Jun 21

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Keeping Kool with the Kids

Keep Cool with A DIY Car WashI found this idea on Pinterest a couple of months ago and knew I had to try this with the kids. The idea was to make a “car wash” sprinkler out of PVC pipe. We made a trip to our local home improvement store as a family and purchased the necessary supplies. A few days later I got the boys together for an afternoon of fun. Follow this link for directions and supplies.

We borrowed a hack saw from my dad and gathered in the garage for a time of learning and fun. I taught the boys how to use the tape measure and mark off the correct length on the pipe. We cut the pipes into the desired lengths. Next we attempted to bore holes in the PVC at specified intervals, but after some equipment malfunction, we resorted to tapping nails into the pipe, which surprisingly worked very well. Then, we attached the water hose coupler with PVC cement (we learned that you need a set of pliers just to get the lid off).

We glued all the joints except for the top bar because we want to be able to partially disassemble the sprinkler to store it in the garage when not in use. Now we were ready for some fun in the sun! This project turned out to be fairly easy and has been loads of fun. We have used it for two summers now and we still get a lot of use out of it.



Updated 6/26/2014

What do you do with your kids to cool off in the summer?


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