plumbing and installation

Imagine a hot shower on a cool, crisp autumn morning. Truely an alternative to showering indoors, an Oborain shower taps into the domestic hot and cold water lines. The simplest way to do this is with our hose kit. A plumber can give you a hot water faucet on the outside of the building next to your garden faucet. The hoses connect as you would to a sprinkler or hand-sprayer. The nice thing about hooking up the shower with hoses:

  • You don't have to worry about freezing pipes. In the fall, you just disconnect the hoses and bring them inside.
  • You don't have to drain the pipes.
  • You don't have to dig trenches to bury the lines.
  • You can move the shower to a different location without having to run new lines.

The shower can also be hooked up with permanent water lines. The fittings on the back of the shower are easily adapted for either system. The advatages of permanent lines:

  • The lines will be the exact length you need.
  • Buried lines disappear beneath the landscape.
  • They require a little less maintenance over time.
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outdoor shower hot water faucet

The hoses are attached to hot and
cold water faucets on the outside
of the house.

outdoor shower oborain hose connections

The other ends attach to the back
of the shower just as you would
to a sprinkler.



Outdoor shower diagram 2

The shower can be hooked up to hot and cold water from the house
through simple garden hoses, or...

Hooking up the Oborain outdoor shower with permanent hot and cold water lines

...through permanent water lines.

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choosing a site

The shower needs to sit on a level surface.  This can be a deck, a lawn, a gravel driveway, a stone patio, or a level spot in the woods.  The two things to think about are drainage and the firmness of the surface.  The question of drainage largely depends on how many people will be using the shower.  On a reasonably porous surface such as soil, the wastewater will simply soak into the ground provided that the shower is not used continuously.  Different areas of the country have very different soil types, however.  You can test out how quickly water will seep into the soil of a potential shower site by dumping a large bucket of water on it and seeing how long it takes for the water to disappear.  If the water remains on the surface for 5+ minutes, you may want to consider installing a "dry well."

on the horizon!

We are developing an in-line solar hot-water system for the shower that will allow you to run a single cold-water hose from the house.  Incorporating this optional heating system into your shower system will eliminate the need for a hot water faucet and hose.  Please join our mailing list so we can let you know about this and other new products and designs!

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contact info

Oborain
PO Box 914
Greenfield, MA 01302
413.376.8854
kirsten@oborain.com

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