When my neighbor showed me some plans for a "Kids Wash" I knew I had to make it. I found the original plans on-line at Disney Family Fun Center and with a few personal tweaks to fit my needs I had the kid wash up and running in time for the 4th of July.
|10||10-foot lengths of 3/4 inch PVC pipe||$1.97||$19.70|
|7||3/4 90-degree elbows||$0.34||$2.38|
|1||3/4-inch slip female hose adapter||$1.47||$1.47|
For the gate (Optional):
|1||1-inch to 3/4-inch T||$0.88||$0.88|
|1||3/4 inch T||$0.33||$0.33|
|1||3/4 inch straight fitting (female coupler)||$0.24||$0.24|
|1||3-foot 3/4 PVC pipe (part of 10 bundle)||$0||$0|
**As an update to this, I ended up removing the gate. It was always in the way and it really served no purpose.
|Image from http://familyfun.go.com|
- 1 pool noodle
- craft foam
- permanent markers
- 3 large sponges
- about 40 feet of nylon lawn chair webbing
- adhesive-backed Velcro
At the annual impromptu family Fourth of July party I setup the finished product for all of the kids to play in and let's just say we didn't hear from the kids for most of the day. I would call that a success.
** Update: I ended up gluing the side pieces together because the water pressure kept popping the joints apart. I didn't glue the top bars (that connect the sides) so I could still take it apart. I just lean it on the side of the garage during the winter.
My kids played in the Kids Car wash all summer long, and it was a great way for them to beat the heat. The neighbor kids always loved to come over and use it as well. For the price I spent on building it I would say I got my money's worth.