Looking for a comfortable way to rinse off outside after a swim, a run, or a dip in the pool?
Have you considered a solar powered outdoor shower? You can save electricity for a pump and, if you go with one of the models shown above, there is no installation required. No piping, no contractors, just a nice warm shower to enjoy outdoors.
You can install a DIY solar powered outdoor shower with the steps below:
1. Find an appropriate location
Most people that shower desire some privacy. Look for a place that is away from windows, and, ideally, concealed with landscaping. You will need the outdoor shower to be within a reasonable distance of the hose pipe.
2. Set the hose pipe
You will need to connect the shower to a hose, which will supply the water. One end will be tied to the valve/tap and the other will end at the shower area. Use a shut-off coupler on the end of the hose pipe, and make sure it is reachable.
3. Pressure Welded Studs
If you would like to have a base for the shower (as opposed to a free standing solar powered outdoor shower as shown above), use two pressure-welded studs on a square frame. This will add weight and stability to the base. Then, install wood slats within the frame, with some space between each piece to let the water drain through.
4. Pressure Treated Studs
For this semi-enclosed outdoor shower, attach 4 pressure treated studs, about 6-7 foot long and screw them to the corners of the shower base (which you completed above). Afterward, tie them together at the top with pressure treated pipes. Some people like to put a top and/or sides on their outdoor shower, but I think they are nice without one. If you desire, you may install a glass roof or side walls with screws.
5. Use a Utility Hook
For this completely DIY solar powered outdoor shower, you will now need to install a utility hook on the top of the shower roof in the center and then attach a sprinkler head in the center of the shower base joining the utility hook.
6. Before Showering
To use solar heated water, you will want to fill up a water can and allow it to warm in the sunlight before showering. Make sure the shut off valve at the opposite end is closed. When you are ready for a nice solar powered shower, just turn on the faucet and enjoy!