The Impact Sprinkler - more clever than it seems!

  • Published on Jul 30, 2020
  • It's that time again! Time to take a deep dive into the mundane to see what we can learn. Join me as we look at this sprinkler!
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Comments • 100

  • Nirmal
    Nirmal 4 hours ago

    Whoever invented this device should be in history books like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison

  • chris andrus
    chris andrus 6 hours ago

    "Angle of sprinklage"🤣

  • Jiří Vestfy
    Jiří Vestfy 13 hours ago

    Will you make video about teletext?

  • ThomasKrueger
    ThomasKrueger 13 hours ago

    the spring is out of the picture 😂😂

  • Maximilian Montserrat
    Maximilian Montserrat 17 hours ago

    Since you like technology involving water, a video covering ram pumps and boost converters would be a nice two for one since their operating principles can be analogized.

  • Erik Rimes
    Erik Rimes 18 hours ago

    Why are you showing the water tower in Berrien Springs at the begining of the video?

  • MarshMilo100
    MarshMilo100 18 hours ago

    This has been driving me nuts, what is the music that you play for the credits/at the end of the video? I have tried to Shazam it, but it doesn't pickup the correct song. I love the song and I want to listen to it more.

  • Ebon Hawk
    Ebon Hawk 21 hour ago

    Why is your shirt pixelated? something wrong with the camera?

  • Mr Nobody
    Mr Nobody 23 hours ago

    Anybody has a count of how many times armature was used incorrectly in the video or rather how many times armature was mentioned in the video, cause they were all incorrect

  • George
    George Day ago

    I was really hoping to hear and see the sprinkler in action

  • Timur Tripp
    Timur Tripp Day ago

    This takes me back to my childhood. The way these things worked always fascinated me.

  • Peter Peter
    Peter Peter Day ago

    As a kid I saw one of these sprinklers albeit a much larger version spraying a farmer's field. I went over to it to look at it and the "armature" or whatever swung back after it reached a particular degree of turn and smacked me in the head hard. I never went near one since.

  • Rydal S
    Rydal S Day ago +1

    I miss engineer guy

  • Zachary Taylor
    Zachary Taylor Day ago

    "...slaps the stream of water like a curious raccoon!" LOLOLOLOLOLOL Oh my God I was laughing so hard, you got me!

  • Fredrick Isaac
    Fredrick Isaac Day ago

    These hose are for everybody...

  • Baschz Leeft
    Baschz Leeft Day ago

    Thanks, I was wondering about those for a long time.

  • Simon Ashtear
    Simon Ashtear Day ago

    You said the energy was 'dampened' twice and went right on by without a joke. I'm disappointed.

  • Dillion W
    Dillion W Day ago

    How about a video about waterbeds? Everybody’s aunt had one and now, no one does.

  • matt marshment
    matt marshment Day ago

    You need to read audiobooks professionally. I would (and kinda feel like I have) listen to you read terms of service agreements or instruction manuals

  • Cameron Stanford
    Cameron Stanford 2 days ago

    Cakes are round. And rectangular.

  • Cameron Stanford
    Cameron Stanford 2 days ago

    Was the Berrien Springs water tower just a coincidence?

  • startiger2
    startiger2 2 days ago

    Great video, but you missed one last feature. Those wire clips on the bottom serve a useful function. You can rotate them on the main shaft and change how much the sprinkler is allowed to rotate. By moving thing around the shaft with the control switch down, you can change the angle of rotational travel from just a few degrees to almost a full circle. You can also change what direction it is spraying in that way as well. This allows for more control of what you want to water.

  • cameron20020
    cameron20020 2 days ago

    "angle of sprinklidge"

  • R Vize
    R Vize 2 days ago

    The weird distortion could maybe be shake reduction left on while shooting from a tripod?

  • yroohj gouy
    yroohj gouy 2 days ago

    "You can make them go in circles like most online arguments" I watch you for your clever jokes, the learning useless stuff is just a bonus.

  • TheCreepler
    TheCreepler 2 days ago

    so one weird thing i noticed is that with the CC on the video at the part where it shows the text about the word armature being used improperly that the CC shows up "can you believe i didn't put a ton of Jokes in this Bit?" but you never said that, do you type in the CC manually just wondering because i thought it was generated?

