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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PVC Sprinkler: Lowe’s outdoor challenge

The last week here has been H.O.T…HOT!!  With temps in the high 90’s and low 100’s we have been feeling the heat.  So when Lowe’s challenged their Creative Network to create something to make the outdoors more fun and memorable, I knew this PVC sprinkler would be a perfect fit and would cool us off.

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I have seen a few of these around, but the first one I saw was in the Family Fun magazine a couple of years ago.  I have always wanted to make one.

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I decided to come up with my own design and drew it out before we even got started. My husband and I made a few changes to the design when we actually put it together.

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I was really happy with how it turned out.  The kids LOVE it.  We even had the neighborhood kids and some cousins over to play in it with us.  The kids rode their scooters through it and we have plans to put it over the slip and slide.  Doesn’t that sound like a ton of fun?!

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PVC is really inexpensive and we were able to put this whole thing together for $25.  That is a pretty great price for something that entertained the kids for a couple hours every day and cooled them off during the hottest part of the day.

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I will be back to share with you the specific details for how we build this in case you would like to make something similar at your house.

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What are some fun ways you are making memories outside this summer? We could always use some fun ideas around here!

Next month I will be back with another outside idea, courtesy of Lowes and I’ll be giving away another Lowes Gift Card!  So be sure to keep checking back!