We just had to come up with something different for our outhouse workings because you can NOT use something like what we had planned when the hole you’ve dug for your outhouse will not drain~~AT ALL! Kentucky clay at it’s finest! Huge kind of ‘outhouse’ problem, right? (Side note on the lack of drainage: Anyone that comes to work on our property informs us of just how bad the land, or soil, is. Nice, huh? I plan to remedy that with permaculture, but in the meantime, I have a log house to build, and an outhouse even before that, that I am currently having difficulties with.)
I had heard of something called a ‘composting’ toilet, and the internet has so many great ways to find out information about things you never knew you never knew. I wanted to see if that might be an option. My daughter had known of one on the farm she worked on several years ago, and said there was never any odor. So I decided to check it out.
What I found is that it isn’t a “composting” toilet because the refuse does not compost there in the toilet (a.k.a. a bucket). A truer name for what I was looking at is a ‘dry toilet’.
The concept goes like this: You use a bucket for your refuse, and then when you are finished with each trip to the ‘dry toilet’, you pour damp sawdust on top of the excreta (nice, huh?) and then you are done. Except at some point the bucket needs to be dumped, but then it can be put to work composting and make fertile soil for down the road. It is not a quick process. It takes roughly a year before you could even use it on a garden, and that year doesn’t start until you have quite the “load” (I really did not want to say that.) So, in reality, it can be a good thing.
So, I know the owner of a local company that makes stairways. They have a continual supply of sawdust. I contacted him to see if we could get sawdust from him, and he was fine with it. It is good to have connections, right? for sawdust~~hehehe!
And now that we have the outhouse finished, I am going to post the rest of the pictures so that you can see the work we did to get it completed, and how we determined a name for it.
. . . with a few pictures added in for kicks that have nothing to do with an outhouse. . .
Now we had to fill the hole back in that took us forever to dig out. Next, we needed to support the spot that was the opening for our hole from the outhouse, and then cover it to make it level with the rest of the floor.
Watch as we make the changes to our outhouse plans.
I would love to say we were rockin’ this as fast as I am getting these pictures put on the blog, however, you will notice the change in seasons and the change of clothes we are wearing. We are slow, and this proves it!
Continuing in our build. . .
Pause here for a ‘big’ holiday for us~~Easter~~and some pictures from that day. I know I am really delayed in getting these pictures posted. Really, we have been busy, but I hope you enjoy the progress we’ve made, even if you are seeing it delayed~~
So, back to the outhouse pictures~~~
We purposefully used the plywood that was saved from when we built up our house foundation forms. But. . . all of the drywall pieces had holes in them for the purpose of the support braces when our foundation was being framed up and poured. (You can go back in the blog, and check that out in a previous post when we were building the foundation, OR just take my word for it.)
Now, what to do about the holes in our walls? (to be continued. . .)
Just “Thank you LORD!” for the progress we are making along the way.