Brine For the Outhouse?

@Morleyhunt (19750)
Canada
March 17, 2017 9:54am CST
My husband manages two poultry farms. One is next door to us and the other one is about a quarter mile around the corner. They are not owned by the same people, but are operated in many ways as one farm. New regulations were passed I. The last year and both farms needed to have an outhouse on the premises. The outhouses were installed early in the fall and then my husband had to set them up so they would be equipped with toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and brine. I said brine? Why brine? The brine is to keep them from freezing in the winter....okay.....that makes sense. We'll get back to the brine. Meanwhile, my husband purchase the hand sanitizer for each farm....and a large package of toilet paper....again...for each farm. Then he needed paper towel.... He brought the paper towel and went to put it in the dispenser....standard paper towel doesn't fit. Okay, not to be deterred he had rolls of absorbent paper...he would cut them to the correct length....the spindle wouldn't fit. Back to the drawing board. Eventually he had to order paper towel.....boxes with a hundred rolls for each farm....that's probably a 25 year supply! Now back to the brine.....how to make the appropriate brine. We checked online...dissolve rock salt in water....that sounded simple enough....too bad the salt wouldn't dissolve. Eventually we ended up with water softener salt to make the brine. Who knew that setting up a couple of outhouses would be so complicated? We used to just set a pail under the opening. @shaggin asked to be tagged.
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@marguicha (94613)
• Chile
17 Mar 17
I have discovered that the paper towel I buy (no matter what brand) does not fit into the paper towel dispenser I have in my kitchen. I have to Cut the cardboard with a big sharp knife. I have always wondered why don´t they make the towels to fit the dispensers. I have seen in other houses that people just give up and place the paper towels anywhere while the dispenser is empty and nice placed in a wall.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
Mine fit on the dispenser in my kitchen....usually it is empty.
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@marguicha (94613)
• Chile
17 Mar 17
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@Trensue (5256)
• United States
18 Mar 17
I think I would purchase a new dispenser
• United States
17 Mar 17
I've never seen one of those with water...so you mean keep pee from freezing...I didn't think it could LOL. Not a pro on these things, I avoid them at all costs.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
Yup...the brine on the holding tank is to keep poopsicles from forming. Yes pee can freeze. I don't use an outhouse often....I can hold it for a long time.
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• United States
17 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt What a x-rated topic this has become LOL!
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@crossbones27 (19579)
• Redlands, California
18 Mar 17
Yep, and that is why there is no simple left in this world. I swear our leaders try to make everything as complicated as possible which just becomes really costly for us. Hard to be self sufficient in this world.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
I'm still very self sufficient. I don't need a great deal...but I do like my indoor plumbing.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
Nothing is ever easy it seems! Glad he finally got the two of them set up after all the set backs!
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
We actually got a lot of laughs out of the paper towel and the brine. The things we've learned.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt Yes I guess..you just never think of things like that until you actually have to do them.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@Happy2BeMe like I said....who knew?
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@theBlock (2627)
• United States
17 Mar 17
@Morelyhunt Hey-there!...Thanks-for-the-info-on-brine....I-love-to-learn-about-anything-and-everything....Too-bad-I-didn't-learn-too-much-as-a-kid
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
The things you learn on Mylot.
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@theBlock (2627)
• United States
18 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt I-learned-a-few-things-here---that's-for-sure.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
17 Mar 17
Wow that is quite an ordeal to get an outhouse up and running. Here the parks just order one and have it delivered and people come weekly to clean and empty it. Now the only brine I know is a type of shrimp so I am a little confused on the whole salt creating part of this post. I went to a gas station once a few winters ago. Inside the portajohn it was ice everywhere. I think somehow rain got inside and then froze. I couldn't sit on the seat and had to be careful not so slip on the ice covered floor. It was awful lol
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
We needed to make a brine for in the holding tank to keep it from freezing. You dissolve salt with water and it will keep it from freezing if the temperature drops....after -30C it will freeze....even with brine.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@shaggin this one was spotless...brand new....I'm glad I'm not the one required to clean it.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
17 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt Who does have to clean it? Your husband?
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
I have used a lot of outhouses in my life time, all one to three holes... I've never heard of a brine for the winter, I do remember ashes be sprinkled after use and some even had herbs to toss in but not one that I know of worried about freezing...
