The Impact Sprinkler - more clever than it seems!

Jul 30, 2020
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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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  • Could you do a video on car cigarette lighters, I find them interesting and I don’t get how they work?

    Jeff McJeffJeff McJeffHour ago
  • pretty much every episode: with it with it with it with it *confused*

    Shannon BShannon BHour ago
  • Fuckin love the thumbnail joke

    Kaleb SmithKaleb Smith3 hours ago
  • I really like your videos, so when you did of a heart attack I'm going to miss you. Get well soon!

    ZaptoweeZaptowee12 hours ago
  • Whoever invented this device should be in history books like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison

    NirmalNirmalDay ago
  • "Angle of sprinklage"🤣

    chris andruschris andrusDay ago
  • Will you make video about teletext?

    Jiří VestfyJiří VestfyDay ago
  • the spring is out of the picture 😂😂

    ThomasKruegerThomasKruegerDay 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.

    Maximilian MontserratMaximilian MontserratDay ago
  • Why are you showing the water tower in Berrien Springs at the begining of the video?

    Erik RimesErik RimesDay 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.

    MarshMilo100MarshMilo100Day ago
  • Why is your shirt pixelated? something wrong with the camera?

    Ebon HawkEbon HawkDay 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

    Mr NobodyMr NobodyDay ago
  • I was really hoping to hear and see the sprinkler in action

    GeorgeGeorge2 days ago
  • This takes me back to my childhood. The way these things worked always fascinated me.

    Timur TrippTimur Tripp2 days 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.

    Peter PeterPeter Peter2 days ago
  • I miss engineer guy

    Rydal SRydal S2 days ago
  • "...slaps the stream of water like a curious raccoon!" LOLOLOLOLOLOL Oh my God I was laughing so hard, you got me!

    Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor2 days ago
  • These hose are for everybody...

    Fredrick IsaacFredrick Isaac2 days ago
  • Thanks, I was wondering about those for a long time.

    Baschz LeeftBaschz Leeft2 days ago
  • You said the energy was 'dampened' twice and went right on by without a joke. I'm disappointed.

    Simon AshtearSimon Ashtear2 days ago
  • How about a video about waterbeds? Everybody’s aunt had one and now, no one does.

    Dillion WDillion W2 days 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

    matt marshmentmatt marshment2 days ago
  • Cakes are round. And rectangular.

    Cameron StanfordCameron Stanford3 days ago
  • Was the Berrien Springs water tower just a coincidence?

    Cameron StanfordCameron Stanford3 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.

    startiger2startiger23 days ago
  • "angle of sprinklidge"

    cameron20020cameron200203 days ago
  • The weird distortion could maybe be shake reduction left on while shooting from a tripod?

    R VizeR Vize3 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.

    yroohj gouyyroohj gouy3 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?

    TheCreeplerTheCreepler3 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.

    Jessica LitwinJessica Litwin3 days ago
    • What's the music playing at the end there?

      yroohj gouyyroohj gouy3 days ago
  • They can also be set to rotate 360* in either direction. Very versatile.

    MAGIC CLAW!MAGIC CLAW!3 days ago
  • 🤔👌👍

    Gacheru MburuGacheru Mburu3 days ago
  • Seems way over engineered.

    J AnythingJ Anything3 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

    xoobo volaxoobo vola4 days ago
    • You... you just copied and pasted this comment from user zer0 skill 👎

      leojavileojavi3 days ago
  • Gaaah, nature!

    Furry_DeLoreanFurry_DeLorean4 days ago
  • Next you should do CCD vs CMOS image sensors!

    analogdigitalstereomonoanalogdigitalstereomono4 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 WellsCarson Wells4 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.

      Carson WellsCarson Wells3 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.

      xoobo volaxoobo vola4 days ago
  • You should make a video on those old mechanical calculators!

  • You should do a whole video on impact drivers too.

    Ian OliverIan Oliver4 days ago
  • Captain dissolution is that you

    Tejvir PanesarTejvir Panesar4 days ago
  • But what word is the correct word? WHAT WORD?!?!

    Matthew FryMatthew Fry4 days ago
  • As a small child I was fascinated by these; I prefer their technical name: the "nif-nif".

    thom1218thom12184 days ago
  • Wow! I had not thought of it, but these sprinklers are really interesting. Nice vid.

    Víctor Hugo EspinosaVíctor Hugo Espinosa4 days ago
  • i like ur vids!

    Hans WurstHans Wurst4 days ago
  • Now make a video with the sprinkler sound going on for 10 hours🤣 Update: whoops! Someone beat you to it:

    David Daniel WoutersDavid Daniel Wouters4 days ago
  • What's the music playing at the end there?

    Remi RmsRemi Rms4 days ago
    • Found it: Floaters - Jimmy Fontanez

      Remi RmsRemi Rms4 days ago
  • I bet you could make some kind of hydro generator out of it.

    Daniel CayeaDaniel Cayea4 days ago
  • Video suggestion - a teletex service! 🖖

    The LWQThe LWQ4 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.

