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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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OK I know this maybe should be in the Camping thread but I think its worth seeing here first....OK try as I may before we left to go on our last camp out I couldn't find a reasonable priced porta potty....Even when looking at the cheap ones they suggested that you be under "X" numbers of pounds, or they were like setting on the ground....Due to my past surgery, I need to go at least a couple times a night..Getting out of our tent, making the 30 yard dash to the camp ground restroom was "Run Baby Run"....Had it been further, well lets not go there....

So this morning I went out into my garage, to gather up some tools I had left out of the tool boxes...I sat down on a Home Depot bucket, my bucket with the soft lid with some electric cords inside...HEY!!!..It's just the right height!!!!...OK one quick trip to Lowes...bought a commode seat, some rolls of foam tape and came home...

Took two 2x4's glued them together, then once dry took my trusty band saw, cut the 2x4's to fit inside the bucket....Had a piece of cabinet grade 3/4 in plywood, marked out the commode seat, even to where the mounting bolts are...Cut it out, cut the inside circle out too....I left a small area on each side to screw my pieces of 2x4's to...Glued and screwed...The seat now slides down into the bucket...It's sturdy to sit on...

OK the foam tape is one inch thick, stuck in under the seat, to seal it on the plywood, then stuck a piece around the lid of the commode seat....Hey its now a "sealed" unit....A regular kitchen trash bag fits perfect, will use "kitty litter" in the bag...One more thing...I had to bend the handle on the bucket to clear the seat, so if I need to I can carry the whole unit....

Tomorrow I'm going to take the seat off and put several coats of clear sealer on it....Thinking an epoxy clear....?????

Cheap potty's...????..Start at $10.00 bucks but made for small people...High dollar ones over $300.00, that flush, have your knees in your face, I would need a lift to get on and off of it....One commode seat, foam tape, less than $20.00 bucks and it will hold my heavy fanny........

Will post pictures later....OH yeah to keep the lid from tipping the bucket over I had some small chain that I attached to the plywood, to the only goes so far, the chain holds it.....My thinking is this....The seat comes off and is less than 5in high, easy storage in camping gear. the bucket??? There is always that need for odd things to carry on camping trips, the bucket can be used for those items...


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That's funny you mention this, before we had a buidling with full bathroom at the farm we used the same type setup.......

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Very creative. Let's see the pictures when you have a chance

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well there are 2 really cheap acutally almost free ways to go for a porta potty

1 is a 5 gallon bucket you can even put a old toilet seat on it for privcy use one of them circular shower curtians

number 2 is a military shovel that folds up and a roll of toilet paper now in a pinch a bit of dry dirt or even grass will work just dont eat with that hand lol

i think spending 300 bucks on a portable crapper is a crappy way to spend hard earned money

crap in a hole cover it up, just think of the enviorment you'll be helping the grass grow that much greener at that particular spot

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One thing to replace the kitty litter is Wood Pellets for a wood stove.

I have been using them for the cat for years.

A 40 pond bag of Pellets is about $4.50 compared to the high price of kitty litter.

A Plus is you can use a handful of Wood pellets to start your fire on those damp campsites.

The big Plus is that the pellets break down into sawdust that can be scattered about instead of thrown away.

I use the cheaper Pine pellets as the smell is so much better than the Hardwood pellets.

Try it you will like it.

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