I have always loved the look of Cor-Ten steel, which is what you see in this photo. The steel is designed to rust on the outside, which lends a beautiful look, texture, and color to the material. The rust actually protects the steel, and the best part is that it is needs no maintenance, as far as I can figure. It's probably horribly expensive.
A friend made one with PVC - just stuff from Home Depot. The boom was made out of a supported 2x4 with a PVC elbow. The hose goes into the elbow and out the other side. No kinking.
It doesn't swivel; the PVC has a bit of chain on it so it will move a little. Works for him - he's got a training barn and it sees heavy use. Perhaps not the most attractive design but the horses don't seem to care.
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
I've seen the ones from the catalog, but theyre almost a hundred bucks! Thought i could save some money
With a 2x4 would it still swivel? Does the hose run through the pipes, or connect to it?
I will go look at the car wash too.
Sorry it took me so long! I added the pictures to my old farm progression pictures, hopefully the link will take you directly to the wash bay: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47214250@N02/8600437292/. SO said to make it swivel, he just used a good quality quick disconnect. It works well, but probably doesn't swivel as good as the store bought kind. But it sure was cheaper
Squid over, that is too funny! I will keep that in mind for my alias I'm blessed to have a hubby that will do these things for me. He's one of those that if I see something I am thinking about buying, says "I can build that". Granted, it doesn't always work out.