PVC Gingerbread Playhouse for a Candyland Themed Party 0
FORMUFIT provides a great variety and selection of ready-made plans for so many different projects (and continues to work towards creating more). Bur nothing pleases the staff more when someone takes what is already there, and steps it up a notch to make it their own
Case in point: Trista McSwain, who runs the Pretty Please & Popcorn blog which focuses on creative projects for the home, had a conundrum. Her daughter was soon to be celebrating her 6th birthday and Trista wanted to make it a memorable one. The birthday party was to have a Candyland theme, so Trista and her husband Joe decided they wanted to build a special gingerbread house for her. But where to begin?
Trista had been frantically searching for plans to build the house, but no one else offered solid plans that were sturdy enough to hold the walls or her “graham cracker roof” she was envisioning. But she found exactly what she was looking for when she came across the FORMUFIT website and its existing plans for the Large Kid’s Playhouse.
Trista ordered the parts directly from our website and was not only impressed with how affordable the parts were, but also how quickly they were shipped directly to her door.
Once the parts arrived, Trista and Joe set to work following the Large Kid’s Playhouse plans to get started. They used hardboard wall panels for the walls and roof. They found it quite helpful to screw each pipe to its fitting on the inside, so when they screwed the interior and exterior walls of the house they were not hitting screw heads accidentally (a time saver for them in the long run).
To complete the gingerbread house, they used white caulk for icing around the windows and creases, which also did double duty to cover up any mistakes. Most notably, they used actual graham crackers for the roof, glued on one by one, just like an actual gingerbread house. With the power of hot glue, they were able to complete their project on time for the birthday party.
And as you can see in the pictures, they did an amazing job! And voila, the birthday party was a success! Trista also noted that FORMUFIT’s products provided such a sturdy and durable frame that they could have modified the building materials to make it more of an outdoor playhouse.
We here at FORMUFIT thanks the McSwain family for sharing their story with everyone, and we are continuously pleased and surprised with how our customers take our existing plans further than even we could have imagined! Be sure to check out not only the Large Kid’s PVC Playhouse plans they used, but also take advantage of the many free PVC plans and projects that we have to offer!
- FORMUFIT Staff
Thinwall PVC Pipe for Telescoping Pipe Projects 0
One of the real issues with Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) PVC pipe is that it was never designed to nest, or fit inside of each other. This bums a lot of people out because they usually want to have a larger size to telescope over a smaller size. Since all of the standard FORMUFIT pipe is Schedule 40 and follows NPS rules, it has the same issue.
Right now you can only telescpope or nest four sizes currently: 1” into 1-1/4” Sch 40 and 1-1/2” into 2” Sch 40. Thats not much of an option.
To remedy this, FORMUFIT is now offering Thinwall PVC Pipe in three different sizes: 3/4” Thinwall PVC Pipe, which will accept 1/2” PVC pipe. 1” Thinwall PVC Pipe, which will accept 3/4” PVC pipe. 1-1/2” Thinwall PVC Pipe, which will accept 1-1/4” PVC Pipe.
Thinwall pipe maintains the same outside diameter of the same PVC pipe size, but has a larger bore, or opening inside of the pipe. This larger bore is big enough to accept other PVC pipe sizes inside of it. And since it's from FORMUFIT it's extruded from the same Furniture Grade PVC formula as all of our other PVC products, with the UV protection and increased strength that has is critical to your project needs.
Using our Schedule 40 PVC pipe in concert with the unique thin wall PVC pipe segments, you can create telescoping pipe segments from our 1/2” Size up to our 2” Size. See more information on our Telescoping Pipe Sizes Guide and view all of our Thinwall PVC Pipe here.
- FORMUFIT Staff
Create a PVC Misting Station to Easily Cool Off! 0
Its hot. Really hot.
What better way to cool down that with a cool mist of water?
Enter our PVC Misting Station, it’s a fairly simple structure built from 3/4” PVC pipe, along with several PVC fittings and few items from the hardware store. It shoots a fine mist of water out of landscaping jets, which is absolutely perfect for hot summer days.