  • Jessica Litwin
    Jessica Litwin 2 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to caption your videos for those of us with hearing issues, it makes the content way more accessible.
    With youtube's removal of community captioning, without creators like you who take the time to do this, the autogenerated captions we're left with are generally... well, not good.

    • yroohj gouy
      yroohj gouy 2 days ago

      What's the music playing at the end there?

    MAGIC CLAW! 2 days ago

    They can also be set to rotate 360* in either direction. Very versatile.

  • Gacheru Mburu
    Gacheru Mburu 2 days ago


  • J Anything
    J Anything 2 days ago

    Seems way over engineered.

  • xoobo vola
    xoobo vola 3 days ago

    Me: i should really fix my sleep schedule the last time i saw the sun was when i was still in school Also me at 4am: why do sprinkl go b t t t t

    • leojavi
      leojavi 2 days ago

      You... you just copied and pasted this comment from user zer0 skill 👎

  • Furry_DeLorean
    Furry_DeLorean 3 days ago

    Gaaah, nature!

  • analogdigitalstereomono

    Next you should do CCD vs CMOS image sensors!

  • Carson Wells
    Carson Wells 3 days ago

    Investigate the other kind of sprinklers, a hoop that holds a spindle with a curved deflector that is inline with a hole in the hose adapter. It will spray a circle, up the water pressure and it will mist saturate a very wide area.

    • Carson Wells
      Carson Wells 2 days ago

      @xoobo vola So many everyday objects we all overlook are fascinating when explored, The evolution of needs, design and materials to create or improve a product.

    • xoobo vola
      xoobo vola 3 days ago

      I was totally fascinated with the impact sprinkler when I was a kid. I ended up playing around with my parents' one and trying to figure it how it did what it did.

    HUFFULUMPAGUS 3 days ago

    You should make a video on those old mechanical calculators!

  • Ian Oliver
    Ian Oliver 3 days ago

    You should do a whole video on impact drivers too.

  • Tejvir Panesar
    Tejvir Panesar 3 days ago

    Captain dissolution is that you

  • Matthew Fry
    Matthew Fry 3 days ago

    But what word is the correct word? WHAT WORD?!?!

  • thom1218
    thom1218 3 days ago +1

    As a small child I was fascinated by these; I prefer their technical name: the "nif-nif".

  • Víctor Hugo Espinosa

    Wow! I had not thought of it, but these sprinklers are really interesting. Nice vid.

  • Hans Wurst
    Hans Wurst 3 days ago +1

    i like ur vids!

  • David Daniel Wouters

    Now make a video with the sprinkler sound going on for 10 hours🤣
    Update: whoops! Someone beat you to it:

  • Remi Rms
    Remi Rms 3 days ago

    What's the music playing at the end there?

    • Remi Rms
      Remi Rms 3 days ago

      Found it: Floaters - Jimmy Fontanez

  • Daniel Cayea
    Daniel Cayea 3 days ago

    I bet you could make some kind of hydro generator out of it.

  • The LWQ
    The LWQ 3 days ago

    Video suggestion - a teletex service! 🖖

  • Ryan McArthur
    Ryan McArthur 3 days ago

    Thanks for the reminder that "technology" does not only mean "fancy modern electronics" or "computers." I hear it used to mean that way too much.

  • Moonic Productions
    Moonic Productions 3 days ago

    Hey! I love your videos and I was wondering since I'm from the world of composing and mixing, would you be in need of a custom jingle for your content?

  • vicc Hc
    vicc Hc 3 days ago

    Watching this high is just... too much

  • rougenaxela
    rougenaxela 4 days ago

    I was totally fascinated with the impact sprinkler when I was a kid. I ended up playing around with my parents' one and trying to figure it how it did what it did.

  • Simon Gie
    Simon Gie 4 days ago

    Eloquently put, sir.
    Great vid :)

  • Magnus Arendt
    Magnus Arendt 4 days ago +1

    hahahaha, "just ask your Anti-Clockwise"

  • Canilash
    Canilash 4 days ago

    I rather like the irrigating sound of these sprinklers.

