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Old 05-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hi friends!

It's summer time and The One is wanting an outdoor shower!
There are 2 options I am considering: 1. against the outside wall of the house (yes, I will stand-off from the actual siding), or 2. set away from the house in a free standing design.

In option 1. I would run copper out the basement above the sill, below the subfloor at the location of the shower. I would include drain spigots in the basement for winter draining of the outside plumbing. Easy peasy!

In option 2. I would need to use burried pipe and that's where I need help. I hate to put holes in my foundation to run this pipe and assume since under pressure I can "loop" the pipe over the foundation sill and burry it outside the house avoiding cutting into my foundation. I will have to be able to blow out the lines for winter and probably do some sort of winterizing fluid. I'm also concerned about insulating these underground pipes so that I dont waste a lot of water heating up an underground pipe. And what type of pipe to use??? Any help will be appreciated!

FYI - I'll be digging a french drain in either location.

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I wouldn't punch holes in the foundation---you are going to have to use compresses air to blow out your lines at the end of the season any way---so through the rim joist and down----

If you use PEX for the out door piping---shield it from direct sun---

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It's summer time and The One (towmbo) is wanting an outdoor shower!
For what purpose?
Is it to clean up after yard work or for actual bathing?
Assuming the former... keep it simple.

And (being realistic) how many times per week of the limited summer up there will it be used?
Assuming rather few... keep it real simple.
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Concider one of these.
http://www.woodfordmfg.com/woodford/.../Model-22.html

There avalible in vertical and horizontal.

At the end of the season just disconnect the hose.

I've installed several of these and the only one that gets used is one on the beach. The rest never get used.
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For what purpose?
Is it to clean up after yard work or for actual bathing?
Assuming the former... keep it simple.

And (being realistic) how many times per week of the limited summer up there will it be used?
Assuming rather few... keep it real simple.
+1 My friend used a garden hose with the wand shower attachment for watering plants clipped to a post for the kids to wash off after using the pool.
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on the H/C water just do tees off the nearest lines ,nipple and gate valve on the bull nipple and then a union ...after that pex/copper/pvc up into the shower.come fall shut the gate,break the union then open the shower faucets it will vent down thru the unions in the basement.french drain or a 55 plastic drum with rocks with french drain into that..
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It's summer time and The One is wanting an outdoor shower!
There are 2 options I am considering:
1. against the outside wall of the house (yes, I will stand-off from the actual siding), or
2. set away from the house in a free standing design.
.... 3.

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+1 My friend used a garden hose with the wand shower attachment for watering plants...
A clean garden pump sprayer does a great job.
All self contained... maybe $15 total expense.
Leave the filled jug in the sun for a few hours and the water is warm.

I've been using this set up for showering when camping for years...
does a good job with washing up dishes and pans too.
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You guys obviously havent met my wife (The One)! She expects all the comforts of her inside shower outside under the big blue sky. Full pressure, temperature control, etc. My question is: if i go with a shower design that is standing away from the house, what kind of pipe can I bury?

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PEX---Best freeze bursting resistance.
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actual structure might consider a dressing area with a bench and hooks then walk into the shower area...definitly louver the top so it is open to the sky,low voltage lighting with switches


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