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Yesterday, I made a primative shower/ faucet out of a 5 gallon bucket.

I used flexible clear pvc tubing from Home Depot (approx 3" long). I drilled a hole in the bottem side of the bucket then put one end of the tube in the hole. I then sealed the hole (around the tube, inside the bucket and out) with silicone.

On the other end of the tube I attached a on/off valve that fits the tube.

It was very simple and took me around 20 minutes to make

* I decided to post the videos here as well so they are easier to find.


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Pics! It didn't happen unless theres Pics! LOL
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Great idea! We will be using a new garden sprayer, tested out yesterday in 105 dg heat. Saves tons of water too. Will try out the bucket shower also. Thank you
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We put a huge 50 gallon barrel up on a wooden frame, painted it black. It collects rainwater, and then you can have a shower when it is warm.
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Good idea!! I'm gonna give it a try! Thanks
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I got the idea from when I had a camp shower years ago. If I remember right it had costed me 15.00 and wasn't as versatile. The parts only costed me a few bucks.

I would like to (next time) use some sort of rubber gasket or oring in the hole instead of silicone.
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We put a huge 50 gallon barrel up on a wooden frame, painted it black. It collects rainwater, and then you can have a shower when it is warm.
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I have these at each of my cabins. They sit on tarped frames with a set of rungs for climbing up to fill the buckets (7ft. high). I have a towel shelf, also an oak shower rack set on top of gravel on the ground inside the unit, to eliminate mud splashing on my now-clean feet!. Easy to make and fun to use, and work great (except that I usually only carry up 3gal of water, as it's heavy). Friends of mine built same, but added a little dressing room to theirs.
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I am making a primative bath area in my basement. I have bought towel racks and stuff. The bucket will sit on a top shelf between the primitive kitchen and primitive bath area.
In the kitchen area I am making a water tank thing out of an old hot water heater. It will lay on it's side (on a table) tilted so gravity will allow the water to be fed out of the nozzle. I am almost ready to fill it w/ water and try it out. I guess when it is finished, I will post another video.
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Great!

Now when the silicone cures and you go to test it out, make sure you video the 'test'.

We want to see how it tests
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I will but don't expect a video of me taking a shower. LOL
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While running around the Yucatan 2 years back I noticed that most everyone in single family houses had to 55 gal plastic drums on their roofs. One white for drinking, one painted black and heated by the sun for showers.
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A video of you and the shower, in operation, showing how it works in a manner where we can see if it truly provides enough water to do the job, would be needed for us to fully determine the full usefulness of the device. And for us to fully appreciate your talents.



I am sure that you wish your talents to be recognized.
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While running around the Yucatan 2 years back I noticed that most everyone in single family houses had to 55 gal plastic drums on their roofs. One white for drinking, one painted black and heated by the sun for showers.
Good idea I think I will paint a bucket (or several) black and keep outside for warm water.

I live in wisconsin though. Our warm season is short. I have alot of sun coming in windows though, I might come up w/ something for in a window in the winter.
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A video of you and the shower, in operation, showing how it works in a manner where we can see if it truly provides enough water to do the job, would be needed for us to fully determine the full usefulness of the device. And for us to fully appreciate your talents.



I am sure that you wish your talents to be recognized.
LOL You made a funny

I don't care is you don't believe me. If you don't I will have a shower and you won't. :P
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LOL You made a funny

I don't care is you don't believe me. If you don't I will have a shower and you won't. :P
I believe that you made it.

I watched the video of you showing it.

I only wish to congratulate and praise you after you have tested it.

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I believe that you made it.

I watched the video of you showing it.

I only wish to congratulate and praise you after you have tested it.

Thanks. I try to post a video some time today
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Ok, you asked for it. Here is the demonstration.

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Having spent many years using primitive showers, I have learned that most gravity fed systems use far too much water, especially in a short water supply situation.

A better method is to use a bug sprayer. This pressurizes the water, and has a limited flow nozzle. The pressure helps to rinse soap and grime faster, and there is a flow control lever that is simply depressed and released for instant water flow or stoppage.

Our family of 4 can fully shower, including washing hair (and shaving legs for the females), with 3-4 gallons water out of a bug sprayer, while it takes 10 gallons or more from a gravity fed system.

You might consider getting one of these to use with that bucket, and get a bug sprayer for showering.
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