Do You Want An Outhouse?…Teach It How To Do It Now.

Step 1: Digging the Hole

There are¬†tons¬†of regulations about how close¬†you’ll¬†put an outhouse to water and to your lot line so¬†ask¬†authorities before choosing your site. Put a stake into¬†the bottom¬†then¬†make a square with three other stakes¬†in order that¬†they create a square¬†that’s¬†three feet by three feet. Using the stakes as¬†a suggestion¬†, dig a hole three feet deep. Keep¬†the edges¬†as straight down as¬†you’ll¬†.¬†attempt to¬†make¬†the opening¬†the maximum amount¬†of a cube as¬†you’ll¬†. If the outhouse¬†goes¬†to urge¬†constant use, dig¬†the opening¬†deeper.

Using 4 x 4 posts, make a rectangle¬†that’s¬†eight feet long¬†and 4¬†feet wide. Lay this¬†in order that¬†the long sides are just beyond¬†the edges¬†of¬†the opening¬†and one short side¬†is simply¬†beyond the side of¬†the opening¬†. Level this rectangle by shoveling away or adding dirt where needed.¬†you would like¬†to stay¬†all¬†the edges¬†of this rectangle above ground level or water run into your hole when it rains and fill it up.

Step 2: Floor

With this size of base, your outhouse are going to be four feet by four feet with a landing precisely the same size ahead of it. Cut a bit of pressure treated 2 x 4 41 inches long and put a cross piece exactly two feet from the rear of the rectangle. There should be a niche of exactly 21 1/2 inches from the within of the rear 4 x 4 base to the side of this cross piece. Then run 2 x 4 joists from this cross piece to the front of the rectangle. they ought to be 16 inch centers. Cut deck boards four feet long and screw them to those joists with deck screws to form the ground of the landing. The landing should end four feet from the front of the bottom . Remember to color end cut on the ends of any board you narrow .

Cut¬†a bit¬†of 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood 24 inches by 28 inches. Lay it¬†in order that¬†it makes¬†the ground¬†of the outhouse itself, starting at the cross piece and¬†getting to¬†the decking.¬†confirm¬†it¬†doesn’t¬†extend past¬†the sting¬†of the cross piece as¬†this may¬†create a ledge¬†that would¬†trap undesirable material. Cut strips of the 3/4 inch plywood and screw them to¬†the highest¬†of 4 x 4 base anywhere¬†that’s¬†not already covered by the plywood or the deck boards.¬†this is often¬†in order that¬†once you¬†build the walls,¬†the bottom¬†of the wall¬†are going to be¬†all¬†an equivalent¬†height.

Back fill dirt along the 4 x 8 rectangle in order that there are not any gaps where critters could get underneath your floor when the outhouse is completed .

Step 3: Walls and Seat

Build the walls¬†within the¬†usual fashion using top and bottom plates and making¬†the entire¬†height eight feet. Don’t put blocking between¬†the 2¬†studs on¬†the rear¬†wall. The vent pipe will run up between these two studs. Along the side walls, put a stud exactly 24 3/4 inches from¬†the rear¬†.¬†this is often¬†so¬†you’ll¬†nail the upright piece of the seat¬†thereto¬†.

To make the seat, cut¬†a bit¬†of 3/4 inch plywood or other stock 18 x 48 inches.¬†this may¬†be the upright¬†a part of¬†the seat. Nail it onto the stud.¬†you’ll¬†need to¬†notch out¬†rock bottom¬†plate.¬†confirm¬†that¬†the within¬†of this upright piece sits exactly even with¬†the within¬†of¬†the two¬†x 4 underneath it. As I said before,¬†you do not¬†want¬†to make¬†a ledge to catch undesirable material. Cut¬†a bit¬†of¬†sheet¬†22 x 41 inches and nail it to¬†the within¬†of this upright plywood.¬†this is often¬†so when guys are sitting and happen to pee also, the pee doesn’t hit this upright piece of wood and soak in.

For¬†the highest¬†of the seat, put a support¬†that’s¬†one inch thick along¬†the rear¬†wall at 18 inches high to support¬†the highest¬†of the seat. It¬†should not be¬†thicker than one inch because¬†you’ll¬†need to¬†drill holes¬†within the¬†top board for¬†the rest room¬†seat and¬†you would like¬†the space. Put supports on the side walls at 18 inches high also. Use plywood or other stock for¬†the highest¬†of the seat.

