The 4th of July has come and gone and my neighborhood, like many, celebrated our Nation's independence with a cookout, fireworks and, of course, a huge water balloon war! We spent hours dragging multiple hoses around, picking them up, filling a balloon, putting them down, tying a balloon, repeat. Water everywhere as you try to stop the flow and the hose goes off on its own. All this for a 5 minute battle.
I knew there had to be a better way so I sketched out this little beauty which allows 4 people to fill at the same time, from the same hose and from a stable platform. It is sized to be used while sitting in a typical lawn chair, which also happens to be a nice height for the smaller kids to stand at a station and help or just play in the water.
Cost for the basic stand was less than $20, I added some optional features which added another $12. It took about 90 minutes to make all the cuts and glue it up.
Ready? Let's get to it!
Step 1: Parts list
All the parts listed below came from my local Lowes so those are the numbers listed. These are very generic PVC parts and can be picked up at any home improvement store.
1 - Apollo 3/4" PVC drip irrigation female adapter, #194629 - $1.81 ea
4 - Apollo 3/4" PVC drip irrigation male adapter, #194636 - $1.48 ea
1 - American Valve 3/4 socket in-line ball valve, #21485 - $3.17 ea
2 - Lasco 3/4" 90 degree elbow, #23868 - $0.29 ea
3 - Lasco 3/4" end cap, #23896 - $0.46 ea
6 - Lasco 3/4" tee, #23874 - $0.47 ea
1 - Charlotte Pipe 3/4x10' pipe, #23971 - $1.69 ea
Step 2: Cut List
Take the 10' length of 3/4" PVC and cut it into the following pieces:
2 ea 24" legs
1 ea 22" center bar
3 ea 9" leg base
1 ea 5" leg base
9 ea 1-1/2" connectors
All the parts should look something like this once the cutting is done.