Mistick - As in Mist Stick!




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Summer is a great time for getting outdoors and enjoying time with family and friends, only sometimes the enjoyment is curtailed by the brutal summer heat. The Mistick is here to help!! There are many products available to provide a cooling mist in a fixed area, such as attached to a deck or awning, but what about in the middle of the yard where people are sitting and you don't want to get drenched from a sprinkler?

Drive a Mistick into the ground and turn on the water, instant cooling mist where you want it. You can move it easily so the wind can carry the mist to you rather than having to move to where the wind sends the mist from a fixed system. Wind changes direction? No problem, pull up the Mistick and move it to where it needs to be!

Lets get this thing built!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Simple tools are needed for this build:

Hot glue gun (if you want to use it)


5/32" drill bit

5/16" drill bit

Materials are easy too. I picked all of the PVC up at my local Lowes so those are the numbers listed but you can get it at any home improvement center. The tent stake is available from many locations. I have the parts listed to make one Mistick, but because you only need 6 of the mist heads for each one, I got enough parts to make 2 of them for around $15.00 total and doubled the fun.

1 ea - 10" nail type tent stake - $ 0.50 (Walmart)

1 pkg - Mister Landscaper 12-pack quarter circle spray heads - #8269 - $5.86

1 ea - Apollo 1/2" PVC male adapter - #194638 - $1.92

2 ea - Lasco 1/2" PVC end cap - #23937 - $0.29

1 ea - Lasco 1/2" 90 degree Tee (slip/threaded) - #23930 - $0.66

1 ea - Charlotte 1/2"x5' PVC pipe - #23967 - $1.17 (you will need to cut a 1-1/2" piece off the end of this for a connector)

One last thing you will need is a plastic cap (or two depending on how thick they are) from an empty soda or water bottle.

As an alternative to the spray heads listed, you can use true brass mist heads to confine the mist to a smaller area and not use as much water. Here in Kansas I want the wind to help cool as large an area as possible and we do have the wind! One option is the Orbit Mist nozzle (Model# 10106H) available at several locations online at around $10.00/5 pack. Be sure to check the thread diameter and drill an appropriate size hole.

Step 2: Let's Get Drilling!

First, take your 58-1/2" pipe (remember you had to cut a 1-1/2" piece off of it?) and mark a straight line down the edge of it. The easiest way I have found to do this is to set it into a door jamb and trace a straight line along the jamb. Place 5 marks on it, spaced every 10" starting from the top. This will be the location of 5 of the 6 mister heads, the last one will go in the top cap.

Now, using the 5/32" drill bit, drill a hole at each of your marks and one in the top cap. You only want to drill through one side of the PVC, not through both sides. Finally, drill a 5/16" hole in the bottom cap.

These bit sizes work well for the parts listed, please double check the diameter of the parts you are using for a snug fit on both the tent stake and mister heads.

Step 3: Building the Stake

The first thing you need to do for the base is plug in your hot glue gun, if you are going to use it, then you can cut your bottle cap to the approximate outside diameter of the 1/2" pipe. Its okay to be a little bit smaller, as it must fit inside the end cap, but no smaller then the inside diameter of the pipe since the pipe will be holding it in place. If the caps are very thin, which mine were, you may need to double them up and connect them with a dab of hot glue.

Next, you need to insert the tent stake through the bottom cap from the inside out. These usually have small ridges near the head so you need to tap them though because you only want about 1/8" of space between the head and bottom of the cap. Here is where you can use a number of methods to lock in the stake, I chose hot glue but you can use epoxy or some other adhesive that won't harm PVC.

Let the hot glue run down beside the stake head and fill in the gap below, then fill it so the head is just covered. Now, drop in the soda cap and press it firmly into the hot glue. It is OK if some squeezes around the top, just be sure to clean it off once the glue has set up so the PVC bond will work. Hang it to set up; I dropped mine in the grates of the refrigerator shelf so it stayed upright and hardened quickly.

Why does the camera always focus on the glove?