  • Chris Buckler
    Chris Buckler 4 days ago

    Would you consider doing a video on portable electric coolers - like the Coleman kind you plug into a cigarette lighter?

  • Tom Keehn
    Tom Keehn 4 days ago

    Fun fact, on irrigation sprinklers there's a second little hole on the backside to help with watering stuff close to the sprinkler.

    • monika laosi
      monika laosi 4 days ago

      thank you for taking a look at these, ive always wondered how they moved around, and why the slamming arm was on them, wonderful video!

  • Axer
    Axer 4 days ago

    Those videos just butter my muffin

  • Rd
    Rd 4 days ago

    I want animations!!!

  • Thomas Smartt
    Thomas Smartt 4 days ago

    Dude 0:44 made my day 😂

  • Bela Skoflek
    Bela Skoflek 4 days ago

    BRO! Take a look at the auto shut off feature in gasoline nozzles

  • Vladimir Djordjevic
    Vladimir Djordjevic 4 days ago

    Ah yes I always know that type of sprinkler was so inventive and finally a shed of light went on it.

  • F ZERO
    F ZERO 4 days ago +1

    0:01 soo... uh... are you into watersports?

  • BusinessVulture
    BusinessVulture 4 days ago

    I've grown a sort of love hate relationship with this channel. On one have I love it cause who doesn't like learning how everyday things work, but on the other hand too many... "undesirable" things have been pointed out. Like incandescent stop lights, or non amber turn signals... Or even toasters that don't automatically pop at the correct temperature.

  • NonTwinBrothers
    NonTwinBrothers 4 days ago +1

    These videos are making less and less sense

  • Dário Mendes
    Dário Mendes 4 days ago

    I was asking myself how did this work some years ago, but never tried to find an answer... thnk you!

  • iamalongusername
    iamalongusername 4 days ago

    Dear Mr Technology Connections guy, I'd love you to explain how pumps and compressors work in a future video

  • okow tina
    okow tina 4 days ago

    I used to collect sprinklers as a kid and I called them "Choo Choo" sprinklers

  • Jayce Kastner
    Jayce Kastner 4 days ago

    Why was this on recommended?

  • Keith Irwin
    Keith Irwin 4 days ago

    I think modern engineering could learn a lot from old mechanical gadgets. It's too easy to rely on electronics today, which sometimes fail. These sprinklers never fail. Gas station nozzles are another great example.

  • Sz.
    Sz. 4 days ago

    OMG, so nice and brilliant at 0:55! :) Had to stop to show it to evey tech-inclined friends of mine. (And to write this comment. And just to give some proper time to smiling about that witty little gag.)

    • Sz.
      Sz. 4 days ago

      @okow tina Hey, BTW, how does an empty (fake?) profile like yours have 340 subscribers? :)

    • Sz.
      Sz. 4 days ago

      @okow tina Yeah, I spotted that one, and smiled a little there, too. :)

    • okow tina
      okow tina 4 days ago

      8:35 more simpler

  • John O
    John O 4 days ago

    These sprinklers have an amazing secondary effect.
    If you place one in a third grade classroom and turn it on, it will cause you to be whacked with a bamboo cane by the my friend discovered. 😀

  • DrizzlingRose
    DrizzlingRose 5 days ago

    thank you for taking a look at these, ive always wondered how they moved around, and why the slamming arm was on them, wonderful video!

  • Donelle G
    Donelle G 5 days ago

    My wife linked one of your videos to me for a particular joke, but your humor made me subscribe and I have loved every video since. I adore the deadpan delivery of your jokes, but I also learn things! The first one I watched was about the US electricity system, and even though some of that went over my head, I never felt lost or stupid. Thank you for making your entertaining and informative videos. I appreciate you.

  • Bryan M
    Bryan M 5 days ago

    How about those old car radios that had a programmable push button that moved a needle?? How's that work?????

  • brad s
    brad s 5 days ago

    that is a lot more simpler

  • Dirkmez
    Dirkmez 5 days ago

    Ok this is weird, I bought one of these today, but about 7 hrs before this video ended up in my recommend list. I didn't even google sprinklers before buying one either WTF google?

