I’ve been an avid gardener for as long as I can remember. Currently, I live on a steeply sloped property with dozens of extremely irregularly shaped terraced garden plots. No sprinkler on the market could solve my watering problems. It was very frustrating, especially watering my vegetable gardens. They just seemed to need more attention from the time I planted the seeds until the time I harvested. I lost many tomatoes to both over-watering and under-watering and many hard-to-reach spots rarely got any water at all.
Pop-ups, oscillators and impulse sprinklers never seemed to get the job done. They all appeared to have had shortcomings either in their design or in their applications. Drip systems, on the other hand were expensive, time-consuming and could not easily adapt to a changing and growing garden.
I kept thinking, there’s got to be a better way.
Then one night I was watching my wife put “Benders” in her hair. (They’re thick, soft silicone “cigar-shaped” thing-a ma-bobs molded over a stiff, but bendable wire. You twist them around lengths of hair, instead of hard rollers or curlers.)
Eureka! The light bulb went on over my head, and I started developing the first of many prototypes based on that concept, only using a flexible tube as a water conduit and a ductile stainless steel wire to hold its shape. After years of development and refinement, the Noodlehead was accepted for patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and received Patent # 5,826,803.
Now with the Noodlehead, I’m even able to nurture those former un-waterable areas into little pride and joys!
—Randy Cooper, Inventor