Tips for Installing an Outdoor Shower Enclosure
An outdoor shower enclosure can be very useful, especially if you have kids who spend most of the summer playing outside in the pool. It keeps dirt away and leaves everyone feeling fresher on a hot summer day. It’s not especially difficult to install an outdoor shower enclosure; all it takes is a little time and labor.
Your outdoor shower enclosure will be built around 4 posts. They should be made of treated lumber so that they can resist water damage. Ensure that the enclosure is large enough before you begin digging for the posts.
Use a post holer for the job. Make sure you go deep enough. Each post should be buried to a depth of 2-feet to be fully secure. Check the depth with a tape measure. Use posts that are 8-feet long so that the outdoor shower enclosure is tall enough above ground.
Once you’ve mixed the concrete and set it in the holes around the posts, use a level and supporting timber to ensure that the posts are straight on all sides. The posts need to be straight and properly supported until the concrete has fully set.
The sides can be made from boards which are nailed horizontally to the upright posts. Only enclose 3 sides of the outdoor shower enclosure. As with the uprights, you should use treated wood that won’t root from exposure to the water. The boards don’t need to overlap.
Once you have the uprights and the three walls of the shower enclosure in place, you should use a water sealer on the wood to protect it. Even treated wood needs that to take care of the frequent water.
You don't want a plain dirt floor. That will quickly result in muddy feet. Buy a duck board of the appropriate size. Duck board is slatted wood that will raise you from the dirt and keep your feet clean during the shower. It’s a small investment that does a very important job.
Consider the water. If it’s coming from an outdoor faucet, all you need to do is run hose along the yard and over the top of the outdoor shower enclosure. Attach a showerhead. If you’re planning to use collected rainwater to supply your shower, ensure that the water butt is at a higher level than the showerhead. If it’s not, gravity won't work in your favor. You can put it on a hill or build a stand to accommodate it. Put a fine mesh over the butt to dirt and insects away from the shower.