I made a DIY solar water heater for a friend that needed it for him and his family’s jacuzzi! After doing a ton of research and getting a ton of help from RC Insider (who made a great video on this with a full supplies list), I went for it myself!
I made this water heater with:
1/2″ exterior plywood
1/16″ acrylic sheet
2x4x8 KD doug fir
2x4x8 Treated doug fir (though I wish I did 4×4)
8″ zip ties
500′ roll of 1/2″ irrigation tubing
1/2″ tube to hose connectors
Brass tube to hose connector
5/8″ water hoses
A water pump
Lag bolts and nuts
Black latex exterior paint
Pocket hole screws
Tite Bond III wood glue
… and I think that’s it!
I wasn’t able to see it in person, but my friend shot me pictures (that are also in this video) of how a temperature reading of 120 degrees for the water coming out of the water heater and his current weather was 83 degrees!
Couldn’t be more happy with that result since I thought I would be lucky to get 90/95 degree water.
Lots of lessons learned on this project since I usually do 100% woodworking furniture projects.
Also, shout out to my friend Ryan Geery! Without your help, I would not have been able to complete this project!
Hope you enjoy the build!
Music from www.bensound.com
RC Insider’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHtN1NtMk5yeK5hksiyxydQ