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Introduction: Outhouse

Who needs indoor plumbing when for less than $300 you can have a perfectly good outdoor crapper. Check your local laws.

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Step 1: The Foundation

A good foundation is the key to a good outhouse. Dig a hole about 4''ll have to line it.
One point about soil. If you have hard clay soil, make sure that the drainage around the outhouse is good to avoid too much water getting in, because it won''ve got your hole. Drop a wooden box with tarpaper wrapped around it in the hole to keep moisture out. Level and even out the ground around the hole and place a foundation made of treated 4x4s around it. The foundation will for this one was 4'' (this allowed a 4x8 sheet of plywood to be cut at 3.5ft, one piece for the floor and the other for the roof with an over hang. 4'' deep for the roof).

Step 2: The Frame

This pretty well shows the frame of the outhouse (nevermind the braces still on). It should be stable, but not too heavy since you may have to move it some day. I left the studs off the side walls.
Note the hole cut in the floor for the "". I recommend coating the inside of the seat section with plastic to keep "" from getting all over the wood after a curry night.
I sheeted it with 1/4 plywood and used 1/2ply for the floor, roof, and seat. I put my seat at 1''m in a hurry.

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    jmchenry3

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I think this is a good idea for a back country cabin. Or a campsite that you own and use often. But I know that these things get cold. So I suggest insulating the building. Even if all you do is put up extra card board.

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    JasonB590

    Reply 1 year ago

    Keep a pair of socks in the outhouse to put on the seat for a not so cold seat lol.

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    While this is a great tutorial, I feel the need for 1 last update 09 Jul 2020 to make sure that your readers know that studies on tapeworms show that they can move about five feet through the soil, in any direction. Make sure your outhouse hole is at least 6 feet deep to avoid sanitation issues.While this is a great tutorial, I feel the need to make sure that your readers know that studies on tapeworms show that they can move about five feet through the soil, in any direction. Make sure your outhouse hole is at least 6 feet deep to avoid sanitation issues.

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    JettaKnight

    Reply 1 year ago

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for ...and wear shoes.

    This outhouse could be my solution to a clogged toilet.

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    Leanhoser

    4 years ago

    Excellent simple instruct-able. I''x4''t intend to dig a hole deeper than a foot or two and plant a tree on the old spot when done. I''ll be building mine this week. Thanks!

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    Tommy D

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Don''Yellow Pages''ll need it later eventually when its full)
    2, move the outhouse to the new location.
    3, now''t the best idea, because you want microbs working down there and eating the business. I''t budged much with all the bugs and bacteria working on it. The smell isn''ve pretty well sealed it, except for the pipe. Thanks for the comment!

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    df00

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Reply 13 years ago

    yeah, like i said its a light sprinkle, i dont have any technical data to back it up.. all i know is it *does* work through my years of experience. I dont know about it affecting the ph etc. but you''m 27, we''d the house twice in my lifetime. once because it was full, another because of some soil erosion made the house start to sink.

    thanks for the good instructable. i''t know what the rate should be, but since percolation varies from location to location, this might help you find a good location for your outhouse. Something to look up anyway. Please post back if you can with how well it holds up over time. I'm curious about how many uses you get out of a given location before you have to find a new site. Thanks for the instructable; nice job.