I have managed to find time here and there to work on the house and have gotten quite a bit done.
I ordered my composting toilet and installed it. I’d done a lot of research on composting toilets including living in a cabin for two years that had one. What I found out from my research and talking and/or emailing folks that have them is that the most “odor free” toilets separate solids and liquids. Based on that I planned on getting a Nature’s Head or Air Head toilet…until I found the Separett toilet (http://www.separett-usa.com/). It separates solids and liquids but is set up so that you can run the liquids into a septic, grey water system, or other tank or collection system. It’s a bit more expensive than the other two but after emailing with 3 different users I was sold on it.
I ordered it and it was shipped within 24 hours. It ships from New Hampshire so I had it the following day.
Toilet in shipping container
It was very well packed…outer shipping box and an inner box.
Toilet inner shipping box
And they provide pretty much everything including a template to drill holes and cut the vent hole.
Top view of packed toilet and template
And fittings and adapters for about anything you can think of including two bug screens for the outside end of the vent.
Toilet parts and supplies
Installation was pretty straight forward. Position the toilet in the desired location and use the template to drill holes. Attach the toilet either to the wall or the floor, run the vent line to the outside and run the urine pipe through the wall or floor to connect to whatever you’re going to connect it to. I only ran into one issue. I’d placed a 110v outlet behind where I was going to put the toilet. When I plugged in the vent fan the back of the toilet bumped into the plug sticking out of the outlet and I couldn’t put the toilet back against the wall. I could have moved the toilet a bit to the right and all would have been fine but I’d already drilled the 3″ vent hole in the wall. I went and bought a 3′ extension cord that had a “lay flat” plug on the end and all is well.
The vent goes through wall or ceiling to the outside. I went through the wall into the storage box that I built on the tongue end of my house, used a 90 degree elbow and out the side of the storage box. The kit provided adapters to convert from the vent pipe provided to standard 3″ PVC drain piping.
Toilet vent pipe in storage box
Once out the side of the house there is a small round vent with a bug screen inside.
All joints were sealed with silicone, also provided with the toilet. The urine hose is a “rubber like” hose that I dropped through the floor. There are adapters included so that I can connect it to standard 1 1/2″ drain pipe.
Because it is important to keep dry and liquid apart to maintain the odor free environment the manufacturers of these toilets strongly recommend that men pee sitting down. Not me…way too much trouble and too time consuming. So instead I installed a dry urinal across from the toilet that will drain into the grey water system.
While working in the bathroom I also installed an LED ceiling light fixture.
Bathroom ceiling light
I also did a bit of the drain plumbing inside…I plumbed the drain for the washer, the bathroom sink and the kitchen sink.
Washer & bathroom sink drain plumbing
And, I got the shelving installed and almost completed for the kitchen end of the dining table slab.
Shelves at kitchen end of dining table
I built a small drawer into the shelves.
Shelves with drawer
There’s not a lot left to do.
My friend Carrie is going to come over and give me some help running the drain piping under the trailer so I won’t have to keep crawling under, measuring, crawling out and cutting and crawling back under.
My plumber friend Gary will come over and lead me through the water supply plumbing. Then I can finish off the little cubby in the bathroom and install mirror, sink, etc.
My son Matt is building me butcher block counter tops. When those are done I can install them and the kitchen sink.
I have a bit of trim varnishing left to do, paint the chair rail in the living room and a couple of pieces of indoor trim.
I’ll need to get the gas company to come and run lines and hook up gas for the water heater and the space heater.
I also have a couple of outside trim pieces that need to be cut, painted and installed.
After that I’m worried about what I’m going to do with my extra time.