How to Deal With the Body




About: I've been everything from a Marine to a Auto Mech...Firefighter, Medic, Engineer, T.V. Photographer, T.V. Reporter, Salesperson, Singer, Play the flute, for lack of a better term I'm a modern day bard...I lo...

This is going to be a quick and dirty little thing about how to deal with the odd (un)expected body that you come across during the course of a day...


Step 1: Get What You Need

For this you need
A Shovel (if you need to know why just walk away now)
A Garbage Bag so that you can move the body without having to touch it (much)
Gloves (again kinda obvious)
A cup and bucket that you will never use again
Eye protection
A bag of garden lime...If you want to have fun; go to your local garden/home improvement store and ask for the lime...If you're lucky a store employee with follow you and try to upsale you on stuff...When I got this bag I had that person...She asked me how much I needed...I said I just needed one bag...She said 'Oh you're just doing a small project'...Me= Yeah, It's only about eight pounds to deal with...Her= Eight pounds???Don't you think a 40 pound bag is a little much for eight pounds of dirt???Me= Oh no...The body is only eight pounds; this should do fine...I was followed by security out of the store(they thought they were being sneaky)
Some Charcoal
A mortar and pestle for the charcoal
A face mask(not pictured)

Oh yeah...A body

Step 2: Where I Started

I started with digging the hole that will soon be final resting place of our stinky problem...I did this one quick and dirty because I needed to get this thing in the ground fast before the neighbors came around with torches...If you have time then you can dig deeper and in a less traveled space then your own backyard...I used to be a journalist, trust me the backyard is not the place to hide the bodies...

Step 3: Prep the Work Area

You really want to do this before you start to actually play with the body...I got the ladder set up and the garbage bag in the 'general' area of where I thought the thing would land after I got it pulled from the hole in the roof...You also want to have some of your lime in the bucket (now would be a good time to have your gloves on)so that you can prep the body and pour it in the hole where this thing was fermenting...

Step 4: Poke Poke Poke

If you're lucky you won't have to climb anything to get your friend...I was able to get him down with a few pokes from my pokey stick...As soon as he hit the ground I doused him in lime...Trust me it helps with the smell and when you smell this once you will never EVER forget it...

Step 5: Fill That Hole

In this case I didn't get any pictures...sorry...But what I did was quickly climbed my ladder with a bucket full of lime and proceeded to spread it all in hole that was now open...I followed that with a healthy dose of crushed charcoal dust to help with the smell...Tomorrow I'll be plugging that hole (won't that be fun)...

Step 6: Drop It in the Hole

This is the simple part...Drag the little guy over to the hole that you dug in step one...This is where that garbage bag comes in REAL handy if you don't want to touch the stinky little guy...I poured lime in the hole (it was about a foot to a foot and half deep)...Drop your package in the hole...Pour more lime in on top of it and cover with the dirt that you pulled out to make your hole...Really pack it on there...You'd be surprised how squishy it is when you are stomping up and down on the hole to compress the dirt down...

Step 7: A Word on Clothing

Normally you should wear at least long pants, gloves, eye/face protection, face mask, long sleeve shirt, closed toe shoes...In the following pictures I give you three examples of what you can wear...
1. All good except I wasn't wearing a long sleeve shirt ( I had just gotten home and I needed to move quickly)
2. Now this is what I would wear if I wanted to make the neighbors more then a little nervous (which I really like doing)
3. This is the MOO HA HA outfit...But you also have to do the shuffle walk and giggle ALOT!!!

Well that's it...This was/is my first instructalbe I hope you liked it...Until next time and I think I'll do a cooking one...Who wants some cooked possum???



    • Classroom Science Contest

      Classroom Science Contest
    • Woodworking Contest

      Woodworking Contest
    • Gardening Contest

      Gardening Contest

    8 Discussions


    6 years ago

    Can I use this for human bodies?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Welcome to the insanity that can be the life of an instructables poster! At first I thought this was a halloween how to, you know, body, hole in the ground, almost halloween...oh well.. The last 2 pics would make FANTASTIC costumes, what exactly are you wearing ?

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    With the excepting of the face shield and the my welding helmet...I was wearing my 15+ year old duster that has seen far too much life then any coat should, a pair of costume elbow length black faux leather gloves and everything else from the first picture...I've worn the second picture without the shield but with goggles for a mad scientist costume on more then one Halloween...thanks for the comment and I look forward to writing at least a few more of these things...:)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I thought of that...But I was nervous about having a cement block hanging from my roof...But now that I think about it, I really wouldn't have used that much of the stuff and sadly I have a bag of quikecret @ the house for prop making projects...Oh well...Live and learn...Thanks for the comment...:)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think you took too many precautions. After all, there is no radioactivity, nor poisonous gases, nor toxins, nor germ warfare. If you grab the body with your nude hand, is highly probable you wil not have any problem.

    Specially two last photos, haha!

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah I did kinda go overboard on the protective gear...It's kinda a habit I have from when I was a firefighter/EMT...You can/could do this with just your bare hands but I really don't like to get the smell of death on me...It takes forever to get out...:P...But thanks for the comment...