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Old 08-15-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
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outdoor shower advice

I am planning to install a showerhead just outside my basement under my deck. My deck is about 10' above the concrete patio below. I want to run a hot and cold water line about 10' outside the basement on the underside of my deck and then come down a post to the shower head. My water heater is located immdiately on the other side of the house wall inside the basement so its very accessible. I just have a couple of questions.

1- I plan to put a shutoff on both lines inside the basement and blow out the lines before winter. Is there anything else I should consider as far as freeze protection?

2- Is PVC ok to use in an outdoor application such as this for hot and cold water or do I need to use galvanized pipe?

3- Any other advice is appreciated.



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Old 08-15-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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I think your best bet is PEX in an outdoor setting.


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Old 08-15-2010, 06:44 PM   #3
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I second the PEX---Most tolerant to freezing---Make sure that it has the UV protected coating--
or plan on replacing it after a few years.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:56 PM   #4
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you may want to put a sillcock on each line, below the shower head ( a couple feet off the ground). This will allow you to hook a hose up should you ever need to, and will also aid in draining the lines at the end of the season, since it will be at the lowest point in the line.
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