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Install an outdoor shower

Install an outdoor shower

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A modest freestanding shower unit hooks up to a garden hose outside.

An outdoor shower is ideal for a nice, quick wash down with fresh water after a day at the beach, dip in the pool or swim in the lake. While you’ve probably seen custom-built outdoor showers that look like they’re an indoor bathroom with hot and cold running water, we’re talking about a more modest freestanding shower unit hooked up to a garden hose outside.

If you want the convenience of an outdoor shower, but don’t want to spend the time and money building an entire room, consider a complete stand-alone unit. If you place the hose in the sun, it will heat the water in the hose so you will get warm water for a couple of minutes.

It’s easy to install, with a garden hose that’s best located near an outdoor spigot for access to a water line. When the weather changes at the end of the swimming season the shower unit can be unhooked and stored.

As a DIY job, it’s straightforward. The only labor needed is assembling the shower kit following the instructions. It’s an easy, small job so you may have trouble finding a handyman to do the work. You can buy the shower kit for $350 and do it yourself or add $40, the cost to hire a handyman.

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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$390 — $350 — 1.0 — 2.0 — $40 — 10%


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