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I just bought an acre of land (!) that I'm planning on building a small cabin on and the first order of business is to build an outhouse. I helped my dad build one maybe 11 years ago, and can definitely bumble through it, but I was wondering if you guys had any tips on what to do/not do to with respect to venting and in general.

It is only going to get weekend use (unless I win the lottery), and usually only for 2 people. The hole will be about 4 or 5 feet deep, and around 3 or 4 foot square. I read somewhere that lining the hole with boards/plywood is a good idea, and that moisture is your biggest concern (ie, keep it out of the hole), so earth should be mounded up around it. At the back of the building, is it a good idea to put a screened over vent near the bottom, or a 4" pipe from the pit through the ceiling?
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build the toilet with a little step under it to give height run pipe into a hole maybe 5-10 ' away install 55 gallon drum then have a pipe for discharge if needed darining away ..this is a simple septic tank and will work for a long time if needed can drop a little RID X in the toilet and flush when ya leave the property the bacteria in that stuff will eat your waste and with 2 people only weekends probably starve to death every othe week

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Interesting!

I don't think I can get away with that around here (nearish to Gatineau, Quebec), if you're going to do something septic like that, I'd need permits, and I don't think I could get a permit for that.
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Make sure you sand the seat really well, don't want splinters!

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Hi Rob

Do You have running water out by your out house ?
I'm sure glad I'm not your neighbor, they did out law them for a reason .
Winter time is coming and it will be a big block of ice then.

Just build a port-a potty house.then use chem.to keep it neat and clean .
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I just bought an acre of land (!) that I'm planning on building a small cabin on and the first order of business is to build an outhouse. I helped my dad build one maybe 11 years ago, and can definitely bumble through it, but I was wondering if you guys had any tips on what to do/not do to with respect to venting and in general.

It is only going to get weekend use (unless I win the lottery), and usually only for 2 people. The hole will be about 4 or 5 feet deep, and around 3 or 4 foot square. I read somewhere that lining the hole with boards/plywood is a good idea, and that moisture is your biggest concern (ie, keep it out of the hole), so earth should be mounded up around it. At the back of the building, is it a good idea to put a screened over vent near the bottom, or a 4" pipe from the pit through the ceiling?



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Hi all,

I just bought an acre of land (!) that I'm planning on building a small cabin on and the first order of business is to build an outhouse. I helped my dad build one maybe 11 years ago, and can definitely bumble through it, but I was wondering if you guys had any tips on what to do/not do to with respect to venting and in general.

It is only going to get weekend use (unless I win the lottery), and usually only for 2 people. The hole will be about 4 or 5 feet deep, and around 3 or 4 foot square. I read somewhere that lining the hole with boards/plywood is a good idea, and that moisture is your biggest concern (ie, keep it out of the hole), so earth should be mounded up around it. At the back of the building, is it a good idea to put a screened over vent near the bottom, or a 4" pipe from the pit through the ceiling?

I don't think you need a hole 3 or 4 foot square, a round hole about 12/15" in diameter would be sufficient .

The larger the hole the bigger your base platform has to be to prevent cave in.

We oldies can remember when such outhouses were in towns,,,,,

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Hi Bob,

I don't have running water nearby, there aren't any streams for a good while. They sure haven't outlawed them here? (Ie, out in the sticks in Quebec.)

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Do You have running water out by your out house ?
I'm sure glad I'm not your neighbor, they did out law them for a reason .
Winter time is coming and it will be a big block of ice then.

Just build a port-a potty house.then use chem.to keep it neat and clean .
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Thanks for that!

Ha, I think I might buy a premade seat.

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Rob,

About... 18 years ago (sheesh!) I built one for my cabin up at the lake, out in the boonies, about fifty miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. We have a fair number of guests and usually go up there for weejends and a couple of week-long vacations in the summer.

When I made it I decided I wanted it to be the last one I ever needed to build.. so I built it so I had 4x4's vertical for underground with 2x6's running crosswise between them to serve as pit "walls". I left about a 1/2" gap between them to permit fluid escapement. The base was sized so sheets of plywood (for the above-ground walls) went on full-size. Above-ground was framed with 2x4's. At that size I had plenty of room to build shelves between the vertical studs for storage on 3 sides (canned goods, bug spray, oils, flammables such as lantern fuel, as well as toilet paper, etc. Also, iy was built from pressure-treated lumber, with the below-ground portion with the additional "ground-contact-rated" treatment. With the brown color from the treatment we didn't bother with paint and even now it looks like new.

We installed a 4" PVC vent from the seat-level through the roof and I located some scrap metal roofing material to put on the top.

The large footprint was also convenient for storage when we weren't up there, especially for 5-gallon cans of fuel, propane, etc. We later built a separate storage shed but still used it for storing a can or two of gasoline, to keep the fumes from permeating everything else in storage.

It wasn't cheap but with a 4'x4'x7' deep hole, I know I'll never need to build another and it won't cave in... ..or as a friend once told me "With *that* outhouse, you can invite ALL of your sh*tty friends up here!"

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