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Old 06-25-2017, 05:04 PM   #221
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To each his own! Whatever works for you. I am a mobile generator tech. You can't always find a place to go. Most of us in the company use a 5 gallon bucket with a tight fitting lid. A lot of the other guys live in apartments or live in town and do not have a compost pile. I do have serveral large compost bins and it works out really good.
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:55 PM   #222
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This thread has truly lost the plot.


LMAO... truth. It's all gone to ****!!


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Old 06-27-2017, 04:23 PM   #223
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Back to helpful comments, I ended up with a composting toilet. Just because the whole concept of my rig is to be completely self sufficient (minus diesel) and off-grid. I bought the Nature's Head model. It was expensive but it is really nice. I did mod it slightly, however, in upgrading the 12v fan. The original one pulled .07 amps and my new one, slightly larger in size, pulls .15 I think. Both values are negligible to me with an 10kWh battery backup. The new fan seems to push a LOT more air. I wasn't having any problems with back draft but it seemed like the original was weak. I ran the exhaust out the side with a mushroom vent and added no-see-um mesh on both the intake and exhaust so I don't end up with any bugs inside. I'll update after a few more months of use, but happy I pulled the trigger on that.
I've never seen it but I'm guessing that no-see-um mesh is really fine-grained stuff. That would translate to more difficulty pushing/pulling air through. If the fan supplied was marginal/barely adequate for the job before the vent screen mod, that might be the kicker right there.

Just an observation; I would have/probably will do the same thing.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:38 AM   #224
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I am in the process of building out my bucket system and have a question for people who drain the urine into grey tanks. Do you have a traditional trap plumbed in (with which I would like you'd just have urine chilling out in your pipe all the time)? Someone suggested a waterless urinal valve for it, but those are replacement cartridges for commercial urinals and run $40 a pop. I've been looking for a simpler check valve, but I'm not sure pee will have enough Psi to open it reliably. Suggestions?

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Old 07-06-2017, 09:35 AM   #225
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I am in the process of building out my bucket system and have a question for people who drain the urine into grey tanks. Do you have a traditional trap plumbed in (with which I would like you'd just have urine chilling out in your pipe all the time)? Someone suggested a waterless urinal valve for it, but those are replacement cartridges for commercial urinals and run $40 a pop. I've been looking for a simpler check valve, but I'm not sure pee will have enough Psi to open it reliably. Suggestions?

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Put the trap in it, but T the drain from your sink in before the trap (with another trap on the sink drain before you get to the urine pipe, of course.)

Then just wash your hands after you're done, and it'll purge the urine from the trap and leave it full of water from your sink.
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:19 AM   #226
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I don't use a grey tank, just a jug. I just used a piece of rubber hose, pour a little vinegar and water down it now and then and it is fine.

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Old 07-06-2017, 09:49 PM   #227
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Put the trap in it, but T the drain from your sink in before the trap (with another trap on the sink drain before you get to the urine pipe, of course.)

Then just wash your hands after you're done, and it'll purge the urine from the trap and leave it full of water from your sink.
Well gosh, that makes plenty of sense. My ignorance comes through every time I post here, thanks for the great advice though!
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:21 AM   #228
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After a year of full time use I am convinced that this is the best solution for dealing with black waste when a permanent sewer connection is not practical. Less smell than the conventional RV toilet and MUCH easier to deal with the waste. Not as "hands off" as a regular home flush toilet but the best solution I have seen in nearly 10 years of living full time in an RV.

With mixed feelings about it, we have moved from our sanctuary in the woods. We are now in a house in town (yuk) with all the amenities that go with it.

I did not leave my composter behind though. I reinstalled the RV toilet in the 5th wheel and brought my composter with me. It is going in my bus.
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:34 AM   #229
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This is an old thread but I wanted to comment on the urine trap. I used a much smaller pvc pipe to channel urine from the toilet so the urine trap was much smaller too. It is only for collecting urine and the smaller pipe works fine. I think it's just 1/2" so the exposed surface of any urine in the trap is minimal. A cup of water with a bit of cleaner in it is all that would be required to flush the little that is in the trap (if needed at all).

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Old 09-25-2017, 11:06 AM   #230
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This is an old thread but I wanted to comment on the urine trap. I used a much smaller pvc pipe to channel urine from the toilet so the urine trap was much smaller too. It is only for collecting urine and the smaller pipe works fine. I think it's just 1/2" so the exposed surface of any urine in the trap is minimal. A cup of water with a bit of cleaner in it is all that would be required to flush the little that is in the trap (if needed at all).

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Do I understand correctly? You used 4 x 1/2" 90's to create a trap?

How long have you been using it? Any issues?

I have been considering plumbing the diverter into the grey tank but have been reluctant as I do not have a trap in mine.
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