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    What is the best piping to use in North Carolina (+100, -0) for an outdoor shower that is exposed to sunlight and all the element?

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    copper, it will last forever depending upon the pH in your water

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    • #3
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      I forgot to mention that this is duck hunting cabin on the Albemarle sound. It sits out one the water on stilts so it has no electricity and is exposed to all the elements there is also no ground or wall insulation. The water is well fed through a centrifugal vain pump into a 55 gal tank on the roof. Water is then fed via gravity. Is copper still the best choice?

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      • #4
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        With the conditions you have added I would recommend galvanize steel. None of the plastics will work and the steel is the most rugged.

        Mark
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        • #5
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          i agree with Utah...

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          • #6
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            Sch. 80 Stainless.

            J.C.

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            • #7
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              brass screw pipe if you can find it and afford it

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
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                (+100, -0) °F I presume

                Is the exposed piping and equipment (55 gal tank) heat traced or designed to be gravity drained easily during periods on non-use?

                I did a similar setup for my brother, a year-round surfer in NJ where temps can go as low as zero in the winter. Put a 30 gal stone-lined tank painted black on the South facing roof and 'L' copper run to the shower which was setup under an outside stair way. Everything was piped and pitched so he could close one valve inside and open a drain outside and drain it all dry when not needed. The setup worked well for over a dozen years till he moved.
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                • #9
                  Re: Best Piping

                  Originally posted by nstobias View Post
                  I forgot to mention that this is duck hunting cabin on the Albemarle sound. It sits out one the water on stilts so it has no electricity and is exposed to all the elements there is also no ground or wall insulation. The water is well fed through a centrifugal vain pump into a 55 gal tank on the roof. Water is then fed via gravity. Is copper still the best choice?

                  (If you can afford it) Propress stainless. Pitch all the pipe and avoid traps so you can easily drain the system.

                  One other thought... I haven't used it, but there's a Viega PEX that has an aluminum (or such) covering which is marketed as retaining it's own bends. That covering might be resistant to salt and sunlight. If so, the Viega fittings are bronze which will also work. I'm guessing this would be cheaper than stainless propress. (I've never purchased either).
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                  • #10
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                    The OP stated there is no electricity so I am guessing the shower will not be in use during freezing temperatures. It is gravity feed so it will need a drain down for the supply pipe and riser.

                    Mark
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                    • #11
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                      Thanks for the Help!!!!

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                      • #12
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                        no electric

                        so what turns the pump?

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by G3sprinklers View Post
                          no electric

                          so what turns the pump?
                          Maybe it's a very "green" hunting cabin.
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