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Learning How to Build an Outhouse

Aug 20, 2008
Outhouses are fairly common in third world countries. Not everyone in the world benefits from indoor plumbing; so many people content themselves with outhouses. Fortunately, you may not be one of them. However, there are instances when you may need to build an outhouse. For instance, if you just purchased a cabin or you setup a campsite, you may have to build an outhouse. This is the best way to avoid health issues arising from bacterial infection. You'd also feel more comfortable in a cabin or in a campsite if you have an outhouse. Now, do you know how to build an outhouse? What do you need to build one?

If you want to learn how to build an outhouse, you should know what you would need for the project. You would have to prepare a 24" and 1x4" stock, 4x4" corner posts, screws, nails, shingles, roofing paper, piping and flange. Of course the sizes and measurements may be adjusted depending on how large or small you would like your outhouse to be. These recommended sizes, however, are the ideal sizes. Aside from these materials, you would have to prepare the tools you would need to build the outhouse. These include a hammer, tape measure, paper, pencil, level, circular saw and table saw.

Learning how to build an outhouse needs careful consideration of your purpose and the conceptualization of the outcome of your project. First and foremost, it needs to have one rib at the base, another rib at its seating board, and the other rib attached to the roof. You would have to nail together these free frames. Once you are finished, you can then construct the outhouse's lateral feet and then you can then complete the frame of the outhouse by nailing in the corner posts. Remember, however, that this is an outhouse. This needs to be moveable so that you can change its location every time your waste hole is full.

When constructing the seating rib, you would have to elevate it at least 14" from the bottom. Of course, the height of the seat depends on you. Just make sure that the seat is comfortable for everyone who would use the outhouse. Learning how to ensure the comfort of everyone using it is just as important as learning how to build an outhouse. Also, make sure that you construct a rectangular seat that is not wider than 10" and is not longer than 20". Once you have the seating boards prepared, you can then attach them to outhouse's frame.

When constructing the walls, you can use a canvas that you can affix to the roof or you can nail in a solid wall. Just make sure that you use light materials, so you wouldn't have difficulty changing or transporting the outhouse. When it comes to roofs, you don't really have to place roof joists. Learning how to build an outhouse need not be complicated. You don't have to learn how to place roof joists. However, you would need to make sure that there is a ventilation hole on the roof. You could also then attach the piping to the roof. Like the walls, you can use a canvas or screen doors. If you would like to build a wooden door, however, just make sure that the construction is simple and light.

If you know how to build an outhouse, you wouldn't have to worry about going camping again. You can always bring along the materials and you can build the outhouse. You and your family can them camp more comfortably.
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