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He must have done something very, very bad...

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Quote: "I've been doing it for over two years using what is no more complicated than a bucket in a box. It's in the garage where my wife does her laundry and she has never once noticed a smell."

You crap in your garage? Next to the laundry machine?.........

Sorry, could not let that go...

... to get locked out for 2 years. My wife lets me in the house, most days.
Of course, she makes me do the laundry.

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Oh heck if she's gonna let me keep the crapper iffin' I wash my own skivvies, then I'm in :-)

I do find addressing the problems of solid sanitary waste disposal far less vexing than the pleasing of the feminine heart. And I am still opposed to the flush and forget appraoch for either.

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I do find addressing the problems of solid sanitary waste disposal far less vexing than the pleasing of the feminine heart.
Heart? You could have ended that sentence so much more interestingly
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I built my own composting head, several years ago. Works well . Cost me under $25 for materials. I use the rotting vegitation one finds under old moss covered logs, instead of peat or coconut. Has all the necessary bacteria.
I've never heard of anyone on any chatline who regretted switching to a composter of the airhead- natures head variety. I believe they will become the standard marine head, eventually, especially when the Chinese bring the price down to under $50.
I've been selling the separator bowls off my boat, a good possible source of cruising funds for low income cruisers, with a mold and materials.
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I put an airhead in my boat last spring. Have had alot of problem with excessive moisture in the poop tank. I recently re-mounted the unit so it slopes forward, so the urine will flow better to the urine tank. When I vented the unit, I was uncertain if it would work properly and did not want to hole my deck above the head, so ran a vent line aft to a dorade in the lazarette, about 20 feet, up sloping. I'm wondering if water is condensing (sp) in that line and dripping back into the poop tank. I'm finding that with two people after about a week the unit needs emptying, disappointed so far with the system. Any ideas anyone?
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I put an airhead in my boat last spring. Have had alot of problem with excessive moisture in the poop tank. I recently re-mounted the unit so it slopes forward, so the urine will flow better to the urine tank. When I vented the unit, I was uncertain if it would work properly and did not want to hole my deck above the head, so ran a vent line aft to a dorade in the lazarette, about 20 feet, up sloping. I'm wondering if water is condensing (sp) in that line and dripping back into the poop tank. I'm finding that with two people after about a week the unit needs emptying, disappointed so far with the system. Any ideas anyone?
Sounds like it could be something along those lines. We added an Airhead last year too. This season, our solids tank tended to become drier unless we added more moist coco peat. No problems whatsoever with liquids getting into the tank. Our vent line is less than 6 feet up to the cabin top above through a Nicro solar vent. So far, it's worked well. Not a solution, but I think better venting might be a good place to start. 20 feet is a long run.

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Re: composting toilet report

The report from Sweden says that urine contribute 80% of the Nitrogen ... to HOUSEHOLD waste water.

The writers who observed that the problem is primarily industrial, feed-lot and agricultural run-off, not household waste (except ehwn storm sewers overflow) are correct.
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An interesting study.

http://www.terra-preta-sanitation.ne..._WS_T_2010.pdf
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Very interesting. Although putting aside the waste bucket for a month to ferment, and then putting it out on the compost pile for six more months of worm action, might restrict the idea to boats with large plots of land onboard.
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Very interesting. Although putting aside the waste bucket for a month to ferment, and then putting it out on the compost pile for six more months of worm action, might restrict the idea to boats with large plots of land onboard.
Yeah, and those that might actually live on land and own a boat too.
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