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Project by Tony posted 05-22-2014 02:27 AM 6090 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this outdoor garden shower so after I tend the garden and yard work in this Florida heat and humidity I could take a nice outdoor shower instead of tramping through the house for one. At first I was just going to put a shower head up but on 2nd thought I hate cold showers! So I decided to check out Craigslist for a 30 gallon water heater but just for the tank not to heat the water, as long as it held water without leaking that’s all I wanted it for. I found one for $60 bucks. I strip it and mount it in the attic of the shed and thought maybe just the summer heat would get it hot. Well it got warm but not warm enough for me. So I made a solar collector and attached that to the tank. I used CPVC for the collector and and PVC for the rest of the piping. I used 1/4” plate glass on the collector frame only because that’s what I had hanging around my shop. I built two bi-fold blinds using some dog eared fence boards some cedar two rod’s to stabilize the Bi-folds and some Red PVC sign board bent in a U to hold the Bi-Folds open in the wind while I shower. My next door neighbor .. well she giggled and blushed a little when I told her what I was doing.
Today was a nice sunny day and the temperature outside was about 90 degrees today, the water temp got up to 120. The little collector is working great and the water is just the way I like it , HOT! I’ll use this every chance I get to save a little cash! It’s just my wife and I and she likes it too!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida



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hardiness zone 9a

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justjoel

1063 posts in 2046 days
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posted 05-22-2014 05:00 AM

Wow. Just wow!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-22-2014 01:56 PM

I second Joel’s comment! How very innovative! Nice job.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Tony

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hardiness zone 9a

posted 05-22-2014 03:06 PM

Thanks a bunch for your nice comments Iris. :)

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 05-22-2014 04:29 PM

Thanks Joel. I should mention I post this on Lumberjocks also. My wife and I took nice warm shower out there this morning.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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bestofour

47 posts in 1251 days
hardiness zone 7b

posted 05-23-2014 03:31 AM

Fancy! I suppose you made the little larkin stand too. I agree just Wow!

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 05-23-2014 04:16 AM

Thank you bestofour, That item you call a larkin stand.. I’ll add a photo to show you what that is for. It’s an enclosure to hide the pipes on the outside of the shed

This picture shows the pipes on the outside of the shed

This picture shows the pipes or plumbing on the inside of the shed. The tank and solar collector are on the other side of the shed. But in this photo you can see where all the the pipes run.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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bestofour

47 posts in 1251 days
hardiness zone 7b

posted 05-26-2014 07:11 PM

Really nice. Bet you have every tool there is in your work shop.

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 05-27-2014 01:51 AM

HI bestofour!
Yes I do have many tools! But Please don’t tell my neighbors! I really mean that! LOL! When they see my garage/shop they go straight into “I need to borrow that” mode. I had to put a sign up to put the stops to that. No kidding! I use my tools everyday and hate to lend them out. They seem to never come back! :(
I’m into all things pertaining to build or fix whatever needs to be done. I hate the term Jack of all trades, My mom should of named me Jack. I’m into all aspects of the trades. Plumbing, electrical, Construction, Drywall, Appliances repair and also Crafts. I’m big on doing it myself. I even oil painted my own scenic wall art. I do all the landscaping around our house and also make my own bed too! LOL! No need for a to do list here at our house. I love to give advice and led a hand to help others but only if it takes about an hour or so to get the job done. I’m always busy doing something! But I’m gong on 68 and when I look at all my tools I say I’m getting to old for his stuff! LOL!
Check out my lumberjocks page, I’m woodshaver there.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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nitepagan

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 05-29-2014 03:33 AM

Great looking shower, kind of open on one side.

When my parents lived in Florida, Ormond Beach area, just north of Daytonia Beach, they had an outside shower, never needed to clean the inside shower. Made of aluminum and fiberglass sheeting.

I have this idea of making an outside shower totally separate from the house, the house is a trailer, water supply would be the water hose and and the hot water would be from an electric inline water heater. Living in Maine, it’s the best you can do for an outside three season shower.

-- Steve, Carmel, Maine, USA (near Bangor) (Hardiness Zone 5a)

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 05-29-2014 03:59 AM

Nitepagan,
That open side faces a house wall, so it’s very private and everyone we show it to likes the way I set it up. The solar collector is working very well. I have used it every day now for around two weeks and my wife has also used it a few times. Today the water temperature got up to 106* F. It’s making plenty of hot water for sure!
Some people just put out a bare tank, paint it flat black and let the sun heat it up for a warm shower. But you can only do that if you live in a secluded area or on a farm. Our subdivision would not like to see anything like that here.
I did a Google search for outdoor shower and there’s plenty of ideas out there.
Thanks for the nice comments Nitepagan.
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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bestofour

47 posts in 1251 days
hardiness zone 7b

posted 05-29-2014 04:51 PM

Tony you’re fortunate that you’re so talented. I can’t even hammer in a nail and have it straight. Believe me I’ve tried.

My husband is a plumber and people are all the time wanting to borrow his tools. He used to lend them out but then he’d need whatever it was and remember it was never returned only to find out it was “left on the job sorry” or he’d be told to come pick it up at their house. He has stopped it. People are just rude. Johnny can do a lot of things but he’s not a builder. Lucky you.

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 05-29-2014 05:51 PM

Well I be!
bestofour your husband is a plumber! I would love the here what he has to say about my little solar collector garden shower set up. He would probably tell me my glue up’s are a bit messy! LOL! I just installed a pressure reducing valve. Now I’m at 50 psi instead of 95 psi. Plus I added a temperature gauge at the top of the tank. Your husband would know that this is as good thing. I’ll add two photo’s here for him to see. Hope you show it to him.
Thanks,
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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kindman

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 06-02-2014 05:58 PM

Fantastic project, Tony. You did a GREAT job.

When I was young, one of my neighbors had a sign in front of his garage that read: “The man who loans tools, is out”
I still laugh when I think about it… although I didn’t really understand it “way back then”.

-- Kindman in Rhode Island

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 06-02-2014 06:36 PM

Thanks for the nice comment’s Kindman,

Rhode Island! I was your neighbor when I lived in Franklin MA back in O9. Now in St Augustine FL and loving the long planting season but missing the Spring and Fall season changes that I once enjoyed, especially the fall color’s.

Thank you for telling me the story about your Neighbors sign that read “The man who loans tools is out”. I’m going to make one if I can’t find one on line. I really like that saying! I’ll be laughing with you now!

Tony C

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-04-2014 03:48 AM

very funny reading this thread and nicely done

i recently started an outdoor shower project too. I cant wait to finish it, cuz really, what could be better then a hot shower and a sauna, and dive into the lake : ) or visa versa

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 06-04-2014 04:09 AM

Hello Ladies! You sure look like your having a blast right there in that lake. Isn’t that water a bit cold up there in CA this time of the year? I’m waving back! lol!
I hope you will post your outdoor shower when you get it done. I would love to see it!
Thanks for the nice comment!
Tony C

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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aurora

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posted 06-19-2014 04:50 PM

love the passive solar approach to water heating. cool “au naturale” project.

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 06-21-2014 12:46 AM

Thanks aurora! Glad you like it!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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