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The Power of the (Outdoor) Shower


Imagine yourself standing in a cool rainfall of water with the stress of the day releasing itself from your tired muscles. Now add the feeling of sunshine on your face and the smell of freshly cut grass or a verdant, thriving landscape tickling your nose.

You’ve just experienced the power of an outdoor shower.

There’s nothing like the bold, invigorating, and dare we say tiniest bit naughty feeling you get from showering outside. Whether you live in the warm, tropical Southeast, the arid Southwest, or the chilly climes of the Northern states, an outdoor shower can offer you a way to reconnect with nature right in your own backyard. Now here comes the big but – BUT as with any plumbing project, there are certain things you need to consider before you purchase or install an outdoor shower.

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, your friends at® have you covered with a useful Outdoor Shower Buying Guide that will walk you through the process of choosing your location and your shower, as well as provide design suggestions and ideas.

The Pros and Cons of Outdoor Misting Systems

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5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day just around the corner, many of us are still probably thinking “I’m sure I’ll find the right thing in the next couple of days…”

Well, let us see if we can help you out there. Here’s the top five favorite things from our store as selected by the dads on our staff (in no particular order):

garden-index-flexeel-hose 1. High Volume Garden Hose – It’s great for watering the garden, washing the car, or squirting the kids. Fantastic all-around hose is drinking water safe and comes in different colors, including the most popular favorite color ever, blue.

gifts-index-hand-held-camera 2. Hand Held Inspection Camera – Pretty much every guy here thinks this is just an awesome little gadget. While it’s designed for duct and pipe inspection, you could peer under the bed for monsters, look under the car without getting greasy, or just carry it around and look cool.

index-toiletseats-wood-seats3. Toilet Seats – Maybe it’s just us, but there’s an awful lot of toilet seat talk around here! Comparison of material, manufacturer, which seat is preferred, etc. It’s entirely possible your dad could use a new seat for the throne. And just think, every time he uses it, he’ll think of you…

gifts-index-handshower4. Shower Head – Again, it might be just us, but our dads on staff have been known to get into some pretty good debates when comparing shower heads. One can’t live without his Speakman Anystream, another feels the best stream actually comes from our super water-saving budget model, while yet another dad throws down in favor of handheld showers (of course he likes to bathe the dogs with his handshower).

And last, but not least, believe it or not:

pvc-fitting-777-side-90-sxsxs5. PVC Fittings – They’re like Legos for adults! Well, more like Kinex or an erector set, but still, you can stick things together, build nifty stuff, and they’re made out of plastic. Who wouldn’t like them? After all, they come in all sorts of sizes and we’ve got configurations you can’t find at your local box store (side outlet 90s, by the way, make great corners for PVC frame tents. Just sayin’).

Your turn: we’ve told you what our dads seem to think would make good presents. What about your dad?

Teak My Bath!

Teak has been the hot “new” thing lately with the trend toward luxury bathrooms. And why not? Teak has all sorts of fantastic qualities, which is why ship builders used it way back when, and still use it now. We’ve just gotten smart and brought it home with us to improve our homes.

Teak folding bench in showerSo what makes teak so amazing anyway? Well, beyond the terrific reddish-brown color of new teak products, which is simply gorgeous, its naturally weather resistant as well as highly resistant to mildew, fungi and rot.  As if this wasn’t enough, teak is pretty strong. All together, it’s a great wood for almost anything that will be exposed to the elements on a regular basis, which it was used by shipbuilders even way-back-when.

These days, we see teak mainly in outdoor furniture and on boats. If oiled and maintained, teak will maintain that lovely distinctive color. If left to age naturally, it loses none of the exceptional qualities that make it so desirable, but will age into a lovely silvery color rather like driftwood.

So what’s this have to do with a plumbing supply company?

Teak porthole mirrorWell, since this stuff does so well with water, we thought you might like it in your bathroom. Tired of cold tiles and slippery rugs? Get a teak bath mat. To coordinate, add towel bars, shelves, perhaps a robe hook or two. Don’t worry, the teak will handle being in a steamy bathroom just fine.

Naturally, teak and boats are simply made to go together, so there’s quite a few teak accessories specifically designed to make your boating life easier. For those of you who prefer to do your traveling on land, those accessories also fit fantastically in an RV or motor home, keeping your dishes, spices, and other necessities stowed away neatly.

Gorgeous organization can make a real difference in smaller spaces, so the same things that work so well on boats and in motor homes can make a cabin or small apartment more comfortable.

Teak folding tableLove the look of teak but running short on ideas outside of the bathroom? Teak benches will withstand the rigors of a busy household, and are incredibly versatile, making them an ideal gift for parents. Set just inside the entryway as a seat for pulling off wet boots and coats and add a few teak hooks for an instant organizational solution for jackets, hats and scarves.

How about using a teak waste paper basket to hide an ugly pot for your favorite plant for an instant visual upgrade? Or a folding teak table for convenience? Tired of struggling with a flimsy plastic step stool? Try a teak one!

We’re sure when you put your mind to it, you’ll find all sorts of places you could tuck a little teak around your home.

Your turn: what’s your opinion – love the teak, or leave it?