instructions before
you start work so that you know exactly how to assemble or install your new
Herkules tank.

You should have received:

2
24
1
1
1

identical shell sections


quick-fit connectors
profiled gasket
tube of soft soap (biodegradable)
set of installation instructions

Tools required and other standard equipment:


Connections

Pipe (size)

Tools / Accessories

Order no.

Connecting pipe

DN 70

Set of DN 70 adapters (not suitable


for underground use)

322009

GRAF special drill bit ? 83 mm

332003

Set of DN 100 adapters

322008

GRAF special drill bit ? 124 mm

332001

(bottom, at the side)


or
Overflow (at the side)

DN 100

Inlet (at the side)

Chuck suitable for both special bits


Intake hose

1 or 1

Standard drill bit

332020
--

Suction tube (cut to length)


Tank dome

DN 200

Compass saw

Ventilation

DN 70/100

Standard drill bit

Overflow (at the top)


Inlet (at the top)
Supporting pipe

DN 100

Standard drill bit

DN 150

For underground use only

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202033

322025

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Assembly above ground


Please note that the tank must be drained in Winter if there is any risk of frost. It should be placed on a firm, level
surface, cleared of all sharp stones, that does not slope away in any direction. Note that the total weight of the tank
when full is 1,650 kg. Protect the tank against impact. Choose a shaded place to install the tank. Please note that a
floor drain is needed if you are installing the tank in a cellar. The tank must not be placed under pressure. An overflow
must always be fitted and this must be of the same diameter as the inlet. Please note the following ins tructions:

Before you start assembly, check both shell sections for damage during
transportation, such as dents or hairline cracks.
Laying the hoses between the filter and tank:
We recommend that you install a GRAF filter system if you intend to use the tank for rainwater. For long-term use of
harvested and stored rainwater, a filter will enhance the entire system in the following ways:
?? The water will remain fresh. It will not become stagnant or full of algae.
?? The collected rainwater can be used for domestic purposes (WC and washing machine).
Remember that the pipe system must have a gradient of 1.5% to 2% between the filter and tank and between the tank
and drain. (There should be no slope beneath the tank or beneath the connections between tanks, however). The filter
and tank are connected using standard DN 100 plastic pipes.
If the rainwater is to be used all year round, i.e. for WC and washing machine, an underground filter system must be
installed at a frost-free depth for Winter use. We recommend that you use the GRAF Optimax filter, order no. 340030
(self-cleaning) or GRAF universal filter (with coarse strainer basket).
Our rainwater brochure contains an overview of the GRAF filter systems.

Preparation for installation underground:


Size of trench
The hole for your Herkules tank should be large enough to leave sufficient clearance around the tank to sink or bed it
in and to be able to connect the tanks together if you are using several in series (approximately 50 cm around each
tank / gap between the individual tanks).

Depth of trench
Ideally, the tank should be buried to a depth of 60 to 80 cm, depending on the local frost conditions or type of use. The
tank must be installed at a frost-free depth if it is to supply the house all year round.
So, for each Herkules tank you will need, for example:
Approx. 60 - 80
cm covering of earth
156
cm tank height and
15
cm layer of gravel beneath the tank (9/15 grain size)
approx. 230 - 250 cm max. depth of trench

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Please note
?? The base of the trench must be flat (horizontal) and uniformly compacted. This will prevent the tank tilting when
full. Apply a layer of gravel, approximately 15 cm thick, to the flat and well compacted surface. Make sure that
there are no sharp stones that could damage the tank.

?? The trench must be free of groundwater. The tank cannot be installed if there is any groundwater in the bottom of
the trench (or a groundwater drainage pipe must be laid around the tank). Your local council or architect can
provide you with information on the groundwater level.

?? If there is a gradient of 2% or more within a radius of 5 m of the tank, a statically tested retaining wall must be built
to absorb the soil pressure. Otherwise the tank may be crushed if th e pressure of the surrounding earth changes.
The retaining wall must be at least 80 cm from the tank and its projected size must be 50 cm higher than the
external dimensions of the tank. It must be ensured that the trench does not fill with water.

If the tank is installed underground, a


DN 150 supporting pipe is required in
the centre of the tank.
This special pipe, which has 2 end caps
and 2 holes, is available for 21 + VAT
(order no. 322025).
The tank must not be installed in an area
used by cars or other vehicles. There
must be no more than 100 cm earth
above the tank.
This version of the tank can be walked
over, but not driven over.
Once installed, the tank must be accessible at all times.
We recommend that you do not plant or pave over the
tank, since this will make it difficult or even impossible to
access.

