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DIY sprinkler-stand upgrade

Discussion in 'DIY - Do-It-Yourself Projects, Construction, Etc.' started by Joel_BC, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Jul 17, 2017
    Joel_BC

    Joel_BC Super Self-Sufficient

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    I'm posting an update to the two sprinkler-stand base threads I've posted here on S.S. (The other thread is here: https://www.sufficientself.com/threads/a-new-sprinkler-stand-base-i-made.14091/ )

    I thought of a refinement that would make my sprinklers more versatile, and make managing the sprinklers just a shade easier for us. We usually are wanting to use one of two types of sprinkling heads. One is an "impact" type, which shoots out a strong pulsed stream of water, tending to throw it quite a ways, but not casting much water onto the soil nearer the sprinkler stand. The other is locally called a "butterfly" type, which spreads an umbrella of soft rain-like water, but has a smaller radius of effect.

    Using galvanized steel fittings to allow me to connect hose snap-on couplers onto the upright pipe of a stand and also onto the sprinkler head itself. Hence the sprinkler heads become easily interchangeable in a matter of seconds.
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    The "Butterfly" is on the left, "Impact" on the right. You can see one part of the quick-couple (hose-type coupler) attached to each.
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    Each of the heads is shown attached to the top of the sprinkler pipe.
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    I've got two sprinkler stands for our larger garden, and can exchange among several heads to get what we need at a particular time of the specific portion of the garden.

    I think it's pretty likely that some company or another has mass produced an attachment system like the one I've made, but I haven't seen it for sale in the local farmers' or gardeners' supply stores. Anyhow, I do enjoy DIY.
     
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  2. Aug 5, 2017
    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Almost Self-Reliant

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    Really great stand and attachment setup you designed and built, sturdy and built to last unlike the cheap plastic junk nowadays.
     
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  3. Aug 5, 2017
    Joel_BC

    Joel_BC Super Self-Sufficient

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    Oh man, do I agree about the 'plastic junk'! :tongue Useless.

    As I said above, I'm guessing that some company has come out with snap-in-place connectors specifically for sprinkler heads on galvanized pipestands. If they have, then the set-up would not involve as many small parts as I figured out and made use of. I relied on my familiarity with common components, plus common sense.

    But if manufacturers are cranking-out something, they don't distribute the gizmos to the retailers I shop at.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2017
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    And your corn looks good too!
     
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