The Field Lab’s New Neighbor

Looks like John Wells is going to have more company out in the desert. Pictured here is her outhouse. I wonder what kind of home Dona Lu plans to build?

“My part time SW neighbor Dona Lu came out to work on her place for the weekend.  She pre-built studded walls for an out house building and needed a second pair of hands holding the parts so she could lag screw them together.  Quite impressed with her design and carpentry skills.”

via The Field Lab: HARDBOILEDEGGS.

Ode to the Outhouse

Could an outhouse be in your future? I realize for most folks this isn’t a pleasant thought but with the right design & finish it might be a good option in some circumstances. Alternatives to outhouses are composting toilets and loveable loos. At the very least knowing what to do with the poo when the water doesn’t flow is a good thing to know.

“Outhouses work every simply: a seating area inside is open to a pit dug into the ground. When solid and liquid wastes are introduced to the pit, natural organisms in the soil, bacteria and insects consume nutrients in the waste material. This helps the waste decompose and form compost inside the pit. As long as the input of waste does not exceed the rate of decomposition, the material will be composted and will not contaminate any local groundwater. According to a Science Daily article written a few years ago, outhouses may be a more sanitary way of eliminating waste in developing countries rather than a installed flush toilet.”

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