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Keep an outhouse
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deadcarp    Posted 01-15-2005 at 21:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
my late FIL was no dummy, and i'm reminded of his wisdom again. he said always keep an outhouse running, even if you live in town. and he did. he had the neatest little a-frame shed and kept tools etc in there, but you lift that hinged plywood and you had a hole - paper was in the coffee can. every few years they'd lose city water or a flood or something would threaten.

well the other day we lost kitchen water - it froze. tonite it's colder yet and we lost the rest - everything's froze. but the outhouse and we have jugs of drinking water & lord willing, we'll find a 5-gallon bucket til morning. then in a couple-3 weeks, it'll be chasing thawing again..


My best outhouse experien    Posted 01-16-2005 at 14:42:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was in my younger days when a bunch of us stole one from an abandoned farmstead and relocated it to the principal's parking space in front of the school. {Alcohol was involved}


Farmall    Posted 01-16-2005 at 11:37:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I wuz remembering, my first real chore was going down to the hog shed and finding 10 or so good cobs and bringing them to the outhouse. Mybe I got them from the corn crib, which set above the hog shed. Another grim memory ws when dad told me and my brother to dig a new hole ans the old one was full of it. So bout 3 ft down we realized that we were digging where it had sat generations past. W whined to mom and she let us quit till dad cme home. He came out, looked at it, said he had never remembered it setting there, then alaughing, said, keep digging boys


Farmall    Posted 01-16-2005 at 11:33:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I got a near new outhouse. Built it 2 yrs ago. When im outside working, I hate to go to the house just for that. staying outside, being with nature, stopping what im doing, and taking 5 min or so, just to look around, listen to the birds, Silently give thanks perhaps to God subconciounsly for all that I have,---and that everything came out alright lol, makes it a very worthwhile building to have


glen sw wi    Posted 01-16-2005 at 06:43:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Never need an outhouse here. I have a spring out the back door (20 feet) so water is never a problem. Dumping a bucket of spring water in the toilet tank eliminates the need to sit on that COLD outhouse seat. Also have a generator should it be needed. Had a heat wave yesterday. It went from -20 to +2. It went down to -20 again last night.
The spring has never frozen up. Even kept running when the temp stayed at -30 for a few days.


J C in ont    Posted 01-16-2005 at 08:36:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
remember water does not help when the exit end is froze as per glen sw wi post.had no snow a few years ago and that happened.it not nice to work on that end ethier


glen sw wi    Posted 01-16-2005 at 13:03:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I still have plenty of 5 gal. buckets if I get your problem. Also have a woodstove in the barn so it will be in a warm place. My outflow line is 7 foot down and septic tank is 6 foot from the basement wall.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-16-2005 at 05:46:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Darned if all these threads below arn't making me and my mind home sick? (grin)

Wished I was close enough to give ya an in person hand with yer hard watered pipes.

Have found what's call an electric "milk house heater" useful around here for years. But, that's here.
Fernan


Al /Mi    Posted 01-16-2005 at 04:50:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry to hear about your frozen pipes DC . I think like your FIL . I went and got an out dated pot-a-potty which is good shape and it sits out back ready and waiting .
Some of the other things I have done is put up a wind mill with a double force pump so I can pump up hill with it and it is piped into the basement and to the barn.
Have several kerosene lamps and gas lanterns . Have a complete kitchen in garage minus a refrigerator . A 5000 watt onans generator which runs at 1800 rpm instead of 3600 rpm . It would run and run with no trouble . Took a side burner off the side of a outdoor grill and mounted it to the wall in the basement and a 20 pounder hooked to it . Have a wood furnace with pipes in to heat water with which I heat water with all winter and also have a wood space heater in a breakfast nook that keeps that warm .
My electric service is on the garage so if the house caught on fire I could move into the garage .
Al


Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2005 at 04:41:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got a two holer off the back of the garage...My sister has a 3 holer (one for little butts) off the back of her woodshed...



hay    Posted 01-16-2005 at 04:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i always keep several jugs of emergency drinking water and have 3 really big rain barrels full. got lots of heavy woods in the immediate area of the house so no problem with "outhouse facilities". never totally depend on anyone else to provide all of my personal needs. gas for cooking and wood stove backup and kerosene lamps for lights and even a battery powered TV/radio. like the song says "Country people can survive".


SusieQ    Posted 01-16-2005 at 03:02:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boy that brings up memories of growing up way out in the country! We had one behind the outbldg, where mom washed clothes. She kept the little house white washed, neat as a pin...and during summer when we were off from school, that was our bathroom. We had well water, but back then, water wells, holding tanks for water got dangerously low. So water was conserved for chickens, hogs.

These days. local health dept. call the shots about water wells, outdoor facilities, and such, but there are ways of getting around even this.

We have a block foundation under our house, and hubby has lights he turns on...to give off heat, even with pipes wrapped, just to make sure no surprises when...weatherman misses the temp and they go way lower. Letting water drip a little also helps, would rather pay a water bill than a plummer at this time of the year. And I still keep jugs of water handy, plenty of oil lamps, the charcoal for grill.......guess being a survivor of our youth, sticks with a person to be prepared...like a boy/girl scout.


Ennis    Posted 01-15-2005 at 21:28:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just an addon for people who don't want to go into the cold,
get two 5 gal plastic buckets with lids and a rim from a toilet seat. Keep clean sawdust in one bucket and a little sawdust in the bottom of the other bucket and keep the rim on that one. When ya finish put fresh sawdust on the mess to cover it up and place the lid back on until the next use. You can dumo it the next day.


Betty OH    Posted 01-16-2005 at 05:52:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So happy to see I am not the only one prepared. After the storm in 78, got 2 wood burning stoves and now putting in a wood cook stove, always have about 300 candles - garage sales- some of these women burn them once for dinner and put them in a garage sale- oil lamps and can about 300-400 qts of stuff, always have 10-14 gallons of water, plus rain barrel and looking into building an outhouse, but the 5 gallon can will work. Canned venison last week - wonderful. Wind up radio never needs batteries- C C Crane co - comes in mighty handy. Want to get a propane torch or light whatever u call them. If anyone would like recipe for hot mustard, email me.


SusieQ    Posted 01-16-2005 at 06:13:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
A good generator is handy to have, many times we have had major power lines down....and keeping the refrig/and freezer going, and not losing any of the items.

I keep a battery operated b/w tv, radio also.
And a supply of batteries....it just pays to be prepared for anything. With util. companies downsizing employees, any major happenings still takes time to get crews into our areas.


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