Re: Latrine building
Bob Evans (evans@THEBORG.WES.ARMY.MIL)
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 13:59:28 -0500
Believe it or not, I actually gave a speech in
my college speech class (1978) concerning this
very subject. My source of information was a small,
pre-1930's, humor pamphlet that I can't find anymore.
Here are some of the main points to building a
proper outhouse or latrine ;))
1- Is this for the use of the hired help? If so,
then you may want to make the seats with square
edges and square holes. After all, you don't want
them to stay in there all day on your dime!
2- make sure that the door opens inward. That way
if you are enjoying the view, you can kick it
shut when you hear someone coming down the trail.
3- Put it in a location such that anyone going to
use it must pass by the wood pile. Then they
can bring back an armful when they return. You
will always have a ready supply of firewood!
4- Do you put a cresent moon or stars on the doors?
Both give proper ventilation, so it just depends
on your mood.
5- Put it downwind of your campsite!
6- Put it where it will catch the morning sun. This
is especially important in winter. There's nothing
worse than a cold seat!
I know these suggestions are practically worthless. But
having spent a significant portion of my time in a place
where latrines were the ONLY toilets, some of the points
DO have some validity!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City