Where I live, outdoor showers are a common after-beach amenity. Real estate agents highlight them in property listings. Plumbers routinely include an exterior rough-in in their bids. And local builders have devised a slew of methods to enclose an outdoor shower, from plain-but-economical stockade fence sections butted against the house siding, to more elaborate, custom structures.

I built many enclosures in my day, often replacing the sagging remains of one assembled from standard, 6-foot-high stockade fence sections. These sections are typically crudely assembled and tend to be wobbly when used in an enclosure, especially when called upon to support a swinging door. Such doors rarely close, or open, without a struggle....

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