The Never Ending Shower




Introduction: The Never Ending Shower

Why do we should get cold water? we are able to send satellite outer space...but not to get hot water everytime?^^...NO!

All you will need for that:
-a shower...of course^^ or a system to keep the water until the shower and the tanker
-an aluminum tanker
-an electrik resistance for making the water hot
-a water pump
-thinking than you are mario the plumber!

Hello! First of all, 2 advertising!
-First, sorry for you, but i'm french :P and student so i don't speak english very well as you could imagine (and as you will see!)
-second, this is my first post on instructables. I have not the financial possibility to materializing my realisation but i have modelise it on solidworks. Like that you will can get a good idea of my..idea^^!

Now let's start for the explanation! Every day when i wake up, i'm running from my bed still hot until my hot shower! But because ,as Nelly furtado could say it; why does all good things come to a end?
I know than if i stay more than 20minutes, i will get cold water! brrrr... too bad! could we solve this problem?...

Hum, let me think...
A shower...a tanker of water...electrik resistance to making hot the water in the tanker...and a pump...Yeah :D it sounds great!

I let you see the image join on this page

Why this invention :
- hot water!
-ecological, the same water is running in continue between the shower, to the tank , to the shower, the tank...etc!

The idea is pretty easy, i imagine than the picture tell more than i could say with words open your eyes :D

I would like to subscribe for the contest about the laser machine:
I'll try to defend myself with my bad english!
I'm a student, and in 2 years i will open my little industrial enterprise which have for reason to be, a way to create prototype, manufacturing product, and helping the new creator which don't have the money to acceed at a good equipement (CNC, laser, 3D scanner) to using our equipement in order to developping themselves. Because the new talents (inventor) represent the futur, but unfortunately, inventor the most of time, got the ideas... pretty good ideas sometimes, but never the possibility (financial possibility) to making them real! I wanna change it. And your laser cutting machine could be really usefull for me and the people than i would like helping, in order to concretising inventions or idea. If i won this contest and this machine, i promise than i will help every member of this merveillous website with it if they need it^^. It's an expensive machine but price must not be an obstacle to the creativity.

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    6 years ago

    BTW, your water pump can also be run off your solar/wind energy to further reduce you expense on electricity......


    6 years ago

    I believe there are a few options that would possibly make this an exceptional system; Without investing (mucho bucks) in a full home heating system.

    The green options:

    1.) Between your shower and the recycling port, place a sealed charcoal filtering system to prevent the usage of dirty water. As the water is filtered through the charcoal it is also being decontaminated. Charcoal has an astringent/antiseptic property to it. Thus, it is widely used to maintain aqua systems and to assist medically with eliminating toxins from the body. (Animals also desire the charred remains of wildfires to detoxify their systems, and will literally run toward a raging fire to consume the charcoal.)

    2.) Support your economical balance with solar and wind; both work in similar ways for heating. Make solar panels that sustain your water temperature year round. (The panels and the batteries needed to store your solar fuel can also be made with a few common items, probably from your own home.)

    3.) Your system could, if desired, work for your entire home water system. This would eliminate any cleaning chemicals or fluoride from your water supply, if you have city maintained water services. (Fluoride is a toxin and has many negative health related issues. Government deception at work.)

    4.) Water pressure can be regulated with both solar and wind setups; Gravity plays a major part of your water pressure and flow rate. The higher you place your shower head or water outlet, the better flow you will achieve.

    5.) You can heat your water holding tank with your solar or wind energy source by circulating the same heated water around the tank. By utilizing this heat, you do two things for your overall water temperature. a.) you eliminate the need to have more energy to heat the standing tank water; the volume of standing water is less than that of the piped water. The heat will be evenly dispersed through the wrapped pipe system, and in that water, not yet travelling, for the circulated heat. b.) The circulating water will prevent stagnation and bacteria growth. Especially if you make your water to continually flow back through your charcoal filter before re-entering your holding tank. ( assure the proper proportions of charcoal to water volume for complete sanitation.)

    6.) Prior to exiting the shower head port, you can either force your flow from the circulated heating pipes, or the holding tank. (Either way, it will be warm.) The main benefit is your flow rate being higher from the circulating system, due to the downsized pipes in which it circulates through.

    7.) Place a temperature regulator/ sensor in your heating system to allow for the perfect range of comfort from your awesome green shower!

    8.) For all sensibility and safety, you should incorporate a way to access your water supply in order to test the quality as a precaution. I would also integrate a pressure valve just for peace of mind. You can maintain a nicely sealed and temperature regulated system if you properly set up your shower design. A one way valve, to use for testing water quality, will assist in the sealed system.

    I applaude your ingenuity! Good luck!


    8 years ago

    How about having the water tank fill with the drain water from that first 20 minutes of your shower, lightly heating said water to maintain temperature, then draining it once you're shower is finished? Perhaps opening the valve to the tank five minutes in order to avoid cycling body fluids.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    you know a whole house filter only set you back a few dollars 15 at home depot


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    If he treats it similar to a Hot water eater it should be fine.
    To quote from the wikipeda article on Water heaters.

    "... legionella can be safely and easily controlled with good design and engineering protocols. For instance raising the temperature of hot water heaters once a day or even once every few days to 55 °C (131 °F) at the coldest part of the hot water heater for 30 minutes will effective control legionella. In all cases and in particular energy efficient applications, Legionnaires' disease is more often than not the result of engineering design issues that do not take into consideration the impact of stratification or low flow."


    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you look at this as something similar to a Japanese soaking tub instead of washing area it works.
    Three thing though.
    1. You need to have the tank/cistern bellow the stall drain for it not back up and to flow right.
    2. Look into whirlpool tub heaters instead of a heating coil from an oven. They are designed for this purpose, also being able to be put inline reducing the overall size needed for tank for the hot water.
    3. Still look into a water filter system, use an inline whole house system or a simple hot tub spa filter.


    Maybe the drain water could be utilized to pre-warm the water before it enters the water heater to off set how much energy is needed to heat the water ?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is a good idea; except many people would not want the waste water they have showered with to be reused and sprayed back on them...not without some serious filtering (physical and chemical).

    Also, if you Google 'tankless water heater' you will see that systems exist to provide endless amounts of fresh hot water. Yes, it is less environmentally friendly compared to your concept; but it is also more sanitary (and no worse than a standard hot water tank system is),