Now¬†you’ll¬†start the sheeting or boards for¬†the surface¬†of the outhouse.¬†you’ll¬†need something¬†that’s¬†immune to¬†the weather¬†otherwise you¬†will¬†need to¬†paint it regularly or coat it with something. For the corners, run¬†a bit¬†of 1 x 3 board from¬†rock bottom¬†to¬†the highest¬†to hide¬†up the unfinished edge.

Cut out a rectangle of about 14 inches by 10 inches on both side walls. Place a bit of nylon screen over the rectangle then use molding to carry the screen in situ . this is often for ventilation.

Step 4: Roof

In this build, I made the overhang on one side of the outhouse longer. this is often because i might be putting a wash station thereon side of the outhouse and wanted protection from the rain while washing up.

Make the trusses¬†within the¬†usual fashion with the truss at the front and back of the outhouse lower so¬†you’ll¬†make a ladder for the front and back overhang. As¬†this is often¬†an outhouse, I didn’t bother with soffit and facia or eaves trough.

Block the spaces between the trusses at¬†the highest¬†of the wall with pieces of wood and caulking¬†in order that¬†it’s¬†relatively closed off to insects.

I had some leftover metal roofing so I used that but shingles work well for the roof. With metal roofing,¬†you do not¬†need to¬†put sheeting on the roof and¬†it’s¬†less¬†susceptible to¬†mildew than shingles.

Step 5: Door

Make a two section door.¬†this enables¬†you¬†a gorgeous¬†view from the throne. (see picture) Make¬†rock bottom¬†portion first. If¬†you wish¬†,¬†you’ll¬†put door jams¬†to hide¬†up the rough 2 x 4 studs on¬†the within¬†of the door but I didn’t. Likewise,¬†you’ll¬†put door stop on the door jam¬†to prevent¬†the door from swinging in but I just added an overlapping piece to¬†the surface¬†of the door¬†to prevent¬†it.

Cut plywood or tongue and groove about three feet high by the width of the door opening (typically around 26 inches) minus a few half inch for clearance. Add bracing on the within along the highest and bottom and diagonally across the door. Attach the hinges.

Cut plywood or tongue and groove the remainder of the peak of the door for the highest portion. Typically, doors are 80 inches high. Make the highest portion an equivalent way because the bottom portion but add a bit at rock bottom that overlaps rock bottom portion.

Step 6: Vent Pipe and Toilet Seat

The vent pipe should be three to four inches wide. Trace the surface of the vent pipe on the wood seat part right at the rear . Cut the circular hole. Drill a hole all the way through the vent pipe about two inches from rock bottom . Put a six inch spike through the opening in order that it stands proud on either side of the pipe. Slide the vent pipe into the wooden hole. The spike will stop it from sliding all the way down into Hell .

If you were to run the pipe directly through the roof,¬†you’d¬†need to¬†cut away¬†the highest¬†plate so cut the pipe below¬†the highest¬†plate¬†then¬†use two elbows to detour the pipe¬†round the¬†plate. The pipe should¬†find yourself¬†around two feet beyond¬†the height¬†of the roof.

Toilet seats typically have two plastic bolts at¬†the rear¬†. Line up¬†the rest room¬†seat¬†in order that¬†it’s¬†within the¬†middle of the outhouse¬†and therefore the¬†two bolts will bypass the support you made for¬†the rear¬†underneath the wooden seat. Mark where the bolts are¬†getting to¬†go. Drill the holes and set the seat¬†in situ¬†. With the lid up¬†and therefore the¬†seat down, trace¬†the within¬†of the seat. Remove¬†the rest room¬†seat and cut a hole 1/2 inch bigger than the traced oval. Put¬†the rest room¬†seat back and put the nuts onto the plastic bolts and tighten them snug.

Step 7: Wash Station

Make a platform about 33 inches high and fasten it to the side of the outhouse. Find an old sink and trace the outline of the sink on the highest of the platform. Cut a circle 1/2 inch inside the traced line and suit your sink it. Attach piping to the drain and run it underground to a catchment area or use a French trench. A French trench may be a trench crammed with rocks in order that the water drains away and therefore the ground remains even.

Make another platform right beside the primary one but 10 inches higher. Buy an oblong pail, a faucet with a threaded pipe, two thin nuts that fit on the pipe and a few silicon. Cut a hole within the front wall of the pail near rock bottom . you cannot put it right at rock bottom because you would like some clearance for the within nut. Put the primary nut on the pipe thread as far because it will go. Put silicon on the within and out of doors of the opening and push the pipe in order that the nut is snug against the pail. Put the second nut on from the within and tighten it until the tap is firm.

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