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How did you give up using flush toilets?

 
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Those of you who have transitioned to something other than a water flush toilet, how did you transition?

Please share your transition stories.

What form of 'toilet' do you utilize on a regular basis?

What are your reasons for choosing this form?

Have you used other forms of composting toilets? if so, which ones?

Thank you in advance.

 
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Thank you for asking, I love talking about me. A friend mentioned a sawdust toilet and then told us about Joe Jenkins " Humanure Handbook " saying if we were interested to get a copy. I had never heard about anything similar so I bought a copy of the book and got hooked on it being a good thing that I would like to try. Built a lovable loo clone very much like Joe's original design except all in 3/4 inch plywood that I had scrounged about 10 yrs ago. Finally a use for it. Brought it in to show my wife and it sat in the kitchen for about two weeks. She is a very patient woman but finally said "where are you going to put that?" I replied that I thought I would put it downstairs as a convenient second bathroom but I would prefer to put it in the existing bathroom on the second floor where we live but there is no room. She replies " would there be room if you took out the flush toilet?" We had never seen one before I built ours, we had never used one and only had Joe's word that it was odourless and relatively easy but that day I removed the flush toilet and capped the flange. Within two weeks I removed the flange and the water connection to make re-flooring the bathroom easy and we haven't regretted it even a little bit. It has shifted some chore time solidly to me, about 45 minutes per week and has shifted some bathroom chore time away from her so she is happy. Neither of us has used any alternative systems other than an outhouse and this is light years ahead of that. I do plan to build a prettier loo, this one is a first try and quite utilitarian but we now find it odd to think of having anything else in the house. I would list the advantages as we see them but I have already droned on enough. Again, thanks for asking. Wyatt
 
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I had heard of the sawdust toilet via prepper forums and when we decided to move out west a bit and find some property, I knew we were going to be off grid while looking and possibly the property we found would be without services so I downloaded the free version of the humanure handbook. The numbers/statistics kind of blew me away. Well the property we found was undeveloped so we're still using the sawdust bucket and considering that an "approved" septic system around here would cost $5-7000, I don't think I'll ever have one put in. (and it has to be approved unless you diy) Someday I want to go with a different system because I'm 49 yo and I can't see me lugging buckets in 20-30 years. Maybe something like they use in the earthships. I guess I should put some thought into it soon since we're getting ready to start building our permanent home this spring. LOL
 
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Thank you both for replying. And Wyatt feel free to drone on about the advantages you have experienced.
That's why we're here. to learn from one another.

ONE THING I will ask folks is to please type in small, short paragraphs (maybe three sentences or so)
and double space between them. You can still write about as much as you wish!

FOr folks who have some types of cognitive issues, when we view long paragraphs, everything merges
together and it becomes unreadable to us. (we can miss out on lots of interesting topics due to this processing issue.)

THANK YOU for your considerations.

blessings.
 
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Thank you Gail, I wanted to go back and edit my long post with your format request but the edit function doesn't seem to be on it, not sure why. Will check tomorrow.
 
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Test
 
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Now I know. ( Actually my wife suggested it.)
 
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I've taken my first step by only peeing in a bucket with leaves, planer shavings and charcoal in it. That's been going very well for several weeks and I like the awareness of one's water usage that it triggers.

We've used a compost toilet on a boat for extended periods before and we're planning to incorporate that or another version into our future home. So far, I really enjoy casually mentioning in conversation that I pee in buckets. Poop is gonna be a real conversation grenade.
 
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Talking to most people on a hypothetical basis starts interesting conversations but when real life experience gets thrown in you look crazy. If I had adopted this system in a unserviced cabin or in an emergency situation I would be innovative but since I removed a perfectly good flush toilet going to an almost new septic system everyone thinks I am crazy. I am ok with that, I got the same reaction for decades for saying that smoking needed to be banned in public buildings. The range of reaction you get is actually quite entertaining.
 
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Sometimes, a well-placed grenade can jolt people out of their bubbles and allow them to rationally comprehend something that would otherwise seem outlandish.

If you start out with a bombshell like pooping in buckets, you can then slip in the concept of having no utilities without it even being noticed.
 
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Just did a repair for an older fellow who told me he lived in his house for 4 yrs in the eighties without hydro or sewer. Pail privy inside and outhouse outside, all water hauled in. So I told him about my newish septic and my sawdust toilet and he looked at me with that polite " you are nuts " look. I called him on it but said I was used to it.
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