Outhouse Update!

We have a floor!

😀

Hubby and I worked on the outhouse again this weekend.  If you haven’t seen the previous posts, you can see them here – We’re Building An Outhouse,  The Outhouse – Part 2,  and Fixtures for the Outhouse.

When we arrived at the future homestead on Friday evening, we settled in for the night as the sun was already starting to set, and we knew we were going to need a lot of energy for our tasks the next morning.  Early Saturday morning we uncovered the hole we had dug and were happy to discover that no critters had fallen to their demise at the bottom of the pit.  Whew!

The first thing we needed to do was get the footing poured and the first course of concrete block set.  This didn’t take to long as we did it the lazy man’s way – dig a trench, pour in dry concrete, set blocks on top, pour in water and let it sit for a minute – then make sure the first course of block is reasonably level.  Foundation footing for outhouse and first coarse of concrete blocks

* Please note:  Neither hubby nor myself are professional bricklayers, nor are we professional builders.  If you see a wall that looks a little kaddywampus, a concrete block that isn’t quite level, or something that seems awry – it probably is.  If it is functional and looks decent, we go with it.  Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.  It’s an outhouse, for heaven’s sake!

The next thing we did was to pound three foot rebar into some of the holes in the concrete block, drive them down through the footing and into the earth, but leaving about 7 inches above the concrete block to tie into the next course.  Then the rebar was cemented in.  rebar in blocks and filling in blocks with concreteSo far everything was going well.  The walls were reasonably straight and the cement blocks were fairly level.  At this point we put mortar between each block, then began setting the second course of block.  This second course will be above ground and you can see the opening where the door will eventually be.  In each corner and in the middle of the long walls hubby Ray placed a J-Bolt, which will tie the sill plate (2 x 6 laid flat) to the cement block structure.  This is pretty much the same way we built our tool shed.

 

Also, since the second course of cement block was narrower than the bottom foundation block, we married the two with a bed of sloping mortar, which you can see along the back side and half way to the front on each side wall.

Second course of cement block with J-Bolts

At this point, with the footing and foundation block pretty solid, hubby Ray got back into the hole and dug it out a little closer to the edge of the footing.  And that was the end of Saturday.

Sunday morning woke us up a bit sore and creaky, but we wanted to get the floor of the outhouse poured before we had to go back home for the week.  So we had breakfast, two Advil, and a strong cup of coffee to prepare for more work.

The first thing we had to do was to place some supporting rebar across the opening of the hole, along with some 2 x 4’s to support the weight of the concrete floor that we were going to pour.  Ray cut cement board to fit around the supporting foundation block (that block in the middle of the floor area that looks out of place) which goes over the rebar and 2 x 4’s.  Then he cut a piece of scrap lumber for the back edge of the floor and wedged it into place, and a scrap 2 x 4 was secured with stakes at the door to the level we wanted the concrete to come to, with a slight slope down toward the door.  Once the foundation for the floor was all secure, we threw in all the rocks that had been excavated from digging the pit. Preparing outhouse floor to pour concrete

Next came washed river rock pebbles, to fill in voids between the rock.  We wanted the actual concrete to be about 3-4 inches thick and we had seven 80 pound bags of concrete mix, so we added only enough pebbles needed to make up the difference.  Then we added more rebar that would be imbedded within the concrete, to give it a more rigid structure.  It was important that this floor be structurally sound because it overhangs half of the pit! The floor all ready to pour concrete!

We were finally ready to pour the concrete floor!  How exciting!  With hubby Ray mixing the concrete in the wheelbarrow, then dumping it onto the floor, my task was to spread it out as evenly as possible.  Not a difficult job, just backbreaking!  It didn’t take us too long to get all the concrete poured in, and once Ray was finished mixing all the concrete he began  cleaning up the wheelbarrow and tools while I leveled and smoothed the concrete. outhouse cement block foundation with concrete floorI tried my best to get the concrete highest in the back, sloping toward the door, so that when I want to spray off the floor with the hose it will drain out easier.  We will see how well I did when we go back up to the future homestead to start framing up the structure. Of course, we covered the pit again before we left to protect the neighborhood animals from falling in!

