Intro: Outdoor Shower
I had a treated pine post with a wind vane on top of it. Only problem was that it was overgrown by some bushes and could no longer tell me the wind direction. I also had an old 13mm garden hose that I had replaced ages ago because it was too short. I live in a seaside city that's hot in Summer. Sometimes it's a good idea to shower outside after returning from the beach. As a result, I decided to buy a 13mm inline tap, 4 saddle clips and a nifty garden spray head so that I could make one of the most bourgeois items I know - the outdoor shower.
Step 1: Collect Your Pieces
I used the treated pine pole and hose to form the basis of this shower. Luckily, I own a 5/8 inch spade bit which can bore holes that will just take the hose. I make a trip to Bunnings to mix with other men in the reticulation isle as we pondered silently over a selection of plastic tubing devices, wondering if they would suit our needs. I left the silent bonding session with 4 saddle clips, a 13mm inline tap, and a cool looking garden hose rose. Total coast was about $8.
Step 2: Drill Your Holes
I drilled one hole through the pole at a point which would become the ground level once the pole was inserted into the ground.
About 1.8 metres up I drilled 2 holes about 30cm apart. These were to take the hose into the back of the pole and back to the front without kinking the hose.
Step 3: Thread Your Hose
The easiest way to tread the hose is to cut down the length of the hose for about 20cm or the diameter of the pole. This allows a langth of hose to go through easily to the other side. It then becomes easy to pull the hose through the pre-drilled holes. (Pushing a hose that hasn't been cut through a hole that is just big enough was difficult. I had plenty of hose to sacrifice.)
Step 4: Add Your Fittings
The hose end fittings were added. The inline hose was added later by choosing a point along the hose at the front of the shower pole and making a cut. I also countersunk the place where the inline tap would go so it was flush with the pole. I used the spade bit and a chisel to make the hole for the countersink big enough.
I then pulled the hose back as far as possible without causing it to kink.
I had a metal pole that I countersunk near the top of the pole. This is for hanging beach towels.
Step 5: Stand the Pole Up
I had a spot in mind so I dug a hole about 60cm down, stood the pole in it, back filled it, and connected the other end of the hose to a tap. I added a raised paving slab to the front so that when having a shower, my feet don't get muddy on the lawn.
I'll use it after the beach while still in my bathers and on hot mornings in my birthday suit. I have a high front fence, but if you want to come and take a look, let me know.