How to Make a Copper Garden Sprinkler

Overview

Spinning copper garden sprinklers add a touch of whimsy to your garden or your backyard. You can make your own spinning sprinkler with a few supplies from the local hardware store. The most difficult part about this project is the soldering, and that is simple enough with the right tools and equipment. Practice connecting scraps of copper tubing before you make your sprinkler.

Step 1

Cut a 30-inch section of soft copper tubing. Cut a 3-foot section of copper pipe. The soft tubing is the top of your garden sprinkler where the water exits; the copper pipe is the conduit from the sprinkler base to the copper tubing. Adjust the length of the copper tubing and the copper pipe to adjust the height and circumference of your garden sprinkler.

Step 2

Drill 1/8-inch holes every 1/2-inch along the length of the copper tubing. Drill the holes all the way through the tubing.

Step 3

Attach the brass swivel fitting to the copper T connector with solder and a propane torch. Make sure that you apply flux before you begin to solder.

Step 4

Insert one end of the copper tubing into one side of the copper T connector. Bend the copper tubing into a circle and insert the other end into the remaining side of the T connector. Solder the connections in place.

Step 5

Solder the brass swivel fitting to the copper pipe.

Step 6

Connect the copper pipe to the sprinkler head of the four-pronged sprinkler base with a copper fitting. Attach the pipe to the fitting with solder.

Step 7

Attach a garden hose to the four-prong sprinkler. Insert the prongs of the sprinkler into the ground. Turn on the water and your garden sprinkler will twirl and spray.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear heavy gloves and protective eyewear when soldering copper.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Soft copper tubing
  • Copper pipe
  • Pipe cutter
  • Drill and 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Brass swivel fitting
  • Copper T connector
  • Solder
  • Propane torch
  • Flux
  • Heavy gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Straight copper connector
  • Sprinkler base
  • Garden hose

References

  • Working with Copper Tubing

Who Can Help

  • How to Solder Copper
Keywords: copper sprinkler, garden sprinkler, spinning sprinkler

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Article provided by eHow Home & Garden | How to Make a Copper Garden Sprinkler