Summer is a great time for getting outdoors and enjoying time with family and friends, only sometimes the enjoyment is curtailed by the brutal summer heat. The Mistick is here to help!! There are many products available to provide a cooling mist in a fixed area, such as attached to a deck or awning, but what about in the middle of the yard where people are sitting and you don't want to get drenched from a sprinkler?
Drive a Mistick into the ground and turn on the water, instant cooling mist where you want it. You can move it easily so the wind can carry the mist to you rather than having to move to where the wind sends the mist from a fixed system. Wind changes direction? No problem, pull up the Mistick and move it to where it needs to be!
Lets get this thing built!
Step 1: Tools and materials
Simple tools are needed for this build:
Hot glue gun (if you want to use it)
5/32" drill bit
5/16" drill bit
Materials are easy too. I picked all of the PVC up at my local Lowes so those are the numbers listed but you can get it at any home improvement center. The tent stake is available from many locations. I have the parts listed to make one Mistick, but because you only need 6 of the mist heads for each one, I got enough parts to make 2 of them for around $15.00 total and doubled the fun.
1 ea - 10" nail type tent stake - $ 0.50 (Walmart)
1 pkg - Mister Landscaper 12-pack quarter circle spray heads - #8269 - $5.86
1 ea - Apollo 1/2" PVC male adapter - #194638 - $1.92
2 ea - Lasco 1/2" PVC end cap - #23937 - $0.29
1 ea - Lasco 1/2" 90 degree Tee (slip/threaded) - #23930 - $0.66
1 ea - Charlotte 1/2"x5' PVC pipe - #23967 - $1.17 (you will need to cut a 1-1/2" piece off the end of this for a connector)
One last thing you will need is a plastic cap (or two depending on how thick they are) from an empty soda or water bottle.
As an alternative to the spray heads listed, you can use true brass mist heads to confine the mist to a smaller area and not use as much water. Here in Kansas I want the wind to help cool as large an area as possible and we do have the wind! One option is the Orbit Mist nozzle (Model# 10106H) available at several locations online at around $10.00/5 pack. Be sure to check the thread diameter and drill an appropriate size hole.