Homemade Water Sprinkler

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Introduction: Homemade Water Sprinkler

About: Mad Scientist.

Wondering what to do with your leftover marshmallow shooters? Turn them into a water sprinkler for the kids.

Step 1: Get Your Parts

You will be needing some PVC pipes, connectors and elbows, PVC cement and a connector to the garden hose. Your tools you will need is a drill with a small bit (1/8 to 1/16 inch), and pliers.

Step 2: Design Your System

Using your creativity, and your kids suggestions, come up with a layout for your sprinkler.

If you want many spouts of water, use smaller holes (1/16 inch). If you want just a few spouts, use larger holes (1/8).


I suggest to glue the parts together first before drilling the holes. Trying to keep the holes aligned while gluing it back together was tricky.



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    Cool idea! I'm wondering how well it would work at my house though, we have low water pressure at times.

    Im looking for instructions on how to build an above ground sprinkler. I dont want to dig trenches! Just need something that will water a large area at a time.

    To make this Instructable complete and eco-friendly, you need to include a device that syphons used bathwater to run the sprinkler ;-)

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    I built one for a party before I saw your instructable. I didn't bother gluing at all. I dry fit the pipes with a little pressure and a slight twist. If I decide to take it apart for the winter for storage, I'll be good to go. I have my hose on a splitter with a valve on it. This way I could sit by the spigot and adjust the fountain height. I would dare kids to stand inside the square and entice them with a measly little trickle. Then when they were inside the square I'd give it to them full blast. They loved it. Another benefit to not gluing: you can adjust the in/out angles of each pipe. I built mine for about $3.50 in parts.

    i think its better to have smaller holes than bigger holes

    After my store bought sprinklers kept getting destroyed over the winter (the plastic they use doesn't like our -20F temps in my garage) I decided to create my own sprinkler from the PVC sections I have stowed away. Thought I'd check to see if someone else had done it to see what I need to connect my hose to PVC and found this. My problem with your Instructable is that you don't describe any of the parts. You don't list where you got the parts, what size pipe you used, what the hose connector's size (and approximate expense) is, etc.. I'm making mine and I'll hopefully post what I made.

    I made one of those this weekend for my kids. I made mine approx. 6.5 feet high and 4.5 feet wide and it sprays(rains) the water down so the kids used it to make a water slide and a car/ bike wash. I love PVC.

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    Instead of cementing the pieces together, could you use silicone sealant. That way you could pull the parts back off and change your setup when you wanted to?

    It looks like it will water a cross area not a square or circle. If the holes are drilled at angles can you get closer to a round or square area.? I think I have enough parts to make one.

    Yeah, I know. I debated to hold off publishing until I had all my pics together or go for it. I'll add more to this soon.

    While it's fairly obvious how to do this, your Instructable doesn't explain how to do this. L