Misting is a much better way to stay cool outdoors, especially if you don't want to get wet. It provides just enough cooling moisture to keep your temperature down, but not too much to soak you. This mister can also be used to make a 'kid wash' with one placed on either side of the sidewalk that kids can right their bikes, big-wheels and toys cars through
Here is how it’s built:
The base of the unit is a 3/4” 4-Way PVC Tee, with three, 12" segments , two of them capped with external end caps, and the third capped with a 3/4” PVC pipe hose adapter, which is available from most hardware stores. These connect inside of 3/4" PVC pipe directly and can be used to attach a standard garden hose to your PVC structure.
The riser, the long ‘neck’ of the unit, is a 28” segment of PVC pipe that is inserted into the top of the base and is attached to another 12” segment by a 45 degree elbow.
The top of the unit is two 12" pieces of PVC pipe attached together with a PVC Tee, and capped with end caps. 1/4” holes were drilled into the top of the pipes, and then landscape-misting jets were screwed into each hole. Landscaping jets are also found at your local home-improvement center, usually in the sprinkler and irrigation section of the store.
Everything must be assembled using PVC cement. This is critical, as the pressure from garden hoses will cause to pieces to pop apart once the water is turned on.
The whole unit can be placed behind the seat of an outdoor patio couch or sofa, to cool of guests or loungers, or can be set into the yard for the kids to run through to cool them off.
It uses an extremely small amount of water, and since there is no regulator built into the unit, it is recommended to keep the amount of water pressure on the Misting Station to a low level, almost a trickle.
This is the first PVC project to use our new 'exploded plans' design. Simply gather the parts you need from our Plans page, and use the one-page, simple exploded plan to assemble.
Check out the exploded diagram available below, or from our PVC plans page. A SketchUp file is also available for download.
- FORMUFIT Staff
Self Storing PVC Light Box for Photography 0
Light boxes come in handy when photographers wish to take a photo of something up close. Light boxes allows proper light diffusion and gives a uniform background to focus on the subject. Most professional light boxes can be very expensive and very heavy to transport. One of our FORMUFIT customers has taken it upon himself to create such a professional light box. One that is both inexpensive and light weight and easy to store.
This is the second PVC project that Ray of the Joyful Turtle blog has created using our FORMUFIT furniture grade PVC products. Ray built a PVC desk which we wrote a previous article on on blog, located here. Ray’s blog features recipes and he needed a setup to be able to photograph the finished dishes. After the success of his PVC desk efforts he went through a bit of trial and error before coming up with a final design. Ray developed an cheap 13” x 13” professional quality light box, sturdy and easy enough to travel with.
Ray ordered all the FORMUFIT parts he needed from Amazon as well as some other accessories like a pipe cutter and PVC cement. As he details in his blog post, Ray used his pipe cutter to provide quick and straight cuts to the 3/4” Schedule 40 PVC Pipe. This allowed him to have a snug fitting connection on the rotating pipe sections.
He had to get creative with a way to store the lights without detaching them. Ray was able to fasten the lights to the rotating PVC arms by removing the wire clip that the lights used. He then mounted a clip pin into the PVC cap of the light arms he added to the frame, and voila, as self storing light box!
To finish off his setup and provide much needed storage, he attached a large plastic storage unit and a small board to the bottom of the light box. This allowed the light box to sit atop the storage unit, providing for a good shooting height. It also allows Ray to store his supplies for the light box and other accessories.
- FORMUFIT Staff
How To Build a DJ Booth Facade With PVC 1
You’ve seen them at clubs, weddings, festivals, parties and the like. The DJ behind the large booth spinning your favorite tunes, setting the musical scene. For many aspiring DJs, it can become a lucrative career but can also be a costly one. Not only is there electronics to figure out, but also the need for a good first impression: The DJ Booth. Large booths needed for the DJ to do their work can be as high as thousands of dollars. Due to the ingenuity of one FORMUFIT customer’s PVC design, building a DJ booth facade is now very affordable and easy.
