The answer, of course, is a trip to the barn in full scrounge mode. Our yard barn is mostly an oversized storage shed. Being my father's son, I have a hard time parting with anything I 'might need' in the future. That means there are lots of little nooks and crannies with 'stuff'. I managed to find a sprinkler of the type that has a spiked base that's intended to be stuck into the ground. I also managed to find what looked to be a 10 feet section of 1" (or so) galvanized pipe. Providentially, the central spike on sprinkler fits right down into the pipe. Tada!! A tall sprinkler system created out of tucked away stuff I 'might'! Mark the Packrat is (for once, anyway) vindicated.
I put the whole thing together (two parts plus an old bungee strap and the garden hose - not rocket science), took out my hearing aids (they don't like to get wet) and let 'er rip. The head sits up about 8 1/2 feet and with only a little fiddling, and a partial soakdown of the designer, my garden was enjoying a cold, well water shower. Anyway, here are some pics.
|Final Assembly complete and testing begins|
|Well, look at that! It works!|
|Tomatoes and Bush Beans enjoying their simulated rainshower|
|Cabbage, peppers, peas and the rest liking it, too|