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Limb Saw Extender

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LimbSawExtender
LimbSawExtender


The other day I needed to remove a high limb from a fir tree. And, since I'd hurt my leg, I didn't want to chance climbing a ladder. So... PVC to the rescue!

I simply attached a length of pipe to my pruning saw. Here's how to do it:

Materials

3/4-inch PVC pipe (one-inch pipe, if you need something sturdier)
PVC coupler
Two 1/4-inch bolts, wing nuts, washers

Directions

Cut the pipe to fit your pruning saw. Drill two 1/4-inch holes into the pipe and saw frame. Attach the pipe to the saw with the bolts. I used wing nuts for easy removal of the extender. Glue one end of the coupler to the pipe.

Lastly, attach an appropriate length of pipe to the open end of the coupler, and Bob's your uncle. Easy. Quick. Useful.

PVC Walking Stick

PVC Walking Stick

PVC Walking Stick
PVC Walking Stick

Materials

1-inch PVC pipe
Two PVC caps
1 or 1 1/2-inch x 5/8-inch nut, bolt and washer (or lock nut)
Small compass (available at most craft stores)
Super glue

Four things make this walking stick unique. 1) the bolt attached to the bottom tip gives a better grip for walking on rougher ground, 2) the small compass glued to the top tip helps find your way home, 3) you can store various items in the hollow PVC tube, such as a map, matches, secret codes, whatever. Or 4) when you silicone around the bolt, you can store water inside the pipe.

Directions

Cut a length of pipe measuring from the ground to your elbow, plus about 6-inches.

Find the center of one cap, drill a 5/8-inch hole and attach the bolt. Glue the cap to the pipe. Paint, stain or leave the pipe white.

Finally, super-glue a small compass to the top cap. Don't glue the cap to the pipe so you can put stuff inside.

Also, for a better hand grip, why not wrap a portion of the pipe with duct tape? Or wrap a short piece of foam pipe insulation on the pipe.

Finishing Supports

Finishing Support
Finishing Support

Four 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch PVC tees plus a couple of lengths of pipe make a great support for wood staining and painting. The tees keep the pipe from rolling around. Don't glue the tees so you can insert different lengths of pipe appropriate to your project.

Simply set your work on the supports and you're good to go. When done, you can take 'em apart for storage.

Screwdriver Aid

T-Handle
T-Handle
T-Handle

When you need a bit more ooomph for your screwdriver, try this handy aid. Make it with an appropriate-sized PVC Tee that's just a bit too small to fit over the screwdriver handle. Heat the lateral outlet of the Tee only. When hot, insert it onto the handle. Then let it cool.

While heating, hold the Tee with a length of scrap PVC pipe. I use an inexpensive heat gun from Harbor Freight.
Remember, it's hot... use gloves.

I predict you'll find this helper useful more often than you think! And it just takes a few minutes to make.

Squirrel-Proof Your Bird Feeder

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When getting ready to discard a plastic coffee can, it struck me that I could use it to prevent squirrels from getting into my bird feeder. So I drilled a hole in the bottom with a Forstner bit, painted it, and snugged the can onto the PVC pipe I'd stained to look like wood. It sits about a foot below the feeder. After 9 months of use, squirrels haven't yet made it to the feeder. Works great with the "How to Build a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder" manual that comes free with my Official PVC Workshop Project Plans Encyclopedia!

"Hand-Saver" Bag Tote

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bag tote
bag tote
This handy shopping bag tote can be made in just a few minutes with a 10-inch length of 3/4-inch PVC pipe, 24-inch length of 1/4-inch nylon rope and a 16-inch length of an old bike inner tube.

Drill a 3/8-inch hole at one end of the pipe. Notch the opposite end, about 3/8-inches wide and a third of the way down using a hacksaw and a file. Paint it, if you want.

Affix the rope and inner tube as shown in the photos. To use, thread the looped end of the rope through the bag handles then attach it to the notched end of the pipe.

