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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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outhouse ?

the outhouse at my cabin is for the most part "full" all it is is a hole that was dug years and years ago (long before i was around) with a shed built over it.

i would really like to move the location of it also. my question is what "rights" do i have as far as being "grandfathered."

can i realocate it without having to install a concrete holding tank or septic system of some sort?

this is west keating twp, clinton co...almost clearfield co
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 07:50 PM
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we used to tilt ours forward , dig a hole adjoiningg it and shvel the dried waste in it , in doing that you create a new hole in tyhe same spot and it will last 10 more years,dont use it for a few days before you clean it....we used to clean it as soon as we arrived at camp before anyone used it and it was dry like large clumps of soil, could probable haul it to the back of the property for a 'garden' spot...not a big deal to clean the outhouse...
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I'd listen to Ron.....if nothing else... ....he's a real expert at shoveling cra.......UMMmmm.....well, you know!!
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Re: outhouse ?

Far as I know, old style privies like that are unacceptable now in most, if not all PA townships? Know they are where my camp is and I assume that is a statewide ban?

Last one I knew of that was installed in Potter two years ago, had to be built atop a concrete "septic" tank, so it can be regularly pumped out.

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So back to the old saying S-S-S......except no shooting...INV thanks for recognizing my attributes..
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Repairing or modifying any type of sewage system, including an outhouse, requires a permit from the local municipality. As these older outhouses (privy) need to be repaired or replaced, they must meet modern construction requirements.

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WOW!! To build one of them would cost more than my camps worth!! lol

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Except for the self-closing door, that's pretty much identical to the one in Potter that I mentioned above. They plopped an Amish-built shed on the tank, IIRC? A bit bigger than it needed to be, so they also had some lockable storage on the property.

When I first looked at it and noted how wide that concrete riser was, suggested they might want to drill it and install a piece of small diameter pipe across the opening below the seat, lest any of the wee kinder fall down in there?

They asked me if I was gonna come by and clean the crossbar off for 'em, from time to time?


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The state made us re-build in 1974 atop a sealed septic tank. At the time dad knew a local who was making rectangular tanks. He took him a section of tera-cotta flue liner & he made a tank lid around it a cheap vanity top makes the seat base supported on 3 sides.

Dad used untreated lumber and the bottom started to rot quickly. He tipped it over, shortened the sides & laid 1/2 wide cinder block, added pressure treated 2x4 to the bottom & tipped it back up.

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post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 01:42 PM
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Used to go to an ex-BIL's camp in the SF along I-80, northern part of Union County back in the early to mid 70s.

Took them a mess of effort to get DCNR to finally let them build a camp addition there, in the late 70s. When it came time to build a better outhouse, that also took "forever" to be approved. New one had to have a hole dug about 3' deep; concrete slab poured; concrete block walls, parged and sealed with foundation coating, then a new shack on the top.

No way to get a precast tank back in there, at the time. '72 flood wiped out their old vehicle bridge, all they could get in there with for several years, were ATVs or one guy's big Cub Cadet (by permission of DCNR).

Also had to be located much farther from White Deer creek, than the original one that went with the camp (built prior to WWII, IIRC?). None of 'em enjoyed the extra long walk to the new comfort hut, but I never hunted there after it had been finished.

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