Thursday, December 2, 2010

Building a Composting Toilet

Derek Diedricksen is an inventor and author of Relaxshax blog, discussing a topic that is very personal to all of us.  Derek has been world famous for his You Tube videos like the one in the second half of this post.  "Deek" has a real good time creating and sharing both projects and his videos on You Tube that most of us would never consider.  I have seen a number of his videos and each one will leave you smiling if not laughing out loud.  You can more of Derek's adventures on You Tube by searching for videos relating to Tiny Yellow House.

This particular video is about Deek's creation of a composting toilet to display the simplicity of the device.  Laura and I haven't talked about this delicate subject because it tends to be one of those things that people just don't want to discuss: poop.  Funny thing is, we're all intimately familiar with the creation of this biological byproduct but not very interested in it's disposal.  Well, each individual interested in building a Tiny House must at least decide if they will include some form of toilet facilities even if the answer is No.

Most people interested in breaking the dependency on the grid or utility companies will be interested in this simply solution to the toilet question.  It is an easy way to save water that is extremely low tech.  Deek mentions a book that has become recognized at the authoritative source for information on this subject: The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure by Joseph Jenkins.  I have plans to purchase this handbook at the appropriate time.  I can't imagine better reading material for those who like read while they, ahem, take care of their personal business, if you ya' know what I mean.

Lest anyone should be offended by my mentioning either of the two gentlemen above in the same post, hey, I ain't the first.  Deek started it when he posted his latest video, so I'm just jumping onto the humanure wagon.  Which could be good, depending on where you stand in, ahem, on (oops, watch where you step) the subject.

Well, that's all the crap I have to talk about today.  Thanks for stopping in.  Let's get out there and make it a great day!

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