Adjust the dimensions to suit you. (My wife removes the inner tube because she doesn't like it.)

Alternative: instead of the inner tube, thread a length of an old leather belt onto the rope.

Lightweight PVC Clamp

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PVC clamp

PVC clamps are quick 'n easy to make from scrap pipe and a wooden dowel. Best of all, you'll find a dozen uses. For example,...craft projects, to hold sheets of paper, to hold parts while gluing, model making, and to hold wires while soldering. You're sure to think of more.

The clamp in the photos was made with a 1-inch thinwall pipe cut about 1 1/4-inches in length. The holes and dowels are 3/8-inch. Dowels are cut to 4-inches in length.
However, the clamps can be made most any size.

The pipe was sliced lengthwise with a hacksaw and holes were made with a spade bit while held by my bench vice.

Remove the dowels, if need be.


PVC Bird House

PVC BIrd House
This fun birdhouse is made from a PVC fence post. Eight pages with photos also include plans for my Easy 15-Minute Bird House. Great family project!

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Tool Holder for Garden Trailer

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When our neighbor lady brought home a garden trailer kit, I helped her assemble it. After completing the project I thought a helpful add-on would be to install a few holders to help her haul garden tools around.

So I cut five 20-inch lengths of 1 1/2-inch PVC pipe and fastened them to the inside front of the trailer with pipe straps and 5/8-inch long 1/4-inch bolts, lock washers and nuts.

To keep water and debris out, I set the pipe 3/4-inches up from the floor of the trailer using an old board as a guide. (See Photo 1.)

You can also add garden tool holders to the PVC Trailer, when you decide to make your own.
PVC Truck Clock

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A few months ago, the clock on my old F-150 stopped working. So I bought a digital stick-on version, which lasted about as long as Sunday dinner. I happened to have a left-over clock face from another project. So I grabbed a 3-inch PVC cap and drilled a 7/8-inch hole in the back (to help remove the clock to change the battery) and painted it. Then I stuck some Velcro on the back and on the dashboard. Lastly, I inserted the clock face into the cap and affixed the unit where I could see it well. By the way, the clock face was a hair too small for the cap, so I wrapped tape around the perimeter of the clock to snug it up. I could've wrapped tape inside the cap, but the way I did it was easier... not necessarily better. Now I can actually see the time without squinting!

Bungie and Tie-Down Holders

Bungie Holder

I make use of scrap 3 & 4-inch PVC pipe to hold bungie cords and tie-downs behind the seat in my trusty old F-150.

Keeps 'em tidy and at the ready.

No tangles here!
PVC Sword
PVC Sword 2
PVC Sword2

Materials

About 4-feet of 1/2-inch PVC Pipe
Four 1/2-inch Caps
One 1/2-inch Cross
Two 1/2/-inch Elbows
Small Can of PVC Cement

Directions

The "blade" is 24-inches long, the grip is 6-inches and each section of the hand guard is 4-inches. The two nipples measure 1-inch each.

You can make yours any dimension you want, of course.
Three PVC Slingshots

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You'll enjoy making and playing with these slingshots. Each are quick 'n easy to put together. And I predict you'll have more fun than a barrel of monkeys. (Children should be adult supervised.)


PVC Rubber Band Shooter

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My two youngest grandsons have a blast shooting rubber bands at pop can targets outside. The gun is made with 1/2-inch PVC pipe and is easy 'n quick to assemble. Here's how...

Materials

8-inch PVC Pipe for the barrel
4-inch PVC Pipe for the handle
45° Elbow
Binder Clip
1/2-inch Sheet Metal Screw with Washer
Rubber Bands (of course)

Directions

Attach the barrel and handle to the elbow, as shown. Drill a starter hole, then screw on the binder clip. Finally, cut or file a notch at the tip of the barrel to hold the rubber band in place.   Paint the Shooter, if you'd like.

