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Working on the outhouse (SOME more. . .) AND we are done!

By February 10, 2018 Blessings along the way!, General, the outhouse
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It is really nice to be getting to this point in the build of our little outhouse.  Just the fact that it is mostly square is a feat for us.  (no kidding here~) And now, all of the finishing touches along with some miscellaneous things that we are taking care of . . . while we continue to wait on our logs. . .

This is a shot from below the frame for our awning.

This is a shot from below the frame for our awning.  We will need to caulk for sure.

OOPS!  We got the frame up with the screen on it~~~And then . . . . my husband put the drill through the screen on our frame after he put it up.  So SAD, too BAD!   We had to take it back home and remeasure for the screen ~because why would we even bring extra screen along since we had the frames all made up?  Right?  Oh well, there are worse things to deal with in my opinion.  Screen is EASY to fix.

But that meant we couldn’t finish up our little ole’ awning that day.

There are always plenty of other things to do though, so we closed up shop for the day, and headed home. . .     and the next day, we were starting on miscellaneous to-do list chores.

Working on mowing along the roadway to clean it up.

Working on mowing and getting it cleaned up along the roadway.

And. . .we had some brush to clean up.

And. . .we had some brush to clean up.

Starting to man the fire.

There he is starting to man the fire.

A makeshift head covering~~He wet the neck cooler, and he put it on under his hat.

A makeshift head covering~~He wet the neck cooling rag, and he put it on under his hat.

I was having a good time with this~maybe thought it was too funny.   I was chuckling, but he did not care.  It was protecting his face from being singed, and that’s all that mattered to him.   It was getting pretty hot.  The boys and I were manning the hose (we had hooked up the hose to use the water from the little church next to us ~~ JUST IN CASE!) while he was ‘in the heat of the battle’ (pun intended).

See him swinging his head covering around there.

See him swinging his head covering around there.

side note * I kind of like this shot with our property and tree line behind him.  I seems quite private (although it is not perfectly private), but we do have some space and I appreciate that.

And we got this brush cleaned up.

And we got this brush all  cleaned up.

Oh, and we found some wild berries. . .

. . . just a few. . . but we found some.

. . . just a few. . . but we found some.

Do you see a little boy in that patch of berry brambles? He reminds me of "Edmond" from Narnia~~he couldn't get enough once he tried one of the berries.

Do you see a little boy in that patch of berry brambles? He reminds me of “Edmund” from Narnia~~he couldn’t get enough once he tried one of the berries.

And Grandpa got in the action helping to clean up some brush near the outhouse.

And Grandpa got in the action helping to clean up some brush near the outhouse.

And then cleaning up the area around where the equipment had been hauled from.

And then cleaning up the area around where the equipment had been hauled from.  Our ‘mighty men’!

And then there was the bees nest that was quite alive and buzzing left behind after the equipment was towed.

And then there was the bees’ nest that was quite alive and buzzing left behind after the equipment was towed.  We needed to get rid of THAT!

And here he is finished up the 2nd awning over the vent after replacing the screen.

And here he is finished up the 2nd awning over the vent after replacing the screen.

Getting the inside all finished up.

Getting the inside all finished up.

I like this shot of the fly swatter we took of the inside. . . .because you can see the 'blue light' coming in.

I like this shot of the fly swatter we took of the inside. . . .because you can see the ‘blue light’ coming in.

Getting the inside all stocked with the additional necessities.

Getting the inside all stocked with the additional necessities.

Introducing . . .The "Blue Light Special".

Introducing . . .The “Blue Light Special”.

With a little shot of the front view. . . with the cedar handle and our lock to keep the door closed when not in use.

With a little shot of the front view. . . with the cedar handle and our lock to keep the door closed when not in use.

 

Just “Thank you LORD!” for helping us see this project through to the end.    We have a “Blue Light Special”! ! !

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Working on the outhouse (cont’d ~some more)

By January 29, 2018 General, The outhouse, the outhouse

I love looking at pictures.  They seem to tell what words sometimes cannot.  We were getting the outhouse completed as we waited on our logs.

