How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

The following has been rated PG, Pretty Gross, by the Mainstream Potty Association of America. You've been forewarned. The kids and I slept in sleeping bags in the dome for the first few nights, while Mauricio chose to stay nice and warm in the RV, thank you. From the bay window, the night sky without … Continue reading How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

Putting Up the Dome: Part Five

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."  —Archimedes With the main structure of the dome up, we worked into the evening on Sunday to put the hoop door in. Some of the struts had to be removed and then replaced with the … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Five

Putting Up the Dome: Part Four

Ben Franklin came up with some awesome ideas, but daylight savings is not one of them. With the time change kicking in, Mauricio arrives home right as the darkness does. Eager to get the show on the road, or rather, the dome on the platform, and with the weekend and rain on the way, he … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Four

Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

With the foundation completed, we were ready to lay down the flooring. The plans call for simply laying plywood, but we wanted the floor to be more finished and thought the plywood would have too many gaps to let drafts in. We debated whether to put down insulation first, as we hear it can get … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

Putting Up the Dome: Part Two

The building took a hiatus, as our weekends booked up with birthdays and guitar recitals and life in general. So September didn't see much building. Then, all of a sudden, it was October, and we realized we needed to get in gear or the rains would postpone everything. There are so many details that go … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Two

Almost Wimping Out

For a while there, it got hard. Really hard. I almost wimped out. I went so far as to tell Mauricio that I wanted to rent an apartment for the winter. Not sure what I was really expecting out here, but I didn't expect myself to wimp out so quickly. I mean, I spent two … Continue reading Almost Wimping Out