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Rhonda K.    Posted 03-05-2003 at 15:45:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love country living and enjoy getting "back to basics" as much as I can. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want to do without my microwave or my washer and dryer but I enjoy doing laundry in my wringer washer during the summer and hanging it on the line to dry. We have chickens, ducks and geese for meat and eggs and other "country" things. My question is: Are there any laws or regulations for having an outhouse? My husband and I are building a nice one but a friend told us that we might be breaking the law or something. Does anyone know about this? Please help!!!


Ludwig    Posted 03-06-2003 at 06:04:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with the others, for occasional use sure. On a regular basis however I'll stick with the flush type.

Anyway this guy http://www.weblife.org/humanure/default.html knows more about composting his poop than anybody I've ever seen. If I had a desire to live without plumbing this is how I'd do it...


Spence    Posted 03-05-2003 at 18:35:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Build it, don't spread the news around. Downhill from wells and at least 100ft from the house. Every few years shift it over a few feet and start another hole or you can do what the farmers did. Not the most pleasant job but place a drawer underneath and dump it out on the manure pile every once and a while.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-05-2003 at 17:31:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Far as I know...Perfectly legal here...but then...I aint asking permission neither...

I have a 2 holer that is all Wainscotting inside and even has a light...My sister has a 3 holer (one of the holes is for lil'kid butts)...The &*%# boat gets hauled into the garden and tilled in every spring...Old Vermont houses usually had them off the far end of the woodshed or some place so you were not trudging waist deep through snow to do your business before bed...


pink panther    Posted 03-05-2003 at 18:03:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
you folks got a party pooper!


LOL! nt    Posted 03-05-2003 at 18:52:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You Funny...

;-)


the pink panther    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:49:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i don't know about legal issues in your area but here we can build one if we want to. keep a bucket of lime in the OH so you can throw a coffee can full down the hole every once in a while to control odors
don't forget the sears catalog, makes for some good readin' too.hehehehehe


TomH    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:38:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're never legal (for good reasons, very unsanitary health risks). The law probably won't be enforced unless someone complains, but then you can have big problems.


Lazy Al    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:36:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
There probably is a law against it where you live
Don't call it a out house .Call it a storage shed for you garden tool with a seat in it .
I'm going to rebuild mine but it's down on my list . Mine will be just for looks don't plan on using it . Sit on those cold cold seats to
many times as a kid don't ever want to have to do that again . And I heard all the stories about spiders too .
Al


Catfish    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:06:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm old enough to remember "using" one of those ,thats one "back to basics" I'll gladly give up!!! You still see some old ones driving around here but most were covered up by zoning laws........may need to check out insurance in case someone falls in..........Catfish


Randy    Posted 03-05-2003 at 15:48:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Probably are zoning issues. Need to check with your local building code enforcer. Tell the people here where you live and someone from that area might know. Or if you live far enough off the road........


TB    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:23:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree check the local zoning. In our area to put in a new outhouse you have to put it on top of an approved holding tank. Go figure.


Yankee in Ok    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:18:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also want to make sure it is not to close to any ground water supply.Also what are your laws on septic leaching and those are the people that can tell you about the outhouse.


fredo    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:57:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
not wanting to pull anyones chain BUT i wish some one would tell the animals and birds and fish about the zonig laws and the naturial state of elimination. some of these zoning laws do not fly for me i have an out house up north and i use it i can look out over the federal forest and ponder my childhood because an out house was the best and only building we had for that purpose. try to understand where i'm comming from.
fredo.


Ludwig - yeahbut    Posted 03-06-2003 at 06:01:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Animals don't all poop in one place...
If you roamed around and pooped a little here, pooped a little there, it'd be no problem.
Trouble comes because we like to pile all our poop in one spot, then the water comes and washes a bunch of poop into the drinking water. Then you get all sorts of happy bacteria floating around and you start to have cholera and other fun things.

Sure, call me a yuppie left winger all you want, but this isn't hole in the ozone, global warming science. This is simple cause and effect proven over thousands of years, poop in your water supply and people die.


AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Posted 03-05-2003 at 17:06:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not the only way to fly but a good one all the same!


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