Homemade Sprinkler System
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 23, 2019)
Do you want to have a sprinkler system around your home, but don't exactly have the money to have one installed? Don't worry, since you can simply use a homemade sprinkler system instead. While not pretty as some of the more professionally installed system, the homemade sprinkler system detailed here has the benefit of being inexpensive and easily repaired or moved if necessary. If you need to do some watering of your lawn, then this is a great method to use.
- PVC pipes (cut to desired lengths)
- Pipe caps
- PVC fittings
- Sprinkler heads (your choice)
- Silicone tape
- Silicone Caulking
- PVC hose fitting
- Silicone gaskets
- Decide on the number of sprinklers. One of the first things that you will need to do is decide on how many sprinkler heads. On the average, you shouldn't really need more than three. The reason for this is that this system is designed to be moved around the yard. The only time you should need more than three is if you have an exceptionally large yard.
- Lay out the pipes. If you were able to get your PVC pipes precut, then all you need to do is begin laying the pipes out. In the event that you were unable to get them precut, laying the pipes out will give you an idea of what you would like to have. Place the sprinkler heads near where you think that they should be on the pipes. On average you should have a good three feet between each sprinkler head.
- Attach and seal sprinkler heads. Using T-shaped junctions of PVC pipes, begin attaching and sealing the sprinkler heads. Insert the sprinkler heads into the hole that is in the middle of the junction. Place the gaskets between the pipes and the sprinkler heads, and use some caulking or silicone tape to help provide a water tight seal.
- Assemble the pipes. Begin assembling the remaining pipes. As you lay out each of the pipe sections, be sure to apply silicone tape or caulking to help provide a watertight seal. At one end of the system, be sure that you use a PVC hose fitting to allow you to attach the hose to your sprinkler system. Check to make sure that you cap off each end of the pipes, so that the water does not go flowing out of the opposite end. When assembling the pipes, configure them so that the pipes will provide their own support and keep the sprinkler heads pointed upright.
- Let the pipes cure. Allow your pipes to cure and dry for at least 24 hours before you use them. This will help ensure that the seals have properly formed.
- Test your work. Test out your work, and feel free to move around the system as needed to reach all of your lawn.