  • Allen Knutson
    Allen Knutson 5 days ago

    The relevant equation isn't so much F = ma as momentum = force * time. The impact occurs in very little time, hence large force.

  • Shamino0
    Shamino0 5 days ago

    Awesome! I always wondered how these work. And now I know.

  • Breno
    Breno 5 days ago

    0:54 aaah... you had me at the onomatopoeia

  • mikea hiooi
    mikea hiooi 5 days ago

    I used to collect sprinklers as a kid and I called them "Choo Choo" sprinklers

  • p07gbar
    p07gbar 5 days ago

    I wonder if the lifting cone seal in the bottom bit balances the friction needed to turn with the impacts generated by the arm at all over a variety of water pressures? I.e. lower water pressure means lower force in the seal means lower friction and lower pressure means smaller arm impacts. Probably doesn't cancel out mathematically but at least the effects are in the right directions!

  • Mr Wrestles
    Mr Wrestles 5 days ago

    Question: how wet did you get filming this?

  • nicklogan2
    nicklogan2 5 days ago

    The "weridness" at 6:45 is possibly the lens breathing, this can happen when the focus is moving ever so slightly. it does seem to be amplified at footage slowed down.

    • mikea hiooi
      mikea hiooi 5 days ago

      and dolby havent been cracked for years.

  • Michael Fairchild
    Michael Fairchild 5 days ago

    Simplicity at its finest.

  • Krzysztof Szularz
    Krzysztof Szularz 5 days ago

    The cake is a lie.

  • jakeinator21
    jakeinator21 5 days ago

    8:35 more simpler

  • Jake Dee
    Jake Dee 5 days ago +1

    "adjustable beyond their angle of sprinklage"
    "the irrigating sound"
    Superb use of language Sir !

  • Guillermo Leon Betancourt

    I've always wondered how these worked!!! Thank you!!!

  • Jacob Patrick
    Jacob Patrick 5 days ago


  • Tobi Berlin
    Tobi Berlin 5 days ago

    finally this riddle got explained :D

  • spectral.readings
    spectral.readings 5 days ago

    let's redefine armature right here right now

  • Алексей Завражный

    Man, I'm from Ukraine and I'm watching all your videos! You're just incredible! Your manner of talking about things is awesome!

  • remi twardowski
    remi twardowski 5 days ago

    The aqueduc you show @0:13 is in my city. Montpellier, South of France

  • The Deadpool Who Chuckles.

    Thanks Cake Boss! I didn't know you had other videos besides making cakes

  • Joseph Calandria
    Joseph Calandria 5 days ago

    1:54 did he just spray himself in the face with that sprinkler??

  • Dan
    Dan 5 days ago

    The "What's this weirdness?" at roughly 6:44 would be in-camera compression doing its work to save space, but causing a visual artifact because of the moving green spoon :p

  • BillShmithback
    BillShmithback 6 days ago +1

    The weirdness at 6:45 can have something to do with camera or video editing compression. When nothing changes between two frames in a video the compression is saving space by not remembering those two frames as individuals. This although happens when just parts of the frame changes. In your example the background is not really changing, it only gets interrupted by the swinging arm. This “confuses” the compression and is leading to this artefacts. Try and check out your raw files. Should not happen there.

  • Andreas
    Andreas 6 days ago

    would love to see a video on drm copy protection of software via usb/serial dongles and how they work and why the modern ones are so secure. the current master suites of dts and dolby havent been cracked for years.

  • times up
    times up 6 days ago

    Please cover ion air filters. My thera pure fascinates me.
    Uv and hepa are fairly obvious but uv seems to be relegated to mostly gimmicky marketing campaigns without good technical info.

  • Rosa Luxemburg
    Rosa Luxemburg 6 days ago

    0 percent of the millennials would be able to invent this.

  • Rolls Royce
    Rolls Royce 6 days ago

    over engineered with lot of loss of water to service the concept.

  • iamalongusername
    iamalongusername 6 days ago

    Does anyone else read text as fast as you possibly can to make sure you read it all before it disappears, then just sit there staring at it for the next 10 seconds, because you had plenty of time?