Introduction: Hand Washing Station Base
Simple to build, low cost, and light weight hand washing station for the outdoors. Use with the water foot pump to create a hands free washing station.
It's been used by dozens of Daisy Scouts (1st graders), Cub Scouts (K-5), and their families. Kids really enjoy the hands free pump. You'll see kids washing hands when they don't need to wash hands.
The 5 gallon bucket has washed over 60 hands and not run out on me yet.
Step 1: Cuts and Fittings
Three 10 foot pipes will yield the required pieces. I recommend using a miter saw.Alternatively, a hand saw can be used.
SKUs provided from Menards. Total cost for parts were $33.30 before tax from my store.
Step 2: Assemble Base and Top
Assemble two sets. One as a base and other as the the top.
4 - 14"
4 - 10"
8 - 90 Degree Side Outlet Elbow
Step 3: Add Legs and Crosses
4 - 29"
4 - Hub Cross
Add the 29" legs to the base frame and Hub Crosses to the top.
Step 4: Cross Frame
2 - Hub Tee
4 - 6"
1 - 10"
Create an "H" with four 6" pipes and one 10" pipe with two Hub Tees.
Attach the "H" to Hub Crosses.
Step 5: Add Support Handles
8 - 4"
2 - 10"
4 - 90 Degree Elbow
Attach the 4" pipe to all ends of the cross hub.
Create the handle bars with 10" pipe and two 90 Degree Elbows.
Step 6: Top Support Frame
Finish with the second frame set added to the top.
Base frame is finished.
Step 7: Water Resevoir
2 - 5 gallon general use pails
1 - Lid
Cut a hole in the Lid edge for the tube to enter from the foot pump. The Lid is necessary in order to stack the pails.
*You can transport a filled pail with lid in your car. This will only stop sloshing water. It will not stop a spill!
The bottom pail will be filled with clean water for hand washing. The top pail is for drain water aka grey water.
Alternative Water Reservoirs
5 gallon water bottle - does not stack but easier to seal.
Water coolers - better seal but more difficult to run tubing
Collapsible water jug - better seal but doesn't stack.
Step 8: Customization Ideas
Cement or not to Cement.
Cement all points but the Handles for easier transportation. Or don’t cement at all for full breakdown for transportation.
A handle can be used as a paper towel holder. Alternatively, replace a 90 degree elbow with the side outlet elbow to hold the towel roll vertically.
Garbage Bag holder
The other handle can be used to hold a garbage bag. Use a rubber band or clips to keep in place.
I used scrap pipe and bought an extra 90 degree elbow to make a spigot. The rubber tubing easily runs through the pipe.
I recommend a basin to catch the splash back. Several options for the basin. 18qt dish pan, storage bin, or a dollar tree popcorn bowl. I went with the popcorn bowl and cut a small opening to drain.
The pedal works alone but since it’s so light it moves around. I took scrap 2x4 to encase the foot pump. It also stops the your foot from crushing the tubing.
Step 9: Foot Pump in Action
Spigot, basin, and pedal holder for this set up.
I went with two 5-gal general use pails and a cap I cut a small hole to run the tube into.
A water cooler jug may work but it's not easily stackable.
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