PVC Catapult to Annoy the Neighbors
Well technically, this is a trebuchet (since it uses a counterweight). but it IS guaranteed to hurl a golf ball more than 50 feet. You can download the plans to build your very own at TrebuchetStore.com.
PVC prosthetic limb
Okay, maybe this one isn't so crazy. Students at Brigham Young University have been using PVC pipe to craft affordable prosthetic limbs for amputees living in developing countries. The material is cheap, easy to form, and has the flexibility and durability to do the job.
Credit for the image goes to KSL.com, a division of KSL Broadcasting, Salt Lake City, UT.
Believe it or not, making and using potato cannons is quite popular with a certain segment of underground hobbyists. It's gotten to the point where there are now annual competitions for distance and accuracy.
While there are some that use an ignited propellant -- or even explosives! -- to power their potato, purists use pure pneumatic force. This particular model from www.advancedspuds.com uses an exhaust valve, inlet flange, check valve and, of course, plenty of PVC in its construction.
An entire greenhouse made from PVC pipe?
Most of the PVC creations we've featured have been items, or in some cases furniture -- but some PVC fans have graduated to larger structures like this DIY greenhouse. If you're interested you can find the plans on http://www.pvcplans.com.
PVC Bike Trailer
The problem: how to get both yourself and your surfboard down to the beach on your bike (because, let's face it, parking is going to be impossible)? The solution: PVC pipe! This handy bike trailer built from PVC is practical, affordable (about $20), and not too tricky to assemble.
The inventor is a YouTuber with the handle AlphaPhoenix, and you can check out his channel here.
Plumbing for carpentry - the PVC drill press!
Thank PVC pipe for the Super Soaker
Nowadays it's a backyard staple, but there was a time when the Super Soaker was only a dream in the mind of NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson. And here we see Johnson's original prototype, made with a two-liter soda bottle and, of course, plenty of PVC pipe.
Credit for the image goes to online image sharing site imgur.
Eiffel Tower made of PEX pipe!
Okay, it's PEX, not PVC, but you have to admire both the size -- more than 8' tall -- and the craftsmanship that went into this model of the Eiffel Tower done entirely with PEX pipe and connectors.
The work was done with scrap material as a training exercise for Uponor's interns and shown off at the Energy Way Technology Center Open House back on Oct. 5.
DIY supplies rack
Rack for pool towels/toys
Okay, it isn't PVC pipe, but this one is too good not to share. Randy Hunter of Hunter Mechanical, Oklahoma City, OK, is a big fan of PEX (his firm does a lot of geothermal and radiant work).
He'd wanted a PEX desk for a while (his son made a desk out of Victaulic steel pipe!), but making one wasn't practical until Milwaukee Tool came out with it's 3" PEX expansion tool. Now it's the pride of his office. Great work, Randy!
Computer case mod