Friday, September 30, 2011

Let there be light!

So, I mentioned something in a previous post about a really cool solar light idea, especially for third world countries where a lack of windows and electricity keep a house dark, no matter what time of day it is. Well, Patson and I really wanted to try this and so we decided to experiment on this pit latrine (or outhouse). You can find the link here!

But, first, we needed to make a roof for the pit latrine.


Here is the bottle we will be using. Just water and a bit of bleach. You'll be amazed at how this will work!

So, we made the roof.

And put it on.

As you can see, now with the roof on, it is pretty dark inside. Once he attaches the roof and puts cement in between the roof and the base, it will get even darker. Kind of important to see what you are doing, especially in this specific room.

Dark as dark can be!

With the pieces of wood supporting the tin roof and Patson's weight, he was able to make the markings for where the bottle should go.

He made a few nail marks and then chiseled a circle just a little smaller than the bottle.

You can see the wood under the circle, helping prevent major dents in the roof. His son held the board up to the roof.

Let there be light!!!

What a difference it made!

We got some thick wire to help keep the bottle snug in the hole and then he will use silicone to keep the water from leaking in.

Pure 55 watts of solar light, straight from the sun. Hard to get more green than this.

So we decided invite a neighbor over to look at it. We told her we would do her bathing room/toilets for free so we could continue to practice. She was very intrigued, but needed to ask her landlord.

Needless to say, Patson was very excited about the improvements and I put together a little flyer for him to advertise his new business:) You can see it below! We'll see where it goes from here! Needless to say, this could be a huge, huge blessing and opportunity for Patson and the community! Let there be light!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that the light idea is very good. I never would have thought of that.