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EJ
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I was reading a few past threads on AMG, and am wondering if anyone can venture to guess how many outhouses are still in use in maine?

[url=http://www.asmainegoes.com/node/]Freeport OutHouses[/url]

I drive by a couple, non-used out-houses in Portland daily, and that had me start to wonder.

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I have a two holah heah from 1865.

Mark T. Cenci
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Thousands.

Think of all the camps on lakes and seashore.

I work on half a dozen upgrades each year, every year. There are at least one hundred of us doing the same.

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I think us folks out in the country should have one anyways...times we lose power they sure beat the heck out of a bucket...hope to have mine done soon! :D

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I've got one within 250 feet of a vernal pool.

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Here's Mine....

[b]The "Uncle Jaque Memorial Pavilion":

........[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/FAMILY/Open4Busins.jpg[...

I made it out of about 98% junk scrounged out of the Yarmouth dump.

Good stout dumper it is, I might add![/b]

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Uncle Jaq:

The outhouse door is supposed to open INWARDS, to protect those inside from a door opening by an outsider.

Others? Interesting ones to see?

I have seen a double Decker in Western Maine, near Bryant Pond.

EJ

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EJ,

I've "utilized" dozens of privvies, and never have seen one with the door hinged inward. Even those that were indoors, as in being the furthermost corner of the barn. If I'm experiencing an "urgent moment," I don't want no stinking door to fight for seating space! She wants to open wide & open quick!

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I know where there is one that isn't really an outhouse. It's an out wall. You walk out from the camp and approach the privy, step up on the step and open the door. There is the seat like any other privy, but there are no walls, just the front and a roof to keep the rain off. It keeps the odors down. A generation ago all that was necessary was a visual screen from the camp and it wasn't one of those dark gloomy privys. You could read out there. Nobody cared if the red squirrels saw you. Now there is a road only a half mile back so there will be three more walls added this year. That is, if LURC approves.

Country
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I still have mine.

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[quote="Roger Ek"]There is the seat like any other privy, but there are no walls, just the front and a roof to keep the rain off. [/quote]

Musta got a bit drafty durin' a snow squall :?: :lol:

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Room With A View...

[quote="EJ"]Uncle Jaq:

The outhouse door is supposed to open INWARDS, to protect those inside from a door opening by an outsider.

Others? Interesting ones to see?

I have seen a double Decker in Western Maine, near Bryant Pond.

EJ[/quote]

[b] We hardly ever close the door.

It's got a pretty nice view,

.............................[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/FAMILY/ViewOutBkhseDoor...

and unless the bugs are overwhelming, the fresh air is always welcome.

I picked a pretty nifty little storm window out of the dump, too!

..............................[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/FAMILY/Jaquesouthouse36...

There's even room for the occasional banjo concert!

.................................[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/ConcertInPavilion.jpg[/...

I keep an Indian Pump in there to clean things up with on occasion - or to put out small fires before they get out of hand, and a bucket of lime.

You've got to keep the TP in a tin can with a tight lid or the mice will chew it up.
Check under the seat for spiders.
Little things we usually don't think of with indoor plumbin'![/b]

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angler.k, don't privys make their own vernal pool?

How many in Maine? yup, thousands.
A better question might be," Does anyone NOT know where there is one?"

Country
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[quote]You've got to keep the TP in a tin can with a tight lid or the mice will chew it up.[/quote]

Yessiree. Mice and squirrels love toilet paper for making nice soft nests. I think wood ashes works better than lime though.

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I lived in a house in Limington when I was young that had a 6 or 7 holer in the cariage house. Holes were from infant size to XXXL. Worked well when the well went dry every summer. Not sure if its still there.

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[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/FAMILY/ViewOutBkhseDoor...

That's a mighty pretty view Uncle Jaque. If I turned my outhouse around I'd have one just about like it, though maybe the trees out back are a little bigger where I am. Ain't it nice to have some woods outside the back door?

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UncleJ said, "...to put out small fires before they get out of hand..."

What in the world do you put in your food?!?!?

Calvin,

Possibly not knowing the location of a single privy might be the mark of the yuppie?

Mike,

I've seen the 2-storey job before - set up for management & labor.

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Our local ATV/snowmobile club has one on the trail in Newburgh (as well as a little shelter w/BBQ grill). The door swings out on outhouse that as well, but those fat hairy spiders also took up residence there and I don't like those guys, so I er, um, moved on. I actually do have a picture of it somewhere, because I thought it was neato to find something like that in the middle of the woods, but it's just lost in the mess of unnamed DCIM files and I have hundreds of them. Heck, even in Mass though, a surprising number of hoity-toity riding stables even had honest-to-god outhouses because they were too still too cheap to plumb the barns for human comforts.

