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05-17-2013 03:08 PM

Sorry I maybe should have put this in the coffee lounge haha!! We are living on a lake now with a million dollar view…but the house isnt worth that much and is old and has only one bathroom…soooo “for emergencies only” I decided to build an outhouse next to my shop. Anyone have any dimensions or ideas? I seen a couple posts on tuis topic. I’m thinking of using pallets and old hardware to make it look old:) Thanks!!

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 03:09 PM

Oh and I’m thinking about just putting a portable toilet in it I can empty once a week;)

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 03:11 PM

Glad you included that last bit about the portable toilet. I was seeing vision of you locked in your outhouse
by outraged neighbors for polluting the lake.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 03:15 PM

A 2 X 4 nailed between two trees works well. If you want to get fancy a sheet of used roofing overhead is nice on rainy days.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 03:42 PM

Before you stick a portable toilet in there, you might want to consider who gets to clean it. You say for “emergency use only” but…. what’s that mean in terms of how frequently you think it will get used? We had a chemical toilet at a cottage we used to go to. Very old building, no indoor potty except for the chemical toilet. It got emptied DAILY… not weekly. It was also a very rudimentary toilet. Almost just a 5 gallon pail with a toilet seat.

Another place I went… because of proximity to water and all that, used a disposable bag type toilet. There was something in the bag that solidified liquid and deoderized solid waste. It all had to be packed out. But then went into trash I think…can’t remember that part exactly. VERY clean system, but the bags were about a buck apiece.

In a pinch you can make your own bagging toilet. Into each bag you put a scoop of kitty litter and a scoop of peat moss. After use, you cover whatever is in there with another scoop of peat moss. If you put a teasoon or maybe even a little less of something like RidX in the bag before closing it up for removal, you can basically get the stuff composting, but it needs air eventually or it become anaerobic instead of aerobic and then it gets stinky regardless of what you’re composting…. could be vegetables and lawn clippings. Same idea.

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 04:12 PM

This is mine. Its simple and if the door is left open it has a sweet view of the lake. It was placed over a big deep crack in the limestone so every fall I throw a couple of cups of lime down the poop shoot and its empty every spring …….never has to be cleaned out : )). Its probably 15 years old now.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 09:56 PM

Check with the health department before you do anything! Many places have strict rules about placing such things near a river, stream or lake. We used to stay at a campground at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain NP. There were portapotties in some areas instead of permanent restrooms/showers. I was told the ordinance prohibited septic tanks within a certain distance of water- stream, river, lake.

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 10:13 PM

I needed to build a small rustic tool shed and I came up with the idea of building one the looked like an outhouse. I was able to find a plan on the Louisiana Agricultural Department’s website.

These plans are similar to what I built:

I ran all of my studs vertically just as you would frame any wall.

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#8 posted 05-17-2013 11:26 PM

Would be easy to make a rack to hold it OR just put it on the rear of your truck and park it next to the shop :-)

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#9 posted 05-17-2013 11:37 PM

I’d put in another bathroom. Seriously, what if a neighbor smells it or has to watch people coming and going from it? Unless you are the only one around for miles I wouldn’t bother. And do you really want to empty someone elses’ crap?

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#10 posted 05-18-2013 06:05 PM

Joe, that reminds me of Ma & Pa Kettles privy, not quite enough privacy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 05-18-2013 08:20 PM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 05-19-2013 12:07 AM

Just do not use camouflage toilet paper as on for my hunting buds did. He put it down to do his thing and then could not find the TP.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 05-20-2013 10:32 AM

Thanks so much for all the great info…and humer;)

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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