• In this video, This Old House deputy art director John W. Taylor explains how to install an outdoor shower.


    1. Have a steel fabricator weld together a circular frame to serve as the shower stall.
    2. Attach cedar pickets to the steel frame with 1 ¼-inch stainless steel screws.
    3. Stand the shower stall on the brick floor and mark the location of each leg on the brick.
    4. Move aside the shower stall and use a masonry wet drill to bore a hole at each mark through the brick and into the concrete pad below.
    5. Use a sponge to sop water from each hole.
    6. Set the shower stall into place with each leg in a hole.
    7. Pour the first application of anchoring cement into the hole around each leg; clean up excess cement with a wet sponge.
    8. Mix up second, thicker application of cement and press it into the holes around each leg; wipe off excess cement with a wet sponge.
    9. Drill a 5/8-inch-diameter hole through the cedar enclosure and extend the hot- and cold-water pipes into the shower.
    10. Attach the shower valve and install the riser; connect the showerhead and handles.
    11. Solder the connections between the new copper pipes and the existing water-supply lines; be sure to include a spigot for draining the lines.

    Where to Find It:

    Garden Iron
    P.O. BOX 186
    25 Middlesex Turnpike
    Essex, CT 06426

    Wood shower image courtesy of:
    Crystal-Inn Massage & Spa
    100 Joseph Thibault
    Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
    J8E 2G4
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      Requires basic plumbing skills, including soldering; drilling holes through the brick floor is no picnic
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      Tools List

      • propane torch
        Propane torch
      • tubing cutter
        Tubing cutter
      • fitting brush
        Copper tubing brush
      • Drill bit
        Right-angle drill with 5/8-inch-diameter bit
      • drill
        used to attach the cedar pickets
      • 3/16 masonry bit
        Masonry wet drill,
        for boring holes through brick floor
      • flat prybar
        Pry bar,
        used to remove cedar stockade pickets from fence rails

      Shopping List

      1. Showerhead

      2. Hot and cold shower valves

      3. ½-inch-diameter copper pipe and assorted fittings

      4. Spigot,
      for draining the shower’s water-supply lines

      5. Lead-free solder

      6. Flux7. White cedar stockade pickets,
      used to enclose shower stall

      8. 1 ¼-inch stainless steel screws, used to attach the cedar pickets

      9. Welded-steel shower frame,
      forms shower stall

      10. Quick-setting anchoring cement,
      used to secure steel frame to brick floor

      11. Sponge