Build an Outhouse With 1909 Plans

| 7/23/2013 1:38:00 PM

Tags: outhouse, privy, Linda Holliday, Missouri,

new privyBesides taking for granted how simply water normally arrives into our homes, sometimes we also fail to consider how easily we can discharge wastewater. Looking through one of my favorite old books recently, I was reminded of how easy most of us have it today.

The 1909 book, Household Discoveries and Mrs. Curtis's Cook Book, includes detailed plans for building a privy, which is quite useful ― right down to the size of boards and hardware required.

"It is believed that any 14-year-old schoolboy of average intelligence and mechanical ingenuity can, by following these plans, build a sanitary privy for his home" at an expense of $5 to $10 per receptacle, according to locality, the book states.

10/1/2015 1:21:48 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this!!! This is exactly what I was looking for to build an outhouse for our trunk or treat festival at the church! I plan to add a door that opens and closes to show a poor scarecrow caught with his pants around his ankles. Fun, fun, fun for the kiddos!

7/25/2013 8:17:55 PM

Since this book is 104 years old, needless to say that, since then, we have learned a great deal about how to safely handle humanure. Here a great reference in that regards:

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