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Step 1: Preparing the Site

It seemed practical to construct the shower against the wall of my house. This provides pre-existing structural support and eliminates the need to dig trenches for the plumbing, as we ran the 3/4" PVC in the eave from the spigot on the side of the house. You may want to try to select a location that is nearer to the spigot. Obviously, constructing the shower against the wall of your home isn't necessary at all, but I felt there were a few reasons to do so.

This particular shower occupies a 5.5' x 5.5' area. The deck of the shower itself is more like 4.5' x 4.5'. Once you select the size and a space that will accommodate, you can begin to prepare the area. Rather than building a drainage system to carry the water elsewhere, I dug a hole about 2' deep in the 5.5' x 5.5' area which I would fill with large gravel later in order for the water to drain clean. The water permeates the large gravel instead of building up, or worse, building up in one area and causing the wood to rot.

So, find your spot, on the side of your existing structure (or not), and dig. Here in San Marcos, TX my backyard is a rock farm, so it was very interesting getting this hole dug. I attempted to dig a nice square with a level bottom. This is where the chassis which holds the poles will sit.

tl;dr;

1 Select Location
2 Dig 5'x5'x2' pit
3 Build square chassis from 2x4s to fit in the base of the pit
swu32 years ago
Clear as glass
finfan73 years ago
I'd like to see this completed. What's the hold up?
davideliab3 years ago
Compra un boiler mejor
l8nite3 years ago
what a tease !! You were doing sooooooo well until I got to the solar heater part !!