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My pup cake, Charlie, has my whole heart and I wanted him to be able to float around the pool with me. After looking at a few “pet floats” at our local pool center, I was not convinced that his little toenails would not puncture the plastic/vinyl.

I love a good pool noodle and wanted to find a way that we could use those to construct his float. I was worried that simply tying them together would not create enough stability, so I built a PVC frame to cover with pool noodles…TA DA!!!! The S. S. Charlie was born, for about $30.

Supplies:

  • (4) Pool Noodles, approx. 5 ft
  • (5) ½ inch PVC pipes, approx. 5 foot
  • (12) ½ PVC T connectors
  • (4) ½ PVC Elbows
  • PVC Primer
  • PVC Glue
  • Pipe Cutter or Sawzall
  • Gloves
  • Flag for decorative flare
  • One Happy Pup!

Step 1: Cutting Your Materials

The float is constructed of 8 PVC sections covered with pool noodles. Begin by cutting down your noodles and PVC pipe.

Cut the following:

  • (8) sections of pool noodles 28 ¼ inches each, you should get 2 sections from each of the 4 noodles
  • (8) sections of PVC pipe 28 ½ inches each, you should get 2 sections from 4 pipes, leaving one full pipe that you can cut down into spacers
  • (14) spacer sections of PVC pipe, 1 ½ - 1 ¾ inches each. There is some variance to the spacer based upon the thickness of the pool noodle that you buy. You do not want to overcrowd the noodles once they are on the pipe sections. It will cause them to bow and add pressure to the frame. I purchased thicker noodles from a local dollar general store and my spacers were closer to 1 ¾ inches.

Step 2: Priming Your Parts

I find it easier to prime all of the PVC at once. You will want to were protective gloves for this part. The purple primer can stain your hands.

To prime simply wipe the applicator containing the primer in the areas as outlined below. This will dry almost instantly.

  • (4) PVC Elbows – prime the inside of both ends, approximately 1 inch
  • (12) PVC T Connectors – prime the inside of all three openings, approximately 1 inch
  • (8) PVC Pipe sections – prime both ends, approximately 1 inch
  • (14) PVC spacers – prime the entire outer surface

Step 3: Gluing Your Sections

Once the primer is dry, prepare to assemble your frame. The glue will dry quickly. It is best to glue and assemble each fitting as you go. Do not apply glue to each and try to assemble, it will dry before you are done.

Layout the top components of your frame. You will need to do this step twice to create the top and bottom of your frame. Apply glue to the inside of the T or Elbows, then slide the spacer in. Only apply glue to the openings that will have spacers inserted.

Elbow - Spacer - T - Spacer - T - Spacer - T – Spacer - T - Spacer – T – Spacer – T – Spacer – Elbow

Once dry, take one completed section and prepare to add your 8 sections of PVC pipe. Apply glue to the openings that will have the longer sections of PVC inserted. Again, you will want to apply the glue as you add each section.

Step 4: Adding Your Noodles

Allow your frame to dry for about 5 minutes before sliding the noodles over the PVC pipe and gluing the remaining frame piece. You do not glue the noodles. Your noodles should fit snugly beside each other to avoid having your dogs’ feet slip through.

Adding the final frame section is honestly the toughest part but by now you are a gluing master. Prepare to work quickly.

Place glue in each opening of the frame piece where the pipe will be inserted. Then add it to the frame sealing in the noodles and securing your masterpiece. In this step, you will find yourself pushing this final piece into the noodle openings to find the pipe.

Step 5: Dry Time

I allowed my finished float to dry for about two hours before I christened it the S. S. Charlie and launched it in my pool. After I was confident that it was sturdy, my pup was all too happy to climb aboard.

Step 6: Happy Little Rescue Pups

Charlie & Echo

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    Tye Rannosaurus

    6 days ago

    This is ridiculously clever and smart! As a proud member of the Tinydog Nautical Team, I support this 100% and am going to make one for my own fuzzy snack pack as well! Very nicely done!

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    LydiaT2

    7 days ago

    Wow! I love this! It would be cool for kids too!

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    j-didLydiaT2

    Reply 7 days ago

    Thank you! It’s funny that you mentioned that. As soon as I took my dog off of it, my fiancé grabbed it to see if he could use it. It worked!

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    WeTeachThemSTEM

    7 days ago

    The S.S. Charlie is a pretty fantastic pet float! Looks like Charlie and Echo are going to have some fun voyages in the pool this summer.

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    j-didWeTeachThemSTEM

    Reply 7 days ago

    Thank you! After trying it out today they are looking at me with a little extra love in their eyes.