At this point my husband really felt the need to have some ‘openings’ for airflow in our outhouse.  I can honestly say that I don’t blame him.  We didn’t know how/if this whole ‘dry toilet’ thing was going to work.  So, here is our solution, and our homemade frames to put awnings over the openings on the sides of our outhouse.

The frames for the awnings.

These are the frames for the awnings.

. . . with the screens on

. . . with the screens on.

You know, we don’t want any buggies making their way in, especially bugs that are 5′ long and slither.  Nope, not into snakes.  AT.ALL.

I thought we did a good job with our screen.

I thought we did a good job with our screen.

And the part of the frame that will be extending out from the wall, and holding the metal roof awning we will form.

And the part of the frame that will be extending out from the wall, and holding the metal roof awning we will form.

And this is my cardboard template. I think it will work?

And this is my cardboard template for cutting the metal out for fitting on the frames. I think it will work?

Is this cutout going to form around the frame we made? No, it did not work.

Is this cutout going to form around the frame we made? No, it did not work.

It was either not sitting against the wall of our outhouse, or it wasn’t hanging nicely over the frame at the bottom.  Something had to change here.  See what I mean?

Not exactly working?

Not exactly working?

Here's to hoping I put the outline that I want him to cut out ~in the right spot.

Here’s to hoping I put the outline that I want him to cut out ~in the right spot while I go back to the drawing board to make a different template.

NICE! Good job!

NICE! Good job!

And the first frame is on! Ta-da! OH, yeah, the paint started to peel off where it was compromised. BUMMER!

And the first frame is on! Ta-da! OH, yeah, the paint started to peel off where it was compromised. BUMMER!

The metal roofing cut again with a different template. Now THIS works!

The metal roofing cut again with a different template. Now THIS works!

At this point, I was pretty well satisfied with the metal piece that I had drawn to be cut out for our awning.  It is really tough to cut this stuff. . . or maybe we just do not have the right tools.  Anyway, that was my husband’s job, and I thought he did a great job.  It met up against the wall of the outhouse, and also hung far enough past the frame to make it work.  But as you can see, there are some SHARP edges on this piece of metal.  We really don’t know how to alter that, nor do we even really care.  It is high enough off of the ground that noone should even have cause to be near it close enough to get hurt on.  So, there it is!

And, he started sawing on the other side.

And, he started sawing on the other side.

I see you through there.

I see you through there.

If I didn't know him better, he might be kind of intimidating. WHoo! ;-)

If I didn’t know him better, he might be kind of intimidating. WHoo! 😉

In the meantime, we have our fellows working on the frame around the doorway.

In the meantime, we have our fellows working on the frame around the doorway.

Teamwork is always good.

Teamwork is always good.

. . . even if he is laying down on the job.

. . . even if he is laying down on the job.

That night we decided to stay down there in the camper.  We do not have electricity to it yet.  Guess what we didn’t know when we were looking for a level spot on our property that would work to hold this giant?  ELECTRICITY!  Go figure.  We need to be close to the electricity to be properly hooked up.  YEP, already it is not going to work well in the spot we chose.  Se la vie!  We are making so many mistakes, and learning so much!  YES SIR REE!  That’s what we do.

I try not to make mistakes.  Really!  But we don’t know what we don’t know; and there are surely going to be more mistakes we make along the way.  I am preaching to myself here.  “We are going to make mistakes.  IT.IS.OKAY.”  repeat, and repeat again.

With that being said, we were ‘roughin’ it’ for the night.   We had to make due since we had no electricity or running water hooked up.  Our camp light that we got for the outhouse came in handy in the camper.  Um. . . we had water that we brought from home.  It worked.  And it was much easier than staying in a tent.

PIZZA! Staying the night for the first time in our camper. We HAD to have PIZZA! (my husband's love)

PIZZA! Staying the night for the first time in our camper. We HAD to have PIZZA! (my husband’s love) And we all enjoyed it too!

It was a fun first night, and the boys were loving the adventure of it all!