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Trial assembly
Start by putting the two halves of the tank together (without the gasket and clips) and identify the number of pipes and
hoses you will need:
??
??

empty pipe for the intake, top-up and sensor lines


connection between the filter and tank

and the following holes for:


?? intake hose
?? inlet / overflow (at top or side)
?? connecting pipes (for filling at the bottom and venting at the top)
?? tank dome
Please note: All the holes should be opened fully.
Mark the drilling points, ideally with numbers or different colours. Then separate the shell sections, drill the holes using
the special bits (available from GRAF) and remove any swarf from inside the tank. We recommend that you drill the
holes outside the trench (if you are installing the tank underground) and then place the tank in the trench.

Assembling the tank


Place one of the two tank shell sections, with the open side facing up, on a flat surface. Then
press the grooved side of the profiled gasket supplied into the internal groove. Make
sure that you press the gasket in uniformly and as far as it will go. Grease both sides of the
protruding vertical part of the gasket and the internal groove on the other half of the tank
generous ly with the soft soap provided.
You will need two adults in order to carry out the next step:
Place the top section on the bottom section, with the gasket in position. Please note the two
following points:
1.)

The tank can only be assembled if the two s hell sections are in one of two positions
(note the position of the arrows in the diagram below). Before you push the two shell
sections together, turn the top section on the bottom section until the arrows of the
tongue and groove system are lined up and the two halves latch into place. Place the
supporting tube with the end caps fitted in the centre of the section.

2.)

Then carefully place the top section on the bottom section. Make sure that the gasket
does not slip out of the bottom groove and slips fully into the
groove in the top section. Check that the gasket and
supporting pipe are both in the correct position.

Then use 12 of the 24 quick-fit connectors and adjust slightly manually.


Make sure that you attach the quick-fit connectors alternately on the
left and right (note the direction of the arrow on the tank). As the first
step, adjust every other quick-fit connector, then place a block of wood
over the top and knock firmly into position with a hammer. The
connectors will latch into their final position. Then repeat this step with
the other 12 quick-fit connectors. If, due to damage during storage or
transportation, the diameters of the two shell sections are not 100%
identical, gradually attaching the clips are as described above and the
back pressure caused at any overlapping points will ensure that the two
halves fit together properly.

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Inlet with settling trap


Since Herkules tanks can be connected in series to form a modular system (similar to a multi -chamber system), an
inlet with settling trap is not required, even if the tanks are used to feed a WC or washing machine. Any sediment will
settle out in the first tank. If installed underground, the first tank should have the DN 200 dome so that it can be
cleaned out using a dirty water pump, when necessary. The water is always drawn from the last tank in the series, and
is thus always clean.

Fitting the bottom connecting pipe


Drill the holes using the special bit, placing it centrally over the drilling guides on the sides of the tank (note the
inside/outside labelling). Then attach the special seals. Grease the seal and then introduce the standard HT/KG pipes
into the tank. Make sure that the pipes project at least 30 cm into the tank on both sides so that there is sufficient play
if the tanks are displaced.
DN 70 or DN 100 pipes may be used for this connection. If you use a DN 70 connection with a DN 100 inlet, the tank
must have an emergency overflow (created by attaching a T-piece to the KG pipe leading to the conduit). This will
prevent back-pressure.

Fitting the top ventilation pipe


If more than two tanks are connected in series, they must be connected at the top and the bottom. The bottom
connecting pipe balances the water level, while the top connecting pipe is used to ventilate the tank. Attach a standard
DN 100 KG pipe to the connection provided at the top of the tank (a DN 70 HT pipe may be used if the tanks are
installed above ground).
Tip:

This step should be carried out with the tank in the trench.

Fitting the inlet and overflow


The tank must never be pressurised. This means that there should never be a water column in the tank and an
overflow is always required. The inlet and overflow can either be fitted at the top of the tank using one of the DN 100
connections or fixed to the tank wall using the GRAF DN 100 special seal. Please note: A suitable GRAF filter
system should always be fitted upstream. We recommend that you use a siphon arrangement for the overflow to
prevent odours upstream of the drain. The overflow pipe can be fitted either in a dead well or in the drain.
IMPORTANT:

The gradient of the overflow pipe should be 1.5 2%. It may be necessary to fit a
backpressure valve (order no. 331014) (only if the water contains no faecal matter) or an antiflooding valve to prevent backpressure in the drain.
If you are not sure, ask your architect/planner or a specialist company.
The DN 100 hole must be drilled out completely.

