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    Quote Posted by Vidya Moksha (here)
    http://b1b2.org/EcoSan/Images/CompostToiletDraw.jpg
    heres a simple design. I design and build compost toilets and have used one for many years.. what do you need to know? I can probably describe how to build and use them its very simple.....
    For years I just used a bucket, above which i had a plank of wood with a hole cut in then when it was full I would dig a 1m deep hole, empty the bucket, add soil, then plant a tree on top very simple, very good for the tree, by the time the roots were deep enough the compost was well under way...


    If theres one trick to compost toilets : its WOOD ASH . Use wood ash to spinkle on top after each use.... it removes all smells and provides potassium....

    you can separate urine in the toilet design, you can build a separate urinal, or you can add urine to your toilet, if its correctly designed, and you use enough material as a soak... the latter is not ideal but not impossible....


    let me know what you are looking for specifically and I can detail what I know..

    Wow what a great view, you could sit there all day.

    I'm going to get me one of those 20lt buckets and keep it in the back of the ute, you can get portable locking toilet seats for them from the camping shops which makes it a lot more comfortable to sit down and "contemplate".

    I'm over the digging holes in the bush, especially when snakes and bull ants are around, that can be a trip I can tell ya.

    ..Nick..

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    Build your own inexpensive composting toilet.



    The Humanure Handbook is available in 7 languages.

    Free download.

    You will also need a compost bin.

    I have heard of one person who lines the bucket with a heavy duty black plastic trash compactor bag. When full, he puts the tied off filled bag outside in the sun near his garden. It turns to compost very fast. (I have not tried it.)

    Another neighbor, with a limited water supply, has been using one of these sawdust toilets for more than a year.

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    An inexpensive water pasturizer.

    Many people believe that you have to boil water to make it safe to drink. In fact, if you heat water to 65° C (149° F), all of the germs that can cause disease in humans are killed. It takes much more fuel to boil water than to heat it to 65° C. To learn more about this, see Water Pasteurization Frequently-Asked Questions. A simple solar water pasteurizer can be made from a soda bottle. A Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) can be used to measure water temperature to determine when the water is sufficiently hot for pasteurization and safe to drink. Read more about recent advances in water pasteurization.

    Since water pasteurizes at temperatures well below the boiling point of water, WAPIs save time when solar pasteurizing, and save fuel when using traditional fuels. Or use a solar cooker (solar oven) to pasturize water.

    Solar Cookers International offers the AquaPak a $20 solar pasteurizer that provides four to five liters of water at a time, up to 15 liters per day. Simply fill with water and lay it on a flat surface in the sun. A built-in WAPI indicates when water is pasteurized, in as little as 2 hours. Weighs 6 ounces when empty.

    Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) video clip.



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    SteriPEN™ is the only portable water purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy waterborne microbes. It only takes 60 seconds to purify 32 ounces of water. Available from Emergency Essentials ($80) and other sources.



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    Quote Posted by xbusymom (here)
    lets see if this works this time...

    the Super Simple Loom instruction sheet....
    Has anyone done my loom kit yet... Is it working well for you?

    I am getting pre-made hooks this week- so I can get things rolling with the loom... and my first project is to make a doormat out of the plastic grocery sacks (i got the idea from a fellow fiber-crafter)... will let you know when the video is posted...

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    No, xbusymom, but Im just getting into spinning and weaving, and loving it. My son-in-law hand shore my black ram last week. I washed the greasy wool in my washingmachine, spread it out on the trampoline to dry and now Im spinning it. Lovely colours of black, grey and some tan. Have yet to tackle the loom but that will be next. Great fun inside doing this during this wet autumn. The dog and cat come spring are going to be contributing!! Also my neighbour has alpacas so I will buy some of that off her. My daughter, who lives next door is a great knitter so I will supply her with the wool. One other way of acquiring cheap wool is to go to the op shops and buy old jerseys and unravel them. Cos man oh man, is bought wool expensive!!!

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    The Loveable Loo has been updated from generation 1 to generation 2.

    These simple to make sawdust toilets can be a valuable asset if water is not available for a conventional flush toilet.



    Compost temperature is important.
    “Complete pathogen destruction is guaranteed by arriving at a temperature of 143 degrees F for one hour, 122 degrees F for one day, 114.8 degrees F for one week or 109.4 degrees F for one month. It appears that no excreted pathogen can survive a temperature of 149 degrees F for more than a few minutes.” (reference http://humanurehandbook.com/downloads/Chapter_7.pdf)
    One user of a sawdust toilet reported that he had found a way to bypass the need to construct and maintain the composting bin specified by Jenkins. Instead, black trash bags intended for use in a trash compactor (much tougher than garbage bags) were used as a bucket liner. When full, the black bags were removed and put in a sunny spot next to the garden. After an unspecified length of time the contents were completely decomposed and the finished product was without odor. Once the compost had cooked the trash compactor bags could be emptied in the garden and recycled as a fresh liner in the collection container.
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    Backyard Pool Turned Into Aquaponics Food System
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    Quote The Garden Pool was a large run-down pool that is now a backyard closed-loop food production system using aquaponics and is powered by solar energy. The GP was designed to feed a family of four with organic eggs, milk, fruit, veggies, herbs, and fish 365 days a year while using 90% less water than conventional farming methods.
    (I don't know how to embed this video. Perhaps one of the Mods will.
    It's worth watching.)

    http://www.whitecrowfarmproject.com/...s-food-system/
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    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    I don't know how to embed this video. Perhaps one of the Mods will.
    I don't know how to embed that kind (Ooyala) of video either .
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    Get handful of hemp seeds and plant them on your property.
    For free society!

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    Quote Posted by yiolas (here)
    Hi everyone,
    Looks like we've been given our own sub forum. Don't know if the moderators are going to do this or not. But it would be great if everyone who posted links to various topics within the main thread, copy and paste your replies/links within the subdivisions of food/water, shelter etc. etc.
    This will help us all in finding the sub topics that we are interested in.
    Thanks,
    Thank you for helping giving everybody a headstart, imo this part of the forum is very much underapriciated, thank you.

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