Toilet for Cabin

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by cabins, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. cabins

    cabins New Member

    Mar 8, 2009
    I have a challenge. I'm part of a group that has a turn-of-the twentieth century cabin with a failing toilet. The current system employs an overhead tank with vacuum check valve that drains when the well pump is turned off. The tank is filled when a person sits on the seat, the water is released when they get up. The bowl drains directly into the pit. This toilet is vintage 1940 and parts are no longer available. What makes this toilet valuable to us is that no one has to winterize it. Simply turn off the pump and walk away. However, the fill valve on the seat has failed and without parts, we need to replace the toilet.

    There is no heat in this cabin other than a couple of wood stoves. The bathroom (when the cabin is occupied) stays above freezing, but when left for months in the winter is subject to temps as low as 10.

    We need a solution that does not involve heaters, anti-freeze or other human intervention because we can't count on a guest (borrowing the cabin) to have the skills to execute simple winterizing directions. Sad but true, too many people just don't have the skills to survive without batteries.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    Buy any good flushing toilet you like and when you are ready to winterize the cabin remove all the water and pull the toilet and place it where ever you like the spring reinstall it...
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  4. JH3

    JH3 New Member

    Mar 8, 2009
    Doesn't sound like a normal toilet, is it possible that a good machine shop could repair your fill valve or manafacture a replacement? Think that's where I'd start looking.
  5. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Here is one in my unheated workshop that does exactly what you want. I use a small bucket of water for flushing it during freezing weather, and I connect it to a spigot for the remainder of the year.

    The only caution here is that the flush valve sometimes needs the effect of warm body fluid to thaw it out for a minute or two before the pedal is depressed ...
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    Not quite to code but....
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