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
It was news to me...but they are a bit different from the outhouses I grew up with. If they were in constant use...they wouldn't be as susceptible to freezing.
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• Canada
18 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt Possibly because they are chemical rather than dirt. I remember my sister hired four that looked like the photo above for her daughters summer outdoors wedding and the next day they just picked them up, all of the ones I've been in were holes in the ground, not chemical...
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
@PainsOnSlate this one isn't really chemical....it has a holding tank...similar to the pail I remember under the hole....but it wouldn't see enough use to have a lot of waste. The waste creates heat as it decomposes so once it has stuff in it the need for brine would probably not be as important.
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• United States
18 Mar 17
Standard outhouses can't be used? I prefer an outhouse over a portapotty!
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
This is now a permanent porta potty. The farm next door has a red one (pictured), the other farm has a green one.
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• United States
18 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt as a child I remember using outhouses when we visited family and friends who lived on farms or just chose to have an outhouse.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
@ElusiveButterfly we finally had I do plumbing whe I was about 9 years old...until then it was an outhouse.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25690)
• United States
19 Mar 17
Wow, that was a real pain in the behindgetting them set up.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
20 Mar 17
It was, but now they are in place and they've been used a few times by the chicken catchers and barn cleaners.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25690)
• United States
20 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt glad you got them up.
@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Mar 17
We have a paper towel dispenser in the toilet we built for the music shack. We are able to buy rolls that fit luckily. We don't need brine! It is never going to freeze - ever!
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
Once the outhouse has a certain amount of wast the risk of freezing would. It be so grat....decomposition creates a certain amount of heat....but we were expecting cold weath long before there could be any accumulation.
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@rebelann (41250)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Mar 17
I had to do this to you, I tried like all heckydarn to find some of the better clips of Arte as Wolgang but this was the best I could find ...... hey, at least he didn't say stupid
Clip from the US TV series “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1960s – ‘70s)
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
That was a nice response. I'm still giggling.
@rebelann (41250)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Mar 17
Oh good @Morleyhunt I aim to make ya giggle
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
@rebelann it worked.
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@Corbin5 (106237)
• United States
17 Mar 17
That really is a complicated procedure to set up an outhouse!!! I think the pail under the opening served people just as well.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
I remember my dad getting rid if the bucket of waste ever two or three weeks. I'm not a fan of outhouses....but if I'm desperate. They are better than nothing.
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@Corbin5 (106237)
• United States
17 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt I appreciate them too!!
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
24 Mar 17
That sounds rather more complicated than necessary! Still have you have a flood or need a lot of paper towels suddenly for some reason you know where to go!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
24 Mar 17
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
Rather salty title .
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
20 Mar 17
I considered racy.
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@UncleJoe (9942)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
20 Mar 17
Don't you just love fried chicken? Or do you tend to gag on it these days? LOL When I hauled hogs we used to have to dip our boots into a disinfectant that had rock salt in it during winter.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
20 Mar 17
I still eat a lot of chicken....Kentucky Yucky isn't on the menu too often...it tends to be a bit greasy and gives me heartburn. When I managed two chicken barns I had to step into a foot bath of disinfectant every time I went in or out of the barn....it was inside the barn so no rock salt was added to the solution.
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@mom210 (6761)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Mar 17
who knew there were so many rules for them??!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
20 Mar 17
We were a bit surprised at the brine, but it does make sense. Our temperatures can get pretty cold in the winter.
@andriaperry (50738)
• United States
18 Mar 17
A lot of work for a potty
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
It sure turned into a bit of a circus before everything was in place. Outhouses were just not that complicated when I was a child.
@Juliaacv (30291)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
That is a lot of work for him to do twice, one for each.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
18 Mar 17
It's a lot of paper towel to buy. 100 rolls for each farm. He anticipates that they might go through three rolls a year...if that.
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@Kandae11 (36917)
17 Mar 17
That is modernization and what it comes with.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
I learned a lot about modern outhouses.
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• United States
17 Mar 17
Things are definitely more complicated and tedious with all the regulations we have today!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
17 Mar 17
Seemed so simple. Then it was delivered. If it was used more often it would be simpler....then sanitation services would come regularly....this gets used maybe half a dozen times every 6 weeks or so.