Nosefish Shower

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The web pages which follow provide step-by-step instructions for building a zero-impact camp shower like this one. This kind of shower is ideal for Burning Man or any outdoor setting where you wish to have no impact on the environment (e.g. to prevent any release of gray water into the environment).

It took me about 4 hours to build it once I had collected the materials.

After I built it I realized that it will need to be tied down to the playa before it can really be used. One rope from each corner going down to a piece of rebar pounded into the playa. Cover the rebar with a section of "fun-noodle" (those pool tubes you can buy cheaply at "Toys Aren't Us") and cover the top with a tennis ball. You'll might also want to attach some sarongs to the sides for privacy. We plan to use hose clamps and binder clips to hold the sarongs.

Here is a list of tools you'll need:
  • Electric drill/screwdriver
  • Jigsaw
  • Router or a file or a sanding block
  • 3/4" drill bit
  • 5/32" drill bit (or to suit your screw-eyes)
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's square, or something that works like one (such as a sheet of paper or a vinyl album cover)
  • A glue gun (for use with a tube of construction adhesive)
  • A screwdriver to use as a leverage tool.

Here is a list of materials you'll need. There are pictures of most of these parts in the pages which follow. Review all the pages before going to buy parts.
  • Some sand or "Tread Tex", and some paint, for making a slip-resistant surface for the bottom of your shower. You'll need a paint brush too.
  • 6 three-way PVC corners. Each has 2 3/4" slip fittings and 1 1/2" threaded fitting.
  • 6 3/4" PVC tee fittings.
  • 6 1" straight PVC slip fittings.
  • 6 1/2" threaded to 1/2" PVC slip fittings.
  • 6 1/2" slip to 1" slip PVC adaptors.
  • 1 small can of PVC adhesive.
  • 1 length of 1/2" PVC (you really only need about 1 foot of it)
  • 4 lengths of 1" PVC
  • 2 lengths of 3/4" PVC
  • 1 2" long piece of 1/2" water pipe threaded on each end. There is about 1/2" of unthreaded section in the middle.
  • 1 brass 90 degree bend for 1/2" pipe (both ends threaded)
  • About 1 foot of 1/2" outside diameter vinyl host.
  • A piece of 1/2" thick plywood about 3 feet square. Mine was 30" by 36". If you have really heavy people who want to use the shower, make it 3/4" plywood.
  • Enough scrap plywood to make eight pieces approx 4" by 10".
  • A 2x4 (you'll only need about six feet of it)
  • Enough 3/4" shelf material to go around the permiter of the plywood. It should be about 5" to 6" wide. I used 1x12 and cut it lengthwise down the middle.
  • One tube of construction adhesive.
  • One tube of silicon caulking.
  • A box of 1" drywall screws.
  • 4 or more 1" long screw-eyes.
  • 4 bungie balls.
  • A solar shower bag.
  • About 100 feet of rope -- enough to hang the shower bag and secure the shower to the ground.
  • 4 lengths of 5/8" rebar
  • One "fun-noodle"
  • Four tennis balls with a 1/2" hole drilled in each.
  • Some duct tape.