Step 4: Assembly

Gather your parts for the base assembly and break out the PVC primer and glue. Glue the 1-1/2" connector to the stake assembly, then glue that piece to the tee. Now you can screw the hose adapter to the tee as well. I used a little bit of Teflon tape to help lubricate the threads and provide a better seal, your decision. Its not like this thing isn't designed to throw water all over, so I doubt a little leak in the threads would matter, it just helped screw in the adapter.

Next glue the pipe to the other end of the tee and the top cap to the far end. Remember the end you measured from is the top since the bottom measurement is a little shorter due to cutting off the connector.

Now its just a matter of screwing the mist heads in the 5/32" holes you drilled! The heads will groove their own threads, just don't push them too far or they will strip. If the hole is a little to big, you can wrap the threads with some Teflon tape to fill in the gap. While it looks nice to have all the heads facing the same way, it functions perfectly if they are in all directions, so don't force it when you turn them!

Step 5: Let's Try This Thing Out!

OK, all the heads are in and the glue is drying, time to clean up the mess and hook this up.

The Mistick, built as shown, puts out a large mist plume and a good amount of water per hour, so you can plant it pretty far away from you and your guests and cool off a large area. High winds are no match for the Mistick!

When you put it in the ground, push it down from the 5' pipe, not from the tee or hose connection.

One last thing. As you can see, the stake on the bottom is long and sharp and the Mistick has the potential to cause injury if proper care is not taken. Be sure to watch if children are playing around it that it doesn't become dislodged and expose the stake.

Thanks so much for checking out the Mistick, hope you get a chance to build one or two and please take the time to vote!! As always, feedback and pictures are welcome!

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    29 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This is great for cooling my dogs in the hot summer & fall months. ☺

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    Reply 2 years ago

    My dogs love it, but not as much as all the kids. We bring these out for all our neighborhood events, and there are a lot of them! Thanks for the comment and the follow.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I thought you had a great idea. Put one together a few days ago. I used the brass nozzles like the ones you mentioned. They work great. They do put out less water but it is a finer mist. Also, I made mine with legs to be able to place on the patio without having to stick in the ground. The water flows through the legs. This makes for extra weight to hold it up. You will need 3 more tees, 4 more caps. The pieces that make up the legs are: 2 pcs 8" long and 4 pcs 7". These lengths seem to work great. Enjoy.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool, I love the stand!! When I first looked at your photo it look like the PVC running into the pool (the one on the ground) was actually a cross member on the Mistick and thought that was freaking awesome also! I think I will be retrofitting one of mine with the stand like you have it. Great idea!

    Thanks so much! We need to get our projects together. Enjoying a hammock with a nice cool mist over you, what could be better?


    Using this to water your garden in the early morning or later afternoon would be a great idea. I would not do it in the heat of the day, though.


    4 years ago

    I think kipkay copied your idea


    4 years ago

    I need to try thos one.

    Great instructable. Thank you.

    Can anybody recommend a mister as opposed to a spray head? I've tried to find the little brass ones. A brand and model number would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again.

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    You can find the Orbit ArizonaMist nozzle (Model# 10106H) at several locations online for around $10.00/5 pack. Be sure to check the diameter of the threads to drill the proper size hole. I have also updated the Instructable to include these as an alternative. Thanks!!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Ible, however I think I will use regular "misters" rather than spray heads. I want cool, not wet, no grass here in AZ.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You're right, these heads do put out a lot of water but are considerably less expensive than the brass "mister" heads I have seen. As I live in Kansas, we generally have enough wind that I can set these up at the other end of the yard and the water will be much more of a mist by the time we feel it, plus it cools a large area. Thanks!!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea! I may make a horizontal version of this to put over my gardens that are suffering in the high heat. Thanks!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    You could attach it to a flat board instead of the nail. I have realy hard rocky ground and it almost impossible to stick something like that in the ground especially in the summer. otherwise this will be perficited four our get togethers.

    This is perfect for summer! When I was younger and competed at horse shows the really rich barns would always have these and it was so nice in 90 degree heat!