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katsailor 05-02-2013 12:48 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Thanks to all the posters on this thread, I have learned a lot and am considering a composting toilet once I finish
  1. Painting the engine compartment
  2. Installing new wiring
  3. Removing the non-working head and associated plumbing. (I think someone installed a regular marine head on a laval system, still trying to figure out where all the hoses go)
  4. Install the engine
  5. Replacing the running rigging
  6. Fix that funny crack I just found by the stuffing box
  7. Rebuild the steering system; just when I thought everything that could break was broken the sheave assembly for my wheel steering fell off.

Brent Swain 05-02-2013 04:31 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Captainmeme (Post 1024478)
Can someone describe the agitator mechanism for me? Does one rotate the crank 360 degrees or is it a back and forth action?

You crank it 360 degrees . I use a round hoop made of 5/16th stainless rod, with the crank handle at 90 degrees to the hoop, so the hoop lies horizontal, so droppings dont fall on it and stick.

troy2000 05-02-2013 07:56 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Captainmeme (Post 1024478)
Can someone describe the agitator mechanism for me? Does one rotate the crank 360 degrees or is it a back and forth action?

The C-Head uses a stirring paddle at the end of a shaft that goes round and round in one direction, tumbling the contents until they're well -coated in peat moss. When you empty it, you're pouring out rounded dry clumps up to the size of a baseball, surrounded by loose peat moss.

I've never used an Air Head or Nature's Head. But I understand they use a horizontal shaft instead, with the stirring parts shaped something like the crankshaft in an engine.

troy2000 05-02-2013 08:00 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by katsailor (Post 1024499)
Thanks to all the posters on this thread, I have learned a lot and am considering a composting toilet once I finish
  1. Painting the engine compartment
  2. Installing new wiring
  3. Removing the non-working head and associated plumbing. (I think someone installed a regular marine head on a laval system, still trying to figure out where all the hoses go)
  4. Install the engine
  5. Replacing the running rigging
  6. Fix that funny crack I just found by the stuffing box
  7. Rebuild the steering system; just when I thought everything that could break was broken the sheave assembly for my wheel steering fell off.

OK, so you'll get started on the toilet installation in what... two or three weeks? :D

Brent Swain 05-02-2013 10:26 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by troy2000 (Post 1024768)
The C-Head uses a stirring paddle at the end of a shaft that goes round and round in one direction, tumbling the contents until they're well -coated in peat moss. When you empty it, you're pouring out rounded dry clumps up to the size of a baseball, surrounded by loose peat moss.

I've never used an Air Head or Nature's Head. But I understand they use a horizontal shaft instead, with the stirring parts shaped something like the crankshaft in an engine.

Sound better. Can you give us a sketch of the paddle?

troy2000 05-03-2013 09:29 AM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Brent Swain (Post 1024840)
Sound better. Can you give us a sketch of the paddle?

Settle for a photo?

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d4...ps1386bf1b.jpg

krisscross 05-03-2013 10:19 AM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by troy2000 (Post 1025014)

Dude, that must be a mil spec version of the composting toilet... :D

Brent Swain 05-03-2013 04:24 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by troy2000 (Post 1025014)

Thanks
Where does that put the top stirring handle ?

Skipper Jer 05-03-2013 04:30 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Maybe the shaft is connected to the handle via a belt or gear arrangement?

troy2000 05-03-2013 08:30 PM

Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
 
Nothing that high-tech. It's direct drive: the crank slips into the top of the hollow paddle shaft right through the top of the toilet, and has a notch on the end that engages a cross bar inside the shaft.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d4...psb549c7b3.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d4...psca9d9c4c.jpg


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