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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 06:28 PM

DIY dry toilet for regular use or as a emergency backup

A dry toilet intended for regular use works well in conjunction with a compost pile and/or a worm farm. You can use the basic designs for a DIY dry toilet to build an emergency toilet intended to be used for just as long as needed until the problems preventing one from using the regular toilet(s) are rectified.

It is my intent to build a composting toilet in the basement to act as an emergency loo if and when needed. I know for sure I won't be allowed to use it regularly, lest I get caught, but as the boss of the house rarely goes down to the basement, she won't even know about the emergency toilet until we need it. Ha!

One could go as simple as using a 5 gallon bucket with a seat and lid made to fit on such a bucket but I don't want to go that route. I want to build something that's more sturdy and at ADA compliant height. Some people build a two seater where one pees on one side and poos in the other because it's very bad news to mix urine with solids as the smell will soon be atrocious. But I think it'd be very hard not to go #1 while going #2 so I'll build a one seater with a urine diverter.

In dealing with the urine using a diverter, most I've seen use a flexible tube running from the diverter to covered bucket. Because the smell comes from urine reacting with the oxygen in the air, it's important that the urine container is sealed well and there is a trap in the line feeding the container. When one has finished the business, they ought to flush the diverter with enough water to not only clean it but also to replace the urine in the trap with water. Diverters specifically designed to be installed on a DIY dry toilet can be bought on line.

Poop should be covered as soon as possible and many people say they have had very good results using pet bedding which can be purchased cheaply from stores such as Walmart. A 2 cu. Ft. bag that expands out to 5 c.u. ft. when opened runs about $8.00 and one couple said in their video that such a bag lasts the both of them about 2 months. If you are going to use pet bedding and plan to compost your waste, don't use bedding that has cedar as cedar resists rot. If you are going to use the dry toilet just for emergencies and put the waste in the garbage, then cedar bedding would be fine.

Some people line their poo buckets. Regular plastic garbage bags that fit in a 5 gallon bucket would work for emergencies. Those that want to compost their waste use compostable bags that are labeled compostable. As for toilet paper, most just use regular toilet paper but a few who compost their waste have said they use RV/boat TP as it degrades much more quickly. Scotts advertises that it's Rapid Dissolving RV/boat TP breaks down 4x faster then regular toilet paper.

I haven't decided on a final design yet but it probably will look something like this:

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 09:59 PM

1. Amazing - men have shitted(?) in the woods, out in the wild

in places that boggle the mind. Mankind progressed to build an outhouse then made the leap to indoor plumbing with proper and clean disposal of his waste products. Now, we are building indoor outhouses?

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Response to packman (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:30 AM

2. This is mainly for those who wish to be or are environmentally friendly

And for those want want to have an emergency back up. Of course it's not viable for everybody.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:14 AM

3. A link to a good article w/video on using a composting toilet

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:13 PM

4. We have the bucket with a lid for a backup

That covers short term emergencies. In a long term situation, the outhouse will be built...OUTside.

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