Which Composting Toilet Is Best for You

There are three kinds of composting toilets. These toilets are available in either self-contained unites or central composting systems.

Self-Contained Composting Toilets

A self-contained composting toilet is installed directly into the bathroom and they come in both electric and non-electric versions.

The electric versions will plug into an outlet to power a fan and a heating element in the base of the unit. If you aren’t planning on using the composting toilet for a few days you should unplug it. How much power it takes will depend on the size of the unit but it is usually between 80-150 watts.

The composting capacity also varies between toilets. Electric units will usually have a higher capacity than non-electrical units because of their extra warm and the air movement that enhances bacterial activity.

While you can double the composting capacity for a short time you shouldn’t do it too often. As such it’s recommended that you buy a unit that has a higher capacity than you expect to need.

Advantages of Self-Contained Units

  • No Plumbing Required

Because these units are waterless there’s no need for plumbing or a water connection. It’s quick and easy to install a self-contained unit as the only time consuming task is to assemble the vent stack.

  • Economical

You don’t need to purchase a second toilet which means that they are more economical than their central unit counterparts.

  • Better Suited for Winter

Self-contained units work better in the winter than central composting units as it’s often easier to keep the bathroom warm compared to warming up where the central composting unit is contained.

  • No Need for Approvals

During seasonal operation many units will evaporate all liquids. Because everything is recycled you will most likely not need to gain approval to install the unit.

  • Easy to Clean

Self-contained units will come with a bowl liner beneath the seat. This is easy to remove and clean when you need to.

  • Attractive high-gloss finish

The high-gloss fiberglass finish on a self-contained unit looks great and is guaranteed for 25 years.

Electrical Requirements for Self-Contained Composting Toilets

  • If you have an 11 volt power supply? Then you need an Excel, Compact or SpaceSaver model.
  • If you don’t have this power supply you need the Excel NE (Non-Electric) model
  • If your 110 volt power supply is intermittent, such as a generator that isn’t on all the time, or you’re planning on getting a power supply in the future then you need an Excel AC/DC model.

Central Composting Toilet Systems

Central composting toilet systems are two-piece systems that give you a traditional looking toilet that also happens to be connected to an environmentally-friendly central composting unit you can store either in your basement or in your garden.

There are two different types of central composting toilet systems:

  1. 1 Pint Flush. This is the more popular model because the flushing liquid and the water seal on the toilet make it look and feel most like a traditional toilet. The 1 pint toilet is connected to the Centrex composting unit which should be kept within 15 feet of the toilet. They are connected using a 3” plumbing pipe.
  2. The waterless model is the other kind of central composting toilet system. As you’d expect from the name it doesn’t need water to run. There is an Air Flow version which connects to a Centrex A/F composting unit using a 10” diameter pipe. There is a partial vacuum in the toilet that keeps air flowing down to prevent odors from building up. These Centrex A/F models are most popular in places where there isn’t much water, such as in water shortage areas

Post supplied and written by the guys at Toiletable.com.

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Home, Sweet Home. Just Make It Look Better

A house is more than a simple building; it’s your own home. And because of that, you should make it be really sweet. To put it another way: you must make it very comfortable. If you want to fall in love with your house, then you must be ready to invest into upgrading it.

On this article we are going to give you a good overview on the things you can do to make your house give that HUGE jump and become much better as a result. Just follow us and learn all you have got to know.

First off… Take Care of the Paint:

interior_exterior_house_paintingBefore investing into renovations, you should take care of something that’s a priority: the paint of your house, both indoors and outdoors. It’s amazing to see how much people fail to see the HUGE importance of correct paint.

One of the things to do in your book must be to hire a good painting contractor. You need to bring LIFE to your house, and the best way, and by the way the quickest, to do it is by painting your house with the right color and style.

In comparison to other improvements, this results to be fairly inexpensive. So you don’t have any excuse left, it’s time to bring your house the color it deserves and needs to be beautiful.

Your Garden Is Important:

Another thing I have noticed over the course of years is how little people actually care about their gardens. Your garden, depending on how it looks, can make it or break it. Because it has a very big influence in the way your house looks and feels.

An ugly and unattended garden will bring your house a very negative vibe and atmosphere. There’s nothing better than having a beautiful garden. That’s why it’s important for you, as a homeowner, to get in contact with a professional gardener to fix your garden if it’s not in a good status.

The Floor:

floor-renovationThe floor tends to get damaged over the course of the years, that’s why it’s important to renovate it every 10 years. In fact, it’s a recommendation which comes from professionals in the home improvement sector.

If you want to change your typical ceramics floor, then you could opt for a hardwood floor instead. This will bring your house a very special look and feel. So we recommend you to choose this option if you want to use something that will bring all schemes.

The Kitchen:

The kitchen is another important room of your house. And it shouldn’t surprise you that a lot of home improvements projects are focused on kitchens. Because if they look good, then they will share that feeling with the rest of your home.

The Bathroom:

And let’s not forget about the bathroom. If you don’t take care of the bathroom, then your guests will feel disgusted when they enter to it. So a renovation every 10 years or so doesn’t hurt.

