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My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:37 pm
by tony.latham
We used to have a Zodi shower... it worked great but needed D cell batteries. We switched over to a 12V pump in a bucket of hot water and it was still a bit of a production. :thinking:

But I think this one is going to be a keeper. It's a two-gallon steel tank with an added 6' hose and garden nozzle. Fill it full up in the morning, set it in the sun and give it 10-15 pumps.

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Tony :FNP :thumbsup:

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:38 am
by KCStudly
Hey Tony, did you make that yourself using a garden sprayer pump? If so, did you fab the tank yourself or convert it from something existing?

Looks like it should work well if the pump will put out enough volume. :thumbsup:

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:53 am
by tony.latham
KCStudly wrote:Hey Tony, did you make that yourself using a garden sprayer pump? If so, did you fab the tank yourself or convert it from something existing?

Looks like it should work well if the pump will put out enough volume. :thumbsup:


It's just a used metal weed sprayer that I painted black and added the 3/8" hose and fittings. Works great.

Tony

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:43 pm
by GSEE
I've been thinking about making some kind of solar shower but worry that I'll never have enough hot water to do any good. Have you found that with only 2 gallons of water and sun heating that you can take a "real" shower that is worth-while? Your real world observations would be interesting to know.

Thanks,
Gary

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:12 pm
by Socal Tom
You can feel amazing with a Navy shower after a few days of just wiping down. Wet down, soap up rinse off. That includes washing your hair. 2 gallons plenty.
Tom


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Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:18 pm
by tony.latham
GSEE wrote:I've been thinking about making some kind of solar shower but worry that I'll never have enough hot water to do any good. Have you found that with only 2 gallons of water and sun heating that you can take a "real" shower that is worth-while? Your real world observations would be interesting to know.

Thanks,
Gary


Yep. Squirt down and soap. Rinse off. What works is to turn off the nozzle until you need the water.

T

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:06 pm
by lrrowe
Basic, simple and it works. :applause:

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:16 pm
by bdosborn
That's a nifty idea. It was always a PITA to try and get the bag high enough to shower under it with a traditional solar shower, this solves that problem nicely.

Bruce

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:15 pm
by GSEE
Thanks for the good feedback -- I'm off to the workshop to start building it. 8) 8) 8)

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:50 pm
by KennethW
A clear plastic wind guard box might really heat things up. (clear bag)

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:39 am
by alicamping
Great looking shower. Very inventive. I've always got by on the black plastic ones but they do wear after a couple of years. Yours looks like it will last for decades. You've inspired me to put together something similar. Big thumbs up!

Re: My new solar shower.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:21 pm
by jondbar628
Tony been here since '13. Very Experienced. One of the Wise Ones. Listen to his words, grasshopper. (not spoofing)..........jd