|Yes, well, this post is a little out of sinc but I am so excited that I just had to share this with you. Toilets on boats are always troublesome in one way or another. Many places do not allow you to use sea toilets that simply pump over the side. Holding tanks are fine but try finding somewhere to pump them out. Few and far between in many places. I remember a time in the Netherlands when it became worryingly imperative to pump out and the pump station was broken! So on the barge I went for a 600 litre black tank that would last me 6 to 8 weeks, yeah, right. A fine Vetus macerator 24volt toilet unit was fitted. Scale build up was an issure and I have had to clean it twice due to virtually blocked pipes. Bearing in mind that it was only comissioned in September 2006. Anyway we muddled through despite poor flush characheristics which meant using far more water than it was supposed to. I had to change the solenoid water valve too but that was only a fiver from Italy but I had to buy two as there was a minimum charge from the factory place. Anyway after six years the entire unit had had enough and so had I.........|
"Oh Poo" were the words I said just before Christmas when the toilet made some unsavoury noises and stopped working.
I said something a little stronger when, upon taking the unit apart, I found it was kaput, dead, nailed to the perch. The price for a new gubbins unit with the circuit board and pump unit was nearly £500 and a complete replacement toilet was £1100.
Someone it having a serious laugh here, at the moment it is consigned to "outside" status.
The thought of keeping several hundred litres of effluent under the saloon floor is beginning to wear thin, especially as the no smell pipes are beginning to smell. The pump out procedure is becoming a little tiresome too. Because of the emergency I have brought the porta potti into temporary use but I hate using that. I am too tight to spend cash on the blue stuff so it stinks, badly.
A year ago I was looking at composting loos but expensive they are and my own toilet was working then.
Nature's Head, compact but a little mechanical if you know what I mean.
Smooth and refined, the Separett Villa.
Now they are not so expensive especially as me and Mrs Barge have been using the £500 tin to save up golden coins and the demise of the Vetus unit.
Still the £700 or so for a Separett or Nature's Head seemed excessive if we didn't get on with it. It appears that most land based compost loos are in a shed outside somewhere. What to do?
Well....... Separett do a range of stuff concerning poo.
They have weekend and camping options and I wondered if I could work with one of their cheaper alternatives.
Hence Billy's "Poo in a Bucket MK I."
Ten of these recycled Syrup tubs came from:
A seat too.
And, it does have a thing to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak.
Of course it will all fit into a nice box (thunder) and small fans will keep a negative air pressure, vented to the outside. This desicates the excreted material and removes any offending smells. Well this is the theory anyway.
This is one the Little House Company are trying out.
Which is where I got the Separett Privy separator and seat/lid from.
I reckon I can make a half decent loo for around 150 golden coins, which is a considerable saving. I might just have to have a party to celebrate.....