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Offline EggyOG

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Privy probe
« on: December 22, 2008, 09:25:42 PM »
Spring steel is used to make privy probes to find the old outhouse sites, and we always used the helper spring from the trunk of older cars to make them.  I was ripping apart an old box spring mattress and discovered that they used a similar spring steel rod around the circumference of the mattress.  This rod provides two very long probes and two medium probes per mattress.  I will be picking up cheap mattresses at garage sales so I can rip them up next year!  {-applause-}   
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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008, 09:30:08 PM »
Good idea EggyOG, Now the Craigslist matteres rush begins LOL   <-good_>

Great tip!!!   {cool^sign}

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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2008, 04:42:03 PM »
Great idea EggyOG!!

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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009, 06:48:43 PM »
  Good idea EggyOG . Old outhouse sites can be a real treasure trove of artifacts/bottles e.t.c. Those of us that have dug up privy pits before know that the" deposits" in the pits quickly break down to a peatmoss/loam like substance with no smell and no nasty bacteria.

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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 09:38:38 AM »
Hey EggyOG, here is a good web site on this topic.  Check it out:

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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2009, 03:01:02 AM »
In locating those old sites I use Sanborn Maps. They list all buildings on the properties, including the outhouses. I am going to have to go hunting for those old mattress I saw last fall dumped out in the woods down the back roads of my county....LOL

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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 09:34:12 PM »
I had a backdoor link to get into the Sanborn maps at one of the universities, but it has been deactivated since someone posted it on a forum.
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Re: Privy probe
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2009, 04:33:33 PM »
Hey. Its me RobC from Dumpdiggers.com

I followed the link in...

Inspired by Eddie the Bottle Viking, I'm actually making some privy rods in a dirty little shop in downtown Toronto.

I started this discussion on Dumpdiggers.com to properly digest the idea

so jump in ! You want a probe? $50


 


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