Alternative: Attach a second binder clip to the top of the gun to hold two rubber bands.
PVC Lamp

Utility Lamp

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The Poor Wood Turner's
Lathe Dust Control Stand

 

 

 


Materials

10-foot length of 1-inch PVC Pipe
One 5-way Cross
One Tee
One Ell
Four End Caps
Two 2 1/2-inch Bolts, Nuts, Washers

You can make your own 5-way cross, if you prefer. Just follow the plans to make the Light Stand near the bottom of the next Free Plans page.

The four legs attached to the cross are 12-inches long. The vertical pipe should be cut to suit your lathe.

Attach a ready-made dust collection hood to the stand, or make your own.

Simple, Quick PVC Pipe Cutting Aid


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Cut two V-notches in the top of a 5-gallon bucket. Place the pipe into the notches and... presto! You've got a steady pipe-cutting aid for pipe up to 3-inches in diameter.

I first made a 3-1/2-inch cardboard triangle (photo #1, bottom of bucket), traced it on the inside of the bucket with a permanent marker, then cut it out with a hacksaw.

The beauty of this "tool" is you can also load it with fittings, pieces and tools to take with you.

 Rake Extension

Insert your rake into the appropriate-size PVC pipe to extend its reach. Now you can easily remove hard-to-get debris from rooftops and under decks with ease.

Drill a couple of holes though the pipe and rake handle. Then fasten with nuts 'n bolts.

Shop Vac Floor Sweeper


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Photo #5


Photo #6

This lightweight Sweeper is a handy picker-upper for your shop, garage or wherever you accumulate debris. I use it for a quick removal of sawdust and PVC "dust" on my shop floor. It's dirt-cheap & quick to make, and works like a charm. In fact, I made mine with leftovers from other projects.

Materials

Five-foot length of 1 1/4-inch PVC pipe
One Tee
One Coupler (or one Elbow, see "Note" below)
Two End Caps
Small bottle of PVC cement
Duct tape

Directions

Cut two 12-inch lengths of pipe for the "working" end of the Sweeper. The upright length can vary according to your height. I cut mine 3-feet.

Glue it together so it looks like the one in Photo #6.

Next, I cut a slot the entire length of the bottom of the Sweeper (Photos #1, #2, #3) by making a couple of passes on my table saw. If you don't have a table saw, a Dremel tool will work, although it's much slower and less accurate. Before cutting the slot, be sure to set the Sweeper on the saw at an angle. (Photo #5.) You might want to hold it on the floor first to determine the most comfortable angle, then mark the angle. 

Lastly, I duct taped around the Coupler a few times so it would fit snugly into my shop vac hose (Photo #4).

Note: For a better hose angle, you may want to attach a PVC Elbow rather than a Coupler.

That's all there is to it. The sweeper isn't fancy, but it sure does get the job done!

PVC Walking Canes

The darker colored cane is made with 1-inch PVC pipe and the lighter one from 3/4-inch.

First, cut the pipe about 6-inches longer than you need. Trim to length when you're finished. To wood-grain the pipe, see How to "Wood-Grain PVC Pipe in 3 Easy Steps. Prepare the pipe by sanding, then bend one end in any manner that pleases you. You can learn how to bend by reading How to Bend PVC Pipe.

At each end of the cane, I inserted an internal cap rather than an external cap (the little white thing in the photo). You can find them in the Sources section of the PVC Workshop. As an alternative, attach a rubber tip at the bottom for better traction.

The last step is to stain the cane. The dark cane in the photo was finished in Red Oak wood stain. The other, Fruitwood.

Simple Screwdriver Holder

 

I made this screwdriver holder by drilling holes through a 2-foot length of leftover 1 1/4-inch pipe. The holes are spaced on 2-inch centers. (My handy Drilling Jig can be helpful here.)

Now your screwdrivers can then be organized by type and size. 

