Intro: Portable Gravity Irrigator
Collecting rainwater for irrigating your lawn or garden is a great idea, but getting that water to where you need it is sometimes difficult. This instructable shows how to build a very cheap and easy portable irrigation device and unlike a watering can, this one waters the ground for you.
Estimated construction time: 15 minutes
Step 1: Tools and Materials
1 " clean, plastic bucket (don't use containers that held toxic chemicals)
1 " 1/2 inch hose bib
1 " 1/2 conduit locknut
1 " soaker hose
and silicone sealant or caulk
Drill, 3/4 inch spade bit
Step 2: Locating Spout
The hose bib needs to be placed as low as possible on the bucket while still leaving some clearance between the spout and ground (so you can set it down flat without damaging it). Hold the hose bib where you want it to be and mark the bucket where it will attach.
Step 3: There's a Hole in the Bucket
Using the 3/4 inch spade bit, drill a hole in the bucket where you marked it. You may notice that the spade bit is just a little bit smaller than the 1/2 hose bib threads. This will ensure a tight fit.
Step 4: Attaching Hose Bib Spout
The hose bib should just fit into the hole you've made. Hold it as perpendicular to the bucket surface as you can and screw it into the bucket. You may be tempted to make the hole larger, but it should thread itself onto the bucket. For added leak-proofing place a bead of silicone around the hose bib on the outside of the bucket before you screw it in all the way. Then screw in the spout the rest of the way, turning it until the spout is pointed down.
At this point, the spout should be firmly in place, but since this is going to be moved around some extra reinforcement is advised. On the inside of the bucket place the conduit locknut onto the hose bib and tighten.
Step 5: Finishing
Once the silicon has dried your irrigator is ready for use. Make sure the valve is closed and fill the bucket with water. Carry it to a point uphill from where you want to water, or place it on a chair (another bucket or anything to get it elevated). Screw the soaker hose onto the spout and turn on the water. Now walk away and let it do the watering for you.