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Thread: Outhouse - It ain't done, but it's usable

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    Default Outhouse - It ain't done, but it's usable

    It still needs a vent pipe, and I want to insulate and finish the inside, and paint/stain.
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    Default Pipe in the ground

    Hope it lasts a few years.
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    Default End of first summer

    This is how we left it last year.
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    Default More photos

    Sump tank for funnel & pedestal.
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    Default We had to dodge the rain a lot.


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    Default Getting closer - steps

    They are the old ones from the cabin - reuse.

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    Default 2013 - More work

    Seat lowered; view of the skylight.
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    Default Done for now

    It's got a door, half moon, and all the latches. Will finish up next trip or two, but at least it is fully usable - no more bucket, no more having to call out "hey, I'm in the outhouse". Much more homey.
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    Nice work! Interesting idea using the drums. Just curious... why did you decide to use drums, rather than just digging a hole in the ground? When you need to cover it up, you'll be stuck with the drums sticking out of the ground. If it was just over a hole, you could simply cover it up with dirt. I have never built an outhouse, so I'm interested in the method.

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    Well, I'd seen another outhouse with a culvert type pipe underneath. I wanted it up off the ground, just in case we're ever out there in the winter - we won't have to dig down much. Since it is seasonal with just two folks (just a few weeks out of the year), I'm figuring it is going to take some time to fill it up. If it starts getting close, then I may dig down and unscrew the the barrels (they are just straped together with plumber's strap and metal screws) and leave the bottom one there. I could then move it. We are also pouring our laundry water, and some dishwater, with septic treatment enzymes down the hole to help break down the contents. I guess it'll be a wait-n-see type thing. Right now, it beats the heck out of a honey bucket and has gotten a thumbs up from the wife.

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