pvc sprinkler tutorial

A few weeks ago I shared with you this PVC Sprinkler that I made as part of the #LowesCreator challenge.  I am FINALLY getting around to sharing with you exactly how to make a PVC sprinkler for kids.

This is really a pretty easy and inexpensive project and the kids were all super anxious about helping us build it.

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I originally saw the idea in the Family Fun Magazine and decided to design my own version.  I wanted one that the kids could run under or ride their bikes and scooters under.

This is the original version that I sketched out.  We used the design and then made a few modifications when we actually were building it.

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You can make your own version or build ours.  You will need the following:

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Materials:

1o feet of schedule 40 1/2 inch PVC Sprinkler Pipes

Pipe Cutter

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Four 1/2 inch three-way corner joints

Seven 1/2 inch T joints

Three 1/2 inch 90 degree elbows

One 1/2 inch threaded T joint

1/2 inch riser

Full Sprinkler Head

drill and a 1/16 inch drill bit

hose attachment

1/2 inch coupling (one side threaded)

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We cut the PVC into 4 foot (top cross pieces) and 5 foot lengths.  We drilled holes (with the water running to make sure we didn’t lose too much pressure) along some of the sides and top pipes for a fountain effect.  You can always fill the holes with silicone if you get too many or one is out of place.  We did a total of about 30 holes.

For the middle cross piece, we cut the four foot section in half and installed the threaded T joint for the sprinkler.  For the house attachment, we put it on the bottom, front end.

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We did not glue any of the pieces so we could store it easily.  Sometimes a connection would come apart from rough usage but it was easily fixed.

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The kids have loved the different ways to use this.  They have ridden their bikes through it, run under it, and even used a giant sheet of plastic for a slip and slide.

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Please let us know what other fun uses you come up with.

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Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.

Comments

  1. 1

    Great idea! Following you from Pinterest.

  2. 3

    What a great idea! My kiddo would LOVE this!

  3. 4
    Her Sunday says:

    What a fun idea! I love the slip and slide underneath.

  4. 6

    This looks fun! How did I miss this activity?

  5. 8

    Great post, thanks… I will follow you from now on!

  6. 9

    Hi – this looks great, I can’t wait to try it.

    It looks like it would take 82′ of pvc pipe, instead of the 10′ listed, though (in case someone buys the materials without looking at the directions first)

    Thanks for the great idea!

  7. 10

    I think this would be great for watering garden as well. Thank you for the idea!

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