Building a composting toilet

So when we started our off grid homestead we decided to build a small septic system for our restroom, who doesn’t love a flushing toilet right?! Well even though it was just a cute little system and built well, our pipes froze, the floor in our tiny home flexed and broke the wax seal leaking water everywhere, and the leach field hoses froze and the Septic tank we used filled all the way up and we cant find anyone to come pump it out until after spring and even with a low flush toilet we where still using anywhere from 3 to 5 gallons of water a day just for the toilet that amount of water adds up fast Especially when u have to haul in water…. so we decided enough is enough we are building a composting toilet.

After having this composting toilet for 24 hours now, I think I really love it!!! So let’s get started!!!! We built this bad boy for about 100.00 bucks!

So what you need is a funnel(funnel is optional) conatianer for liquids(we just found a cheap little gas can), a bucket, a toilet seat, one sheet of plywood, two sticks of 2×4’s, screws and a bag of peat moss(not the mircalgrow kind!) Now you can use any medium sawdust chips, peat moss, mulch, coconut husks anything that will help break down and is healthy for your compost pile.

So we took the funnel and the bucket and used a heat gun and melted them to fit flush together.

Once that was done we started building the frame out of 2×4’s we made our dimensions 21.2 inches wide, 22 inches tall and 20 inches deep.

We put 2×4’s across the bottom to hold the bucket to give room for the liquid tank. We then measured and cut out the plywood for the top and measured and cut out for the toilet seat and we put hinges on the back so we can lift everything out.

We then used some left over bead board we had to seal it all in. And it turned out super cute!!! Added the peat moss and its ready for use!!!

Now the nitty gritty lol, I personally as a woman don’t mind it and honestly it does not smell at all!!!! Now being a girl I do miss the funnel sometimes when it comes to number one but oh well lol. it is a bit on the tall side so we had to add a block to step up on, but its comfy and spacious and does its job!

You just do your buisness and when done you put down another layer of your medium, we figure with this bucket it should last us about 3 days and liquid jug should last us about 2 days, our liquid jug is only 2 gallons and I dont know for sure how long it will take to fill up. I will for sure do a update on all of this!!! Any questions please ask away! I will be more than happy to help however I can!!!

Happy homesteading!!!!

Getting water ~off grid

Hi all! Well we are moved into our comfy r.v / tiny home which we are still working on but it’s coming along nicely! So we are now off grid and loving it! So the big question what do you do about water, bathroom, showers? Well if your like us and have a spring then it’s really not to big of a problem but a lot of people don’t have a free flowing spring like we do, but we plan on digging our own personal spring in the next year and I will go more into that later.

So here is our little set up we have for getting water to our place! We bought this pump and hoses from harbor freight for $180.00 and then we bought the container from tractor supply which we paid way to much for and now we are in search of a square tote which u can find for 50.00 to 100.00 and we paid 180.00 for our little 50 gallon tank and the square totes hold 250 gallons so yeah that was a dumb move on our part. So here is how we get water!

So after are tank is full we take back to the homestead and pump into the tiny home where it is hooked to the existing water pump. We hit the pump button In the r.v and it pressures up the whole tiny home hot water heater and is ready to go! If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will do the best I can I answer you! Thanks for following and much love!!!!

Turning the travel trailer into a tiny home.

So down the road from where our homestead property is this guy took a travel trailer and turned it into a tiny home so we decided to do the same! So this weekend we built and put a roof on our t.t. now my husband built this all him self and we weighed the options put a new roof on the t.t it’s self (because the center of the original roof is completely rotted.) which would be 3k or put a carport or metal building over it that would be 6,000.00 bucks or build a roof? The building of the added roof won as it was only 1,000.00 bucks!!! So he framed it all up on the ground, used the bobcat and a attachment that he made and lifted it all up their and screwed down the frame of (supports) to the outter edges of the t.t which are the heaviest built so that way when the snow falls the weight will be evenly distributed across the t.t just as it would be without it. And it turned out amazing!

How To DIY A Greenhouse: 9 Projects For Your Homestead

By Chris Black – SurvivoPedia Today’s article is as green as it gets, because it’s about DIY-ing greenhouses. How do you build a greenhouse, you ask? The easy answer is: you build a house and you paint it green. Ok, I am kidding, but today’s article is about the basics of DIY-ing your own-personal greenhouse, the […]

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12 Must Know Before Expanding Your Livestock

By Lisa Tanner – SurvivoPedia Animals add a lot of value to the homestead. They provide companionship, food, furs, and more. However despite all the benefits, animals are a lot of work. If you’re contemplating bringing a new animal home to the farm, there’s a lot to think about first. Animals should never be an impulse […]

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Self-Reliance Strategies for Small Spaces, Temporary Locations, and Rentals

By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper This week, we’re going to talk about self-reliance strategies for small spaces, temporary locations, and rentals because I got a great question in the comments of an article this week. The commenter asked, “What should those who live in apartment settings or renting do? What should military families […]

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How To Trick Your Chickens Into Laying More Winter Eggs

Image source: Pixabay.com By Pat B – Off The Grid News We have been raising chickens for their eggs on our homestead almost from the first day we got here six years ago. Chickens are a great starter as far as livestock goes and let’s face it, who doesn’t love farm fresh eggs? Chickens are […]

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