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Download the latest version of the build instruction here: showerloop_build_v1.0.pdf !!! Hi, sorry this file isn't ready yet. We where working on a new 'usable' prototype and the documentation for that is ongoing. It will still take a day or to for the first draft to be available and a little while longer until we are complete. Please be patient - jason 30.9.2015 13:23

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Intro

How to build Showerloop


Ok, you're interested in building a sustainable shower - awesome. Here is where I (Jason) have written down everything I can think of that you need to accomplish this mission. If I'm forgetting anything, or something is unclear, or you have a better way of doing it, please contribute to the development of the project and lets make this the most efficient, affordable and practical and coolest of all showers.

I'll add Disqus commenting ASAP, but in the meantime feel free to send e-mails to jason@looploop.me and I'll add it to the site (with your permission).

The philosophy is simple:
The system is open for copying and tinkering.
If you want to build and sell them we would really like to cooperate with you. The system tries to be as simple and universal as possible.

All the components and tools needed to build Showerloop are easily accessible.

With cooperation we can create the most efficient and awesome shower ever.


Design & Design Principals

About the looks


The ultimate design choices are up to you. You can make it look like whatever you want. Unless you know what you're doing though, it might be best to keep the design of the Piping and Instrumentation (PID) about the same way as we have it. We've learned through experience what works and what doesn't. Of course if you can think of a better way to do it, have fun, try it out, and let us know how it goes!

The idea is that you make a shower that's suited for you and fits into your bathroom! Here you can find documentation on our 'design prinipals', about our logo's and graphics resources (for stickers and signage) and how to contribute to the project in a fashionable way.

graphics design I Have An Improvement!


Tools

>> What to buy or borrow


The required parts and tools are mentioned on the chapter for each component but here you can find the complete tools list.

It's ok to substitute a hand saw for a table/mitre saw if you don't have one, but we've learned that if you're impatient like us good tools mean better and more precise results. It's always a good idea to try and borrow what you can but 2nd hand or auctions are also great places to find quality tools. In Finland the common hardware stores have some differences in pricing but they vary depending on parts. Bauhaus has cheaper plumbing parts (most of the time) while Byggmax had the cheapest OSB board and K-rauta (sometimes) has the cheapest screws. Starkki has some good and cheap tools as does Bauhaus, Lidl and ClasOhlson. If your time isn't expensive it's a good idea to look around. Once I spent 3 hours cycling from store to store only to find out that the cheapest router that I wanted was the exact same price in four different stores.

  • ideal tool list
  • power tools
  • hand tools
  • other parts

  • Maker Spaces, hacker spaces, fablabs

    If you want really good cuts but can't or don't want to buy tools Hardware stores usually rent them out, but it's not really worth it for a few cuts here and there. Your best bet is to find a local Maker Space or Fablab because they are amazing places, really cheap to use and the people are generally awesome. They also might have some materials available.

    In Helsinki area

  • Made in Kallio
  • Aalto FABLAB
  • Pixel Ache
  • Kaupunki Verstas
  • Hacklab


  • Parts and materials

    >> What you need to buy or scavenge


    here you can find the complete PARTS & MATERIALS list

  • Acrylic, wood,

  • Building it

    >> What order to build it in


  • the schedule
  • order
  • / schematic / diagrams


  • 1. The Filter Housing

    >> A home for bags


    How to build the parts.
    How to build the parts. How to assemble it.
    parts



    2. The Filter Bags

    Say no to leaks


    2.1 This is what the filter bags are.
    2.2 List of materials ---> go here
    2.3 How to sew it together



    3. The Electronics

    Beep boop


    2.1 This is what the filter bags are.
    2.2 List of materials ---> go here
    2.3 How to sew it together



    4. The showerhead

    This can be real easy or real hard


    Ok, to be honest we haven't build this yet. You can just hook up a regular shower head to the hose with a simple connector. Not that we don't have lots of ideas about how to make the coolest shower head ever. We used a garden hose with 7 different spray modes, it might not be pretty, but it is fun. In the future we'll make a more elegant version of this. *** ADD PICTURES *** also the drawings!



    5. The basin

    LAST LEAKS!


    5.1 This is the basin.
    2.2 List of materials ---> go here
    2.3 How to put it together. *Add pictures* Add youtube links on how to cement and tile. 2.3.1. Wood frame
    2.3.2. Leveling with cement or the wood
    2.3.3. Tiling
    2.3.4. Drain and Connecting it to the pump




    Assemble

    >> Let's put it together


    Ok, you're interested in building a sustainable shower - awesome. Here is where I (Jason) have written down everything I can think of that you need to accomplish this mission. If I'm forgetting anything, or something is unclear, or you have a better way of doing it, please contribute to the development of the project and lets make this the standard of all showers. I'll add Disqus commenting ASAP, but in the meantime feel free to send e-mails to jason@looploop.me


    Testing and Using

    >> In Dexters Labratoryyyy


    Testing the valves

    If you did everything right you should be able to take a shower. Congratulations.

    Testing water quality

    Once again I refer you to the ShowerMagic Thesis Specifically the chapters on water quality testing
    Also Showerloop filter chemical efficacy for information the soap and shampoo filtration.

    Testing water quality



    Sustainability & Life cycle assesment

    >> So how green is it?


    Most of the basic information on the sustainability of Showerloop, especially in relation to a traditional shower is documented at showerloop.me. The water savings calculator is a pretty good place to start to measure the impact. To go further into detail on calculations read the Thesis: ShowerMagic : A Hygienic and Eco-Efficient Real Time Greywater Reuse System for Showers. Also we have cooperated with student from Tampere University of Applied Science to calculate the MIPS or Material Input Per Service Unit to calculate the Material and Energy savings of Showerloop compared to a traditional shower. The Excel file can be found here: MIPS_calculations_ShowerMagic and the presentation document from here:
    //ShowerMagic MIPS
    ShowerMagic_MIPS_final_presentation

    Other Stuff

    >> Let's make it together


    A link to Eduard's thesis on programming testing software for Showermagic.
    eduthesis


    in the meantime feel free to send e-mails to jason@looploop.me.