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#296656 - 07/22/20 02:09 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: hikermor]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2423
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
The water heater is not the issue. I was unable to access the shower.

Jeanette Isabelle
“Trust me, this is not gonna end well!” — Pleakley, Lilo & Stitch

#296657 - 07/22/20 03:28 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7308
Loc: southern Cal
Just wear a bathing suit, or whatever suits you. Find or fashion a secluded, private location, and have at it.

I keep solar showers handy for something that renders our shower inaccessible, like a large earthquake. on my city lot with a typical back yard, there are several spots where I can fashion a workable shower/bathroom stall. It is even easier if you are in an isolated situation.
Geezer in Chief

#296658 - 07/22/20 08:43 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2693
Loc: Big Sky Country
I've seen little pop-up tents made for showers or outhouses. IIRC they're pretty cheap. One could set one up in the back yard and have some privacy.
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#296659 - 07/22/20 09:54 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1409
Loc: Cranbrook BC (Finally)
Easiest way which I have had used in the past with a 50 foot garden hose.

Stretch your charged garden hose out on the lawn, patio or driveway and leave in the hot sun for an hour. That water in the hose will be plenty warm to have a quick shower /wipe down with.

Of course, a longer garden hose helps with much more warm water to use.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

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#296660 - 07/22/20 10:50 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
haertig Online   content

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2168
Loc: Colorado
The bathroom remodel will probably be finished before this thread is. Hopefully the work is moving along quickly so this showering inconvenience is a thing of the past in short order.

#296661 - 07/22/20 11:34 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3367
Loc: USA
When we ran into this I was able to go the local gym. I told them that I needed to use their shower due to a plumbing emergency at my house and I was willing to pay for a daily membership. Possibly due to friends I have that work there, they let me bathe without the daily membership fee. I did that for a few days until we had our bathroom back in working order.

#296662 - 07/23/20 02:07 AM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1616
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
hikermor... I built a solar water heater for Mom and Dad when I got out of the USAF around 1976... a local entrepreneur had come up with a pretty good model... it used the 3 sided aluminum extrusions that swimming pool enclosures were made from... the lip of the extrusions held 4 pieces of 2'x 4'glass... base was a piece of 1/2" 4x8 plywood sheathed on the outside with a couple of sections of alum ridge valley... the lip of the 3x4 box beam allowed some additional space to accommodate the glass in a standard un cut form

he used 3 pieces of redwood with a series of V notches cut in to hold the 1/2" type M rigid copper pipe down to the collector plate... the pipe loops were connected by a street elbow and a 90 degree fitting... pipes were about 7 1/2ft long... 220ft of pipe in each of two collectors... two redwood spreaders on saw horses held the sections of pipe and connectors to be sweat soldered during construction... the spreaders were of the height to support the edges of the glass(held in place by a piece of polymer glass molding with edge notch to hold the glass, yet allowing it to "float"... edge of the glass held with a piece of 90degree alum angle...as well as the receiver box... mounted off the roof on pieces of aluminum stand off

the collector plate was a piece of the heavy aluminum "foil" backed insulation used in building A/C ducts... pipe and collector painted black...

a small magnetic pump produced water flow, and was controlled by 3 temperature controls that clamped on the pipe, and a powered gate valve... a special 82gal hot water heater that had a fitting from the base of the tank was used... the "demand" controller was clamped to a line from the lower (cooler) part of the tank... it was in series with a controller in the collector that sensed enough heat.. the third controller was a freeze protection circuit that ran water through the system to prevent freezing

on a sunny day it would produce 82 gallons of 180F water by Noon...visiting relatives would have to be warned of the heat......

we anticipated that the less than $700 cost would be returned in 5 years in power bill savings... it took 3... it was removed after Mom and Dad's death when I inherited the house...I had the roof replaced at about 25years of service from the collectors and they needed some repair... my mistake was that I had run the service lines across the top of the roof, and they had frozen on a couple of occasions, causing problems with the collector coils rupturing

I was referring in my comment to hurricane solar... regards

Edited by LesSnyder (07/23/20 03:22 AM)

#296663 - 07/23/20 01:09 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
quick_joey_small Offline

Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 519
Loc: UK
Here in the uk motorway services and airports have showers if you ask for them.
I'll be suprised if truck stops in the US don't have them.

#296665 - 07/23/20 11:14 PM Re: Shower Alternatives [Re: quick_joey_small]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3367
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: quick_joey_small
Here in the uk motorway services and airports have showers if you ask for them.
I'll be suprised if truck stops in the US don't have them.

Most do, for a fee.

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