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Stomp rockets are a lot of fun for the kids, but unfortunately the bases break way too easily. I think we've bought at least 3 of these and they barely last a couple of weeks before the base gets broken. So I decided to build one that wouldn't break. I'm a pretty big fan of PVC, so I knew what I would build it out of.

The new base is still pretty light weight and easily comes apart for trips to the park. I made the stem a bit higher, so I think the rockets even go higher.  

This Instructable assumes that you already own a stomp rocket. If you don't already have a broken one, I'm sure one of your friends with kids does.
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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You'll need some 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch PVC tubing. I think they only come in 8' or 10' lengths, so I didn't measure each of the pieces out, since it doesn't really matter what the exact sizing is.

I would also invest the $12 in a PVC cutter. I have one from making a bunch of marshmallow shooters for Christmas gifts last year. If you don't have one, you'll need to use a hack saw to make all of your cuts.

I used 3/4 inch PVC since I already had them for a future project that I haven't gotten around to.

(5) Elbows
(3) 3-way

Just make sure all your connectors are smooth inside and not threaded.

Follow the image below and cut your pieces out.

Step 2: Putting it together

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I didn't use any glue, since it stays together nicely without it and makes it easy to break down for bringing to the park.

Drill a hole in the side of one of the elbows large enough for the screw to fit through.

If you go with 1/2 inch PCV, you'll probably need to buy a longer screw so it will go all the way through.

Step 3: Get the kids to test it out!

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My two daughters had a ton of fun testing it out and it worked great! I'll also probably be making these as gifts for our friends this coming holiday season.
batonas2 years ago
This really needs a video. Nice pics by the way
Ive never heard of a stomp rocket (might just be an american thing) but i think using a old foot pump and some nerf darts i might just have to make my own!
Goodhart5 years ago
Very nice !