Assembling the tank dome


Drill out the hole and then attach the black double-socket tee (included with order no. 202033). Then push the DN 200
tank dome into the socket (length = 1 m, may be shortened at the top). You may introduce a submersible pump
through the tank dome or use it to fix accessories. A tank dome must be fitted to the first and last tank in the series. On
the first tank, the dome can be used to introduce a dirty water pump for cleaning purposes. On the last tank in the
series, it is used to install the sensor lines for the drinking water top-up circuit. Please note: The sensor cables for the
fill level indicator or drinking water top-up circuit should run freely (without touching the intake pump, return line or tank
opening) to the bottom of the tank). Repairs to the intake pump or measuring sensor for the drinking water top-up
circuit can be carried out through the pump shaft. Attach the blanking plug as a cover to keep out the grass.

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Fitting the intake hose


The intake hose is attached via a DN 100 pipe which starts at a bushing in the house wall and ends at the DN 100
connection (on the last tank in the series). Please note: Include a DN 100 junction at the tank connection if you intend
to provide or subsequently install a drinking water top-up circuit. Drill out the holes and then measure the suction
length between the base of the tank and the pump (using a piece of string, for example). The intake section should be
as straight as possible (no more than two 90 elbows). Once you have determined the intake length, cut a piece of
robust, standard suction tube to the correct length. Please note: Avoid the use of screwed joints, as far as possible. If
you cannot avoid using screwed joints, it may be necessary to install an inspection chamber, order no. 330134.
Connect the intake unit (non-return valve and suction strainer) to the hose. For further repairs, fix a pull cord to the
bottom end of the suction unit and run the cord out of the tank through the dome. This will enable you to pull the nonreturn valve and suction strainer out through the dome, giving you easy access for cleaning or replacement. Please
note: Carry out this step before you fit the tank dome or back-fill with earth, and secure the end of the cord to
prevent it falling back into the tank. If you run an empty pipe to the house, make sure that the overflow from
the series of tanks is lower than the rising empty pipe to the house and that the cellar is protected against
flooding with a wall bushing.

Fitting the GRAF drinking water top-up circuit / fill level indicator
The data cable for Aqua-Control Plus and the digital fill level indicator should run to the tank in the empty pipe
described in the Intake hose section. Before you introduce the intake hose, run the measuring sensor cable to the DN
200 pump pit via a DN 50/100 junction. To introduce the data cable, drill a 1 cm hole in the pit and fix the bushing
connection with a lock-nut. Fit the measuring sensor at an easily accessible height in the pump pit and fix in place with
the screwed connectors and seals provided. The two sensor cables must run to approximately 2 cm above the tank
base (as described in the installation instructions for the GRAF Aqua-Control+ or digital fill level indicator). The drinking
water top-up circuit must run into the house via a free outlet (conforming to DIN 1988) which is above the
backpressure level. The supply line from the solenoid valve to the tank runs in an empty DN 100 pipe and enters the
tank through the DN 100 connection. The incoming line for the drinking water top-up circuit is laid to the bottom of the
tank.
Once you have carried out a trial run, read the installation instructions for the fittings and accessories and
checked that the system is working correctly and the tank is watertight, position the tank and replace the earth
in the trench as follows:
?? The base of the trench must be flat and well compacted.
?? Attach the pipes and fittings, then place the tank in the middle of the trench and half-fill with water.
?? Then start to replace the top-soil evenly around the tank (make sure that it contains no sharp stones or rubble).
You can use top-soil (no clay or heavy loam) instead of gravel to fill the trench. We should point out, however, that
since top-soil tends to compact, particularly on freshly dug ground or after long periods of heavy rain, some
erosion may subsequently occur, causing subsidence beneath the tank.
?? Add the soil in 30 cm layers and then tamp down the material. It is important to ensure that the tank is firmly
bedded in on all sides. Please note: Do NOT use a plate vibrator or similar compactor for this task.
?? Once you have filled the trench with gravel or earth to half-way up the tank and tamped down the filling, fill up to
the overflow in a single step. Fill the rest of the trench as described above.
?? Do not put plates, paving or tiles directly above the tank.
?? At least every 10 15 years, the tank must be drained via the dome using a dirty water pump and then cleaned
(after draining, direct a jet of water onto the base to dislodge the sludge and then pump out again with the dirty
water pump).
YOU WILL INVALIDATE YOUR GUARANTEE IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTALLATION
INSTRUCTIONS. EVERY TANK THAT LEAVES OUR FACTORY HAS UNDERGONE A QUALITY CONTROL
INSPECTION. THE MANUFACTURER ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE DUE TO THE WRONG CHOICE
OF LOCATION, BACK PRESSURE, INCORRECT INSTALLATION OR SOIL COMPACTION, CONVERSION TO
ANOTHER USE, PIERCING THE SIDES OR LACK OF MAINTENANCE.

(THIS INSTALLATION / ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTION IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN GERMAN AND FRENCH!)

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