Category: Lower Extremity Disabilities

DIY Adapted Outdoor Plant Watering Wand Holder

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The Adapted Outdoor Plant Watering Wand Holder is designed for use by individuals with limited upper and lower extremity coordination and strength as a result of cerebral palsy, stroke, arthritis and muscular dystrophy.  A traditional 36 inch outdoor plant watering wand (the kind that attaches to a hose) was attached to a fishing pole holder with a universal clamp that can be attached to any wheelchair or other mobility device. A handle was added to enable those with limited motion to independently position the wand to water an outdoor garden and potted plants.

Technical Specifications: 

Step 1: Materials

Please refer to website for visual list of materials needed to complete the project.

Fabrication of wand holder:

Fishing pole holder. We used the Scotty Powerlock Rod Holder purchased from

36 inch plant watering wand

Part A: Cut one donut using ½ inch thick plastic OD = 2 inch ID = 1 - ¼ inch 2 inch

Part B: Cut one donut using 1/8 inch plastic OD = 1 - ¾ inch ID = ¾ inch

Part C: Cut one donut using ½ inch thick plastic OD = 1- ¾ inch ID = ¾ inch c

(7) #12 X ½ inch screws

Rubber grommet OD = 1 - 5/8 inch ID = ¾ inch Inside Diameter

Handle to control the direction:

18 links of ½ inch Loc-line and one flat mount Loc-line www.modularhose.compart# 59896

½ inch conduit clamp

(1) ¼ inch - 20 x 1 - ½ inch bolt with clamping knob

(1) ¼ inch - 20 x ¾ inch bolt with lock nut

Clamp to mount to a wheelchair

Manfrotto super clamp

(1) ¼ inch - 20 x 1-1/2 inch flat head bolt

(4) #12 x ½ inch screws

1 piece 4 - ½ inch x 2 - ½ inch x ½ inch plastic

Step 2: Preparing the spacers

Take Parts B and C and cut them as shown. Discard the smaller piece. These partial donuts will later be screwed into the rod holder to keep the watering wand in position.

Step 3: Attach the spacer to the fishing pole holder

Take the larger half of the modified Part C and screw it into the fishing pole holder about 4 ¾ inch back from the front using (2) of the screws. This will be one part that will secure the sprayer inside the rod holder.

Step 4: Attach Part A to watering wand

Cut a slit in the rubber grommet. Take the cut rubber grommet and place it around the watering wand approximately 13 inch from the hose attachment side. Place Part A around the rubber grommet. It fit snuggly. This piece will stabilize the sprayer and the rubber grommet will stop the watering wand from sliding out of the rod holder.

Step 5: Mounting watering wand to the fishing rod holder

Place the watering wand into the fishing pole holder. The arm of the sprayer should snap into the half circle (modified part C from step 3). Part A around the grommet should fit just right inside the front of the fishing pole holder. Attach part B to part A using 2 screws as shown.

Secure part A through the walls of the pole holder using 3 screws.

Step 6: Building and attaching the handle

Bolt the flat mount Loc-line to the conduit clip using the ¾ inch bolt with lock nut.

Attach the locline links to the flat mount. Attach the handle to the hose end of the watering wand using the 1-1/2 inch bolt with clamping knob.

Step 7: Building and attaching the mount

Take your piece of 4 - ½ inch x 2 - ½ inch x ½ inch plastic. Round the edges and sand smooth.

Locate the ¼ inch threaded insert on the Manfrotto super clamp. Center the piece of plastic over the Manfrotto clamp. Drill a ¼ inch hole in the plastic to line up with the threaded insert in the clamp. Countersink the hold to receive the flat head bolt.

Insert the bolt through the plastic and attached to the clamp.

Attach the base of the rod holder to the plastic using the 4 #12 x ½ inch screws.

Step 8:  Finish Project

Connect an try the watering wand

DISCLAIMER: This Instructable is provided for information purposes only, and The Center for Discovery, Inc., its agents, successors and / or assigns make no express or implied warranty of fitness or merchantability for any particular purpose for the items depicted. The reader should understand that construction and use of any item made for use by an individual with cognitive or physical impairments may pose a higher risk of injury to the end user, as well as risk of injury to the individual constructing the device, and by continuing to read this publication, the reader undertakes to take appropriate steps to lessen or eliminate risks of injury occasioned by the construction or use of the items depicted. Any and all losses, injuries or damages incurred by or resulting from the use of the information in this publication are the sole responsibility of the reader and end user, all of whom voluntarily, expressly and completely release, forever discharge, and agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Center for Discovery, Inc, its agents, successors and / or assigns, from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with the use of the information contained in this publication.

Author: TCFDATDept



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DIY Adapted Outdoor Plant Watering Wand Holder