Got a lot of screwdrivers? Make the organizer longer. Or make several.

Useful Ideas

Idea #1: Trash Bag Holder

I made a couple of trash bag holders. One of them I wanted to attach to the door for the space under the kitchen sink. The door was too thin to put in screws to properly hold the PVC, without the points of the screws showing through the front of the door. My wife, suggested sticking industrial strength Velcro to the door and to the holder, then putting them together. 

Worked like a charm. I have used this idea for other PVC projects.

George S., Texas

Idea #2: Vacuum Hose Extender for Hard-to-Reach Locations

Simply attach a length of PVC pipe to the end of your vacuum hose and, if necessary, wrap the connection with duct tape. Now you’re ready to clean the cobwebs from the ceiling and corners. If you want to get fancy, cut the "business end" of the pipe at an angle then heat it to form an long oval, which will make it easier to reach into corners.

Electric Extension Cord Holder

Cut a 4-inch length of 1 1/2-inch pipe to make this convenient extension cord holder.

No more tangles!

Use 2-inch pipe for longer utility extension cords.

Mind the (Tailgate) Gap

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When unloading barkdust, dirt, mulch and such from my pickup, debris would always clog the tailgate opening.  And make a nice mess on the ground, to boot. One time, I even had to pry gravel out of the gap.

Enter my simple solution.

I lay a length of PVC pipe in the gap. Then sweep right over it. When not in use, I store the pipe behind the seat. Problem solved. Easy peasy!
PVC Water Blaster

PVC Dowel Holder

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Materials

3 or 4-inch PVC drainpipe (schedule 40 works, too... I just had these scraps on hand)
Scrap piece of 1/2-inch plywood
1/2 or 3/4-inch sheet metal screws
3/4-inch wood screws and washers

Directions

Cut the drainpipe to whatever sizes you want, as many as you want. Cut circles from the scrap plywood. Secure the circle at one end of the pipe with two screws. Drill a pilot hole in the pipe opposite a drain hole (top and bottom) then fasten the pipe to the wall with wood screws & washers. (I used a long screwdriver attachment with my cordless drill.)
PVC Pencil Shooter

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Materials

5-inch length of 
1/2-inch PVC Pipe
1/2-inch Tee
1/2-inch Cap
Balloon

Directions


After assembling the toy, attach a balloon to one end of the Tee and push it through to the other side using a pencil.

To use, insert a pencil into the toy, pull back the balloon with pencil and "fire."

Fun for outside target shooting. Children should be adult supervised.

Blower Brush

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Bristle Brush Attached to
PVC Downspout Adapter

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Slots Cut to Attach
to Leaf Blower

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Clamp Tightens Pipe to Blower

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Blower Brush Ready for Work


My aging asphalt driveway is lined with fir trees. Problem is, they lose a lot of needles and they can be difficult to blow off the rough surface. So I came up with this handy leaf blower accessory. The heavy-duty bristle brush attached to the PVC pipe pries the needles loose while the blower does, well, what a blower does.

It's easy, quick and inexpensive to make. And, while I haven't tried it yet, it should be work well to help remove roof moss. 

Materials

Short length of 3-inch PVC thinwall drain pipe
Downspout adapter

Heavy-duty bristle brush
Clamp

Two bolts, nuts and washers

Instructions

Cut the pipe to the appropriate length for your blower. (Be sure to consider the length of the downspout adapter.) Cut slots at one end to help clamp it tightly to your blower. Bolt the brush to the other end of the pipe. Then clamp the device to your blower.

Garden Hose Guide

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Insert the spike into the washer and pipe. Then push the spikes into the ground where needed.
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Materials

10-inch spike
1 1/2-inch washer
1/2-inch PVC pipe cut to 3-inches


Make several to keep your hose from damaging garden plants.

Rag Dispenser

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This handy rag dispenser is made with a length of 4" PVC drainpipe and cap. Drill a 3" hole near the bottom, just above the cap using a hole saw or jig saw. (See How to Cut & Glue.)

