Ah, the forgotten Wednesdays. Why? Do you really want to remember the time you stepped in it right before heading to work? A sprinkler would have been handy right about then, except you stepped on that and broke it as well. What to do? Shake off the mid-week doldrums (and that little lawn sausage) by taking a peek inside your favorite and perhaps not-so-favorite gadgets. Grab your toolbox and get inspired!

This week’s entry:

Gilmour Pattern Master

The Gilmour Pattern Master Sprinkler is an large coverage impulse sprinkler from Gilmour products. It’s a patented design with a coverage of 8500 sq ft. sporting those special impulse sprinkler features like rotation control and speed control.

While there are not many parts to this water-driven mechanism, it poses some challenges.

Gut Check

Top Level Components & Sub-Assemblies: 19

  • Most unexpected surprise: The new family of spiders making their way into the walls of my home
  • Most difficult item to access/dissassemble: The red adjustment ring that just wouldn’t come off (see below), along with the other items that just wouldn’t budge.
  • Unsolved mystery: Would Kinetico (water softening system) prolong sprinkler life while killing plant life?

Bonus Gut Check

The screwdriver
While attempting to disassemble the sprinkler, my screwdriver decided to self-destruct. A self-gut check, if you will.

What is Gut Check? Gut Check is a tribute to all the design, engineering, and manufacturing peeps out there using 3D/2D/Whatever-D day in and day out, to create and bring to life the products that we all use and enjoy every day. You’re the ones who are down in the trenches, making it happen. It’s also a look at the complexity and beauty of seemingly simple products. One look under the hood will reveal that almost anything is a “large assembly” and requires an enormous amount of time and effort to make everything come together in something that embodies the epitome of form, fit, and function.

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