We wanted to stay the night so that we could get up and at ’em, and get working the next day.  It was fun! And you know, I was talking with a friend on the phone outside of the camper for a bit, and LOVIN’ the peaceful night sky, and the quiet of the darkness.  It felt so wonderful just being there at night.

The next day, we were back at it. . .

Next day. . . snack in the shade of the camper.

and they are having a snack in the shade of the camper.

Aren't they the cutest?

Aren’t they the cutest?

Now don’t hang me.  I don’t let them climb under the camper ever anymore.  I just wasn’t thinking at the moment, and they fit perfectly under it, and were in the shade protected from the blazing sun.  Now they go to the shade of a tree, which is actually more naturally cooler anyway.  But, it was a cute picture I thought, right?

And we have the inside of our outhouse almost totally primed, and ready for some paint. YES!

And we have the inside of our outhouse almost totally primed.  Just the ceiling to finish. YES!

Oh, and you see that my sweet thoughtful husband put up hooks for us to hang our little cleaning/fly swatting tools up on.

Oh, and you see that my sweet thoughtful husband put up hooks for us to hang our little cleaning/fly swatting tools up on.

And the final picture of him getting some bushhogging in that day.

And the final picture of him getting some bushhogging in that day.

It was a couple of sweet days feeling like we actually are almost finished with this outhouse.  And waiting for the logs.

Just “Thank you LORD!” for your provision as we move forward with this HUGE project we have ahead of us.

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Working on building our outhouse! (cont’d)

By January 26, 2018 General, The outhouse, the outhouse

On our outhouse, we had the base level, the frame up, the walls on, the roof started; and now we need to get the ‘sitting area’ put together, as well as painting, and our tin roof, and . . .  well, just watch the pictures and you can see it coming together, as well as what we decided to do with the little holes strategically situated in the walls.

Here goes. . .

The outhouse painting begins. . .

The outhouse painting begins. . .

Teamwork. . . makes everything easier, especially when mom is making them use their muscles to bring pea gravel to the outhouse.

Teamwork. . . makes everything easier, especially when mom is making them use their muscles to bring rocks and pea gravel to the outhouse.

 

Everyone got in on the painting, even one that normally doesn't put a paintbrush in his hand. ;-)

Everyone got in on the painting, even one that normally doesn’t put a paintbrush in his hand. 😉

See the little black dots on the side of the wall? They were holes that we had to determine how to fill them in.

See the little black dots on the side of the wall? They were holes that we had to determine how to fill them in.

It turns out that when it would rain, the dirt would splatter up on the side of the outhouse, and make it look really bad.  We did not have any grass growing as we had cleared out around where the outhouse was built, so it was just dirt around the outhouse.  I wanted the rocks (that I was having the boys bring over) to be placed at the base on the side of the outhouse where the rain hit the hardest so that it would act as a kind of splatter proof base. . .you can see them at the bottom of the outhouse.

Back to dealing with the holes in the walls. . . Have you heard of the ‘blue light specials’ at the K-Mart stores?  Okay, so maybe I am a bit older??

I found some flat marbles at a local craft store that fit perfectly in the holes if we hammered them in just a bit.

See, it fits perfectly in the hole.

See, it fits perfectly in the hole.

And this is the light that comes through on the inside.

And this is the light that comes through on the inside.

That is what we did~~filled in all of the holes to the outside with the blue marbles, and that is how our outhouse has gotten the name “Blue Light Special”.

Now on to the additional fixins’ on the outhouse. . . with pictures. . .

The spot for the bucket!

The spot for the bucket!

Closing in the front of the sitting area.

Closing in the front of the sitting area.

Now with the hinged base for the toilet seat to attach to.

Now with the hinged base for the toilet seat to attach to.

No explanation needed, right?

No explanation needed, right?

And the little hinged cover for the box that holds the 'sawdust'!

And the little hinged cover for the box that holds the ‘sawdust’!

And now we have the door on.

And now we have the door on.

And the caulking and painting on the inside begins.

And the caulking and painting on the inside begins.

So, it was a used door, and had a mess around where the handle was.

So, it was a used door, and had a mess around where the handle had been.

