Besies not doing this, any thoughts on building a wooden shower
pan? I have a small cabin that has space at a premium. My bathroom
has enough room for a 24"x24" shower pan. My idea is to build a pan
out of plywood and 1"x4" sides. Once the pan is built paint the
wood. When the pan is in place bore a hole through the pan, through
the sub floor, between the joists of the raised floor. The waste,
gray water would drain through a hole cut in the wall.
This pan is only for collecting the water and will not be submerged.
The water, once collected, should drain quickly out of the cabin.
This pan is inside my cabin and not outside exposed to heat, weather,
My questions include:
- What to use as paint so the wood becomes water proof?
- Is there a better way to do this?
- Should I abandon this project and buy a 32"x32" pan?
a 24 by 24 inch shower is tiny and will be very hard to shower in. you wouldnt have room enough to move.build a cardboad box, cover with a tarp then add a garden hose.
wood will rot, just buy a shower pan, they are cheap on craigslist....
Redgard comes to mind, or fiberglass it. I don't like your idea of
drilling through it *after* you waterproof it, though; your goal should
be to produce an item comparable with one you purchase, all of which are
waterproof with the holes already existing.
Water heater pan?
Depends on the quality of your workmanship and the amount of time you
want to spend on it. Do it right the first time, or you will come to
regret it later.
Damn, you must be one skinny dude to fit in a 24" shower. I'd not
bother at that size.
No matter what you do with wood, it is not a good long term solution. I
just took out a 34 x 34 fiberglass shower to make it larger (34 x 48).
Maybe it could have been cut down to work for you. Probably Craig's list
could help with that.
Where is the gray water running to? You made no mention of a drain and
it sounds like it is just getting dumped on the ground. Over time you
can have a mess from hair and soap scum.
I did something similar on my sailboat years ago...shower drained into a pan
in the bilge, pan was pumped dry by flipping a switch while drying myself.
I had the pan fabricated from sheet copper.
None. If you want the wood to stand up, paint it with thin epoxy. There is
one named Gluvit made for the purpose. I made a plywood water tank for the
same boat...about 100 gallon, inside coated with Gluvit, used it for 10+
years, still good when I sold the boat.
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In my 12'x16' cabin I built a "bathroom" that is 58"x59". I can go
to 32"x32", but I hate to spend the space for something that seems
to only have a single function. I'll look for the Gluvit. Thanks.
Eventually I want to harvest the rain, build a porch, raised plant
beds, solar panels, batch solar water heating, etc.
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