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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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repairing an outhouse

Has anyone here rebuilt/repaired an existing outhouse?

I've read the law and it doesn't really address it. Over the years, I've heard lots of experts who mostly say you can repair it but some portion of the old one must remain. I also beleive from what I've heard over the years that it absolutely can't be moved or the pit enlarged.

Has anyone here ever fixed one up with the blessing of the local sewage enforcement officer? If so, what;d they tell you? Figured a little homework before we make anything official was agood idea.

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Re: repairing an outhouse

I wouldn't think that refurbishing an existing out house
would any kind of violation.
just my 2 cents.

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Re: repairing an outhouse

I think that as long as you are repairing the existing you are ok. But if you wanted to move it then you would fall into a whole new catagory. Really repairing shouldn't require any permits at all so I would think it would be ok.
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Re: repairing an outhouse

Yep, those are both common sense answers.

And then there's the law..................

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Re: repairing an outhouse

We fixed the 'new' privy. About 10 years after they had us install a sealed septic tank and build a new outhouse on top the bottom started to rot [not pressure treated wood] so dad tipped it over and laid3 courses of the 4" wide cement blocks; removed the door and trim and after measuring carefully sawed the bottom off, added a sill plate made from pressure treated 2x4 and stood it back up, He left enough space for the door frame & trim to 'almost' reach the top of the tank. It is now 20 years later and all is still good.

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Re: repairing an outhouse

yes 56 the law the law but how far to go in as asking whether or not you need a permit to repair with repairing being the ultimate word. If you are just dressing it up......how big a --- is your zoning officer and SEO I think clarion is where the SEO for you comes from......wow...???? let us know!! What they don't know won't hurt them!

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Re: repairing an outhouse

I've met one SEO in the area a while back and he's decent and down to earth. Another that i talked to on the phone regarding a place we were looking at was also reasonable. Want to do things right but don't want to open a can of worms that doesnt need opened especially if it can't be closed back up.

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Re: repairing an outhouse

If you are just fixen up the old outhouse,and by fixin up I mean, painting, replacng the shingles and issues like that; no permit or anything would be required.

However if you are moving it (over another pit), making the pit deeper, or rebuilding the structure you would likely need to be talking to the local Sewage Enforcer about a permit. The old pit outhouses are no longer "legal" but they are grandfathered and can continue to be utilized until major repairs are needed, then a regulation vault privy will need to installed to replace the old one.

http://www.jonestownship.com/permits/privy.htm

By the way, If ya get caught you will likely just get a warning but still be required to install a new regulation vault privy; but the fine is a $500 minimum, just sayin !!!
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Re: repairing an outhouse

Thanks. I found that on the states website but it says nothing about an existing privy. I can find nowhere where the law addresses any existing structure. There would be no changes or moving of the pit(that is very plain in the law) and it's still fixable and thats what we'll do if need be. Rebuilding it on the same spot makes more sense but we don't want to invite trouble.

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Re: repairing an outhouse

Im sure glad to have inside plumbing in my cabin. Remember going to my grandmothers as a kid using the outhouse.
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