I’ve seen outdoor showers for $150 in catalogs. Granted some have nice walls around them and a soap dish, but you can build a nice private surround on your own. They all hook up to a garden hose, so I got to thinking, why buy something fancy? So here’s what I did. I think it functions better, and feels more natural than a free standing unit. Follow these 9 easy steps:
1. Locate a tree or overhang where you want the shower.
2. Measure hose length needed from shower head to shut off valve (about waist high) along the length of the tree:
3. Find a hose from the garbage or scrap piece somewhere. Or if necessary, buy a 15′ hose at Home Depot for about $12.00. I used a grey hose and it blends in nicely with the tree trunk.
4. Cut one end of your hose to size.
5. Go to hardware store and have them attach a fitting to the cut end ($3.00).
6. Attach a hose nozzle, set on “shower” or “center” mode (do not use “jet” mode unless your body is thick with rust).
7. Secure your hose along the tree branch with a few twist o ties.
8. Attach other end of hose along the base of the tree to this shut off valve, from any hardware store ($5.00).
9. Connect the other end of this shut off valve your garden hose, et voila!