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How to Build a Sprinkler System

It can get aggravating to constantly have to move the water sprinkler around to get everything watered in a vegetable or flower garden. A portable water sprinkler system is an ideal solution to this problem.

Sprinkler System

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • PVC pipe, 1 inch in diameter
  • 2, 1-foot sections of 1-inch PVC pipe
  • 1 elbow
  • 1 flat 4-way connector
  • Several T connectors
  • Sprinkler heads
  • 2 threaded 1-inch PVC pipe connectors
  • 2 end caps
  • PVC pipe glue
  • Watering hose

It can get aggravating to constantly have to move the water sprinkler around to get everything watered in a vegetable or flower garden.  A portable water sprinkler system is an ideal solution to this problem.

Made in one long section with several sprinkler heads and attached to a water hose enables the user to put the system where he wants it and just leave it.  No plumbing or electrical work is required.

It can also be customized by how many sprinkler heads are needed. 

    Sprinkler system
  1. Determine how long you will need for the sprinkler system. This length will also determine how many sprinkler heads you will need, as a sprinkler head needs to be every 2 feet.
  2. Have the lumberyard cut the PVC pipe into 2-foot lengths for a total of whatever length you need. For example, if you need 20 feet of sprinkler, you will need to have the pipe cut into 10 2-foot lengths. You will also need 2 1-foot lengths of pipe cut for the brace.
  3. Flat 4-way connector
  4. Dry fit this project first without the glue, because once you apply the glue, it will be permanent, and if you have missed part of a step, you will not be able to take it apart when the glue is applied. The glue will be applied in Step 8. Lay out the 2-foot sections on the ground, one after the other. In between each section, place a T-connector with the top hole facing up. This is the connector for the sprinkler head in a later step. Do not put T-connectors on the ends of the sprinkler system itself. Determine where the leg brace needs to go for stability. It should be somewhere close to the middle of the pipe length. Do not put a T-connector there. Instead, attach the pipe sections with a flat 4-way connector.
  5. Flat 4-way connector
  6. Attach the 1-foot sections to the flat 4-way for the leg braces. Place the end caps on each leg.
  7. Elbow
  8. Attach an elbow in one end of the sprinkler system. This will be the end of the sprinkler system. At the other end, attach a threaded connector to connect to a water hose.
  9. Threaded connector
  10. Attach a 2-foot section of pipe into each T-connector along the sprinkler system. This is the sprinkler attachment. At the end of each pipe, place a threaded connector with the smooth side. The threaded end will hold the actual sprinkler head.
  11. Sprinkler heads
  12. Screw the sprinkler heads onto each threaded connector. Do not tighten at this point.
  13. PVC glue
  14. Disassemble the sprinkler and repeat Steps 3 through 7, but use glue this time to complete the sprinkler. Lay the disassembled pieces on the ground at the approximate position where they go so you can reassemble quickly. Apply the glue according to package directions. Use the glue on the threaded sections also. Tighten all connections to prohibit leaking. Allow to dry for approximately 20 minutes.
  15. Attach the water hose to the sprinkler system. Place the sprinkler system in the desired spot to ensure complete coverage area. Turn the water on anytime watering is needed.
  16. Tip

    Make more than one section and use a Y connector for the water hoses.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • PVC pipe, 1 inch in diameter
  • 2, 1-foot sections of 1-inch PVC pipe
  • 1 elbow
  • 1 flat 4-way connector
  • Several T connectors
  • Sprinkler heads
  • 2 threaded 1-inch PVC pipe connectors
  • 2 end caps
  • PVC pipe glue
  • Watering hose

Tip

  • Make more than one section and use a Y connector for the water hoses.

About the Author

Cathy Conrad has more than five years of newsprint experience as an assistant editor and is a professional writer. She has worked as a virtual assistant and email support specialist, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical field. Conrad is currently licensed as a Texas insurance representative and has many years in home improvement and gardening.

Photo Credits

  • Personal Collection, freerangestock
  • Personal Collection, freerangestock