Saturday, January 6, 2018

A "Portable" Shower for Inside the Cabin

We've had an extended cold spell here that has kept our temperatures close to thirty below for the past week and a half, and it isn't suppose to let up until closer to Sunday.

It has gotten me looking online to see just when the lowest temperature in Thunder Bay is generally recorded.  Frustratingly, it appears that historically, Thunder Bay is coldest during the days from Christmas until New Year's Eve, and then warms a degree until the same week (third or fourth) in January.  Then the slow climb to liquid water begins...

At twenty below, the sauna is very hard to warm up.  Below that, it's nearly impossible.  As such, the last time my pong began to offend even myself, I suggested that we could all just go into our respective corners of the cabin and wash up using water that we keep heated on the stovetop.  It worked, but wasn't THAT fun.

That's when I decided to try to create our own shower in the cabin.  I was thinking of something private that could be assembled in the main room, but then realized that the bathroom, tiny though it may be, still offered an opportunity to experiment.

First up, after my dentist appointment (Dr. Blazino - who is FANTASTIC!), we hit up Dollarama for shower curtains, rings and rods.  I was a bit miffed that the unpriced shower curtains turned out to be $4 each - I had somewhat expected that unpriced merchandise at Dollarama was a dollar by default.  At least they were fabric, so they could be washed between uses.

My Dollarama purchases.
Then over to Walmart to buy a large tub that approximated the floorspace of the bathroom.  I knew I had about 24" by 32".

I tried to pick one with as flat a base as possible to make it easy to stand in.  High sides were a mixed blessing - hard to step into, but they kept the curtain contained.
Putting up the rods in the bathroom, I was a bit annoyed with how low they had to be from the ceiling to fit under my shelves.  In the long term, I think I will do something different, but they were certainly sufficient as an experiment.

Had to put the rod beneath my shelf.
And over to the other shelf.  Who didn't install these shelves at the same height?!
It was a simple matter to put up some rings, and then curtains (overlapping) all the way around.

The view that greeted Donna when she came home.
Stepping into the enclosure was much, much nicer than I anticipated.  It felt like a shower stall, offering privacy, and made me think I could finally splash water on myself in the cabin without having to worry about it going all over the floor.

Feels private and roomy right now!
And with the edges tucked into the tote.
I was very happy to put it to actual use later in the day.  Kenny said it was fine but awkward.  Donna said she needed to get use to it.

Feeling good!  
I felt pretty optimistic.

Donna pointed out that she wasn't thrilled with standing in the dirty wash water of previous occupants.  I think I could help with that by putting some sort of "grid" or stand on the bottom so that there was a reservoir under foot.  We use very little water in a shower, so it should be fine.

I will try to keep posting as I improve this system.  So far I remain enthused.

The original sump pump shower.  Hopefully it will get used in this contraption, but needs to thaw out first.

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