Enter Skip Spoerke, a senior at Southern New Hampshire University. He needed a DJ booth that would allow for easy portability, and had to be sturdy and expandable. On top of that, it needed to look good and be affordable. Skip chose FORMUFIT Furniture Grade PVC products due to their superior quality and the black gloss finish he desired
Skip purchased several FORMUFIT parts to complete the task including the following:
- (4) 1-1/4" 3-Way PVC Elbow Corners
- (2) 1-1/4" 4-Way PVC Tees
- (4) 1-1/4" 90 Degree PVC Elbows
- (3) 1-1/4" PVC Crosses
- (2) 1-1/4" Internal PVC Couplings
- (8) 1-1/4" Slip Tee PVC Fittings
Skip provides instructions on his Beyond Volume blog, including some ideas for extra accessories. The accessories include a large duffel bag for easy transport for the PVC pipe and fittings, a PVC pipe cutter, and some custom banners. The instructions detail how many parts you’ll need as well as the steps to complete the work.
In all, it cost Skip about $165 for the PVC pipe and fittings shipped from FORMUFIT. It was an another $60-$70 for accessories to complete the DJ booth. Given that he now has a sturdy, professional DJ booth at a fraction of a the normal cost, Skip designed himself a bargain.
Click here for Skip’s blog post and to get more information or download the instructions yourself
- FORMUFIT Staff
PVC Storage for Jump Ropes & Hula Hoops 0
Hula hoops and jump ropes are a staple found in many PE departments across the country. Using them is a great way to have fun and keep fit at the same time, but the issue of how to store them arises. This also happens with smaller gyms and fitness instructors. But is a bigger problem with public schools where class after class has to use these items.
We found some FORMUFIT customers that saw fit to make their own solution using our PVC furniture grade products. One such customer spotted a PVC jump rope/hoop rack online that was not only of sub-par quality, but was very expensive. They desperately needed a solution to keep all of these items organized, as both the hula hoops and jump ropes are commonly used together. They are also both extremely difficult to store without creating a jumbled mess.
They took the dimensions of the completed version to build their final product, but were able to incorporate FORMUFIT colored PVC fittings to spruce up the final design
To get started, they purchased the following parts directly from FORMUFIT:
- (1) – 1-1/4” Cross Furniture Grade PVC Fitting Connector
- (4) – 1-1/4” PVC Casting Fitting Insert
- (6) – 1-1/4” Furniture Grade PVC External End Cap
- (4) – 1-1/4” 3-Way Elbow Furniture Grade PVC Fitting Connector
- (1) – 1-1/4” 4-Way Tee Furniture Grade PVC Fitting Connector
- (8) – 1-1/4” Tee Furniture Grade PVC Fitting Connector
They then purchased from other vendors the following extra materials:
- (4) – “Off the shelf” diameter post casters that can be used to fit inside of our Caster Fitting Inserts
- 33 ft. of Schedule 40 PVC Plumbing Pipe
After all the materials were purchased, the next step was to measure and cut the following sizes below using a chop saw.
- 12 cuts of 8-1/4” - for short sides and middle base and 6 rack supports on top
- 4 cuts of 12-1/4” - for long sides of base
- 2 cuts of 12-1/2” - for top supports between racks
- 3 cuts of 56” - for jump rope poles
- 1 cut of 4-1/2” - for middle extension
- 1 cut of 6-1/2” - for tallest extension
Once all the pieces were cut and fittings arranged, they then put the pieces together (you can reference the image above which is their finished product). They made sure all of the fittings were in place correctly before doing a final fit, then used PVC cement to secure the pipe and fittings together. They initially ran into some difficulty with inserting the casters, but once they found this tutorial on our FORMUFIT website they completed this last step easily.
End result: a safe, portable and tidy way to store all of your hoop and jump rope equipment, and done at the fraction of a cost for what other vendors offer.
- FORMUFIT Staff