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Build a Simple Sprinkler

Even though installing a new sprinkler system was on our list of things to do this year, we are now not going to be installing them this year (HVAC happened!). And because we were tired of having to move the hose a lot to water an area. Eric came up with a simple sprinkler solution. And here is how you can build a simple sprinkler to water a larger area too.

How to Build a Simple Sprinkler


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SIDE NOTE: We started with 3 sprinklers but after using the sprinkler we removed the middle sprinkler because it was not needed. So that is why ours will be slightly different.

TIP: PVC glue dries quickly so make sure to work on one piece at a time.

After purchasing the supplies you can assemble the sprinkler. First, cut the PVC pipe to these lengths:

  • one 10 foot pipe = 2.5″, 2.5″, 11.5″,11.5″,11.5″, 11.5″, 11.5″, extra
  • second 10 foot pipe = 100″, extra

Now starting at the hose end, take the hose connector and connect the pipe end to the one of the 11.5″ PVC piece. TIP: Make sure to not glue that side of the connector that goes to the hose or you will not be able to attach them together.

Next, take the other four 11.5″ lengths of PVC and glue an end cap to each piece (one per 11.5″ PVC piece).

After taking the 4-way cross PVC fitting (looks like an “x”) and attach 2 of the 11.5″ pieces (just added the cap) to the fitting. The two pieces will be opposite each other on the “x”, glue them together. Then on one of the other open ends of the fitting, glue one of the 2.5″ pieces. (See picture below for example)

Taking the last two 11.5″ pieces (have caps), attach them to the 3-way fitting with no threaded ends. Again the pieces will be opposite each other on the fitting. Then glue the last 2.5″ pieces onto the other open end of the fitting.

Next, take the other two 3-way fittings that have one threaded end. Attach the 12″ pipe extension onto each fitting, only tightening by hand and NO glue. Then attach the sprinkler to the top of the extension pipe, again NO glue.

Now it’s time to attach all the pieces together. Starting at the hose connector, glue the hose connector to the last open end of the 4-way cross fitting.

After glue one open end of a 3-way fitting that has a sprinkler attached, to the 2.5″ piece. Adjust the sprinkler fitting so that the sprinkler will be straight, the two PVC pieces from the 4-way fitting are the supports of the sprinkler and they will be flat on the ground. Will look something like this.

Build a Simple Sprinkler with PVC

TIP: Remember the glue dries quickly so adjust the fitting quickly.

Next, attach the 100″ PVC pipe piece to the last open spot of the last added fitting.

Before attaching the other sprinkler fitting to this piece, attach the supports to the sprinkler fitting first. This is done just like the other sprinkler fitting, adjusting if needed. But make sure you are attaching the support to the right end of the sprinkler fitting so that both sprinklers will be facing up when everything is attached.

above ground sprinkler with PVC

Once this sprinkler is attached to the supports, glue the last fitting to the 100″ PVC piece. Again adjust the fitting if needed to make everything straight or level.

The glue should dry within about 10 minutes but wait about 30 minutes just to make sure. And now you have a simple sprinkler that can water a larger area.

create a simple sprinker


I love sharing the cost of projects so here is the breakdown for this simple sprinkler.

$6 – 360-degree sprinkler ($3 for each)
$4.90 – pipe ($2.45 for each)
$2.74 – 12″ 1/2 pipe riser ($1.37 for each)
$1.64 – 1/2″ PVC caps ($0.41 for each)
$1.38 – 1/2″ cross fitting
$0.39 – 1/2″ tee fitting
$1.20 – 1/2″ tee fitting threaded ($0.60 for each)
$3.59 – hose connector
$6.57 – PVC pipe glue


I hope this will help you water a larger area of your yard a little quicker. Where do you think you could use this sprinkler the most?

How to Build a Simple Sprinkler