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Outhouse and lime question?

Hello,
I got my outhouse pumped out last year and have used it very little since. However, it's starting to get a pretty sour smell, especially during these stagnate and warm days. I have tried the RV holding tank chemicals and they barely work if at all. I would like to try lime. How much lime should I put in it for the first time and then how much afterwards (I was thinking a scoop per poop)? The tank is 1,000 gallons and primarily used for #2s except when the ladies are up.
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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

You need to get water into it. If it's a 1000 gallon tank, 500 gallons of fresh water would not be too much. Then add the chemical if needed.

You could try running water from a down spout as a water source. ...when you are there and it's raining.

I don't recommend lime as it will harden and make it difficult to get the solids removed when you have it pumped.

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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

I just put 1000 gallon tank in this summer what amount of water would you recommend I start with.only has been used a few times and have been using lime and no odor yet.bleach was also recommended. I probably won't be around to ever have it pumped out.

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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

Who recommended adding a base to an acid? ... which is what the urine is. Do not add bleach! The resulting gas is deadly.

50 gallons? ...100 gallons? ...500 gallons...fresh water will dilute the contents and if you read the bottle ( holding tank deodorant) it requires water.
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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

Try RidX

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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

I add water when needed from my rain barrel.Get a kit at wal mart.Use ridx and pine sol.
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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

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I don't recommend lime as it will harden and make it difficult to get the solids removed when you have it pumped.
The way we eat and drink when at camp, nothing is ever solid.
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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

lime is used in horse stalls and dairy and beef farms as a cover for the smell. it breaks down not get hard. i deal with lime everyday at work
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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

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lime is used in horse stalls and dairy and beef farms as a cover for the smell. it breaks down not get hard. i deal with lime everyday at work
Back in the days of outhouses, we were dealing with a dug hole. We limed the debris. When the hole was filed, we dug a new hole and moved the outhouse.

The tanks used today are a different deal. Placing lime alone into it is fine if you plan on shoveling it out someday. Water, plus an added chemical if needed and periodic pumping is the way these holding tank systems should be maintained.
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Re: Outhouse and lime question?

Get a small solar pannel, battery and computer fan to maked a forced vent.

When you are at camp on a sunny day leave the door open.

Our tank has the sink drain piped in & we do not add anything but septic and grey water and it goes a long time between pumpings. no clean water goes down the sink!

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