5.02.2015

Our DIY Splash Pad!

Brett has been out of town at a work convention all week and boy have we missed him! He flew home early and surprised us last night! I let Baker stay up extra late to give him a BIG hug. :) And I think literally screamed when he called me from the Birmingham airport. Best surprise ever!

Now that the weather has really warmed up we've been spending lots of time at all the splash pads around town. Little man LOVES water play! Brett made a quick trip to the hardware store this morning and $40 later we have our own mini water park! This is a really easy and inexpensive project and so much more convenient than driving all over town since we don't live in the city anymore.

YAY! Daddy's home! (Links to purchase materials at the bottom of the post!)

Our redneck water park! Hahaha!
We already had a big concrete pad in our backyard. The concrete picnic set that was on top of it was in bad shape and starting to crumble apart. We were relieved to discover that it wasn't secured to the base at all. Not even the bench tops were secured to the legs! Brett and I took apart the seats and then hauled off the table using the tractor. The base underneath was in excellent shape. Perfect for our project!





Bringing in the big guns! :)


The sprinkler system we put together is made of PVC pipe and accessories. The entire assembly only took about 20 minutes! We made the perimeter of the sprinkler to fit just inside the square cement pad. Brett picked up a few different style spouts and a lawn sprinkler to see what accessories would work best. Baker enjoyed being daddy's helper, too!















A trial run!
Once we hooked up the hose and tested it out to see how it worked, we lifted it up and moved it onto the concrete pad. We haven't glued any of the joints yet. The whole system is like a fun puzzle and we've moved the parts around to see what design works the best. It's kind of fun! Since it's not glued, we can also twist the spouts around to point in different directions and make different water patterns. The height of the spray can be adjusted just by turning the water spigot up or down.














Brett really hit it out of the park on this project! We can't wait to invite all our buddies over to play. 

It's going to be the best summer ever!



-Lauren


Here are the materials you need to recreate this fun project!


Genova Products 30107CP 3/4-Inch PVC Pipe Coupling - 10 Pack

Genova Products 30707CP 3/4-Inch 90 Degree PVC Pipe Elbow - 10 Pack

LDR FP4 T-34 PVC Slip Tee, 3/4-Inch

LDR 024 BVT-34 3/4-Inch PVC FIP Ball Valve


11 comments :

  1. Your home is just beautiful. We live about 25 mins from you on about 30 acres...so i can TOTALLY relate to how much yard work it takes to live on beautiful land. You have done a great job of making that house a home! God Bless!

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  2. Thank you so much, Dana! We're country neighbors! :)

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  3. So excited to have found your blog. I am also from Columbiana and I have always loved this house . So happy to see another family putting down roots here .

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  4. I'm so happy to have found your blog! You are living the life I would have loved forty years ago. Now, I am blessed to have five acres and a pond, but I will love vicariously living life on the farm as a young family through your blogs. I'm signed up!

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    1. Cheryl, I'm so glad you found your way here! Thank you so much for reading!

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  5. Can't remember how I stumbled upon your blog — but joined today — and realize I'm another who is living vicarious through your young family. Had we found something like this 40-45 years ago… I love everything you've done and are doing — and can only believe THIS home is your destiny (at least until God has other plans). To lose your "forever" home just three months after moving in must have been devastating — but — WOW — just look at you NOW!!

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    1. Hi, Marti! Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you found your way here. We are so blessed to have our home. God willing, we hope to be here a long time.

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  6. I may be missing it, but where did you find those neon spigots? the links are for every part except those

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    1. Hi! I'm sorry - I wasn't able to locate those on Amazon! I think we purchased those at Lowes and they were only a few bucks a piece. Very affordable! The materials should be easily accessible at any hardware store. Just make sure to buy all the same size pipe and fittings for whatever size you choose to use! (3/4", 1", etc.)

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  7. The neon spouts look like hose bib attachments for filling water balloons.

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