A Step-By-Step Guide How to Install an Outdoor Shower

People who want to have an outdoor shower can do so with a DIY project. Such a home addition is great for cleaning up before diving in the pool or after swimming, and it also has many other uses. With this guide, you can learn how to build an outdoor shower for your home.

A DIY Outdoor Shower

A Step-By-Step Guide On How to Install an Outdoor Shower
A DIY Outdoor Shower

To connect your outdoor shower to an existing exterior spigot, determine its position in relation to the spigot’s exit point. For a hot and cold water shower, locate the corresponding supply lines inside your home. Professional plumbers or a metal detector can help locate them in a finished home. Use a drywall knife to create an opening in the wall, revealing the hot and cold water lines.

Dig 3-foot holes at each corner of a 4-foot by 4-foot area and fill them with 6 inches of drainage gravel. Insert 8-foot 4×4 posts, ensuring they are plumb, and fill the holes with concrete. For freestanding showers, use a 10-foot 4×4 post in the center for added support. Allow the concrete to set for 24 to 48 hours. Proceed with the plumbing after the posts have been set. PEX plumbing lines are user-friendly with the right tools, while copper lines require a blow torch and soldering or professional assistance.

Planning and Precision Are Key

Planning and Precision Are Key

For a cold water shower, mount the showerhead and valve assembly. Connect a pipe from the bottom of the shower to the showerhead, using a 90-degree FIP at the top and a 90-degree MIP or hose adapter at the bottom. Secure the piping to the post with C-shaped hangers and attach the showerhead and garden hose.

For a hot and cold shower, drill holes in the wall for the supply lines to exit. Cut the supply lines, install plumbing tees and isolation valves, and redirect the piping with 90-degree fittings to the outdoor shower. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach the supply lines to the shower valve assembly. Connect an additional pipe from the valve to the showerhead using a 90-degree threaded FIP. Seal the holes with silicone caulk, turn on the water, and check for leaks. Test the shower assembly.

Constructing the Frame

Constructing the Frame

Create a drainage area by digging a 1-foot deep, 4-foot by 4-foot space. Build a frame using two 8-foot 2x4s cut in half and fill it with drainage gravel, tamping it down firmly. Build the wood floor by assembling a frame with three 44-1/2-inch lengths of 2×4 boards for support. Lay ten 4-foot floorboards, cut from five 8-foot 2x4s, with a 1/8-inch gap between them. Secure the floor to the support posts and ensure it is level. Mount stringers cut from 2×4 boards to the support posts using joist hangers. Position them at the desired heights for the bottom and top stringers.

Install privacy wall boards using 1-inch screws, attaching them across the stringers. For showers with a door or gate, add horizontal stringers spaced about 32 inches apart. Attach the privacy wall boards to the door or gate stringers with 1-inch screws. If a door or gate is present, attach a gate hinge on one side and a gate latch assembly on the other side. Ensure the gate swings freely by leaving a slight gap from the ground. Once installed, clean up and enjoy the refreshing outdoor shower.

Mother-In-Law of Frustrated Redditor Refuses to Spell Kid’s Name Right

Are you wondering when it’s normal to get mad and when you shouldn’t really bother when it comes to weird behavior from family members? We sure are sometimes. And it gets pretty frustrating when it comes to people as close as your mother-in-law who are misspelling your child’s name. Their own grandchild! A Redditor had an interesting post on the topic that we thought was worth discussing. Let’s dive in!

Mother-in-law arguing with a woman

Mother-In-Law Can’t Get Grandkid’s Name Right

A post appeared on Reddit about a poster’s mother-in-law who continuously misspells the name of her own grandchild. The mom explained that the name of the child was really common and was spelled in a classic way. Nothing complicated or uncommon about it. However, her MIL seems to never get the name written the correct way, for over a year now.

The poster explained that the child has multiple items that are personalized with his name, which the mother-in-law has seen and commented on, but this doesn’t stop her from always using the wrong spelling herself. The parents have spoken with her on the matter before and she replied by saying she thought the way she was spelling it was the way the parents did, too.

Grandma and toddler

What the Other Redditors Said

Many Redditors commented that this behavior was demeaning, hurtful, and rude. Many even suggested to the parents to get even with the mother-in-law by misspelling her name on purpose when they give cards or exchange text messages. Some suggested just writing off the misspelled name with an ironic eye roll. In the comment section, between all of the suggestions, the original poster said that she’s probably trying to gain control in a small way since she is in general a passive-aggressive character. The original poster continued by saying that the MIL is also known for creating some trouble within the family, so it’s not impossible for her behavior to be entirely on purpose.

Grandma, mother and toddler

The Bottom Line

From what we see, there’s probably a no-win situation for the young family and what they should do is give their child all the love they can and surround themselves with positive people. And for the mother-in-law’s misspelling — they will have to let it go. There are some more aggressive ways to try and deal with it but probably the child will be the one to lose the most from a situation where he’s not allowed to see his grandmother. So, in the end, all you can do is gently remind and correct, and hope they will eventually hear you and start paying the child, and you as parents, the respect you deserve.