Well I was looking at the high prices of garden sprinklers at a local Lowes one day last week, when suddenly I thought "Wait a minute they sell inground popup sprinklers here (like for inground lawn sprinkler systems)". Well this is a short simple instructable for how to build a garden/lawn sprinkler with a PVC stand.
Note:I am not a writer nor a very good documentor, so if this needs some work please let me know, I have read dozens of instructables but never have been able to write my own, I just dont have the knack for it.
I am mostly writing this because I could not find another one like it on instructables, so count this as a springboard.
Step 1: Purchasing Materials
Materials consist of mainly PVC and a pop up spray head type sprinkler.
1 Rain Bird 2 1/2in Pop-Up Spray Head (whatever coverage area you want IE 90, 180 or 360)
4 3/4in 90's
2 3/4in Tee's
1 3/4in X
1 3/4 to 1/2in reducer (one half is what is on the bottom of my sprinkler head)
1 3/4 Slip x thread coupling
1 Package of hose washers (to keep it from leaking)
1 10foot stick of 3/4in pipe
A tape measure(optional)
PVC Pipe cutters
Personally I bought all of my materials at Lowes because I was there and they had all of the materials I need. (Nothing against Home Depot, LOL)
Step 2: Sizing and Cutting
First you are gonna want to do a mock up of the parts, to make sure they are all the same size and they are all going to fit togeather,
Two 10in pieces
Four Five inch pieces
Two 4 1/4in pieces
Two 1in pieces
Assemble all of the parts to make sure they fit , then get the glue ready!!
Note: Glue outside, because of the horrid fumes
Step 3: Glue!!!!!
Now is the time to glue, well its pretty straight foward
Prime both pieces, then apply glue to both, insert male piece into female piece, then compress and twist (at the same time)
Now wait a good thirty minutes before using it, just to be on the safe side
Step 4: Paint (Optional)
This step is completley cosmetic,
Personally I used black spray paint, because that is what I had on hand......
TADAH! Hoo ray, now you are ready to attach to your sprinkler to your garden hose.
But Wait!- If it dosent fit or leaks at the hose connection, move on to the next step, but if it dosent, Well you are fortunate!! Because mine leaked and I had to improvise.
Well, I assume you are on this step because your sprinkler leaked. Dont be discouraged! There is a simple fix.
1ft scrap 3/8in hose
1-Zinc Female 3/8in hose connecter
1-PVC 3/8 Male Hose connecter
Assemble the pieces, then tighten the male end into the sprinkler and attach the female end to your hose and pray for no leakes!!
Troubleshoot from here and Enjoy the feeling of building your very own Cheap sprinkler!
AngelaR5 made it!