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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:37 am

I am debating.. Should I build a modded sprinkler valve cannon or buy a dremel.. I want to make the cannon but I know hiw useful the dremel will come in.. (Using 70 bucks)

Sorry if you think this topic is dumb but there none other like it. :D

Thanks!
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:39 am

Dremel man all the way...I've used my dremel for more things then I can name...including making spud guns...
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:42 am

Jared Haehnel wrote:Dremel man all the way...I've used my dremel for more things then I can name...including making spud guns...


Ok thanks! That's all I needed to want me to buy it.
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:53 am

Word to the wise...don't get a battery operated one...go for the plug in...they are much more powerful...

I bought a battery operated one and kind of regret it after using a corded one...
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:09 am

Jared Haehnel wrote:Word to the wise...don't get a battery operated one...go for the plug in...they are much more powerful... I did that...


Wise advise! I like the 1/4hp Pony model with flex shaft and foot tredel speed control, nice!
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Unread postAuthor: bluerussetboy » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:25 am

Why not get both?
Dremel -- $25-$39
I use the Dremel 395 Multipro. I bought 10 and received a discount at $21 a piece.

Mod the sprinkler valve yourself.
3/4" Sprinkler valve -- $10-$15
Blowgun -- $6-$9
1/4" NPT fitting -- ~$1.50

2" Sch40 NSF-PW PVC 5' -- ~$3.00
3/4" Sch40 NSF-PW PVC 5' -->$3.00

Fittings I would use.

Chamber(all Sch40 NSF-PW) -->$7
2" endcap
2" coupler
2" to 3/4" reducing bushing
3/4" threaded adapter

Barrel (Sch40 NSF-PW)
3/4" threaded adapter -- $1.50

Cleaner and Primer -- ~$7.50
Teflon tape -- >$1

In my area it would be about $90 max for everything. I also live in one of the higher priced places in the US. With some creative shopping you should be able to have enough leftover for a pop and a candy bar. I would have enough for a IPA at the pub.
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:25 am

Yah, I actually had a cheapy recharchable one but if broke.. But it was only like 5 bucks at a yard sale..This tiime I have enough.


bluerussetboy wrote:Why not get both?
Dremel -- $25-$39

Mod the sprinkler valve yourself.
3/4" Sprinkler valve -- $10-$15
Blowgun -- $6-$9
1/4" NPT fitting -- ~$1.50

2" Sch40 NSF-PW PVC 5' -- ~$3.00
3/4" Sch40 NSF-PW PVC 5' -->$3.00

Fittings I would use.

Chamber(all Sch40 NSF-PW) -->$7
2" endcap
2" coupler
2" to 3/4" reducing bushing
3/4" threaded adapter

Barrel (Sch40 NSF-PW)
3/4" threaded adapter -- $1.50

Cleaner and Primer -- ~$7.50
Teflon tape -- >$1

In my area it would be about $90 max for everything. I also live in one of the higher priced places in the US. With some creative shopping you should be able to have enough leftover for a pop and a candy bar. I would have enough for a IPA at the pub.


I wanted to buy one of those dremel sets, they go for like 60-70$ It's cool though, I get my first pay check tuesday! Thanks anyway
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:50 am

Ok! I went out to the store and bought the Dremel 400 XPR, I am glad I did, It's pretty cool, thanks! I had to tell you so I madea double post :D
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:54 am

Thats a nice dremel and it will serve you well.. good choice... 8)
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Unread postAuthor: Pilgrimman » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:07 pm

One word of warning. Don't dig too deep when you're using the highest speed. I broke an internal gear on my dad's Dremel, and he was PISSED!
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Unread postAuthor: Counterstriker » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:13 pm

Pilgrimman wrote:One word of warning. Don't dig too deep when you're using the highest speed. I broke an internal gear on my dad's Dremel, and he was PISSED!


Ok, thanks for the heads up. :)
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