 

So, what do you think?  Are we doing all right so far?       😉

 

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26 thoughts on “Outhouse Update!

  1. How awesome it will be when you get it all together and say, “This is home”. I know it is a wonderful feeling to look around you at the end of each trip and see what the two of you have accomplished. I am in awe of you guys. I am enjoying your journey!

    • I am so glad you are enjoying our journey, but not so sure you should be in awe of us! Hahaha! It really is a great feeling of accomplishment when we get projects done up at the future homestead, knowing that it won’t be much longer before we can actually live up there! Thanks for your kind comments!

  2. Wow! I don’t think I could do this, but I am glad that it works for you! Your outhouse is coming along nicely. It won’t be long before you will be able to use it. Good Luck with all your plans. I need to read more to see what all you are doing!

    • Thanks, Betty. Building the outhouse is a necessity for us at this time while we are working up on our future homestead, but before the house is actually built (with indoor plumbing 😀 ). The outhouse solves several problems including where friends and relatives “go” when they are visiting us on our future homestead (instead of traipsing through our trailer) and also solves the smell issue in our trailer! Plus, Ray won’t have to perform the transfer of waste from the black water tank in our trailer to the septic system over where we will soon be building our house. Thanks for stopping by with your kind comments! Have a great week.

  3. The concrete should last a long time– I am just wondering– after so many years wouldn’t you want to be able to move it? I was watching a show in Alaska and they moved their outhouse every few years because the pit fills up! I do like that you would be able to hose it off — that would be a huge plus!

    Thanks for sharing your post on A Humble Bumble’s Healthy Tuesday’s Blog Hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

    • Well, no, we probably won’t want to move it. It’s only a temporary fix for our temporary problem. Once the house is built (with indoor plumbing) we will only use it occasionally, if nature calls while we are down by the orchard. Besides, if need be, we can always have it pumped out – but I don’t ever see that happening! BTW, I love that show you are talking about that is set in Alaska! Those people work so hard but enjoy every minute of it. I envy them – a little 😉

    • Why, thank you very much! Actually, you probably could do this. We only work on it every other weekend or so, and try not to do too much at one time! There really is no hurry to get it done and so we can do other tasks and also enjoy ourselves a bit while we are up visiting our future homestead.

    • I’m not sure how fascinating it is, but it sure is a lot of work! We will be glad when it’s done and useable 😉 Thanks for hosting your blog party at Garden Tuesday!

  4. Wow! That’s a lot of work! I am impressed that you are doing this yourselves – and it looks like you are doing a great job! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week!

    • You know, my hubby is awesome and can do just about anything! 😀 So when we decided to build an outhouse, I didn’t hesitate one bit! Just like any other project, we do it one step at a time! Thank you for your kind comment, and I would also like to thank you for your great linky party at All My Bloggy Friends!

    • Debra – you are too kind! Amazing, we are not, but it’s nice to know someone thinks we are! What an ego boost! Hahaha. We are working on the walls right now. Once the walls are up and the roof is on, I will post another update. Thanks for your great comment!

  5. This is an interesting series. I wouldn’t know the first thing about how to build an outhouse. I’m afraid I might bury myself in it! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

    • We did an awful lot of research on the web to figure out what we were going to do. There are so many ways we could have done this! Thanks for having an awesome blog hop, Deborah, and thank you for stopping by and commenting!

    • We are working on the walls right now. Once we get the walls up and the roof on, I will post another update. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Here from the Grand Social and I don’t know where to begin. My mind is totally suspended between Wow! and They must be locos! ; ) Congrats on your plans and your hard work; it shows that you’ve done your homework. Me, I would have just said the dog ate it. BB2U

    • Hahaha! You are too funny! I checked out your blog and had a good laugh! I love the way you talk in third person about yourself, BB! BTW, sometimes I think we ARE locos! Butt (pun intended) the outhouse will served a very important purpose – move the smell away from the trailer! Thanks for stopping by and for your funny comments!

    • Thank you so much for the feature! We are busy getting the walls up and hope to have a roof by this weekend! As soon as I can I will post another update! Thanks for hosting your linky party – I really appreciate it!

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