I know, it looks a mess.  It was kind of hard to get that worked out, but we did enough to make it work.

A work in progress!

A work in progress!

Getting prepped to get the metal roof on, (that was salvaged from the wreckage of a tornado.)

Getting prepped to get the metal roof on.

Getting our little metal roof on, (that was salvaged from tornado damage.) FREE!

Getting our little metal roof on, (that was salvaged from tornado damage.) FREE!

Tucking up and trimming off the excess roof protector.

Tucking up and trimming off the excess rubber layer.

Securing it down. We are making some progress here.

Securing it down. We are making some progress here.

Got the rubber layer all tucked in and working on getting the metal roof over it. And we need to keep the rain out from under the roof.

We got the rubber layer all tucked in and the metal roof over it.  Next we needed to get a metal piece in front to keep the rain out from under the roof.

Almost done priming the inside.

Almost done priming the inside.

Nope. . . it will not work. . . it is not wide enough to protect the front sides. Hence the 'thumbs down'~~

Nope. . . it will not work. . . it is not wide enough to protect the front sides. Hence the ‘thumbs down’~~

Back to the drawing board, and we cut it to fit a little better. It worked. (I know I have a picture of 'thumbs up' somewhere.)

Back to the drawing board, and we cut it to fit a little better. It worked. (I know I have a picture of ‘thumbs up’ somewhere  ~~maybe not?)

Tucked in and under on the sides. Looks so professional, huh? Okay, so it will keep the rain out.

Tucked in and under on the sides. Looks so professional, huh? Okay, so it will keep the rain out.

Metal roofing on. CHECK!

Metal roofing on. CHECK!

The roof is ON! Ta-DA! Better than a thumbs up, right? I was so happy with it!

The roof is ON! Ta-DA! Better than a thumbs up, right? I was so happy with it!

LOTSA teamwork!

LOTSA teamwork!

Now, for the record, we are not planning this to be our bathroom once we move into the cabin, HOWEVER, it surely is nice to have in the meantime.  We are not going off-grid.  But. . . it will be nice to have an extra spot for the guys when they are all dirty and I don’t want them in the house, OR even myself when I am working outside, and don’t want to traipse all the way into the house.   Not a royal throne room, but it is coming together, and will work nicely for us.  Just saying!

Just “Thank you LORD!” for letting us make it this far.  Maybe, just maybe, we will survive building a log cabin.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Working on building our outhouse!

By October 1, 2017 General, the outhouse
See in the background?  ~~this along with the boom truck had wintered at our place, and they were 'springing' at our place too.  They were not going to summer at our place.

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.

 

 

Oh, and a bucket such as this will fit nicely in the spot we will need it to go.

Oh, and a bucket such as this will fit nicely in the spot we will need it to go.

. . . with a few pictures added in for kicks that have nothing to do with an outhouse. . .

Two brothers hangin' while mom and dad work~~gotta say I think this is the cutest! Love that they are best friends!

Two brothers hangin’ while mom and dad work~~gotta say I think this is the cutest! Love that they are best friends!

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.

Here is the hole filled back in, and ready to be covered over.

Here is the filled-back-in hole below the floor opening, and now the floor of our outhouse needs to be reconstructed.

Had to add supports under the sub-flooring that we needed to add on.

Had to add supports under the sub-flooring that we needed to add on.  (Kind of hard to see, but he is adding some 2×4’s in that area.)

Here is the cover after we put some support boards under here.

And here is the cover after we put some support boards under there.

Trying to get the base level.

Now, we are trying to get the base level.

Digging, digging, just a little bit here, and a little bit there.

Digging, digging, just a little bit here, and a little bit there.

Does jumping on this and wiggling it help get it level? I'm trying here.

Does jumping on this and wiggling it help get it level? I’m trying.

It has to be level, right?

It has to be level, right?

Screwing on the subfloor to our little ol' outhouse.

Screwing on the subfloor to our little ol’ outhouse.

Up goes the back wall, with G'pa to the assist.

Up goes the back wall frame, with G’pa to the assist.

Next we are putting up the right side wall frame.

