Your Very Own Sticky Wicket
The height of your dog determines what height they will need to jump. The measuring process can be a stressful one for some dogs and “real” measuring wickets are $250, whew! Here's a simple version of a wicket that costs no more than $10 in materials. This project is very easy and can be adjusted depending on your needs. This wicket was made to use 1 length of 10 foot PVC pipe in order to maximize the use of it. I made the width quite wide (2 ft wide) so that I could accommodate fairly wide dogs, again you could easily alter the width in order to accommodate the dogs you are planning to measure.
Step One – Gather Your Supplies and Cut the PVC
You will need the following pieces:
- Two 36 inch long PVC pipes (1/2 inch)
- Two 24 inch long PVC pipes (1/2 inch)
- Four 9 inch long PVC pipes (1/2 inch)
- Two 90 degree PVC connectors (1/2 inch)
- Two T PVC connectors (3/4 x 1/2 inch)
- T connectors (1/2 x 1/2 inch) and 4 inch long pieces of PVC pipe (1/2)
- Measuring tape
- Fabric measuring tape
- strong clear packing tape
- PVC glue
- Rubber mallet
Step Two – Assemble the Ruler
Apply the PVC glue to the inside of the vertical port of one of the 1/2”x1/2” T-connectors. This is a nasty chemical and should be given respect. Insert one of the 36” pieces into the vertical port and use the rubber mallet to tap the PVC into place. Repeat for the other 1/2”x1/2” T-connector and 36” piece of PVC.
Use the Clear packing tape to affix the measuring tapes to the side of the wicket. The wicket I made is fairly wide, so I chose to use a measuring tape on each side, but you might feel that you only want numbers on one side.
You will want to check with a measuring tape that the numbers are reading the correct height. Take your time on this step, it will pay off in the end, your accuracy at this step will reflect in the accuracy of your measuring wicket. Also ensure that you place the measuring tape, so that you can easily see the numbers. The T-connectors at the bottom are where the legs of you wicket will be.
Step Three – Attaching the Measuring Arm and Top
Apply PVC glue to the inside of the vertical port of one of the 1/2”x3/4” T-connectors. Insert the 24” piece of PVC into the T-connector. Tap the PVC into place using the rubber mallet. Use the glue on the other T-connector and connect to the PVC. Check that the bar is laying flat.
Slide the T-connectors onto the measuring arms.
Use the glue to connect the 90 degree connectors to the top of the measuring arms. Again, try to make sure that they will lay flat. Insert the other 24” piece of PVC in between the two 90 degree connectors.
Step Four – Adding Feet
Glue the inside of the T-connectors at the bottom of the wicket and insert the 9” pieces of PVC. Tap into place using your rubber mallet.
Let it dry, then Ta-da!! There you have it, Your very own measuring wicket.