Last week I realized that I need a couple of portable sprinklers that I could easily move around but they had to be high enough to clear small plants so I would get good coverage. Those tripod sprinklers that you can buy are nice but they are expensive, and I had some that were made of steel piping that rusted on the inside and completely plugged up the stand to the point it was worthless.
So I got to thinking. Usually not a good thing, but I have a lot of used nursery pots and a big rock pile that we keep adding more and more rocks to. So I combined all of those ingredients, added a little concrete and some PVC piping and my problem was solved.
Step 1. Put some rocks, bricks etc. into the bottom of an old nursery container.
Step 2. Put a hole or two in the side of the nursery container. I just made a slit with my knife then using a small torch I softened the plastic and pushed the PVC pipe through the plastic container. I probably didn’t need to warm or melt the plastic but it was a good reason to play with fire.
I made three sprinkler stands. This one I put a Tee in the middle of the pot so I could actually hook a hose to each end so I could run two sprinklers on the same hose connection. Usually a garden hose will only supply two of these oscillating, impact sprinklers.
Step 3. After I had the PVC pipes in place I put more rocks or brick pieces on top of the pipes filling up buckets almost to the top. Then I added some ready mix concrete to hold the whole shebang together.
As you can see here after I put the holes in the pot I decided to put an elbow on two of these instead of a tee so I’d only have one hose connection. But these are for the nursery so a little cement dripping out the hole just gives it character. And yes, I do know this is crooked. After I got the photo (for you folks!) we moved these inside where the floor was level and make sure they were nice an straight before the concrete set up.
On top of these sprinkler stands I can change out the sprinkler head if I want. This is an impact type sprinkler head but I’ve also got Wiz Heads and Wobbler heads if I want a 360 degree pattern. On the ends of these PVC pipes you have to glue on a fitting that converts the PVC to a pipe thread, then onto that you have to thread on an adapter that converts the pipe thread to a garden hose type fitting. So you’ll have a few bucks tied up in brass fittings. Your hardware store has the fittings. Tell em Mike sent ya. They don’t know me but it will get them to wonderin.
So . . . what did I do wrong? Okay, I’ll tell ya.
I wish I had put one of those $4.00 fence posts in the pot next to PVC pipe. That would have supported the PVC pipe and protected it when you move it around. Had I put the fence post in, then I could just grab the fence post and carry these were ever I want them. But without it, it would be pretty easy to snap off the PVC pipe because that concrete is heavy.
In the nursery I use the fence posts driven into the ground, then I just tape the stand pipe to fence post and it works great.
But that’s how we learn things. I did it wrong, now you get to do it right.
I’m wondering, do y’all know how to work with PVC pipe? You know cutting the pipe, removing burrs and ruff edges, cleaning the PVC and gluing it? Do you know how to do all of that? Do you need a video about how to do that?
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