Last weekend we did a bit more digging – we are down to 5 feet now and think that should be enough! If you haven’t had a chance to read why we are building an outhouse and our first weekend of work, you can see it HERE Two weekends of digging in clay dirt gives me a lot more respect for our ancestors! By the time we were down below 3-3-1/2 feet, it was much more difficult to dig and pitch the dirt out with a shovel because the hole was only about 3 foot by 3 foot. So, for the last foot or so of digging, Ray would go down into the hole and loosen up the dirt with a shovel, then I went down into the hole (while he took a much needed break) and scoop the dirt into a 5 gallon bucket, which was then hauled up and out!
The next step was to pour a concrete footing around the base of the foundation, but first we had to figure out how big to make the actual structure of the outhouse. Since we were going to use concrete block and didn’t want to bother cutting any blocks, we just decided to lay out the concrete blocks to a configuration that looked good, and went with that.
Once we figured out the footprint of the foundation, we had to dig a trench for the concrete footing to be poured, which the concrete blocks would sit upon. Not only will the concrete blocks and footing help keep the structure off the ground, it will also help to keep critters from digging underneath to get into the waste in the pit. Believe it or not, raccoons and skunks are known to dig into the waste pits to dine! Eeeewwwwwwww………
Once the trenches were dug we were done for the weekend. Our backs were sore and our shoulders were almost frozen in place. We knew this project was going to take some time, but isn’t it funny how it always takes longer to do anything than we originally think it will? While inspecting our handiwork we came to the realization that this hole could be potentially deadly for any wildlife or our neighborhood dogs, so we covered over it with a wooden pallet and some scrap wood.
So, next weekend we hope to get the footings poured and the concrete block set, pour the floor of the outhouse with concrete and lots of rebar, and then begin building the actual structure of the outhouse!
If you have any suggestions or see any potential problems, please let me know! I have done a lot of research on how to build outhouses (there are so many ways to do just about anything), but no amount of research can compare to those who have done this before! Thank you!
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