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I love outhouses. The one I use has a strict ‘carry in, carry out’ policy regarding bringing the toilet seat & paper back & forth between camp and outhouse. Cuts down on spiders and guarantees a warm seat (Wish I was there now).

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Used to be the only option at our camp until a few years ago when we installed an electric one.

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Ode to the Little Brown Shack

They passed an ordinance in the town
That said we'd have to tear it down --
That little old shack out back so dear to me.
Though the Health Fepartment said
It's day was over and dead
It will stand forever in my memory.

It was not too long ago
That I went tripping through the snow
Out to that house behind my old hound dog,
Where I'd sit me down to rest,
Like a snow bird on her nest,
And read the Sears and Roebuck catalog.

I would hum a happy tune
Peeping through the quarter moon,
As my Pappy's kin had done before.
It was in that quiet spot
Daily cares could be forgot.
It gave the same relief to rich and poor.

Now, it was not a castle fair,
But I could dream my future there,
And build My castles to the yellow jacket's drone.
I could orbit round the sun,
Fight with General Washington,
Or be a king upon his golden throne.

It wasn't fancy built at all,
It had newspapers on the wall,
It was air conditioned in the winter time.
It was just a humble hut,
But it's door was never shut,
And a man could get inside without a dime.

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Kennebec and I have an outhouse at camp - boy don't I hate the necessity of using that thing!

Here's a shot of it being constructed - we had to use a portion of the old existing one in order to have it grandfathered. I think the box thingy is the original piece. The interesting question is why we even have a picture of the construction in the first place!? It's a guy thing I guess.... :lol:

[img]http://ralphandnancy.com/images/camp/2003/What%20is%20Ralph%20Building.j...

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Why does it face the road? Picking off revenooers or drumming up trade?

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pmh - :lol: :lol: Neither, it was in the front while being built - it got finished and placed in a secluded and much more private locale. Not that it matters, private road anyway.

Also the photo was taken from near the porch, and since we need a clear shot for the spruce grouse, eagles, and such it couldn't stay there anyhow.

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Re: Room With A PeeYeww...

[quote="UncleJaque"]There's even room for the occasional banjo concert!
[/quote]

Is that "Stoolin' Banjos" yer playin'??

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Re: Ode to the Little Brown Shack

[quote="Swaybar"]They passed an ordinance in the town
That said we'd have to tear it down --
That little old shack out back so dear to me.
Though the Health Department said
It's day was over and (it was) dead
It will stand forever in my memory.

.....[/quote]

Don't forget the refrain, Sway;

"Don't let 'em tear that little brown buildin' down;
(X3)
...For there's not another like it in the country or the town!

I've got the guitar chords for it if anybody's interested.

Great campfire tune. Goes well with "Frozen Logger" and "Life Gits Tedjious".

It makes a pretty good banjo tune, too.

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Outhouses in Maine how many left?

[url=http://alfranb.home.att.net/outhouse/specialist.htm]recommended reading on the subject matter at hand[/url]

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[quote="Punk Freud"][quote="UncleJaque"]"There's even room for the occasional banjo concert!"

Is that "Stoolin' Banjos" yer playin'??[/quote]

[b]
Gittin' 'er DONE, Punk; Gittin' 'er done! [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/GRAPHICS%20Mourge/SILLY...
:wink:

I had a bunch of pictures of my hooter in construction too, but I don't know what I done with 'em.

It's got "post & beam" mortise and tenon framework too, I'll have ya know! That's one stout little privy!

Last year a great big ol' maple came down in one of those "microbursts" and just barely missed it.

Boy; was I glad, too!

If you ever get ahold of the old book "The Specialist" published back in 1929, it's a real hoot.

The Specialist:

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/GRAPHICS%20Mourge/Speci...

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/GRAPHICS%20Mourge/Speci...

And for those of you always on the move...[/b]

...................[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/GRAPHICS%20Mourge/SILLY...

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[quote="Wilson"][url=http://alfranb.home.att.net/outhouse/specialist.htm]recommended reading on the subject matter at hand[/url][/quote]

Durn, Wilson; ya beat me to it!

Thanks for the link though; got it bookmarked for future reference!

Those things can get a little chilly in the Wintertime....

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/GRAPHICS%20Mourge/SILLY...

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I found a set of French doors with tinted glass,they sure spiffed up my outhouse.I even added those battery touch lites from the dollar store...I know a bunch of you are jelous now......

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