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How to Build a PVC Sprinkler for Summertime Fun

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Cool off with this backyard summertime sprinkler system made from PVC pipes.



  • Five 3⁄4″ x 10′ PVC pipes

Following the cutting diagram below, cut the following lengths from the five 3⁄4″ x 10′ PVC pipes:

  • Eight 36″ pieces
  • Six 24″ pieces
  • Four 12″ pieces
  • 12 10″ pieces

The following are 3⁄4″ fittings:

  • Four 90-degree elbows
  • 12 T-connections
  • Three end caps
  • Six 3⁄4″ to 1⁄2″ reducer Ts
  • One hose connector

The following are 1⁄2″ fittings:

  • Six 1⁄4 pattern shrub sprinkler heads
  • Six 6″ cut-off risers
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Fine-tooth saw or pipe cutter
  • PVC glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Eye protection


1. Follow the cutting diagram below and cut all the pieces to length. Sand the ends of each piece.

2. Glue together the four 6′ vertical uprights. Connect the uprights with 2′ braces. These are the sides of the frame.


3. Complete the horizontal ground support legs by gluing on the 1′ end pieces. Glue on the end caps and hose connector.


4. Glue together the top two 5′ cross pieces. Connect them with two 2′ braces.


5. Glue the assembled 5′ top section to the 6′  vertical leg assembles. Screw in the six cut-off risers and shrub sprinkler heads.



6. Attach a water hose, and your project is complete. Remember, always follow local water restrictions and use this sprinkler in an area where you’ll be watering the grass while you play.




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2 Comments on How to Build a PVC Sprinkler for Summertime Fun

  1. poppy corn // June 29, 2019 at 9:10 am // Reply

    I want to build one but I don’t have the time. it is super cool though

  2. Niacin IV // July 2, 2016 at 9:56 am // Reply

    Super Cool! Im gonna build one!

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