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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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