I am hopelessly addicted to my mp3 player. Pretty much all day long I listen to music, audiobooks, MIT lectures (new science crush: Jeremy Wolfe) , podcasts, radio shows, and the like.

You might express my listening habits by saying:

IF Lithium Rain ! = = asleep THEN Headphones_are_on

And sometimes Headphones_are_on even if Lithium Rain ! = = awake ;)

So obviously it was very vexing to have to take off my earbuds and stop listening to my favorite radio show or my rockin' tunes every morning to take a shower. I get very bored while shaving and shampooing, all I can think is IwishIwishIwishIwishIwishIhadmyzune and on the whole it's not a particularly agreeable way to start the day, bereft of glorious melodies. I tried traditional shower radios, but they eat batteries like crazy, the sound is very tinny, and if you turn it up loud enough to hear over the water other people don't always appreciate it. Thus, the ShowerPhones were born!

(I tried entering this as a slideshow but it wouldn't let me, so it's kind of a hybrid-mutant instructable-after-the-fact / slideshow thing =] )

Step 1: If I did it

This was my very first soldering job that turned out well, I'm kinda proud of it. =]
I wanted a long cord so I could move around freely, so I cut the jack off the end of a cheap pair of headphones and soldered on an extension from an old audio in cable.

Then I wrapped all the connections in electrical tape once I figured out that the wires were shorting one another out when they touched, and shrinkwrapped around the joint so it would be waterproof.

To waterproof the headphones, I took ziplock bags and made little pouches all around the ear bits. Then I took a lighter and melted the seams together all along the edge, and sealed the top and the bottom really well with, again, electrical tape. Don't breathe the smoke that results from this...

Hey Lira, what headphones would you recommend buying?&nbsp;&nbsp;And by headphones I&nbsp;mean earbuds that last more than 1 month and cancel noise.<br />
&quot;IF Lithium Rain ! = = asleep THEN Headphones_are_on<br /> <br /> And sometimes Headphones_are_on even if Lithium Rain ! = = awake&quot;<br /> <br /> He he. This may sound nerdy, but those statements made me think of geometry...theorems to your life!<br />
Hehe, it's meant to be nerdy. It's pseudo-code (though I don't think it'd be quite the proper syntax for any real language), but geometry works too! :)
I like the more sophisticated (or downright nerdy)&nbsp;humor/discussions on this site! He he.<br />
&lt;comment&gt;<br /> I prefer using a &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.wikipedia.com/html&gt;HTML&lt;/a&gt; like coding system for nerdy responses&amp;#19;<br /> &lt;/comment&gt;<br />
mmm gmjhowe, lube on my ears, no thanks haha!<br/><br/>I've invested in a waterproof in-wall/in-ceiling speaker (http://www.electronicstockists.com/uploadedimages/331015.jpg) made for boats/yachts and the like, I plan to run a wire through the attic and down to an audio faceplate (http://www.speakerrepair.com/ebaypics/bpwp/8_f_bx.jpg) on the wall of the adjacent room (my bedroom) which would then link via an audio amp to my stereo and tv :) so CDs, radio, TV (or digital radio from the TV) or my mp3 player via my stereo. I hope to post an instructable when i get around to doing it =:)<br/>
Erm, you can clean them out! So they end up the same as a fresh rubber glove. (if one was using earbuds, fingers off a rubber glove would work)
I was wondering how to do a pair of earbuds! Might I steal this fine idea for an earbud addition, kind sir?
Indeed, you may. You can actually buy these things called 'finger cots'. Would save the problem of the latex ripping. You can get them from alot of medical type home places.
You do know what those are for, right?
Considering my other suggestion was condoms, it does not really matter. If you also then consider that its not like your buying used items, it really does not matter at all.
Your finger sick-o.
Ha ha...oh wow.<br />
Please don't encourage him...
or use a condom
&nbsp;Condoms for your todlers!
Lol. Win, just.... I mean, c'mon man, this'll impress Stephen Hawking himself!
Awesome, thanks!
i was going to remake this but with earbuds and i was hoping that it is alright with you. even tho you had the licsence for other people to remix i would like to advise you. ;)
Of course! I've had plans to do that but haven't gotten it done yet - please, remix the idea and show it off. Thanks for asking! :)
What kind of putty did you use?<br />
Insulation putty - I had a lot lying around for some reason. Using putty for this project (instead of silicon sealant, for example) has its advantages and disadvantages - it's sticky and a little messy if you want to move it, but it's also flexible, easy to use, and completely water-tight with no more effort on your part than to smoosh it down.
haha! this is pretty awsom!
Thank you!<br />
Awesomeness!!! I gave it 5 stars. :D
Thank you very much! :-)
haha this is funny! But couldn't you just turn on your iHome? :]
Well, part of the fun is just in building things for the fun of it. If I had an iPod I might...but I like a little freedom with my music. And they're overly expensive for the features and memory IMO. :)
yes its true. apple is ripping us all off. go zune!
Woot Woot!<br/><br/>By the way, have you seen the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.zune.net/zunehd">Zune HD</a> yet? :-D<br/>
Haha, I have a Zune, but it's not a lot better, honestly. I didn't know when I got it that you had to use their special software just to sync it, and using it as an external HDD is a big huge hairy deal to get working. Never. Again. Should've stuck with Sansa. :S
id love to try this!
:) I hope you do! Post a picture of your setup if you try it!
haha a picture of me in the shower?
your avatar is funny. lolz.
Hehe thanks! Caitlinsdad ftw!
What is it?
Some girl getting shocked in the shower LOL
Yay! ShowerPhones! Finally!
:D Yep!
I'm actually being dragged out of my headphone addiction.My dad confiscated my earmuff-style headphones so I have to use my speakers
:( Hearing damage FTW! :D
I don't have hearing damage
TMI, really, thanks for sharing.<br/>Electricity + H<sub>2</sub>O does not mix.<br/>
:'-D Mah new avatar, ah founds it!
its probably better to use a proper sealer than a flame, there's handheld models which would be perfect for this. Alternately, for some reason i think those long narrow baloons people use for balloon animals might be perfect for this. Just curious, did you need to de-enarmel the headphone cables to solder them?
Yeah, probably would be better, but I didn't have one and it was kinda fun to do it this way. :D Yeah, I took a knife and stripped off all the plastic, and then stripped the actual wires. :)

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