Sunday, October 18, 2015

New Shower

Good Bye Old Shower, Hello New Shower House........

This is what our Shower set up looked like a week ago.

We came home from trip to the beach and it was pouring rain and it had been hailing. The top of our shower was shredded, it wasn't just the hail these type of tents are not meant to be permanent structures. All the sun had made it very brittle and it had lots of vent holes in it. 
It had done its job for over nearly 8 months so we cant complain.
Wow 8 months the time has flown by....

Pulled it down and now it was time for something a little more weather proof.

These 4 posts Andrew put up a few weeks ago to use as loo walls and now they will be turned into the shower corner posts. First up the pallet was set level for the shower base to sit on.

We had purchased a few fittings for the shower the last time we were in Sydney.

There was a small stack of roofing iron up the back and they were dragged down to cover the roof and walls.
As always Sally Girl supervising all the work. 

At the end of day one and time to try it out.

This back opening will have a lift up shutter so you can close it when the weather gets cold again.

Someone has to test it out, as the back wall is a little low for shower photos of me, Andrew was the one to have first go.
The shower curtain is a tarp, its a bit of a pain in the ass.

Day 2 we went into town to pick up our new shower from the post office. 
The last shower had an accident with some frost and has now been retired. Above is the new gas hot water shower attached to the water cube Joshua got us.

Day 3 we decided to build a more stable floor for the shower base, thank goodness we have some timber already cut so it was just a matter of going down to get it.
This whole thing was built using the chain saw, socket set, bit and brace and hammer. 
Don't ya just love hand tools, it might take longer but i think it is more satisfying.

The foreman is always sunning her self.

The base was put on the joists and the timber flooring was cut and laid around it.

It turned out awesome i am so proud of Andrew he did an excellent job.
I always say we but Andrew does most of the work, im just the gopher and ideas man.

All water goes into this bucket and eventually it will be filtered through a sand and charcoal system but that's for another day.
This is a small trug bucket, it holds about 15 litres, it is filled after we both have a shower.
I think 15 litres is pretty good for 2 showers.

The gas bottle is sat on pieces of slate. The pump and battery will be put on a shelf around the front side out of the weather.

We moved the water cube to the back of the shower and next week we will add a piece of gutter to the roof and catch all the water to fill the cube.

The water drains well and the floor looks great.

Added a shower curtain and a basket to hold all the shampoos and soap.

This is not our permanent shower, we will be building a Wash House with windows and doors. This is just to tide us over till then.
I think when you live on a farm you end up with lots of buildings that are used for temporary solutions till you get to the ones you really want.
I am finding that i really like it here, but i can tell ya i really miss my kitchen and oven. I can't wait till i have a cook house.

Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

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  1. That looks fantastic. Great work guys.
    I love seeing you little piece of heaven coming together.

  2. Now that's the way to take a shower. I've always liked that I've got a view straight out to the back yard from my shower but that tops it. Love the shower floor and I've always been a fan of a bit of corrugated tin. A hot shower - great reward for your labour. Visiting from Sundays Down Under Link Party

  3. Awesome work, and it looks way more stable than the tent shower. So much more space to move around too. I like how you'll be using the roof to fill the water supply.

    I would be missing my cooking facilities too. Having built a few structures myself however, I can understand the new work shed comes first. I still don't have one but really need one, because my tools, fixtures and leftover materials, are growing. We have managed only on hand tools as well. It may take a little longer, but when you're learning on the job, its not a bad thing to slow down either. :)