Sunday, January 15, 2012

Solar Bathhouse Continued

 This weekend I got most of what was planned accomplished.
The focus was all on the Solar Bathhouse and getting it so close to being done I could almost stick a fork in it.


The first and most important thing to do was pressurize the system and check for leaks. Being that I am a better plumber than I thought, no leaks were found and we were good to go. 

 The bathhouse was already close to being done but the weather and work has kept me from doing the finishing touches to it I was wanting.








I finally got the sink all finished and it works like a dream. Yes that is a salad bowl I am using for a sink.

The two lanterns were hung and the toilet paper holder was built.
The composting toilet to done and ready to be used.

After this picture I also hung the mirror and put up the curtains. 


I could not find any re-bar to make a shower curtain with so the youngest suggested we use the last stick of PVC and some left over fittings. It worked great and now she is going around bragging that she is smarter than me.
It took three shower curtains but that baby is now wrapped and ready for use.

After the picture I installed towel and cloths hangers using old horse shoes and placed towels on the shelves. It looks better than the bathroom that is in the house now.


I took advantage of the oldest being here one more day before she went back to college and put the stain sprayer in her hand. I think she enjoyed it and I know I sure enjoyed working side beside all three of my girls.
The wall that BEB is staining right there is the wall where the middle girl is going to do her art work for me (I think it has something to do with a Rattle snake).

I put a new pane of glass in the window and scraped off all the over spray so now it is a real pretty window looking out over the gardens.

The youngest painted the solar water heater box black for me to help adsorb some more heat.
The high for the day was 65 and I measured the temp on the water at 115 degrees.  

The signs for all who helped sponsor the bathhouse  will be going to the right of the door. Those will start being made next weekend.

Tonight I lit the lanterns and tested the water for my first shower. It was cloudy all day in the upper 50's and the water temp was only 90 degrees. I was a little disappointed but I will get plenty of use out of it this summer.

17 comments:

  1. What a really nice job you've done. I like the salad bowel. Very well done, my friend. I'm jealous.

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    1. Thank you Stephen. The pictures so not do it justice.

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  2. So am I, great job. you should draw up plans for something like this,(but make some changes as yours is one of a kind) and sell it to people who may want to build one.

    What is next on the drawing board??

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    1. Thanks Rob. I thought about putting it on the Instructables web site but I don't think anyone would want to buy the plans. Plus, if someone wanted to build one then they are alright in my book and I would try and help as much as I can. Good thought though.
      What's next? Well I need to to the signs for it and add the rugs plus do some decor work on the inside but the wife has been on me to build her screen door for the back sliding door to keep the flies out and then I have to get some shade on the gardens.

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  3. I'm impressed! For many years, I took my showers at my aunt's house over the hill in what was once the old milk house. There's something to be said for having your bathing facilities away from the main house. I've been thinking about building a cistern and putting in a bath/wash house myself. That may be as far as it gets, though!

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    1. Thank you Gorges. I was wondering yesterday how many of these there are in my County. I bet I have the only one.
      Don't let it stop at just a thought, just do it.

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  4. i'm with Mr. Smythe - super impressed! i love the salad bowl sink and the pvc shower thingy - awesome work MDR!

    we were already planning a solar shower area for spring/summer but now i want a full-on-MDR-bathhouse! poor jambaloney!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thank you my friend.
      Here is something to think about, I plan to add in a leaf blower so I can make the bathtub a jacuzzi tub as well.
      Good luck on yours, I am sure as skilled as y'all are it will be great.

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  5. Pretty cool and the hot water is free. I like that.

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    1. Thank you Sista and yes it is free.
      Thank you for the soaps. I put them on display at the sink in the package. Maybe I can push some business your way.

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  6. I think it looks great, MDR ...the salad bowl sink and pvc shower curtain rod just add to its eclectic character!

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    1. Thank you HB. I had a real sink to put in it but what fun would that be.

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  7. It looks great! I want one too. I'll bet with a sunny 50 degree day, water temp will be higher.

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    1. Thank you DFW. I have checked it at 50 and cloudy and it was around 85. I bet if it was sunny it would about 110.

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  8. Pretty neat, might come in real handy one day soon. I like the simplistic design, very well thought out. It shown bath houses don't have to be complicated.

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    1. Thanks Duke. My first design was just that, complicated and that comes with a hefty cost as well. The only reason it is simple is because I wanted to build it mostly out of cull and recycled lumber. I tried to keep a budget of under $100 but blew that by about 80 bucks. So now I can say it was under $200.
      It will be used if needed or not. This bathhouse is to lessen the load on the well, septic system and the water heater during the summer months.
      I do have it connected to the well right now but as soon as I can it will connected to the rain water harvest system.
      I wanted the solar heated floors and all that but I chose simplicity.
      Thank you for the comment.

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  9. that is the best looking outhouse I have laid my eyes on simply said it is Beautiful.

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