How to Make a PVC Tube Sprinkler for My Garden


Watering a lawn or garden is done in many different ways. Some homes have an irrigation system that waters the area automatically. Some homeowners use a garden hose to water the plants. Others use some type of sprinkler to water the lawn or garden so they can complete other tasks while watering. There are many types of sprinklers available. However, there is no reason the purchase a sprinkler from a home-and-garden store when a sprinkler can be custom made to fit the needs of the garden.

Step 1

Determine the shape of the sprinkler. It can be almost any shape desired. For most purposes, a 1-foot-square unit would be practical.

Step 2

Cut the 3/4-inch PVC pipe into four 1-foot pieces.

Step 3

Cut 1 inch off the end of one piece, then cut this piece in half. This will be the section where the hose attaches to the sprinkler.

Step 4

Prime both ends of all the pipe pieces and all of the nonthreaded ends of the fittings with the PVC primer.

Step 5

Glue the two pieces created in Step 3 into the tee. Make sure the pieces are glued into the straight connections of the tee.

Step 6

Glue the PVC garden hose fitting into the third side of the tee. This is where the hose will attach to the sprinkler.

Step 7

Glue one elbow on each end of the short pieces of pipe. Make sure the elbows are facing the same direction when glued on. They should be facing away from the hose connector.

Step 8

Glue a 1-foot piece of pipe into each elbow.

Step 9

Glue an elbow on each end of the remaining 1-foot piece of pipe. Make sure the elbows are facing the same direction.

Step 10

Glue the piece from Step 9 to the ends of the pipe pieces from Step 8. This completes the square shape of the sprinkler. Allow the glue to dry for 10 minutes.

Step 11

Drill holes on the pipe sections to create the sprinkler streams. The holes should be at least 1/2 inch apart. The holes can be drilled at angles to change the path of the sprinkler stream.

Step 12

Connect to a hose and test.

Tips and Warnings

  • Drilling too many holes can result in poor performance of the sprinkler.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 feet of 3/4-inch PVC pipe
  • Hand saw
  • Tape measure
  • 3/4-inch PVC tee
  • 3/4-inch PVC female garden hose fitting
  • 4 3/4-inch PVC elbows
  • PVC primer
  • PVC glue
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit


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Who Can Help

  • Flex PVC: PVC Garden Hose Fittings
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