Mike Underhill wrote:Paul, perhaps too late on this first job, but maybe a future outhouse could have the user squatting on a surface level or near level with the hole over the can. This "squatty potty" design honors the way humans are built and leads to much improved evacuation for users - there are health benefits to that. It's different, but I'll bet those who try it will never go back to the 90-degree stance. Perfect for get-in-get-out types.
paul wheaton wrote:We have not yet fired up the sawmill. Come on out and you can be the first. My only concern is that the wood needs to dry before use. Unless, of course, you have awesome green woodworking skills. Plus, while we now have the generator for the sawmill - I would really prefer to have Caleb's battery cart ready for action.
You have the door at the end .... you like that better than the door going in at the side like Jesse did?
paul wheaton wrote:
Michael Cox wrote:Paul Wheaton - If you haven't already I strongly suggest reading the "Humanure Handbook". You should be able to do a search and get a pdf version. We have been using his system for years for both indoor and outdoor toilets. Absolutely no odour issues, rapid hot composting of waste, no flies etc...
I suspect that it will end up influencing your design choices a fair bit!
Michael, please check out my extensive writings and podcasts about the humanure book. There are a lot of things in the book that I don't agree with.
Jesse Biggs wrote:It seems there are a few items Paul really wants to include in this first pooper attempt. After spending a fair bit of time kicking it around with him, I'd say the reasons are many and based on years and years of experience, research, and legal stuff among other things.
1) Absolutely no poop touches anything but the inside of a trash can and other poop for a solid 2 years.
2) The pooper can be dragged around.
3) Pee diversion.
4) Smelly stuff is siphoned out as quickly and efficiently as possible in all seasons and during the day and night.
5) Big broad roof so no paint has to be used.
7) For more of the inside scoop on poop, there's probably no substitute for showing up in person and enjoying some face time with the Duke himself. Turns out talking poopers can be enjoyable.
Adrien Lapointe wrote:I needed to take a break from doing stuff so I attempted to create a model of the garbage can in Sketchup.
I started running into problems when I wanted to create the handles.
Manfred Ramault wrote:Hello
In Africa on guy came up with the idea of putting a mesh box on top of the vent. The pathogen spreading flies would be caught when flying towards the light from the vent and die there after some time. You could feed them to the chickens as per Paul's idea about yellowjackets...
Adrien Lapointe wrote:Over the last few days the saw mill was put together by many people and we were sure that a critical part was missing. Fortunately, Paul Redmond and RJ found the part and after a few more trouble we were firing the saw mill and cutting some boards until the belt broke and now we have to wait for a part.
Here is a picture of Paul using the saw mill.
I must say this is a really smooth, quiet sawmill. Oh! and did I say that it is both portable and electric!