    Ryan McArthurRyan McArthur4 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?

    Moonic ProductionsMoonic Productions4 days ago
  • Watching this high is just... too much

    vicc Hcvicc Hc4 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.

    rougenaxelarougenaxela5 days ago
  • Eloquently put, sir. Great vid :)

    Simon GieSimon Gie5 days ago
  • hahahaha, "just ask your Anti-Clockwise"

    Magnus ArendtMagnus Arendt5 days ago
  • I rather like the irrigating sound of these sprinklers.

    CanilashCanilash5 days ago
  • Would you consider doing a video on portable electric coolers - like the Coleman kind you plug into a cigarette lighter?

    Chris BucklerChris Buckler5 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.

    Tom KeehnTom Keehn5 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!

      monika laosimonika laosi5 days ago
  • Those videos just butter my muffin

    AxerAxer5 days ago
  • I want animations!!!

    RdRd5 days ago
  • Dude 0:44 made my day 😂

    Thomas SmarttThomas Smartt5 days ago
  • BRO! Take a look at the auto shut off feature in gasoline nozzles

    Bela SkoflekBela Skoflek5 days ago
  • Ah yes I always know that type of sprinkler was so inventive and finally a shed of light went on it.

    Vladimir DjordjevicVladimir Djordjevic5 days ago
  • 0:01 soo... uh... are you into watersports?

    F ZEROF ZERO5 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.

    BusinessVultureBusinessVulture5 days ago
    • I've always hated red turn signals.

      BrightBlueJimBrightBlueJim4 days ago
  • These videos are making less and less sense

    NonTwinBrothersNonTwinBrothers5 days ago
  • I was asking myself how did this work some years ago, but never tried to find an answer... thnk you!

    Dário MendesDário Mendes5 days ago
  • Dear Mr Technology Connections guy, I'd love you to explain how pumps and compressors work in a future video

    iamalongusernameiamalongusername5 days ago
  • I used to collect sprinklers as a kid and I called them "Choo Choo" sprinklers

    okow tinaokow tina5 days ago
  • Why was this on recommended?

    Jayce KastnerJayce Kastner5 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.

    Keith IrwinKeith Irwin5 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.5 days ago
    • @okow tina Hey, BTW, how does an empty (fake?) profile like yours have 340 subscribers? :)

      Sz.Sz.5 days ago
    • @okow tina Yeah, I spotted that one, and smiled a little there, too. :)

      Sz.Sz.5 days ago
    • 8:35 more simpler

      okow tinaokow tina5 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. 😀

    John OJohn O5 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!

    DrizzlingRoseDrizzlingRose6 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.

    Donelle GDonelle G6 days ago
  • How about those old car radios that had a programmable push button that moved a needle?? How's that work?????

    Bryan MBryan M6 days ago
  • that is a lot more simpler

    brad sbrad s6 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?

    DirkmezDirkmez6 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.

    Allen KnutsonAllen Knutson6 days ago
  • Awesome! I always wondered how these work. And now I know.

    Shamino0Shamino06 days ago
  • 0:54 aaah... you had me at the onomatopoeia

    BrenoBreno6 days ago
  • I used to collect sprinklers as a kid and I called them "Choo Choo" sprinklers

    mikea hiooimikea hiooi6 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!

    p07gbarp07gbar6 days ago
  • Question: how wet did you get filming this?

    Mr WrestlesMr Wrestles6 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.

    nicklogan2nicklogan26 days ago
    • and dolby havent been cracked for years.

      mikea hiooimikea hiooi6 days ago
  • Simplicity at its finest.

    Michael FairchildMichael Fairchild6 days ago
  • The cake is a lie.

    Krzysztof SzularzKrzysztof Szularz6 days ago
  • 8:35 more simpler

    jakeinator21jakeinator216 days ago
  • "adjustable beyond their angle of sprinklage" "the irrigating sound" Superb use of language Sir !

    Jake DeeJake Dee6 days ago
  • I've always wondered how these worked!!! Thank you!!!

    Guillermo Leon BetancourtGuillermo Leon Betancourt6 days ago
  • Genius!

    Jacob PatrickJacob Patrick6 days ago
  • finally this riddle got explained :D

    Tobi BerlinTobi Berlin6 days ago
  • let's redefine armature right here right now

    spectral.readingsspectral.readings6 days ago
  • Man, I'm from Ukraine and I'm watching all your videos! You're just incredible! Your manner of talking about things is awesome!

    Алексей ЗавражныйАлексей Завражный6 days ago
  • The aqueduc you show @0:13 is in my city. Montpellier, South of France

    remi twardowskiremi twardowski6 days ago
  • Thanks Cake Boss! I didn't know you had other videos besides making cakes

    The Deadpool Who Chuckles.The Deadpool Who Chuckles.6 days ago
  • 1:54 did he just spray himself in the face with that sprinkler??

    Joseph CalandriaJoseph Calandria6 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

    DanDan6 days ago
  • 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.

    BillShmithbackBillShmithback7 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.

    AndreasAndreas7 days ago