Simple DIY Plastic Pipe Tents

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Simple DIY Plastic Pipe Tents
PVC pipes are flexible and portable. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

You can build a sturdy structure with polyvinyl chloride pipes. They are lightweight, durable and cost-effective. This is why PVC pipe tent building is a simple family project that can be done with children. PVC pipe joints can be easily joined without having to do heavy-duty construction. With the help of a few tools that can be found around your garage, your tent can be completed in a small amount of time.

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Things you need

  • PVC glue
  • 3 Tent stakes
  • 12-foot by 16-foot tarp
  • Parachute cord,30 feet
  • 2, 3-way PVC pip connectors
  • 4, 90 degrees elbows for 2-inch PVC
  • 7, 7-feet by 2-inch PVC pipes

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  1. 1

    Glue an elbow onto each end of two of the 7-foot PVC pipes.

  2. 2

    Glue the 3-way connectors onto the third 7-foot PVC pipe. Make sure the connectors on the ends of each piece of PVC are pointed in the same direction.

  3. 3

    Place the leftover 7-foot PVC pipes into the three-way connectors. Make sure the pieces form the shape of an A-frame.

  4. 4

    Place the PVC pipes with the elbows attached onto the end of the four legs of the A-frame.

  5. 5

    Hammer three tent stakes into the ground. Position the stakes immediately next to each of the PVC's two base sections. Spread the stakes equally across each base section's length. Make sure that the frame from does not angle outward.

  6. 6

    Drape the tarp over the A-frame structure. Make sure the 12-foot edges are parallel to the top of the frame's ridgepole. One side at a time, lift the frame above the tent stakes and tuck any excess tarp beneath the frame before lowering the frame back down on the ground. Repeat this step for the opposite side of the tent frame.

  7. 7

    Crawl inside the tent and pull the tarp from beneath the sides of the frame until the tarp is stretched tightly. Use the scissors to cut two 2-foot long sections of parachute cords. Use the parachute cords to tie the two ends of the tarp together.

  8. 8

    Cut three 8-foot long sections of parachute cords. Tie one end of the first parachute cord to the first stake on one side of the tent. Drape the cord over the tent and tie the other end of the cord to the stake on the opposite side of the tent. Repeat this step with the other two stakes until the tent is completely secured to the ground. Form a front door by tying the tent flaps back.

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