D.I.Y. outdoor shower

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Seal your fittings
2 Drill a hole for the pipe
3 Cut the copper pipe
4 Put the fittings together
5 Attach the shower tap
6 Secure the tap
7 Attach the copper pipe
8 Attach the shower head and hose
9 Style the shower area
  • Step 1. Seal your fittings

    First, use the waterproof tape to seal your fittings. Wrap the tape around the fitting thread at least three times. This will help to seal the joint and stop leaks, it will also make it easier to tighten the attachments.

  • Step 2. Drill a hole for the pipe

    Attach a 16mm drill bit to your cordless drill. Drill a hole through the base of your feature wall for the hose fitting.

  • Step 3. Cut the copper pipe

    Mark the copper pipe at a length long enough to fit through the feature wall. Make sure you leave several centimetres at either end so the necessary attachments can be fitted. Attach the pipe cutter on that mark. Rotate the pipe cutter around the pipe, then tighten the cutter. Repeat this process until the pipe is cut.

  • Step 4. Put the fittings together

    Insert the garden hose attachment to one end of the copper pipe. Insert the copper pipe through the hole in the feature wall. Connect the U-bend attachment to the other end of the copper pipe.

  • Step 5. Attach the shower tap

    Work out how high you want the shower tap to be and mark this spot on the wall. Put the copper pipe in place and mark it at the correct height. Use the pipe cutter to cut the pipe.

  • Step 6. Secure the tap

    Insert the copper pipe into the U-bend attachment at the bottom and attach the shower tap at the other end. Put two brackets around the copper pipe, near the shower tap and use the drill to secure the brackets to the wall.

  • Step 7. Attach the copper pipe

    Mark the copper pipe at the height you want for the shower head. Cut it with the pipe cutter then attach it to the shower tap. Use the drill to secure it to the wall with a bracket.

  • Step 8. Attach the shower head and hose

    Attach a U-bend piece to the end of the copper pipe. Attach the end of the shower hose to the U-bend attachment. Secure the shower head into its holder.

  • Step 9. Style the shower area

    Finish by styling your new shower area with a chair, plants or anything else you like. Now you’re ready to enjoy showering in the great outdoors.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety glasses
  • 16mm spade bit
  • Tube cutter or hacksaw

Materials

  • 0.5 inch x 0.5m copper straight length pipe x 2
  • 0.5 inch x 0.5 inch push-fit brass copper connectors x 2
  • 20mm brass gate valve (tap)
  • Brass garden hose attachment
  • Chrome shower head
  • C-shape pipe hangers x 4
  • Garden hose
  • Waterproof tape
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