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What Not to Do When Remodelling a Home

Seeing a job through the eyes of a contractor can really give you a fresh perspective on remodelling whether you’re a contractor yourself or are just acting as one as you remodel your home. There are a lot of things you can only learn as, or learn from, a contractor and sometimes your instincts as a homeowner can be detrimental to the project. Here is what not to do when remodelling a home.

  1. Don’t Delay

If you plan on making sure that things run smoothly then you should decide everything before you even begin work on the project. A builder may talk you through some of the things that could come up during the job but delays aren’t usually caused by deciding about these kinds of problems.

The biggest delays are actually caused by deciding on things like the paint and faucet choices. It may sound like a small issue but when you don’t have your faucet ready a plumber has to reschedule and you may find that things have been badly laid out and require more work to correct.

  1. Avoid Changing Your Mind

It’s inevitable that you’ll end up changing your mind about something but remember that the more things you change the more your order has to change and the higher the costs. There are also additional time costs as you need to work out the particulars of the change.

It can also drastically affect the schedule. Everyone involved in the project needs to be informed about the change so that everyone is using the same blueprints so to speak. It’s okay to make changes just to remember that they can cause delays so don’t make them too often.

  1. Let the Builder Buy

Some people try to save some money by buying their own materials. It makes sense after all, right? The builder is going to charge a mark-up after all. Actually the builder may be able to get a better deal than you in the first place, on better quality materials. So buying your own materials could still end up costing you the same amount as if you’d just let the builder buy for you

  1. You Can’t Save Every House

While a builder is unlikely to actually say it there are some houses that are beyond repair and should just be knocked down instead. It’s a pretty rare situation but there are people who are more than happy to splash cash on cabinets when the foundation is a mess or putting a high-efficiency furnace into a house that doesn’t even have insulation. Listen to your builder and the other professionals and take their advice on board.

  1. Keep a Contingency Fund

Almost everyone finds themselves in a situation where it turns out that the money they set aside wasn’t enough for the work they really wanted to do. Almost no one actually sets a realistic budget for their home renovation project. So put aside a contingency budget for those times when you need a little more. Even so you should never dip into your contingency budget to make your actual budget bigger. If you stick by the first rule and plan out everything ahead of time you can get a good deal from a good contractor and only need a contingency budget of about 5% of the cost of the project.

Renovating your home doesn’t need to be a huge hassle. There are some steps you can take to try and make things progress a little smoother without having to grease the wheels using your budget. Always plan ahead in advance, avoid changing your mind, and set up a good contingency budget along with a realistic main budget and you can take out a lot of the stress and hassle of renovation.

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What is the Difference Between Recycling and Upcycling?

The term “upcycling” is becoming more common these days, especially in conversations about sustainability and conservation. The phrase was originally coined in Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough. While it’s yet to become a completely mainstream idea it’s still an important goal for people and a word that needs a proper definition. Many people are trying to promote the practice of upcycling but they’re failing because they aren’t defining it properly.

Everyone knows what recycling is; recycling is when you take something and aim to use it again and again rather than throw it in the trash pile. Looking up “recycling” in the dictionary will give you the following definitions;

  1. To treat or process used or waste materials so that they can be used again; such as recycling paper to save trees
  2. To use something for a new purpose without fundamentally changing it; such as using an old factory as a new theatre
  3. To use something again without changing it too much; such as when a politician recycles their speeches
  4. To make something go through a cycle again; such as when you recycle laundry through a washing machine

Some people would describe upcycling as the process of using a material without lowering its quality and composition. When you recycle a plastic bottle, for example, you can’t turn it into something that could be ingested due to the chemicals that may or may not have entered the plastic. Plastic bottles generally become carpets, toys, or fleeces, rather than new plastic bottles. These are things that will usually become trash in the end. In a way all the recycling did was prolong the inevitable trashing by delaying how long it took us to trash something.

This shows us the importance of upcycling. Upcycling reduces the amount of waste produced that will end up in a landfill for generations. It also reduces the amount of materials we need to harvest to make new goods. So when we upcycle plastic we drill less oil. For metal we mine less. For paper we need to cut less trees. Overall it means less energy is wasted.

The way that we treat soda cans is quite close to true upcycling. Soda cans are made from aluminium and can be safely melted down and turned into new cans; a process that saves 90% of the energy spent on making a brand new can. We can do this forever too. A can can always be a new can. This brings down our energy consumption and stops materials from ending up as waste. Paper is another material that can be infinitely upcycled like this.

People like to brag about their upcycling efforts by showing off the wallets they made from tires or the chairs they made from pallets. This isn’t upcycling. This is recycling. The materials are not going back up in the supply chain. They just make the chain a little longer.

Upcycling is a truly cyclical process that every industry and company should be striving for. Just aiming for upcycling would be an important step right now. Imagine how different almost every product could be if, right from the moment it was created, it was created with the intent that it would never enter a landfill. There are many ways to train the economy so that reusing is just a natural part of the production process.

