PVC projects to the rescue! Have a water fight!

PVC water cannons made with Instructables

PVC has always been fun for my boys and I to play with, and it came in really handy this last week of August in Maine, where the temperatures and humidity climbed quickly and we needed to find refuge from the heat. I remembered some Instructables I had seen, and together with a hack saw, miter box, rotary tool, some PVC, cement, and a few O-rings, dad and sons constructed a few water cannons to cool off with. Past PVC projects for this dad and sons have included a playhouse frame and some other structures. We also have a huge top-secret project going that I will most certainly blog about, but will not be finished until next summer. We’d also like to build a PVC trebuchet and a wicked PVC rocket launcher. Working with PVC is easy. It’s sturdy but fairly soft. If you don’t have PVC shears or some… read more

PVC Projects – A Series of Tubes

PVC pipes and pipe fittings made into a fence

PVC Projects I was perusing the learning store section of Barnes & Noble one day and ran across the coolest toy. There were several different sets of multi-configurable playhouse frames with covers to fit them. Holy cow, my smallest kid would love these. Then I remembered the enclosure I built last summer to keep the bikes out of the rain. There is a much cheaper, bigger, and cooler way to do this: PVC! And who loves playing with PVC and tools more than dads? The only things that could make it more manly would be meat and fire. Just kidding. Kind of. I’ve stumbled across several nice sites offering plans for hundreds of different projects, most of which can be made with just PVC, and others with minimal extra parts. That bike enclosure was made of a bunch of straight PVC pieces cut with a hacksaw, some joints and elbows,… read more