The dispenser is attached to my shop wall with one screw through the back of the large hole (made with the hole saw pilot bit) and one screw just inside the top opening. Since the inside of the pipe is slick, rags slide downward each time you pull one out.

Idea: make yours with perforated drainpipe to see when the rag supply is getting low.

Ideal for shops, gara
ge, laundry room and craft room.

Pruner Extender
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For those limbs that are just out of reach, slide your pruner handles into lengths of PVC pipe.

Attach with a couple of nuts and bolts. Remove the pipe when you're done and set them aside for another day.

Shop-Vac Wand

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The Wand really comes in handy when you need to get into tight spaces. In my shop, I use it to get under power tools. I made this one about 18-inches long because that's the length of a scrap piece I had laying around. A 24-inch Wand would be better.

Materials

Short length of 1 1/4-inch PVC pipe
One Elbow
Duct tape
PVC cement

Directions

Although the Wand appears to be simple to make, the tricky part is heating the pipe so it flattens like you see in Photo #1.

I used the PVCbendit device, which made it easier. After heating thoroughly, quickly place the pipe between a couple of boards and compress tightly with two or three clamps.

When cool, glue the elbow onto the round end. I cut the smashed end at a 45-degree angle for no particular reason.

Wrap duct tape around the elbow so it'll fit into your shop-vac hose (Photo #2).

If possible, it's better to use a thin-wall PVC pipe rather than schedule 40. It's easier and quicker to heat and flatten.

Save Your Back

Move really heavy objects by rolling them over lengths of PVC pipe, similar to what the ancient Egyptians did.

If you're rolling objects over grass, dirt or rough terrain, use 3 to 4-inch diameter pipe. Smaller diameter pipe for inside items.

Simple Hamburger Pattie Ring

If you want perfectly round hamburger patties every time, slice a ring from a piece of 3-inch PVC pipe.

Then fill the ring to the top with hamburger. Pack so it's even all around.

Remove the meat from ring and toss it on the grill. Perfect!

Tip: "grease" the inside of the ring so you can easily remove the hamburger.

PVC Toys

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My two youngest grandsons love playing with leftover pieces of PVC pipe. I throw a bunch of extra fittings into the box from time to time and they can spend hours having "low tech" fun. Much better (to me, at least) than watching Sponge Bob or playing computer games. 

The pipe lengths range from 6-inches to 16-inches. So far, I've filled three boxes like the one in the photo.

It's a great imagination and skill builder. I'm always amazed at what they come up with.

PVCchair

 PVCracer

 PVCpiperack

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yard 'n garden... more.

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PVC Sanding File

 PVCsandingfile

Here's another useful tool for your shop or around the house. Attach sandpaper to a 10-inch length of 1-inch diameter PVC pipe. I glue two grits on the pipe, 60 or 80-grit on one side, and 100 - 120-grit on the other.

To fasten the sandpaper to the pipe, cut the sandpaper to size, then spray the paper and the pipe with adhesive. Let the surfaces set a few minutes before placing the paper onto the pipe. When the sandpaper is worn out, simply peal it off and apply a new one.

Use various diameter pipe for different radii.

Rise Up Chaise Lounge!

My wife wanted her chaise lounge raised.

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So, here's what I came up with.


SOLUTION... How to Remove Pipe
Easier when "Dry-Fitting"

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Ever have a hard time removing pipe from a "dry-fit?" Try this: First, insert the pipe into a fitting. Then trace around the pipe to mark where the cuts should end. Remove and saw down to the mark with a hacksaw, as seen in the above photos. Now the pipe will slide in and out with ease. Repeat at the ends of each pipe in your project. This works especially well for projects that get knocked-down and reassembled frequently, such as display units. The only problem I see with this solution is the pipe might become too loose over time. Anyway, give it a try.
Note: don't do this for plumbing applications!

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