So this weekend, I used the instructions in The Humanure Handbook to build my own compost toilet prototype. The book calls it "the $25 toilet" but when I went to Lowe's, I walked out with a receipt that read about $70. I'm assuming their $25 price tag was due to access to reclaimed/recycled materials. The sheet of plywood I had to buy cost me more than $25. It took me most of the day to finish, but that includes my leisurely visit to Lowe's and several dance/sing breaks to a few select Motown jams on my "Gladys Knight" Pandora station.
|Supplies are purchased|
|Tracing the hole in the lid|
|Hole didn't come out perfect but I don't work with a jig saw very often|
|Frame is ready|
|Feet added and base coat applied|
|Waiting for paint to dry is the WORST|
|First stencil...ever. I'm no Banksy|
|Checking the fit|
|Aaron is skeptical|
|Freddy is at home...|
|...doing a little soul searching|
My toilet is built but I'm a little bummed that I haven't broken her in yet. When I attached the legs, I made a mistake in my measurements and made them about 1/2 inch too short. That means that the bucket sticks out too much under the toilet seat. The toilet seat doesn't lay flat. Ordinarily, I would just remove the screws, adjust the leg positions and screw them again. However, the premium wood glue that I purchased and used is not playing along. So, I decided I would just add feet to the bottom of the legs that would raise the frame up the 1/2 inch I need. But since it was cold and drizzly outside on Sunday, it's gonna have to wait for a few days. Rain and power tools are not things that I like to mix.
There you have it. I am excited to start my experiment. I ran out of time and funds this weekend so I postponed building the frame for my compost pile until next weekend. Drew up the plans though. Planning to make it 4'x3'x3' made from 2x4s and chicken wire. I have read in some places that it should be larger but I will only be composting my own materials so I think that's enough space for a single man to fill up in a year. We have roaming dogs, wild hogs, coyotes, possums, raccoons, turkey vultures and lots of other animals that might be interested in digging through compost for a free meal so, I will be adding a lid to it too.
|I am a meticulous planner and I'm very visual|
Well, that's it for now. Any questions, comments or advice are welcome. Thanks for stoppin' by!