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Folks Have Made with
Simple PVC Pipe
Garden Hose Cart
Janet in Portland, OR made this
useful garden hose cart adapted
from the free plans you can
get here. Thanks, Janet.
Portable Bike Stand
This handy bike stand was made by Gabe in Phoenix, AZ
Carved PVC Pipe
PVC Pen & Pencil Holder
Business Card Holders
Center Piece for Table, Mantle or Wherever
Wine Glass Rack (to be Mounted Upside Down
to Hold Glasses
Kurt in Pennsylvania carves and then stains PVC Pipe to create
interesting wood-like objects.
Dremel Drill Press
Another neat and innovative project from Johnny B. Just goes
to show... you can
make nearly anything with PVC pipe when you put your mind to it!
Life Jacket Cart
Life Jacket Cart Seen at a Resort in Oregon
Sports Bottle Drying Rack
As a weekend cyclist, I am often at the wrath of my wife for
filling up her dish drying rack with my cleaned water bottles. I came up with a simple, cheap alternative water
bottle drying rack.
Using 1/2-inch PVC pipe, I cut 4 pieces to an 8-inch length and 17 pieces to a 1 1/2-inch length. Then I used 8
Tees, 4 Ells and 8 Caps to assemble the rack capable of drying 4 water bottles and their lids. Best part is that
when not in use the rack can be folded flat for storing.
Assembly time including cutting pipe: 15 minutes. Cost: under $7.
Garage Storage Rack
Frank in North Carolina made this handy storage rack with
1 1/2-inch PVC pipe and 5-way fittings. He says it can be expanded and taken down, if you move.
Denise C. in California says this lemonade stand was presented as a kit that her grandchildren had to put
together in order to use. More information, along with sample pages from the kits instruction booklet,
can be found at the CrackerjackTheater.com
Lawn Bag Frame
Renald in Rhode Island shares his lawn bag frame that he has
used for 4 seasons. Total cost $7. It is constructed from 1/2'' PVC tubing with end caps on the bottom of each
leg for protection from tearing the bag. Total height is 37 inches.
This frame has changed the degree of difficulty regarding the filling of this somewhat clumsy bag.
The top rectangular frame minimizes contact and tearing of
the bag. The structure is rigid and supports the bag for use when emptying a lawnmower collection bag. It even
provides a hard surface for snapping small twigs.
Grasping the legs diagonally across from one another from
outside the bag provides an ideal gripping surface while transporting. Stability is also enhanced, which minimizes
tipping over from the wind. The legs are not connected at the bottom as this provides an easy straight pull-out
once the bag is full. The bag can be stuffed to the max and the frame never jambs inside from the pressure from
the compacted debris.
Swimming Pool Hose Reel
hose on reel
unwinding hose by gravity
1. The hose is vertically wound on the reel, the interior
water of the wet hose can drain out from lower end opening of the hose even after the hose being wound in order.
2. To release any twisting and kinking of the hose in the
water, an arm gets the hose untangled in advance of winding on the reel
3. The vertical reel can be removed from the base frame to
unwind the hose by gravity (it's fast).
4. It also can carry and store a hose, brush, vacuum head
and leaf rake.
PVC Bike Rack
I made this first rendition of a bicycle rack with 1-1/2" pipe. I heated the
pipe and flattened it to fit onto my hitch. The straps make it pretty stable. I will probably strap it down better
as I come up with another idea.
Football Equipment Stand
John in Park Ridge, IL says, "I made a PVC stand that
holds my football helmet and shoulder pads. It has a plywood shelf and hangs my football pants."
With Head Cover
Ken in Maylene, Alabama told me "sometimes I like to
take a mental break and putt a few balls while in my office. This is a putter stand that I made to put in the corner."
"I also made this putter holder to hang off of the bag
strap on golf carts. The way my bag is made, I have to dig past my driver and woods (with head covers) to get to
my putter. Very inconvenient. So I made this inexpensive solution that gives easy and quick access to get to the
If you'd like to construct your own Putter Stand & Holder, Ken shares his plans in PDF format here.
This is a misting tunnel we made to take to the World Maker
Faire in New York this year. It makes a hot day cool, and all you have to do is take a 40-foot walk. (Another example
of what can be made by bending PVC pipe.)
Thanks to the BendIt
This pergola was designed and built by Diana Digs Dirt in
Greensboro, NC. Materials included PVC pipe and caps for the vertical detail along the top between the 2x4s.
