Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - DIY Sprinkler (Using Recycled Materials)!

Booped Betty on Nov 01, 2015:

i'd like to see it in operation - I think the pressure in my hoses would blow the pens out - great idea though:]

Eoghan McDonald on Nov 12, 2012:

This is ingenuis and an great and effective way to recycle something which is giving something back to the environment :)

Chris on Oct 04, 2012:

Do you have any other ideas for a small above raised garden 2x10 and a 4x6

Anonymous on Sep 28, 2012:

Im surprized that the water bottle doesnt just end up flying around when turned on! Cool idea.


angel on Jul 30, 2012:

The best way to make the holes is using an solder iron with cylindrical end .

angel on Jul 30, 2012:

The best way to make the holes is usind an solder iron with cylindrical end .

Angel on Jul 30, 2012:

You can use a solder iron with cilyndrical sharpened working end and you will see that's the best way ti make holes in PET bottles.

Columbin D on Jul 28, 2012:

I have recently used a pop bottle and drilled holes in it to make a debre filter for the pool pump in my dogs little kiddy pool. I tried it first by freezing water in the bottle and once without. Both worked but for some reason i had an easier time drilling holes on the empty bottle.  When i have time I will pick up my parts to do this project.

Simon Sparks on Oct 10, 2011:

This is a great idea! Another reason to keep those used pens that I'm pretty sure everyone would have a lot if they have been through school. However this project might not be safe for kids if it involves an electric drill.

tigerlil on May 03, 2010:

I freeze my pop bottles when making spinners for my yard.  Easier to cut with the craft knife.  Have done it with all sizes of bottles. 

Thanks for the measurements.

Chris Gardner on May 03, 2010:

@Tigerlill - I think freezing water is a GREAT idea. As long as the plastic could stand up to being frozen and thawed without cracking (though that might not be a bad idea...)

The center row is at 90-degrees, and the other two are (more or less) evenly spaced on either side. I simply drilled where the plastic was the thickest.


If you try it, make sure to let us know how it turned out!

tigerlil on May 02, 2010:

Would filling the bottles with water and freezing them help when drilling the holes?  It would give you something solid to put the pressure of the drill against.

How far apart are the three rows of holes/pens?  Divided equally????


GREAT idea.

naturaldesignchick on Oct 23, 2007:

Excellent! Thanks for letting me know.

Chris Gardner on Oct 23, 2007:

I have no way of officially measuring PSI, but it works when the water shoots up to about 6 feet with no problems, which is enough for my little garden.

naturaldesignchick on Oct 22, 2007:

Cool! Shooting pens!


Actually, will the plumbing adhesive really hold them in there? Have you tested it to a known psi? 

practicalarchivist on Oct 12, 2007:

This is so fantastic! I can't wait for next summer...

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