Introduction: Make a Sturdy Garden Watering Wand.

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Frustrated with a cheap watering wand that broke in my garden, I decided to make my own.

Step 1: Gathering the Parts.

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Parts List: (shown left to right)

  • spray head - 3/4"
  • 3/4" female screw-on adapter
  • 3/4" male screw-on adapter
  • coupler
  • 45 degree bend
  • valve
  • 3/4" copper pipe
  • rubber grip

The copper pipe is cut into two pieces. About 36 inches for the main handle and about 3 inches for the end. You can adjust for what's comfortable - I made a little longer than standard wands so I don't have to stoop down as much.

The valve sits between the wand and the hose and allows you control the flow right from the handle. I used the valve and spray head from my old broken wand, but both are available separately at nurseries and hardware stores. I also used the rubber grip from the old wand, but you could substitute a rubber bike handle if you can't find a grip. The grip helps if the wand gets hot from sitting out in the sun.

Step 2: Assembling the Hose End

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These copper fittings must be sweated to make a watertight seal. If you don't have the tools for sweating copper pipe, you could substitute the copper pipe for PVC and PVC glue.

Step 3: Assembling the Watering End

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Here is the watering end sweated together.

Step 4: The Final Wand in Action

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I added a quick connect adapter to my hose and wand so that I could quickly swap the wand with other attachments.

The wand is heavier than most commercial wands, but should hold up to a lifetime of being left out in the garden and stepped on.

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Comments

russ_hensel made it! (author)2015-06-20

A pvc version, couple of hard to find parts with hose threads from dripworks

marvinsson (author)2014-12-21

Over the years I've bought several of these things. None of them lasted more than one season. I used the heads and re-built the rest using PVC. Works like a charm and no leaks!

Valster (author)2009-06-08

Great idea! I'll be rebuilding my two store-bought pieces of junk.

nousaw (author)2009-05-23

Great product. You just gave me an idea to make one for my wife. I will use some extra pvc, connectors, and an old shower head I have laying around since I'm not familiar with copper or metal sweating. Thanks for the idea.

lemonie (author)2009-05-21

Solid! I think how much you'd have to pay for something like this.

L

If I was being pedantic I'd say that was a 135o bend

PKM (author)lemonie2009-05-22

Really? The pipe deviates from straight by 45°, that's how much it has been "bent" by. Yes, it's a 135° internal angle but that would make straight pipe a "180° bend".

lemonie (author)PKM2009-05-22

I concur! L

dchall8 (author)2009-05-21

That's a good idea. You could probably do it in PVC but you wouldn't get to practice your soldering skills.

hhhinz (author)2009-05-21

I like it!! It is a sturdier than the one I got at the garden store..

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