Enjoy the wonderful PVC artwork from Dave Schreuder in the
Netherlands. He says, "I selected my first 'plant' which I made of 2 PVC pipes and coloured "artistical
green." The height is 180 centimeters (6 feet) and the width is about 150 centimeters (5 feet).
And the middle one is a palm tree in several green colours. The height is 150 centimeters (5 feet) and the width
is 120 centimeters (4 feet). It looks great between the real plants in our garden.
The third artwork (on the right) is called Yin and Yang Connected by Love."
You can see more of Dave's art by visiting him at www.pvcobjecten.nl
Alex in Kentucky
Using plans from my PVC Furniture manual, great-grandma Jan built this
nice "friendship table" so she and her neighbor can visit over coffee & snacks in the evenings.
Thanks for the photo, Jan
Built by Dennis in
Here is a Laundry Bin project that my daughter and I built out of PVC pipe.
My daughter uses five bins, one for each member of her family plus another for towels and things. There is also
a bar at the top to hang clothes on when they come out of the dryer. We also added a shelf to the top for stability
but it was not painted yet so I did not include it.
Barbara & Nicole
This is an awning for house windows. They can really dress up a boring facade of
any house for not too much money - excluding material which is the biggest cost. I found a supplier of Sunbrella
"seconds" at $10.00 per yard and it takes about 1.5 yards for a 4 foot awning. Ripstop nylon was also
used, parachute material would also work. Light weight canvas works, too. The end pieces are separate from main
covering, as this was an experiment to see if it would hold up.
This spans 4 feet and is a bit wobbly in the center. Anything larger and I would need to figure out a support mechanism
or use two smaller ones. And I may reinforce the next awning with 1/8-inch staples.
1/2 inch PVC, 6 - 3 way fittings, 4 - 45 degrees connectors, 6 male to female adaptors
Sarah P., RN
This is an outrigger on our canoe. We take
a lot of family vacations in our Toyota motor home and I am limited as to how much weight I can pull. Most of the
time we bring the canoe and a pair of mopeds on a small trailer. The outrigger really makes the canoe stable enough
to fish out of.
Scott J., Peoria IL
Ashanti and Rodney, both students at a Macon, GA high school, built this boat for
their Pre-Engineering class. They used ¾ PVC pipe.
They lined the frame of the boat with ½ Styrofoam and sealed the edges and
corners, then wrapped it in 4-mil. plastic sheeting.
It had to be big enough to carry 2 people across the pond retrieve their flag and
then come back to the dock.
Underwater Camera Housing
Scott in Florida says, "Ive always wanted to shoot video while diving but
underwater housings are very expensive, so I decided to make my own. These are pictures of a couple of different
video camera housings built from PVC tubing. All have worked extremely well and the one pictured on the right made
it all the way to 190 feet underwater before it finally failed.
Another Version of Scott's Underwater Camera
This version is a little more customized. A wooden form is made in the size and shape I want the pipe to be inside
to more closely fit the camera. The PVC is heated to 400 degrees F. for 5 minutes making it very flexible. While
the pipe is still hot, the form is driven into the pipe and when it cools it forms in the square shape.
Ham Radio Antenna
Jeff, KB7NHD, set up a portable HAM radio station providing
communications as part of a volunteer effort to support a local bike club's ride event in Springfield, IL.
He built a portable mast using 1" PVC x three 60"
sections attached to an old oscillating fan base. This mast supported his 2m / 70cm dual band antenna.
Jeff drilled some holes in the top section just below the
antenna mount to attach nylon cord he used to guy the antenna.
He says this portable solution works out well for him and
is quick to put up and take down and is easily fitted into his car for transportation.
Another Ham Radio Antenna Set-Up
Jimmy taught classes on how to build this Ham Radio antenna with PVC pipe. He says
his design has been used on barges along the Illinois river and elsewhere. Many people in Emergency Management
for Florida and other states use this and other of his designs because the salt water does not effect them as much
as other antennas, mainly because of the use of PVC in the design.
Jimmy Cary, WX9DX
The link to Jimmy's detailed quad design is...
Denise first glued her PVC Playhouse frame in sections so it can be disassembled
Frame assembled, ready for covering. Note how she used 4-way and 3-way fittings
at each corner.
Then Denise crafted this delightful cover made with outdoor fabric to avoid
Another fun cover. She says her grandkids really enjoy the Playhouse. You can
see why. Thanks for sharing, Denise!
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