09 January 2013

DIY Diaper Sprayer

Those first six months of a breastfed baby's life are glorious - you don't have to deal with the poop on your clothdiapers. Just throw it in the washing machine and you're good to go. Pre-solids poop - that includes formula fed babies as well - is water soluble and washes right out. But once you start solids, you're going to have to deal with the poop. 

The easiest option is using a diaper sprayer to spray all the poop off into the toilet. Buying a diaper sprayer can be pretty pricey, but the good news is that you can make your own with a few simple items from the hardware store. And you don't need any specialised knowledge to do it either. 

Over to TheHusband for the step-by-step details on how to install your own DIY diaper sprayer.

1. Go to the hardware store (eg Builder's Warehouse) to gather the supplies. You'll need the following:

Shower head
1 x tap
1 x shower head 

(Where appropriate I've added links to photos of examples so you know what to look for.)

2. Make sure the tap regulating the water inlet is closed. Detach one side of the water inlet pipe - either on the cistern or at the wall, whichever is easiest for you. Have a towel handy as there may still be some water in the pipe. 

3. Attach the braided hose to the side you just detached the existing hose from (either the cistern or the wall). 
You will now have two hoses dangling down. 

4. Wrap plumbers' tape around the two male sides of the tee joint - this helps seal the joint and prevents leaks. You may need to add more tape if after attaching the two ends you find that some water leaks out - trial and error. 

5. Attach the two braided hoses to the tee joint. 
6. Wrap plumbers' tape around the male end of the tap - again this is a trial and error process to get the right amount on. 

7. Screw the tap into the tee joint and make sure that the tap is closed. You'll be able to see whether the valves are opening or closing when you turn the tap.

8. Attach the shower hose to the tap and attach the shower head to the other end of the hose. 

9. Now to test: turn the main tap back on and see whether there are any leaks around the tee joint. If so - turn the main tap off and add more plumbing tape to the problem spot. 

10. With the mains tap open, open up the sprayer's tap (remember to hold your sprayer over the toilet!) and look for any leaks. Troubleshoot as above. 

That's it! Now you can spray as many poopy diapers as you like. ;-)

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