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Tinker Sprinkler

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If you or the kids enjoy playing with Tinker Toys, you will love playing with these sprinkler parts. Everything can be found at you local hardware store for hours of outside fun with or without the water.

I created this project for my 3 younger brothers. They love to play and build things in the water. Now we have fun building and getting wet together. 

This was a 4H project I created for Child and Family Development.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Our Tinker Sprinkler includes:

4 - 3/4" PVC 10 ft
10' Vinyl Tube 3/4"
4 - 1/2" x 3/4" adapters
4 - 1/2" poly adapter
8 - 3/4" side outlet elbow
8 - 3/4 " elbow
8 - 3/4" tee
8 - 3/4" PVC Cap
2 - 3/4" PVC Cross
1 - 3/4" PVC Coupling
1 - 3/4" PVC Hose Adapter
2 - 3/4" PVC Ball Valve

2 - Funnels
1 - 4.5 Gal. Bucket
4 - Cans Spray Paint

Our total cost for the materials listed above was $85. Add or subtract number of fittings and pipes to fit your budget.
(Lowe's had a greater variety and less expensive 3/4" fittings than Home Depot.)

Tools and misc:
pencil
tape measure
hand saw
drill
drill bits (1/8")
sand paper
painter's tape
acetone
rubber mallet

Step 2: Cut PVC and Vinyl Pipes

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Cut the 10 foot PVC pipes into desired lengths. We cut ours into 6, 12, 18, and 24 inch pieces.

Sand the ends of each of the pipes to remove rough edges.

Cut the 10 foot vinyl tubing to desired lengths. We cut ours into 2 - 5 foot pieces. Insert adapters.

Step 3: Drill Holes

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Drill holes into a few of the pieces and end caps. We drilled 1/8" holes. Do not drill too many holes. You can always add more later. Some tubes do not need any holes. We drilled 1-3 holes in a few of our 6 and 12 inch pipes and end caps.

rrkrose1 year ago
This is so cute! thanks for the great 'ible!
awesome. really really cool project. congrats on your win!
zurichko1 year ago
Fun and cute! Makes me want to have some water fun with my kiddo!
That looks like so much fun! Brilliant idea and I love all the bright colors you painted it. Bravo!
tim_n1 year ago
excellent kit - is there a commercial equivalent?
tim_n1 year ago
excellent kit - is there a commercial equivalent?
WYE_Lance1 year ago
Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this - I love it when people like yourself create unique building systems for kids :)
rrkrose1 year ago
This is too cute! My sister loves making things like this. Maybe I will make it soon?
This is awesome. I think if you made one of the action shots the lead image (I particularly like this one), you'd get even more interested parties clicking through. It's great, and a perfect title!
wire-nut1 year ago
It cool to let kid have fun and learn. :)
Wow!
Neat idea, I'm surprised I haven't seen anything similar before.
I mean, what kid doesn't like playing in water?!
I am curious though, how easy is it for a kid to
put together/take apart the PVC pipes.

Also I have an additional piece you could add,
take one of those (freely) spinning (not the impact type) lawn sprinklers,
and have it connected to an adapter (like you're using to connect to the supply),
this would add an element of movement to the whole thing...
though if the water pressure is high enough,I could see it being a problem..
as the sprinkler head could spin possibly fast enough to hurt a kid's hand....
cjpetit (author)  BrefelanDesigns1 year ago
We tried a few sprinkler heads but there wasn't enough pressure. Also, most of the sprinkler heads were to large to be adaptable.