Next we are putting up the right side wall frame.

Grandpa was just a huge help as we put this thing together.

Grandpa was just a huge help as we put this thing together.

Getting the frame of the third wall up. Woohoo!

Getting the frame of the third wall up. Woohoo!

Next, the frame for the front wall section with an opening for the door. Good practice for squaring so a door will fit.

Next, the frame for the front wall section with an opening for the door. Good practice for squaring so a door will fit.

Starting on the roof supports.

Starting on the roof supports.

Loving getting moving on this.

Loving getting moving on this.

Oh, and we had a monkey up in our little tree.

Oh, and we had a monkey up in our little tree.

And a shot of the bracing we put in for squaring up the frame of our outhouse.

And a shot of the bracing (the diagonal board on the frame) we put in for squaring up the frame of our outhouse.

And bracing on the other side.

And bracing on the other side.

Have them working on clearing the brush from the coverage.

Here is the little one working on clearing brush from the trees surrounding the outhouse.

Love that smile for sure! He is working getting brush from under the bushes.

Love that smile for sure! He is working getting brush from under the bushes.

One of the pieces of roofing that was salvaged, and we were planning it for the roof of our little outhouse.

One of the pieces of roofing that was salvaged, and we were planning it for the roof of our little outhouse.  Not perfectly blemish-free, but doable.

My 'mighty men' bringing the door that we got over for the outhouse.

My ‘mighty men’ bringing the door that we got over for the outhouse.

 

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. . .

 

Our neighbors were throwing away some tile they had pulled up in their house. It was the perfect amount to salvage for our outhouse floor. Lovin' FREE!

Our neighbors were throwing away some tile they had pulled up in their house. It was the perfect amount to salvage for our outhouse floor. Lovin’ FREE!

Love his kind of 'CRAZY'!

Love his kind of ‘CRAZY’!

Working on the measurement for the roof.

Working on the measurement for the roof.

The roof plywood (I don't know what to call it~) is up, and now it is time to secure it to the frame.

The roof plywood (I don’t know what to call it~) is up, and now it is time to secure it to the frame.

Screwing it down!

Screwing it down!

Then we put the rubber covering over the plywood, and I ultimately glued that down.

Then we put the rubber covering over the plywood, and I ultimately glued that down.

We brought the door back home to scrape it off~~sometimes we do double the work, but they worked hard on it.

We brought the door back home to scrape it off~~sometimes we do double the work, but they worked hard on it.

Was the lead in that old paint getting to them, or are they 'crazy' like their dad??

Was the lead in that old paint getting to them, or are they ‘crazy’ like their dad??

 

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~~

And just to add a little bit off topic, I had to throw in some pictures from Easter. We can clean up sometimes. (wink, wink)

Our little guys after church.  We can clean up sometimes. (wink, wink)

Even we don't look to shabby all dressed up!

Even we don’t look to shabby all dressed up!

Yes, we do live in Kentucky. I like my bare feet, and I guess our girls do too!

Yes, we do live in Kentucky. I like my bare feet, and I guess our girls do too!

Dad clownin' with his girlies!

Dad clownin’ with our beauties!

So, back to the outhouse pictures~~~

The door is back, and needs a bit more touch up~~

The door is back, and needs a bit more touch up~~

Starting to get the walls up.

Starting to get the walls up.

Another shot with the front walls on the frame.

Another shot with the front walls on the frame.

A all of the walls are on the frame. Making progress here~~we are just S-L-O-W!

All of the walls are on the frame. Making progress here~~we are just S-L-O-W!  (**Notice the white dot on the back wall of the outhouse.)

Working together to make a few extra braces for strength.

Working together to make a few extra braces for strength.

Notice the braces in the back frame now? Not equally put in, but strong and for goodness sake, it's an outhouse, right?

Notice the braces in the back frame now? Not equally put in, but strong and for goodness sake, it’s an outhouse, right?

The all important toilet seat!

The all important toilet seat!

And a close-up of the 'salvaged' flooring!

And a close-up of the ‘salvaged’ flooring!  It fit like a glove~~

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.

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