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RockyG666 63M
1749 posts
11/16/2013 4:26 pm

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11/20/2013 2:28 pm

compost toilette?

i am finishing my basement and making it into a livable apartment. my parents own a large corner apartment building, and me and each of my have all stayed there inexpensively during hard times. we all also lived there for 10 years when i first got custody of them.

right now, my middle is staying in the apartment i last used, and my brother is staying in the apartmnetn where me and the lived together. my folks aren't going to be around forever. they have already bought a retirement condo in an old fogie community downstate. me and my siblings fight like cats and dogs and likely won't agree enough to keep the place if it is willed to us.

so...i am thinking that i am going to set my basement up as a cheap apartment for family members in need (specifically my , or my neices and nephews). there will always be someplace inexpensive that my family can stay when circumstances cause them to have to move fast.

right now, my friend mike is staying with me. we are trading labor for rent, mike is a plumber. we are putting a washroom in the basement. right now, tenants use the church bathroom, which has a shower too. putting a standard toilet in would be a real issue because we would have to tear up a lot of floor for a drain.

so i made a decision, we are putting in a urinal instead. we are piping in a urinal, a small sink, and a shower. these can all drain to a regular floor drain and don't require a toilet stack. in leiu of the lou, i am leaving a small 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 corner of the washroom open for a portable potty.

i have been researching compost toilettes and they seem to be a real possibility. the one i am looking at lasts 3 months with a family of 3 without cleaning, and cleaning just means emptying a container that contains a sort of ash like compost. it has a stack that exhausts outside it is supposed to not smell at all.

evidentally, a high percent of our waste is fluid. the compost toilette seperates out fluid and evaporates it, and what is left gets hand tumbled (there is a crank on it) and you have to add some sort of germs that eat everything and poop out compost. seriously.

i am thinking that this toilette won't need to get used that often. especially with the urinal there. also, i don't always have someone staying here. it seems like a way to provide an alternative to going in the church. so far, i have only had people i fully know and trust stay here. if that were not the case, i would prefer that they didn't come and go from the church.

i got the shower base on ebay, and it is a really nice one. triple threshold. i got the urinal and sink (the sink has a working faucet) on craig's list. not including rent/labor, this is going to happen for less than a grand. thank you god.


RockyG666 63M
1357 posts
11/17/2013 6:24 am

it isn't really plumbing. the compost toilette is completely self contained. the only extra curricular thing is the exhaust stack, and that isn't plumbing. the rest of the plumbing will be up to code...excepting two no-nothing non-union old guys are putting it in. chicago really hates non-union jobs, but i will just say it was there when i bought the place. it was a foreclosure so they won't check with the previous owner.


RockyG666 63M
1357 posts
11/18/2013 11:52 am

my whole life has been skating on thin ice. you hafta take some risks sometimes