Ultimately upcycling could be defined as a process that can repeated infinitely in which materials are returned back to their malleable forms without degrading their latent value – a process where things are upcycled back up the supply chain.

Of course this doesn’t mean that recycling is a waste of time or unimportant. Instead recycling is more of an important first step in the overall comprehensive waste management solution that could lead to drastically reducing the need for virgin materials that are produced or mined from the earth.

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The Best Small Living Room Design Ideas

If you happen to live in a house that is unfortunate enough to have a particularly small living room, you know how much of a pain it can be when it comes to maximizing space, while getting the look you desire. Here are some great tips to help you get the most from the space you have.

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Transforming Your Kitchen Using Acrylic Perspex Door Fronts

There’s not much more expensive than having a kitchen fully refurbished. While you might be eager to redesign your kitchen most people simply can’t afford the expense of it. Acrylic kitchen door fronts provide people with an easy and affordable solution to making their kitchen look great for less. They can also be delivered to your door cut to the size of your kitchen door and ready to go.

Getting one of these cut-to-size kitchen door fronts is much cheaper and convenient than more traditional home improvement methods and they can really breathe new life into your kitchen. Best of all is that the kitchen is ready to go after just one hour.

The company that makes these wonderful acrylic Perspex door fronts is called Cut Plastic Sheeting. Their fronts are super easy to apply as the acrylics are supplied with double-sided tape. Just pull off the tape and apply the front. There are a few ways to go about applying this front.

The first is to completely remove the cupboard door or drawer in question and apply the acrylic safely on the floor. The other option is to use a straight-edge to stick the panel on and drill the holes for the handles through the acrylic in advance.

If you’re going to drill then you should use a 4mm drill bit and drill through the cupboard door from behind slowly until you breach the acrylic. Peel back the film enough so that you can get the handle back on and then peel the rest of the film off. Your kitchen cabinet has instantly been given a glossy and stylish colour you and your guests will love. Checkout SimplyPlastics Acrylic Sheet page where you can get cut to size plastic, easily ordered online.

The same applies to cupboard drawers and drawer fronts. All you need to do is remove the backing tape, and line everything up together. Don’t forget to drill through the inside, through the acrylic, so that you can safely reattach the handles.

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How to Furnish a House for Less than £200

 

Do you need to furnish your home on a budget? The good news it’s possible to furnish a home for less than £200 if you know what to do. While you won’t have anything super classy it will still be comfortable and, best of all, complete. Here’s how to furnish a house for less than £200.

Step 1: Freebies

Every hunt for cheap and free goodies should start with Gumtree. Gumtree is where you can find yourself almost anything for free from tables to beds to sofas to anything really. All you need to do is go and collect it yourself. It can be a bit tricky without a car but still worth it.

Always take a look before going to pick something up. You should only ever pick something up if you’ve seen a picture of it. If there isn’t a picture then there’s something dodgy going on.

If you want to know why people are giving away their stuff for free then it’s quite simple really; they’re tired of having it in the house and they want to get rid of it without having to, well, get rid of it themselves. Instead you come along and take it and you get to keep it. You have to be quick with Gumtree though. Things are snatched up in the blink of an eye.

If you’re after more free stuff then sign up as part of your local Freecycle group. Freecycle is a grassroots organisation that’s gone global to hook up people who have free stuff with people who want free stuff. The idea behind it is that by giving things away instead of throwing them away we’re keeping landfills clear.

There is another great free site called Snaffleup. It works like Freecycle but there’s no need to sign up to even get in which makes it easier. You can organise search results by postcodes to find things near you and, when you sign up, things are centred around your post code for you.

The idea of getting free stuff that people don’t need anymore isn’t as outrageous as it used to be. With some speed and luck you can get practically everything you need without spending a penny. You just need to be faster than the other people who want it!

Step 2: Bargain Hunting

While you’re looking around Gumtree take a look at the house clearance section to find people who are desperate to sell the stuff they don’t need anymore. Many people are downsizing and need to get rid of stuff so you can snag a double mattress or a TV for less than £30.

There are also stores both offline and online that offer great deals; Argos and IKEA are the shop of choice for bargain hunters. It might be pretty basic but if you put it together right it looks great. You can also throw on some accessories to make it look even better. If you get the large items on the cheap you’ve got enough money left over to make everything look perfect.

Step 3: Save

By mixing up the free items with the new items you can put together a great looking home. If you want to spend even less and don’t mind doing some treasure hunting there are other great websites like Gumtree that can help. Swapit, Swapz, and My Deco are all three great choices for swapping items or getting them cheap/free. Don’t forget to pay it forward though. These websites survive because people who get free goods remember to offer some of their own when the time comes.

The important thing to remember is that there’s no need to spend a fortune to have a great looking home. When you shop smart you have a classic looking house and some extra cash in your back pocket. If you spend everything you have on your home then it needs to look good because there’s nowhere else for you to go. This lets you enjoy yourself and come back for rest in that home sweet home that you furnished for less than £200.

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