Introduction: Sprinkler Stand Out of a Torchiere Style Lamp
We needed some pasture sprinkler stands and lo and behold...we had two dead torchiere style lamps in the barn! These are great for this purpose because of their heavy weighted bottoms. Most of these style lamps have three tubes that connect. We found that one or two tubes is tall enough for our needs.
Step 1: Dismantling the Lamp
The first thing you need to do is dismantle the lamp. This means removing all of the wiring. You will need to use AT LEAST the top tube portion as this has the connector bolt assembly already there because that was what was holding the lamp fixture on.
Unscrew each section and remove the wiring.
Decide on how tall you want the stand, reassemble the tubes making sure the top tube is on the top once again.
Step 2: Making the Wood Support
We strongly recommend that you use treated lumber for this part. All sprinkler heads leak...it's a fact of life. Pick out a piece of 2x4 or 2x6 and cut it to a length of about 12". Find the center and drill your bolt hole. You may need to counter sink if your bolt isn't long enough. Next you'll need to decide how big of a sprinkler head you'll be using. We use a large one for low pressure systems (we're on a well). On one side of the center hole, drill a hole to accommodate your sprinkler head at it's mid to narrowest width. You want the sprinkler head to sit above the wood. We did not find that we needed to counter weight the other side because the base of the lamp is really heavy. Attach the wood support to the bolt assembly.
Step 3: Assemble Stand
Once your wood support is on, set your sprinkler head in the hole you've drilled and attach a hose or other water source to the sprinkler head. This image shows a two tube stand. We used a PVC/irrigation to standard hose bib connector on the sprinkler head.
Step 4: Getting a Better Throw
We've used both sizes and haven't had any problems with tipping. The bases of these lamps are really great for this application.